Process Control Engineer - Hodge, LA

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Process Control Engineer - Hodge, LA

100 Mill St
Hodge, Louisiana, 71247
United States

The opportunity:

The Process Control Engineer position:  provides technological and engineering expertise for the implementation of new process control technology and equipment; evaluates and resolves problems with existing process control systems utilizing vendor and/or mill maintenance support when necessary; designs and programs 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 Process Control Engineer reports to the Process Control Manager.


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 migrations.
  • During 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 control system operator training.
  • Generates procedures used by Maintenance, Operations, and peers that relate to Process Control.
  • 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 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.  Helps promote technical skills in E\I technicians.
  • Manage 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 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.
  • Support mill-wide data historian (OSISoft Pi) and related interfaces.
  • Evaluates, troubleshoots, and maintains system hardware.
  • Support IT Department as needed to support mill.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


What you need to succeed:

  • B.S. Degree in Chemical or Electrical Engineering is preferred, other engineering degree acceptable with adequate DCS, PLC and HMI application experience.
  • Minimum of 2 years of industrial experience preferred with degree or 5 years plus of industrial experience in DCS, PLC and HMI applications would be required with two-year degree or equivalent military experience.
  • Entry Level Candidates – BS in Chemical or Electrical preferred or 2 year Associate in Industrial Instrumentation and controls or equivalent Military experience.
  • Entry Level Candidates must have prior or current experience in Process Engineering or Process Control or Industrial Instrumentation though part time, summer or internship programs to be considered. Individual must show a strong passion and desire to work and learn in a very demanding career field.
  • 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 Honeywell TDC, Honeywell Experion, Rockwell PLC Systems
  • Strong computer skills including systems deploying VMWare.
  • Experience with Ethernet networks including configuration of switches, routers and VLANs.
  • Experience with Industrial Communication Protocal.
  • Experience with control loop tuning and performance evaluation tools.
  • Support Paper Machine QCS Scanners as needed.
  • 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.


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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