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Lead Instrumentation & Control Engineer - Large Variable Frequency Drive Applications

New Kensington, Pennsylvania

English (US)

Job Description

Division: Process Industries and Drives
Business Unit: Large Drives
Requisition Number: 228543
Primary Location: United States-Pennsylvania-New Kensington
Assignment Category: Full-time regular
Experience Level: Senior level
Education Required Level: Bachelor's Degree
Travel Required: 15%

Division Description:

Siemens is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. As a global technology company, Siemens is rigorously leveraging the advantages that this setup provides. To tap business opportunities in both new and established markets, the Company is organized in nine Divisions: Power and Gas, Wind Power and Renewables, Energy Management, Building Technologies, Mobility, Digital Factory, Process Industries and Drives, Healthcare and Financial Services.

The Siemens Digital Factory Division offers a comprehensive portfolio of seamlessly integrated hardware, software and technology-based services in order to support manufacturing companies worldwide in enhancing the flexibility and efficiency of their manufacturing processes and reducing the time to market of their products.

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Job Description:

Position Overview



Are you ready to be the Lead Instrumentation & Control Engineer for Large Variable Frequency Drive Applications?


·        Primary Role is to be the lead developer of PLC applications for VFD internal and external (customer process) 


·        Ultimate responsibility for all product offerings that include PLC solutions, including external instrumentation & HMIs


·        Includes Ownership of existing PLC solutions




·         Life cycle ownership from conceptual design though end of life of PLC-based solutions for VFD applications including cooling system controllers, switchgear control/sequencing, co-ordination of parallel drives, and custom solutions per customer requirements


  Includes selection/design of peripheral instrumentation & devices 



·         Develop HMIs for all PLC solutions using internal and/or industry standard HMI design packages 


·         Able to convert high level specifications into robust solutions (e.g. PID control for cooling systems)


·         Develop complete documentation packages including engineering drawings, test procedures, installation/setup instructions and operator manuals.


·         Successfully integrate PLC solutions into existing VFD or customer communication networks


·         Complex troubleshooting of field problems and system issues with PLC/VFD implementation and/or application including analysis of drawings, VFD configuration, and data logs


 ·         Perform Development of aftermarket engineering projects for upgrades and/or enhancements of Medium Voltage Variable Frequency Drives requiring PLC solutions 


Required Knowledge/Skills, Education, and Experience 


·        Education: BS in Electrical Engineering, Engineering Technology or related discipline required. 


·        Minimum 8 years Hands-on experience developing and maintaining PLC solutions for internal & external VFD applications



       Working knowledge of Siemens Step 7 & TIA Portal software and Siemens PLCs strongly desired


·        Meticulous attention to details is required, especially for handling of system disruptions 


·        Familiar with multiple industrial communication networks



       Working knowledge of Profibus, Ethernet/IP, & Ethernet Modbus networks required



·        Working knowledge of industrial controls in an engineering role for a large electrical equipment manufacturer or integrator.  


·        Structured development of solutions is required in adherence with established processes and industry standards 


·         Working Knowledge of variable frequency Motor drives and their applications.  


·         Ability to read schematics and interpret customer specifications.  


·         Strong organization and excellent time management skills. 


·         Demonstrated adherence with established engineering policies, procedures, and industry practices.


·         Strong verbal and written communication skills. 


·         Travel to customer sites to interface directly with customers and/or Siemens Service personnel



       Typically <15% per year, including international



       Short notice travel typically 1 time per year 


Preferred Knowledge/Skills, Education, and Experience



          Interface with other Engineering personnel and experts to resolve drive/system performance issues

  • Provide advanced technical support to MV VFD Customer Service business


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