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We are Hydro, a global family of 30,000 people, present in a broad range of market segments for aluminium and metal recycling, and energy and renewables, offering a unique wealth of knowledge and competence.

We have a proud history and are committed to leading the way in shaping a sustainable future by developing natural resources into innovative products and solutions. In doing so, we truly believe that our people matter the most to make the difference.

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Automation Engineer

Hydro  Extrusions is a world-leading aluminium extrusion business counting around 100 production sites in 40 countries and employing 20,000 people. Through our unique combination of local expertise, global network, and unmatched R&D capabilities, we can offer everything from standards profiles, to advanced development and manufacturing for most industries.  Since 1905, Hydro has turned natural resources into valuable products for people and businesses with focus on a safe and good workplace for our 30,000 employees in more than 140 locations.

Hydro is committed to leading the way in shaping a sustainable future and in doing so, creating more viable societies by developing natural resources into products and solutions in innovative and efficient ways to industries that matter.

Job Location: Mid-West Region           Automation Engineer


Hydro employees can enjoy several benefits including: 

  • Medical, Rx, Dental, Disability, Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts 
  • Retirement Savings Plans with Company Match/Contributions 
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Parental Leave


Job Summary:

The Automation Engineer position will report to Mid-West and Canada Regional Engineering Manager and work with multiple manufacturing teams to analyze and implement key automation/mechanization initiatives. Provides project engineering support to all process areas of the plant facilities. Determines the effectiveness and maintainability of automation systems and manages the automation change process for existing equipment.

Required Education/Experience: 

  • Five years of engineering experience with PLC control programming, HMI systems, and control networks bachelor's degree in Engineering or related field database management in a manufacturing environment.

Preferred Skills/Qualifications 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate within a team, across disciplines, and interface with clients
  • Ability to lead a project team by communicating essential information and providing interdisciplinary team building.
  • Experience in Human Machine Interfaces, including FT RSView, Wonderware, and Think'N'Do.
  • Knowledge and programming skills needed for Allen Bradley ControlLogix, SCADA, and Batch. OSI-PI historian, SQL database, and VisualBasic would be a plus.
  • Troubleshoot and maintain Ethernet, ControlNet, Allen-Bradley Remote 1/0, and DeviceNet communication networks.
  • Working knowledge of hydraulics, pneumatics, and combustion control systems.
  • Commissioning experience, Installation Qualification (IQ), and Operation Qualification (OQ)
  • Safety commitment, customer satisfaction, first-time quality, and efficiency

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Team with local and corporate resources to apply automation experience to develop effective automation solutions.
  • Train local plant PLC teams on the new systems or actual ones to create more plant technical skills independence.
  • Utilize design and visualization tools to model and convey automation concepts and proposals.
  • Assist in the preparation of budgets and estimate overall costs and justifications for initiatives.
  • Select, design, and coordinate the design of equipment. Facilitate the installation, start-up, and qualification of same to assure project goals are met. This will involve a combination of internal and external resources dependent upon the scope of the initiative.
  • Investigate and analyze problems and design improvement suggestions. Recommend design improvements through adaptations and modifications of standard technical principles.
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose control systems and network problems and drive to a solution.
  • Create and maintain system specification documents and standard operating procedures for new and existing control equipment.



Care, Courage, & Collaboration 

At Hydro We care about our People! 

We care about Safety! 

Hydro is heading in a new and exciting direction, and we depend on different perspectives to solve our tasks and meet customer needs. Building on our three core values – Care, Courage and Collaboration – we target a high performing and sustainable work environment based on inclusion of our differences.  Hydro in North America is an Equal Opportunity Employer where all phases of employment are based strictly upon the qualifications of the individual as related to the work requirements of the position. This policy is applied without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or any other category protected by law.   

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If you need an accommodation in order to complete the application, please let us know by completing the form below or by calling +1 (412) 643-3602.

Posted on:  May 26, 2023

Moon Township, PA, US, 15108

Department:  Midwest & Canada Region
Business Area:  Hydro Extrusions(EXSO)
Legal Entity:  Hydro Extrusion USA LLC
Job Type:  Permanent

Nearest Major Market: Pittsburgh

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