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Sr. Controls Engineer

Company: Abbott Laboratories
Location: Battle Creek
Posted on: September 19, 2022

Job Description:

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 113,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries. Primary Function/Primary Goals/Objectives: The Controls Engineer implements and maintains plant equipment, systems and other fixed assets to a high standard of safety, quality and productivity at the lowest possible cost while maintaining compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements. This role provides electrical, controls system, software and instrument support to all aspects of the operation. Major Responsibilities:

  • Applies working knowledge of engineering disciplines
  • Independently conceives and develops approaches to problem solving that requires advanced technical knowledge
  • Solves problems that have a variety of complex features, such as conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of conventional materials and difficult coordination requirements
  • Plans schedules, conducts or coordinates detailed phases of the engineering work in a part of a major project, or in a total project of moderate scope
  • Facilitates the definition of a project scope with clients
  • Applies new technology where feasible
  • Directs the efforts of others such as technicians and outside resources
  • Interfaces with project team members, department managers, designers, R&D and Corporate and Division Engineering
  • Performs tasks such as writing RCEs, VCRs, Scope Documents, etc.
  • Manages capital projects
  • Performs other work related duties as assigned Operations Technical Support:
    • Provide technical support to the Sturgis plant, division engineering and the Quality Assurance function in the areas of electrical hardware, control systems, software and industrial vision systems to support new product introductions, new process/equipment start-up, process optimizations, vendor qualifications and process alternative evaluations
    • Implement new and/or current manufacturing methods into manufacturing
    • Monitor production to determine areas of improvement and react to unforeseen production/manufacturing issues
    • Provide technical training to plant personnel including engineering, equipment operators, electricians, instrument technicians and maintenance
    • Create and execute validation activities according to plant/division policy Design Engineering:
      • Complete electrical, controls and software related engineering activities, incorporating best available technologies while adhering to Abbott policies, regulatory requirements, GMP standards, Abbott Engineering Standards and Environmental Health/Safety regulations
      • Create equipment/process specifications, drawings and software as required and ensure that existing documentation is accurate and appropriate
      • Research, recommend, implement and qualify replacement parts for discontinued/obsolete components, equipment and software Cost Reduction/Productivity Improvement:
        • Identify and implement cost reduction and productivity improvement projects within Abbott Nutrition
        • Areas of focus include process improvements, new manufacturing processes and new technologies EHS:
          • Demonstrate accountability and responsibility for Environmental Health and Safety performance and compliance through active participation and support of Abbott s EHS program Education: B.S. in Engineering with an emphasis on electronics, controls systems and software. Degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering preferred. Background:
            • Knowledge of applicable regulatory standards and requirements for infant formula and nutritionals
            • 2+ years experience in engineering/project management or advanced education to achieve level of skill Skills/Specialized Knowledge:
              • Experience with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) - Allen Bradley and Modicon (Schneider Electric) preferred
              • SCADA system development - GE IFIX preferred
              • Human Machine Interface (HMI) programming - GE IFIX, Allen Bradley Factory Talk, Ignition preferred
              • Data Historian Programming - OSI soft
              • Work experience in the food/medical industry under FDA regulation preferred
              • Good communication skills, both written and verbal required
              • Possesses a working technical knowledge and application of concepts, practices and procedures
              • Works on problems of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data involves a review of identifiable factors
              • Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action
              • Strong leadership skills required
              • Interacts well with diverse groups within the operation and maintains strong working relationships with internals in a collaborative, fast-paced goal-driven environment
              • Listens to and understands others points of view; possesses interpersonal skills to negotiate and reconcile differences Accountability/Scope/Budget:
                • Interfaces with production team members, department managers and Division Engineering/QA functions
                • May represent department/plant on projects or segments of projects
                • Receives general supervision and exercises some discretion as to work details
                • Reviews and approves related inputs such as drawings and specifications prepared by technical support personnel
                • May determine technical objectives of assignments; exercises latitude in approach to problem solving
                • Leads small project teams; supports larger programs to successful completion
                • Responsible for completing project tasks within time and budget constraints
                • Prepares design specifications and recommendations for presentation and approval
                • Work is reviewed for overall accuracy, completeness and soundness of technical judgment
                • Identifies and quantifies technical risks and their consequences relative to the success of a project and recommends appropriate action (e.g. reports calculations and recommendations in terms concrete enough for management to make an informed decision)
                • Coordinates efforts with technical and support staff
                • Guides the efforts of technicians and outside personnel
                • This position has a direct impact on productivity and performance throughout the plant. This includes product quality and the effective utilization of headcount/equipment
                • This job is performed in a regulated quality system environment. Failure to adequately perform tasks can result in non-compliance with governmental regulations
                • This position is accountable for regulatory compliance of the Maintenance operation including equipment change control

Keywords: Abbott Laboratories, Battle Creek , Sr. Controls Engineer, Engineering , Battle Creek, Michigan

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