Automation Engineer

Hamlin Knight - Recruitment Specialists in Human R
18 May 2017
17 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
My Client is currently looking for a Controls and Automation Engineer with a strong background in PLC experience to join their engineering team in Harlow.


To manage all PLC, Control Systems and Safety Critical Instrumentation Systems on the Harlow Site:

Develop, implement and be accountable for Automation and PLC/Instrumentation management procedures, including:
- Software version control
- Software programming
- Software backup
- Software validation
- Systems integration strategy
- PLC/Automation and instrumentation design standards
- Maintenance protocols/schedules
- Advise and develop the Sites Automation plan

Advise and lead if needed Site Maintenance Technicians:

-Defining training on PLC/Automation and instrumentation systems.

-Assuring those trained are competent and carry out skills gap analysis.

-Supporting the maintenance Department in the field, leading the Technicians in practical fault finding and maintenance activities.

-Supporting CAPEX projects as the designated expert in the PLC/Controls and instrumentation disciplines



-To provide a specialist expertise in Control and Instrument systems.

-To advise and assist in the maintenance and procurement of Controls and Instrument systems.

-To liaise with external contacts concerning supply of equipment or problems with existing plant.

-Support CAPEX projects as the discipline expert.

-Take initiative in improvement of Engineering Controls and instrumentation standards in safety, reliability, functionality and record keeping.

-Keep abreast of technical developments in Controls and Instrumentation systems relevant to the company's interests and activities.

-Assimilate knowledge of new installations and recommend spares requirements necessary to take over maintenance of new equipment.


- Be aware of the Company Policy Statement. This includes the Health and Safety Policy Statement, Environmental Policy and the Responsible Care Statement.

- Administer and enforce company SHE policy and procedures within area of responsibility.

- Ensure the site safety procedures and standards are being followed.

- Fully briefs contractors' on site with Company procedures, ensuring they fully comply with safety rules and that relevant permits are issued.

- Liaises with site personnel on planned shutdowns, project interruptions etc. to minimise disruption, requesting permits as required under Company procedures.

- Fully co-ordinates project construction on site, maintaining full compliance to health and safety standards on assigned projects.

- Ensure compliance of all Control and Instrument activities with Company standards and regulatory bodies.

- Take action to eliminate hazardous conditions.

- Ensure that a good standard of housekeeping is maintained.

- Carry out risk assessments within area of responsibility.

- Ensure correct liaison with and management of contractors.


*Engineering professional qualification in C&I disciplines.
*Experience in chemical, process or allied industries of C&I engineering.
*Sound knowledge of industrial plant and systems in the chemical processing or related industry.


Control and instrumentation systems:
*Design (i.e. plan and suitably document functionality with control philosophy or URS and FDS) PLC and SCADA software
*Troubleshoot , write new or modify existing PLC and SCADA software - specifically Allen-Bradley SLC500 / MicroLogix using RSLogix500 and CompactLogix using RSLogix5000, FactoryTalk View SCADA and Historian
*Specifies temperature, pressure, flow, level, weight and in line process analytical (NIR,pH) instrument
*Design new or modify existing instrument loops to deliver the specified instrument functions.
*Maintains and administers the SCADA computer and communication systems
*Read and hand mark P&IDS

Motor control DOL and VSD:

*Design DOL and variable speed motor controls with either manual or automatic PLC controls
*configure/program variable speed drive systems
*Update and maintain Electrical schematic drawings using AutoCAD 2017 lite

Project engineering:

*Support Project Managers and advise on sub-contractor selection
*Write enquiry documents for E,C I and A work
*Obtain competitive quotations
*Induct and site supervise contractors - write RAMS and PTW

Safety systems:

*Attends HAZOPs and LOPA studies - is able to represent Control and Instrumentation discipline at the meetings
*Design or supervise the design of safety critical systems in compliance with IEC61508

Hazardous area:

*Formally trained and experienced in selection of equipment suitable for hazardous areas - COMPEX

Hamlin knight is an equal opportunities employer and is acting as a recruitment consultancy in this instance.