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Controls Engineer (Design Group)

Company: Barry Wehmiller Design Group
Location: Columbia
Posted on: October 14, 2021

Job Description:

About Us:

Design Group operates from more than 45 offices in the United States and India, providing engineering, consulting and technical services for the world’s leading companies in the food and beverage, life sciences, advanced technology, industrial and other market sectors. Our nearly 1,500 technical and engineering experts have direct industry experience in industrial automation, control system integration, facility and process engineering, architecture, construction management, regulatory compliance, enterprise technology and other consulting services.


Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper-converting industries. By blending people-centric leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, Barry-Wehmiller has become a $3 billion organization with nearly 12,000 team members united by a common belief: to use the power of business to build a better world.


Job Description:

Job Summary

The Controls Engineer will be responsible for development and support of automation and networking projects.  The scope of this position includes engineering, design, programming, commissioning and qualification of projects in GMP environments.  Project scopes of work include manufacturing, packaging, labs, building automation, utilities, and fire systems.


  • Contribute to creation and understanding of user requirements and ensure development of functional specifications that serve as basis for successful integration of control systems.
  • Perform specification, design, procurement and acceptance of instrumentation, control panels, and power distribution.
  • Align control systems architecture and design with client’s expectations regarding automation, cost, cleaning, capacity and quality.
  • Assemble design packages, write installation scopes of work, and provide construction phase engineering for automation and network infrastructure and support equipment.
  • Support commissioning and qualification of automation and networking systems. Finalize project documentation in alignment with project objectives.
    • Develop and optimize operation and maintenance procedures and training programs for instrumentation and control systems.
    • Provide oversight and guidance on troubleshooting efforts with operators, electro-mechanical technicians, automation engineers, and process equipment engineers during times of equipment or control system start up and testing. Assist with deviation investigations for areas of expertise; lead investigations when appropriate.
    • In collaboration with the Validation team, provide direction and guidance on the development and execution of validation documentation (IQ/OQ/PQ) for GMP instrumentation and control systems.
    • Interface with users, peers, management, and global counterparts to ensure stakeholder requirements are understood and integrated into the project scope. Manage vendors and consultants to ensure that contracts contain appropriate technical specifications and are delivered as required. In addition, ensure compliance to local and global corporate standards are met and fully resolved.
    • Demonstrate a serious commitment to personnel and process safety during automatic process operations and during troubleshooting activities. Participate in Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) studies, Failure Modes and Effects Analyses (FMEA), and other safety initiatives and programs.
    • Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the needs of the business. This includes providing on-call or on-site support outside of normal business hours (nights, weekends, and company holidays).


  • Prior networking/automation/control systems engineering experience in a cGMP regulated industry for minimum 4 years required, 10 or more years preferred.
  • Prior experience in the design, implementing, start-up, and testing of industrial Automation/control, networking systems, servers, client applications, and manufacturing environments.
  • Prior experience performing system qualification, such as FAT/SAT, commissioning, and IQ/OQ validation.
  • Comprehensive background and knowledge of current GxP and Automated industry guidelines for systems that support large scale and small scale biological processing, including secondary manufacturing such as sterilization, vial filling, lyophilization, packaging equipment, and clean utilities.
  • Thorough understanding of relevant European and US regulatory requirements (electronic records and signatures, change control, validation).
  • Demonstrated competence and capability in adapting quickly and working with minimal or no supervision in unfamiliar, complex, and critical situations.
  • Ability to provide leadership and motivation to generate options, resolve problems, prioritize, and select optimal solutions.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact and influence individuals throughout all levels of the organization.
  • Strong business understanding.
  • Motivated and committed team player prepared to work in and embrace a multi-disciplined team-based culture.
  • Ability to follow and lead others to provide written procedures and document results in a neat and precise manner.
  • Drives self and others to maintain attention to detail, accuracy, and right-first-time quality mindset, while completing multiple or repetitive tasks and meeting goals or deadlines.
  • Strives to maintain a high level of integrity while balancing multiple priorities and responsibilities.
  • Proven record of providing excellent internal and external customer service.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or related discipline


At Barry-Wehmiller we recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job.  If your experience is close to what you see listed here, please still consider applying.  We know that our differences often can bring about innovation, excellence and meaningful work—therefore, people from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply to our positions.  Please let us know if you require reasonable accommodations during the interview process. ?

Barry-Wehmiller is an equal opportunity employer. M/F/D/V This organization uses E-Verify.


Applicants may be subject to pre-employment screening which may include drug screening, reference checks, employment verifications, background screening and/or skills assessments.



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