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Automation Engineer

  • Type Contract
  • Salary 401k, medical, dental
  • Location Durham, North Carolina
  • Sectors Pharma & Biotech

Job Title: Automation Engineer

Location: Durham, NC

Duration: 12 months

Hours: 9-5

Compensation: DOE

The ideal candidate must have knowledge of process manufacturing, field instrumentation, control system installation and implementation expertise in all of the following project phases: Requirements documentation, detailed design generation, implementation, system integration, testing and on-site startup.

Responsibilities:

  • Planning and execution of Automation systems being implemented at Durham, NC facility.
  • Develop process and building automation system strategic plans in conjunction with the Automation Program and Strategy Lead: Durham, NC.
  • Provide technical input, guidance, and oversight for automation projects, including automation system design, control system hardware, equipment design, control panel design, and instrumentation start-up and troubleshooting.
  • Develop bluebird bio automation capabilities, including development of technical standards, guidelines, and procedures in accordance with industry best practices.
  • Contribute automation system design and integration, including hardware/software design specification development, user / functional requirement development, integration, and validation in conjunction with IT Computer Systems Validation & QA Validation leads.
  • Aid in the develop P&IDs and loop descriptions for various processes, and/or equipment.
  • Collaborate with Automation system service providers, contract resources and Instrument/Electrical technicians ensuring safe, compliant maintenance and project execution.
  • Lead Automation issue identification and resolution, including all compliance aspects such as Deviation investigation, Change Control, Corrective and Preventative Action (CAPA).
  • Provide technical support for troubleshooting, improving, or optimizing ongoing manufacturing operations, including being on-call for after-hours remote support.
  • Support the design, configuration, implementation, administration, and maintenance activities of the sites manufacturing computer and automation systems, including process control systems, building automation systems, manufacturing execution systems, and data historians.

Qualifications:

  • Requires a BS/MS in Chemical, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering (or equivalent)
  • Must have experience working in biotechnology company
  • Strong understanding of GMPs and good engineering practice (GEP), including ISA S88, GAMP, ASTM E2500, ISPE guidance, etc.
  • Ability to evaluate automation systems from a compliance perspective and ensure adherence to applicable standards (i.e. 21CFR Part 11, EU Annex 11)
  • Troubleshooting experience, both hardware and software, at a 24x7 manufacturing cGMP operation.
  • Understanding of programming languages used in automation such as ladder logic, function blocks, sequential function charts, and structured text.
  • Experience with HMI/SCADA packages such as: Rockwell RSView, FactoryTalk
  • Experience with Batch systems such as: Proficy Batch or RSBatch.
  • Experience with PLCs such as: Rockwell, Siemens
  • Experience in plant start up, equipment commissioning, and qualification is a plus.
  • Experience in setting up system networks is a plus
  • Experience in SQL is a plus

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