Process Control Engineer
Weyerhaeuser 162 reviews - Sweet Home, OR

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This is a salaried regional position for Northwest Engineered Lumber Products (ELP) manufacturing facilities. The Process Control Engineer will report to the ELP Continuous Improvement Director. The successful candidate will be responsible for process control solutions across the ELP regional manufacturing operations, specifically focused on the Pacific NW. The Process Control Engineer will work closely with mill personnel, corporate teams, and/or technology providers to identify process improvement opportunities and implement solutions in support of business and operational goals. This position requires regular regional travel between the Sweet Home and Eugene ELP sites in Oregon and low frequency travel to other locations in US and Canada.

Key Functions:
Lead, develop, and support application of process and process control best practices. Including joining with mill leadership to develop mid and long term process control network strategies.

Understand and share industry best practices, equipment options and proven strategies for manufacturing control systems and applications

Proactively identify opportunities for process improvement, variability reduction and cost reduction

Assist in justifying implementation of identified strategies.

Provide project and technical leadership (including training) for local and system-wide process control technology applications and PLC Technicians

Serve as a key ELP business resource for projects to install and apply new process control technology and methods, documentation and training

Create visibility and lead review of technology with potential for application in our manufacturing operations

Build relationships with Corporate and other businesses process control resources

Initiate and develop productive relationships with external suppliers of process and control technology

Partner with manufacturing and business leaders to ensure alignment of project portfolio with business and operational goals

Must be able to diagnose, test and resolve PLC functions to ensure the continuous plant operations

Must be able to set up systems that makes diagnoses of failures and resolution more efficient

Mentor and assist the development of other process and process control engineers and Technicians throughout the business. Recommend training strategies and programs to leadership that will enhance plant PLC depth and breadth of knowledge for increased plant efficiencies and PLC issue resolution

About our Wood Products Business

We manufacture and sell an innovative collection of proven structural framing materials to the residential, multi-family and light commercial markets, and also provide seamless building solutions, from design to installation to support. This team moves fast, works smart and never stops pushing to be and stay number one in the industry

About Weyerhaeuser

For more than a century, Weyerhaeuser has grown and harvested trees to make innovative products that meet important human needs. We’re serious about safety, focused on performance and proud of what we do. In every corner of our company, you’ll find talented people who care about each other, the communities where we operate, and the planet we all share.


The following minimum qualifications are required:
BS degree in Chemical, Electrical, Industrial, Computer or Mechanical Engineering or a minimum of 5 years experience in applying and supporting process control solutions in complex manufacturing processes at senior levels.

Demonstrated success in developing and applying process control solutions for process/product improvement and cost reduction

Expert level knowledge of programmable logic controllers (PLC), human-machine interface (HMI) and related systems with proficiency in programming and configuring complex automation strategies

Ability and desire to lead cross-functional team projects with participation from manufacturing site and corporate based engineering personnel

Ability to work with associates of all levels including managers, engineers, line supervisors, maintenance technicians, machine operators, quality leaders, information technology

Extensive process knowledge and a first principles understanding of dynamic process behavior

Strong verbal, written and presentation skills

Strong interpersonal, facilitation, and problem-solving ability

Capacity to lead and participate in several projects simultaneously

The following qualifications are desired:
Experience in wood products manufacturing and associated discrete control applications

Strong data analysis skills and ability to diagnose complex process scenarios

Experience with Allen-Bradley/Rockwell and Wonderware systems

Experience in controller design and fundamental tuning approaches

Experience with successfully applying advanced control solutions, such as model predictive control (MPC) for multivariable processes

Proficiency using process historian systems, analysis tools and information systems such as Aspen IP/21 Process Explorer, and GE Proficy Plant Applications

Proficiency with process identification and control tuning software tools such as Expertune, ProTuner, or Entech

Experience developing applications with programming languages such as Visual Basic, C, or Java; databases such

as Microsoft SQL Server

Experience in LEAN Manufacturing or similar principles and practices

Familiarity with Windows operating systems, domains, Ethernet networks

Electrical journey person, technical or engineering skills

Weyerhaeuser is an Equal Opportunity Employer building a capable, committed, diverse workforce


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