Automation Engineer

Location: Durham, North Carolina Salary: 401k, medical, dental
Sector: Pharma & Biotech Type: Contract

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.


  • 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.


  • 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

Sthree US is acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.