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Process Automation Engineer

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Job Title: Process Automation Engineer
Location: Freeport, TX, South-West United States, USA
Company: Corteva
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Chemical, Pesticide and Fertilizer
Career Type: Manufacturing/Production
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: 0
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Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture division of DowDupont is seeking to hire a Process Automation Engineer in Freeport, Texas.

The Process Automation Engineer will provide tactical level Process Automation technical services in support of top line growth, asset effectiveness improvement programs and capital projects. Apply engineering principles and process automation knowledge to support the development, implementation, commissioning and validation of the successful operation of process automation applications and solutions. Bring know-how to teams which may include R&D, Engineering and Manufacturing, project resources, and full-service design contractors to realize the objectives of technical programs and projects involving process automation technology.

Primary Responsibilities/Accountabilities
  • Support day-to-day operations to meet business needs (locally at assigned sites)
  • Support process automation strategy, configuration, and ongoing support needs
  • Identify and implement process automation improvements to streamline work, improve operability and quality, and reduce cost
  • Guide and train area personnel on process automation methodology in order to assist process control improvement efforts
  • Assist unit technology teams to develop and implement long range plans for process control improvements
  • Support or lead process automation related activities of capital and improvement projects
  • Provide process automation checkout and start-up support of facilities in order to meet production schedules and meet business needs
  • Assist Production Engineers to troubleshoot process control problems
  • Ensure adequate documentation systems for site control strategies to maintain the integrity of control strategies
  • Lead or support cross-functional team to implement alarm management and safety instrumented system initiatives
  • Lead or support identification and implementation of company required cyber-security measures
  • Work with platform and regional process automation teams to implement standards and best practices
  • Regularly monitor PA workload in assigned area(s) and provides input on gaps and demand to PA Leadership
  • Coordinate or lead PA related training for applicable personnel
  • Contribute to the development of information management architecture and updates to Manufacturing Execution Systems
Key Interactions with Other Roles
  • Process Automation: Interact with all Process Automation personnel company-wide via a process automation network to share and learn best practices. Interact with all Process Automation personnel site-wide to coordinate site PA activity.
  • Engineering and Operations Technology: Interface to define and implement process control strategy improvements
  • Manufacturing: Support 24/7 plant coverage and uptime needs
  • Process Safety: Understand/implement process automation improvements to meet safety and regulatory compliance needs at site
  • Research & Development: Assist in R&D trials at the site
  • Interface with the site E&I to support operations and to provide support for capital project implementation, interlock testing and operator training
  • Participate in various phases of capital projects including front end loading, factory acceptance testing, and commissioning
  • Quality: Understand/implement process automation improvements needed to improve product quality at site
  • Information Technology: Collaborate on site process control network design and cyber security implementation


  • BS degree in Engineering (e.g. Chemical, Electrical, Computer, or similar)
  • Experienced with ABB Distributed Control System
  • Understanding of fundamental/advanced control strategies and loop tuning strategies
  • Understanding of control systems including specifying equipment, configuring network data points, building graphics, logic configuration, and performing system backups
  • Familiarity with theory of and specification of process instrumentation and analyzers
  • Understanding of Process Safety Management (PSM) requirements including safety instrumented systems (ISA-84) and management of change procedures
  • Familiarity with project management
Skills Needed for Success
  • Demonstrated documentation discipline
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and implement multiple concurrent projects
  • Good communication and presentation skills (both oral and written)
  • Good interpersonal and conflict resolution skills with the ability to influence managers, peers, and mechanics operators; able to take a hands-on approach with operators to get things done
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to thrive in a team environment work well with non-technical and technical diverse groups
  • Proven strong contributor with the capability to work independently
  • Ability to travel 5-15% (potentially >30% for leveraged roles)
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Job Post Date: 04/20/19
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