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Automation Engineer

Job Summary

The Automation Engineer supports efforts throughout the company to optimize the operation, performance, and efficiency of all manufacturing processes. 


  • Design control strategies based on plant manufacturing processes. 
  • Manage multi-faceted upgrades to existing plant controls systems including personnel, programming, and budgeting
  • Implementation of the control strategies using the FLS ASYS PLC function blocks and corresponding FLS ECS HMI graphical objects 
  • Review the existing hardware architecture for PLC-based control systems, supporting equipment, and design improvements as needed.
  • Program PLC and DCS control systems, primarily using the FLS ASYS function blocks for the PLC and corresponding HMI graphic objects for the HMI
  • Design and develop graphics and support programming for control systems. 
  • Design and create custom PLC code and HMI graphic objects as needed to integrate sub-system PLCs with the main control system in a way that presents a common interface to the operator.
  • Coordinate control system startup, checkout, and commissioning activities
  • Troubleshoot control systems as required
  • Participate in the development and maintenance of control system standards 
  • Document control system applications
  • Develop and implement an overall strategy for a control system upgrade at a large cement manufacturing facility.
  • Mentor and supervise younger Engineers
  • Participate in the troubleshooting of control systems as required


Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering or Applied Sciences, or another Engineering degree with related Controls background


  • Minimum of seven years experience in industrial manufacturing
  • Must have proven experience in writing PLC logic and developing programs for various PLC systems including Rockwell Allen Bradley.
  • Experience with engineering and developing PLC code using the FLS ASYS function block system
  • Good knowledge of analog and digital I/O systems and hardware
  • Must have knowledge of basic electrical systems, motor controls, and instrumentation
  • Familiarity with computer networking and communication systems, particularly as they relate to automation systems. 
  • Must be able to read and understand engineering drawings including P&ID, interconnection, and elementary drawings  
  • Will be required to travel to company facilities and other meeting locations
  • Self-starter and ability to work independently
  • Ability to coordinate the work of others and direct them as and when needed
  • Ability to work cooperatively with plant and corporate personnel


  • Cement, concrete, and aggregate manufacturing experience
  • Knowledge of distributed control systems (DCS)
  • Knowledge of data archiving systems (OSI Pi) and data interfacing
  • Familiarity with AutoCAD or other CAD software
  • Ability to design and layout control panels
  • Project management skills
  • Experience with Siemens PLC's
  • Experience with other HMI systems in a client/server configuration


At CalPortland, we’re proud to offer a comprehensive, competitive benefits package that provides health and financial support to our most important resources: our employees. Your benefits are an important part of your overall compensation at CalPortland. That’s why we give you a wide range of benefits to choose from. All regular full-time employees may enroll in a variety of health and welfare plans including medical, dental, and vision plans. Other benefits include life insurance, disability coverage, an employee assistance program, and a retirement program. The company also has a variety of voluntary benefits for employees to choose from.

Conditions of Employment

Successful candidate must submit to post-offer pre-employment physical examination, drug/alcohol screen, and background check. Some positions require FMCSA regulated ongoing drug and alcohol testing.




Automation Engineer

Job Req ID:  5462
Job Type:  Salaried

Nearest Major Market: Riverside
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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