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Automation and Controls Technician - CT

Danbury, CT 06810

Job Function: Engineering Job Number: 398312

Job Description

Automation & Controls Engineer

Johnson Service Group, Inc. (JSG) is currently looking for an Automation & Controls Engineer in the Danbury, CT area . This position is responsible for the design, development, programming and implementation of process control systems for pharmaceutical manufacturing processes and plant facilities for full compliance with FDA regulations.  Troubleshoot control and instrumentation systems and resolve discrepancies. Work with equipment vendors on purchases. Programming, installation and configuration of automated systems. Develop and execute test strategies, prepare and execute protocols, analyze results using statistical methods, prepare technical reports and write standard operating procedures.    Participation on cross-functional teams to coordinate control related activities with external consultants, contract validation services, Process Engineering, Facilities Engineering, Manufacturing, and/or Quality. Support and perform calibrations. 
  • Design, specification, programming, simulation and testing of control systems, utilities systems, and building automation within existing and new facilities for full compliance with FDA regulations.
  • Provide support for all plant Automation, Process, and Robotic Systems. Analyze and troubleshoot electrical circuitry using schematics and test equipment.
  • Supports facility, utility, manufacturing and filling/packaging related control systems along with capital projects.
  • Engineer and lead department assigned control system projects, vendor resources and schedules, and other necessary control system project tasks.
  • Supports facility, utility, manufacturing and filling/packaging related control systems along with capital projects.
  • Review documentation, methods, equipment, and procedures to improve efficiencies.
  • Domestic and overseas travel to equipment vendor facilities for FAT execution and other project assignments.
  • Utilize life cycle methodologies and standards (GAMP5, S88, S95, 21 CFR Part 11) for the design, development, installation, qualification, and validation of existing and future control systems and building management control systems.
  • Work cross functionally with Validation, Facilities, Calibration, Manufacturing, Process, and Engineering efforts and other cross functional departments requiring controls related assistance and SME (Subject Matter Expert) expertise.
  • Maintains and optimizes the Calibration Data Base (Blue Mountain) as well as the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)
  • Periodically review automation documents, preventive maintenance, and standard operating procedures to ensure compliance with GMP, environmental, and safety regulations.
  • Required Skills & Experience:
  • BS or Technical degree in engineering controls or a related field with 5-7 years of experience or MS/MBA with 3-5 years of experience or the equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • In-depth knowledge of PLCs, SCADA, HMIs, Vision system, Robotics and Visual Basic.
  • Proven ability to program PLCs, HMIs.  
  • Effective project management skills.
  • Working knowledge of ControlLogix, Panelviews, RSView SE, RSBatch, Assest Centre, FactoryTalk, EPAS-4 and Wonderware a plus.
  • Understanding and knowledge of networks used in Manufacturing such as EtherNet, DeviceNet, Foundation Fieldbus, and others.
  • Understanding and knowledge of ISA S88 and S95.
  • Some knowledge of validation principles, manufacturing processes, quality systems, engineering design fundamentals, regulatory expectations and industry trends.
  • Experience working in a FDA regulated industry – knowledge of cGMPs, GAMP & 21 CFR part 11 validation requirements.
  • Strong technical writing, verbal communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills is required.
  • Must be willing to work 12 hour shifts - either day or evening.
Interested candidates please apply immediately!
** Johnson Service Group (JSG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. JSG provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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