Automation Engineer

Baltimore (Bayview), MD, US
Nov 18, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Those who join Emergent BioSolutions feel a sense of ownership about their future. You will excel in an environment characterized by respect, innovation and growth opportunities. Here, you will join passionate professionals who advance their scientific, technical and professional skills to develop products designed-to protect life.

Job Summary

The Automation Engineer will be responsible for supporting automation and control systems at the Emergent Biosolutions Bayview Manufacturing site. This will include supporting the long-term strategic development goals for the site automation systems, ensuring compliant operation of all validated control systems, as well as supporting day-to-day trouble-shooting and problem-solving activities associated with existing site and equipment-based control systems.

This role will also support multiple projects of varying complexity and size which will include outside control system integrators, technicians, IT infrastructure, manufacturing personnel, validation personnel, and quality control/quality assurance.

Essential Functions
  • Work independently as well as within multidisciplinary teams to provide routine support of site manufacturing and facility operations, specifically relating to control, automation, and instrumentation systems.
  • Responsible for the site PLC-based Control System, Building Management Systems, and Environmental Monitoring System, including monitoring and maintaining control system hardware, wiring, and instrumentation.
  • Troubleshoot and provide corrective actions for existing manufacturing and facility control systems, automation, and instrumentation.
  • Prepare and/or review engineering standards and approve submittals.
  • Develop, review and/or approve Preventive Maintenance Plans, Standard Operating Procedures, IQ/OQs, commissioning protocols, user requirement specifications, acceptance test plans, Functional Specifications, Design Specifications, and drawings and diagrams.
  • Work with site Quality and Computer System Validation personnel to ensure automation and control system GMP compliance.
  • Implement and complete change controls, CAPAs, and Deviations for automated GMP systems and equipment.
  • May be responsible for leading teams as well as functioning in a supporting role for team efforts.
  • Proactively search for and implement innovative solutions to improve system performance, reliability, and compliance.
  • Support training efforts for new equipment installations
  • The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of work performed by those in this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties, and other duties may be assigned.

Minimum Education, Experience, and Skills
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering from an accredited university in mechanical, chemical, or electrical disciplines
  • 5+ years' experience supporting or developing automated systems
  • Experience in pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, or consumer healthcare manufacturing
  • Proven programming and maintenance experience with Allen-Bradley/Rockwell PLCs as well as Rockwell Software applications, including FactoryTalk SE/ME, Studio 5000, etc.
  • Knowledge of Building Management/Automation Systems
  • Experience with supporting and maintaining automation and control system infrastructure, including PLCs, remote I/O panels, BMS equipment, wiring and cabling systems, as well as proprietary equipment controllers and control systems
  • Experience with various data communication protocols and architectures, including ControlNet, Ethernet I/P, Modbus, BACnet and/or Profibus
  • Works and communicates well in a multi-discipline team structure
  • Demonstrates skills in requirements gathering, design, configuration, integration, and implementation of process control solutions for the manufacturing industry including batch software, PLC based control systems, HMI packages, building management systems, SCADA systems, and PC networking technology

Preferred Experience
  • Advanced training in process controls engineering
  • Member of ISPE, ISA, or IEEE
  • Working experience with data management software, including OSIsoft Pi Historian, SQL databases, Crystal Reports, etc.
  • Familiar with pharmaceutical industry guidelines such as ISPE Baseline Guidelines and GAMP as well as ISO and ISA Standards
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD
  • Working knowledge of SAP
  • Familiarity with FDA GMPs and FDA regulations relating to biologic and drug products
  • Familiarity with FDA regulation 21 CFR Part 11 and/or EU Annex 11

Emergent BioSolutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, Protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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