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Sr. Automation Engineer


Knoxville, Tennessee

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Job ID 21000LBE

Available Openings 1

PURPOSE AND SCOPE:

Provides plant automation and process engineering support. Provides engineering efforts from inception through production in new and existing product design and manufacturing systems development.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conducts Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)/automation development and troubling shooting supporting all plant departments. Understands manufacturing, mechanical, electrical, computer, etc. engineering principles with experience in software engineering.
  • Creates acceptance criteria and conduct acceptance tests.
  • Conducts assessment of existing and new supplier capabilities.
  • Prepares process validation protocols, execute, and document results.
  • Interacts and manages vendors concerning parts or equipment they supply or propose to supply.
  • Experienced Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) manufacturing programmer.
  • Processes, develops tests, analyzes data, and makes recommendations.
  • Manages multiple projects in a manufacturing environment from maintenance of existing machines to specifying, purchasing, and set up of new equipment.
  • Performs investigations relating to manufacturing deviations and anomalies associated with automation and software.
  • Interface with planning, tooling, and maintenance departments to optimize and ensure efficient production.
  • Confer with vendors to determine product specifications and arrange for purchase of equipment, materials or parts, and evaluate products according to specifications and quality standards.v
  • Maintain general housekeeping of working area and plant.
  • May provide assistance to junior level staff with more complex tasks that require a higher level of understanding of functions.
  • May escalate issues to supervisor/manager for resolution, as deemed necessary.
  • Mentor other staff as applicable.
  • Review and comply with the Code of Business Conduct and all applicable company policies and procedures, local, state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Assist with various projects as assigned by a direct supervisor.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Additional responsibilities may include focus on one or more departments or locations. See applicable addendum for department or location specific functions.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear.
  • Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception and corrected 20/20 vision.
  • Regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. Personal protective equipment for hearing is required.

EDUCATION:

Bachelor’s Degree required; Advanced Degree desirable

EXPERIENCE AND REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • 5 – 8 years’ related experience; or a Master’s degree with 3 years’ experience; or a PhD without experience; or equivalent directly related work experience.
  • Able to work independently or with a team to complete projects on time and within budget.
  • Strong problem solving, scheduling and prioritizing skills, self-motivated and directed.
  • Progressively thinking outside the box is pivotal to this position. With proven ability to lead and motivate from both a development team as well as users and operators.
  • Experience with Lean manufacturing and six sigma methodologies, philosophies, tools, and methods.
  • Experience working with automated equipment.
  • Medical device industry experience or other regulatory industry preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficient with PCs and Microsoft Office applications.

EO/AA Employer: Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Fresenius Medical Care North America maintains a drug-free workplace in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

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