Automation Engineer - WCM
Lewisport, KY

About $68,000 - $95,000 a year

Overview / Job Summary
Aleris is a global leader in the manufacture and sale of aluminum rolled products, with approximately 14 facilities in three geographically aligned business units in North America, Europe and China. We serve a variety of end-use industries, including aerospace, automotive, defense, building and construction, transportation, packaging, and consumer goods.

Our Rolled Products North America (RPNA) division is looking for an experienced Automation Engineer at our Lewisport, KY facility. The purpose of this role is to ensure the correct execution of the Electrical and Automation (E&A) part of projects, plan, manage, and implement capital, maintenance and upgrade projects to continuously improve our Wide Cold Mill’s (E&A) and controls equipment, achieving specified measurable results, following all Aleris policies and governmental regulations.

Responsibilities Include
Comply with all safety standards and regulations.
Independently evaluates, selects, and applies standard engineering techniques, procedures and criteria, using judgment in making minor adaptations and modifications to E&A equipment, such as PLC’s, drives, etc., utilizing lean manufacturing techniques.
Create contract specifications for E&A projects with regard of maximal safety, minimal downtime and optimal performance and life span of machines.
Contribute to team effort by accomplishing tasks, promoting open communication with peers andproviding updates to direct management.
Evaluate automated equipment, processes and solve automated equipment problems. Review related manuals, blueprints, & schematic diagrams to determine tasks to be performed.
Define the (E&A) norms for the plant (PLC, HMI, Hardware, etc.)
Define the network layout for process networks and the interface to the plant network in cooperation with IT.
Provide and maintain a back-up system for the automation software (PLC and PC) for the plant.
Maintain the integrity of engineering drawings files, projects, equipment archives, and updating any deficiencies that are discovered.
Develop and maintain check-lists for safety systems to guarantee optimal safety system operation.
Optimize performance of (E&A) installations.
Assist and lead maintenance in diagnosing equipment problems and recommend methods to prevent reoccurrence of these issues to improve reliability and reduce maintenance costs in the CALP and Wide Cold Mill (WCM).
Drive employee engagement and participation in the company's continuous improvement programs by promoting teamwork and open and honest communications.
Interact with vendors, customers, contractors, and employees at all levels of the organization; able to make decisions "under fire".
Analyze and diagnose root causes of problems and failures recommending and providing solutions to maximize uptime.
Identify potential problems or opportunities related to the proper and cost effective operation and maintenance of processes to reduce costs and increase throughput.
Write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
Required Qualifications
BS degree in Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, Automated or Application Engineering required
10+ years of applicable experience in PLC System Automation
Have hands-on programming and commissioning experience
Capable to understand and modify L1 Software on the automation platforms in use at Aleris (Siemens S7, Rockwell, SMS Siemag X-pack, servo systems, ProBAS, …)
Have cross-domain understanding of complete machine (Automation, Electrics, Hydraulics, Mechanical systems, pneumatics, sensors, actuator, …) and be able to identify problems in non-automation domains
Have experience with the different automation layers (L1, L2, L3/MES) and communication protocol between them
Strong verbal and written communications skills, analytical skills, good PC skills, and project management skills
Must work well in a team environment and possess good leadership skills
Good mechanical and/or electrical aptitude
Experience working in an engineering or manufacturing environment
Good methodical aptitude for troubleshooting equipment and related issues
Prepare and/or modify Electrical drawings, specifications, calculations, charts, and graphs
Provide technical training to all applicable personnel regarding electrical systems and functions
Ability to perform CAD with AutoCad software
Strong problem solving and decision-making skills
Proven negotiating, interpersonal and both written and verbal communication skills
Some travel may be required
Aleris is an equal opportunity employer and supports diversity in the workplace. Qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Our HR teams will reach out to the applicants who met the qualifications and most closely aligned with requirements of the positions.