Sr. Process Control Engineer - Florence, SC

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WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 50,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 320 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at

Sr. Process Control Engineer - Florence, SC

7320 Mill Rd, PO Box 100544
Florence, South Carolina, 29506
United States

The opportunity:

The Sr. Process Control Engineer position will provide technological and engineering expertise and implement new process control technology and equipment; evaluate and resolve problems with existing process control systems utilizing vendor and/or mill maintenance support when necessary; design and program changes to the existing process control systems as needed. This position insures the control systems are properly deployed to provide the greatest return on investment regarding production, costs, quality as well as safe and environmentally sound operations. The Sr. Process Control Engineer will report to the Mill Operations Project Lead and provide support in the build and start-up of a new state of the art paper machine


How you will impact WestRock:

  • Utilizes modern process control theory to design and configure systems on new and existing processes

  • Assists project engineers and managers in the planning, development, and implementation of capital projects

  • Engages in development of short and long-term planning of system upgrades and migrationsDuring project design, assists with coordinating the development of control logic and system configuration between the Operating Department and control system suppliers. Participate in factory checkout of equipment prior to delivery to confirm design and functionality

  • Assists with the development of operator training manuals and assists with control system operator training

  • Generates procedures used by Maintenance, Operations, and peers

  • Works closely with Operations and Engineering personnel to develop job scopes. Write functional specifications for vendor use in quotations

  • Maintains a strong emphasis on process improvement projects -- customer focused innovations, cost saving improvements, process optimization, etc.

  • Utilizes a proactive approach and project skills to develop solutions to short-term and long-term issues

  • Designs and implements control system logic based on process knowledge, applicable safety and environmental requirements, operational need, and maintenance requirements that provide clearly defined benefits

  • Works closely with Maintenance and Operations to identify and resolve issues

  • Leads troubleshooting efforts of systems and processes.

  • Promotes technical skills in E\I technicians

  • Manages and direct consultants, contractors, and vendors during controls related projects

  • As part of the Process Control team, shares in the responsibility of providing weekend and off-hour availability to support Process Control and IT mill needs as well as startup support from planned and unplanned shutdowns

  • Adheres to all mill safety rules, participates in or may lead safety programs and meetings with the goal of improving safety at the mill. Supports the mill behavior-based safety program

  • Evaluates, troubleshoots, and maintains system hardware

  • Perform other duties as assigned

  What you need to succeed:

  • B.S. Degree in Engineering is preferred
  • Minimum of ten years of industrial experience preferred with degree or 15 years plus of industrial experience in DCS, PLC and HMI applications would be required with two-year degree or equivalent military experience
  • Strong knowledge of field instrumentation, control devices, and motor controls required
  • Process control experience within with paper industry experience preferred
  • Strong troubleshooting skillset for evaluating root cause and addressing technical issues with long term solutions in mind
  • Experience with Valmet DNA DCS/QCS
  • Experience with Allen Bradley ControlLogix and Factory Talk user interface and smart MCC’s
  • Experience with DCS systems that utilize CAD block builder tools and HTML user interface
  • Strong computer skills including systems deploying VMWare
  • Experience with Ethernet networks including configuration of switches, routers and VLANs
  • Experience with Industrial Communication Protocols including Modbus TCP\IP and Ethernet IP
  • Experience with control loop tuning and performance evaluation tools
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Results oriented individual capable of handling projects individually, yet able to work efficiently in a highly team-oriented environment
  • Ability to be drive large scale control system projects from concept to commissioning
  • Additional skills needed: self-directed, flexible, self-learner, multitasking, results driven, safety focused
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States

 What we offer:

  • Corporate culture based on integrity, respect, accountability, and excellence
  • Comprehensive training with numerous learning and development opportunities
  • An attractive salary reflecting skills, competencies, and potential
  • A career with a global packaging company where Sustainability, Safety and Inclusion are business drivers and foundational elements of the daily work



WestRock Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce: Minorities/Females/ Disabled/Veterans.


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