Controls & Automation Engineer
GFG Alliance
1d ago

Controls & Automation Engineer

Salary : TBC

Closing Date : 31st January 2020

Liberty’s Aluminium division owns and operates the only remaining aluminium smelter in the UK.

Based at Fort William in the Scottish Highlands since 1929, the smelting facilities are powered by a combination of renewable energy sources which makes the site one of the greenest metal production plants in the country.

Liberty is now investing £120m to upgrade the smelter and add value through the development of a downstream manufacturing plant on site, to produce alloy wheels for the UK car manufacturing industry.

This is an opportunity to join an organisation that is investing in you, the local community and investing in an industry.

Location :

You get to work in the Outdoor Capital of the UK, at the heart of a wide range of exciting activity centres. With easy access to exhilarating hillwalking, mountain climbing, mountain biking, snow sports and water sports as well as the gentler pleasures of a refreshing day spent fishing, walking in the country or cycling.

You can capture the spirit of the Scottish Highlands by taking in its stunning landscapes, tasting the area’s authentic whiskies and ales, and exploring its fascinating museums.

Overview of role :

Reporting to the Engineering and Maintenance Manager for Lochaber, the Control & Automation Engineer will provide day to day and long term support, to ensure that SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), in addition to other peripheral devices such as PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) and PID (Proportional Integral Differentiator) controllers, are available and provide long term operational reliability.

Brief Description of Duties & Responsibilities :

Provide daily support as the site systems’ expert for Operational Technologies.

Ensure Disaster Recovery Plans (DRP) are created, updated and fit for purpose, including software back-up and hot replacement hardware solutions.

Overall responsibility for the availability, reliability and security of the Operational Technologies.

Carry out control and automation instrument calibrations, fault find, upgrade instrument systems.

Carry out a risk review of our current systems and provide future proof solutions and improvements.

Fault find and develop solutions at a technical level, on Process control systems such as the Alpsys pot control system.

Carry out assessment and develop a strategy for future systems replacements and upgrades, in order to align with current industry standards.

Identify critical spares across all PLC / SCADA systems, developing a spares strategy for the most economically viable sourcing solutions, with zero impact on production.

Carry out PLC programming and provide training for other site personnel / Apprentices / succession options.

Complete an obsolescence review and report findings.

Implement and maintain PLC / SCADA monitoring systems required to demonstrate compliance with BAT 2020, SEPA and COMAH regulations etc.

Implement and continually review the controls strategy to ensure business needs, both current and future are maintained and developed.

Overseeing and sponsoring of control and automation contractors used on site.

Managing and / or maintaining equipment and software as required.

Experience Required :

Preferably from a Control and Automation / Electrical background

Experienced in PLC programming / logic and associated hardware / software

Experience in preparation or reviewing full C&I project documentation including functional specifications, wiring / loop diagrams, P&IDs and test procedures would be beneficial.

An understanding of industrial communication networks and its protocols.

The closing date for applications is 31st January 2020.

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