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Automation/Process Engineer

Global Building and Construct Systems
22001525 Requisition #

Automation/Process Engineer

Position Reports to:  Engineering & ABS Supervisor          

Department:              Engineering    

Position Location:     Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Direct Reports:          None

Salary Range:             Dependent on previous work experience and education.

Kawneer is a part of Arconic's Building and Construction Systems (BCS) business and is a leading supplier of architectural systems and services to the global construction market, with offices in 11 countries in North America, Europe, North Africa and Asia.

Kawneer partners with customers, communities, and the environment to achieve collective success. Through strong links with our partners, we are able to provide benefit beyond the tangible goods that we produce. For our customers, that means value added services. For our communities, that means giving back to employees and enriching the lives of the people who surround and support us. For the environment, that means being responsible in our decisions and careful in our actions.

We are committed to innovative and creative product design. Our products can meet the most exacting engineering and technical standards while overcoming sophisticated design challenges. Kawneer's design expertise, combined with aluminum's flexibility and recyclability, makes our architectural systems and products the right solutions for today and tomorrow.

Position Summary:  The Automation/Process Engineer will ensure that Automated Manufacturing

processes are developed and implemented to support all plant performance objectives including improved safety, quality, productivity, and cost.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Lead automation projects, including the specification of equipment, justification of costs, implementation into manufacturing operations, and qualification of equipment.
  • Champion the transition of traditional manufacturing processes to automated processes and develop a strategic plan to increase the uses of automation throughout the business.
  • Provide specialized technical expertise in the application and use of Control, Automation technology and Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for plant facilities and processes.
  • Improve the overall safety of the plant’s equipment and processes.
  • Drive continuous improvement in our major equipment and processes to improve OEE, productivity, quality, and cost.
  • Support the integration of smart manufacturing strategy elements to include planning, budgeting, and execution of visual management systems across manufacturing processes.
  • Participate in development of long-range process and facilities planning, capital expenditure and cost savings programs.
  • Provide engineering innovations that will improve process control and product quality.
  • Work closely with Production, Planning and other departments (Purchasing, Maintenance or outside vendors) to plan work activities.
  • Perform/direct the design, development, installation, cost control, and evaluation of complex engineering projects.
  • Maintain knowledge of current and new automation technologies to identify opportunities to implement in our manufacturing operations.
  • Lead problem solving of automated equipment issues to root cause to eliminate downtime and flow interruptions.
  • Act as an internal consultant and catalyst to assist individuals and teams in the application of ABS Lean Manufacturing principles and techniques to improve operation.
  • Support leadership at all levels to meet business improvement metrics through the application of Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen techniques, and ABS. Establish reporting and communication processes to inform organizations of results and opportunities.
  • Assist in the education and training of employees that directly interact with the automated processes.
  • Maintain a current awareness of the “state-of-the-art” in mechanical, electrical, control, and automation techniques.
  • Forward thinking, tireless driver for change that results in sustainable improvement.

General Qualifications/Experience:

  • Instrumentation or Electrical Engineering Technologist from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience focusing on automation or controls (design, programming, project commissioning & field troubleshooting) in a manufacturing or industrial environment.
  • Employee must be legally authorized to work in Canada. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • Experience with industrial control equipment (digital, analytics and programmable logic controllers).
  • Training and experience with Lean Manufacturing concepts, principles and practices.

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Experience with software programs for HMIs, PLCs (Rockwell Automation, Siemens) or similar control and automation products.
  • Device integration experience via serial, TCP/IP and proprietary protocols.
  • Smart analytical and digital devices.
  • Familiarity with programming VB.Net, C#, ASP.Net, Java, Java Script, Microsoft SQL Server, MS Reporting Services, Windows, VMware Server Administration, and Network Management.

Certificates & Licenses: Instrumentation Engineering Technologist or Electrical Engineering Technologist, PLC platform certifications.  ASET (C.E.T) designation is preferred.

Work Environment/Conditions: Standard office, and manufacturing environment with a regular Monday to Friday work schedule. Occasional overtime may be required.

Physical Demands: None.



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