Controls Engineer

Posted 22 Oct 2019

Carrigtwohill, Munster - Ireland

Req Id 195668


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Reporting to the Site Automation and Electrical Manager, the Controls Engineer will directly support the management of the site Control and Automation Infrastructure for the Cork site. 


  • , develop, install and test PLC and control software projects.
  • Develop and manage GAMP documentation e.g. URS, FDS, FAT, SAT etc.
  • Lead projects, provide technical support and make informed decisions on hardware and architecture selection. 
  • Lead and supervise the Automation team as required, acting as the Automation team point of contact for business matters (projects, audits, production matters, etc). 
  • Monitor and analyse opportunities for the development of new or improved tools for process improvement activities. 
  • Work with OEM system suppliers to ensure requirements are met. 
  • Have a keen ability to fault find complex automation equipment. 
  • Support production and maintenance personnel in relation to troubleshooting and fault finding. 
  • Develop and manage the site automation/controls network infrastructure and make improvements to ensure it is reliable and robust for the present needs and for the sites long term future. 
  • Develop a site-wide master automation/controls plan and cost estimates so that capital can be set aside for this work over the next 3 – 5 years. 
  • Carry out justification for capital projects for the site and lead all elements of the project life cycle stages. 
  • Manage all Requisitions and financial needs to ensure site discretionary budgets and capital budgets are met. 
  • Ensure project and installations meet the requirement of EU directives such as ATEX and Machinery Directive and CE compliance. 
  • Ensure Electrical Control Panels are built to standard and adhere to Safety of Machinery – EN60204
  • Investigate EHS incidents, lead RCAs and complete EHS actions as appropriate. 
  • Provide input into, and assist in the completion of, OPEX (Operation Excellence) projects so as to improve automation, reduce lead-time and reduce EHS risks across the sites. 
  • Placement of PO’s for equipment and spares is within the job role as is other administration work required to carry out your functional work. 


  • BEng Level 8 degree in electrical automation engineering or equivalent, with particular emphasis in the automation discipline. 
  • Project management experience and qualification is desirable. 
  • Minimum of 5 years + industry experience in an FDA or GMP environment as an automation controls engineer. 
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical ability. 
  • Previous experience within an ATEX environment an advantage. 
  • Experienced with SCADA systems - Archestra Wonderware & Intouch. 
  • Experienced with the Rockwell RSLogix 5000 / Studio 5000 software package and Rockwell controllers: PLC-5, SLC-500, ControlLogix, CompactLogix, MicroLogix. 
  • Experienced with Siemens S7 Controllers. 
  • In-depth knowledge of automation network protocols including EtherNet IP, DeviceNet, ControlNet, Modbus, and Profibus. 
  • Knowledge of control systems integration with plant MES (Manufacturing Execution System). 
  • In-depth knowledge of ATEX directives, ETCI wiring regulations, IEC and EN standards. 
  • Management of projects through their full life-cycle. 
  • Motivated team player with a pro-active and flexible approach to work. 

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