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Distributed Control System (DCS) Automation Lead Engineer

Houston, Texas

English (US)

Job Description

Division: Digital Industries
Business Unit: Process Automation
Requisition Number: 237398
Primary Location: United States-Texas-Houston
Assignment Category: Full-time regular
Experience Level: Mid level
Education Required Level: Bachelor's Degree
Travel Required: 20%

Division Description:

Siemens Process Industries & Drives helps customers increase productivity, safety, reliability, efficiency and time-to-market for plants and processes with innovative, integrated technology across the entire lifecycle. With a deep understanding of individual market segments, Siemens helps customers respond quickly and confidently to new market requirements and challenges, strengthening their competitiveness.
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Job Description:

Siemens Digital Industries (DI) is an innovation leader in automation and digitalization. Closely collaborating with partners and customers, DI drives the digital transformation in the process and discrete industries. With its Digital Enterprise portfolio, DI provides companies of all sizes with an end-to-end set of products, solutions and services to integrate and digitalize the entire value chain. Optimized for the specific needs of each industry, DI’s unique portfolio supports customers to achieve greater productivity and flexibility. DI is constantly adding innovations to its portfolio to integrate cutting-edge future technologies. Siemens Digital Industries has its global headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, and has around 75,000 employees internationally.

Position Overview
The DCS Automation Lead Engineer is responsible for the design and implementation of complex Distributed Control System (DCS) solutions that integrate process automation hardware and software for customers in the chemical, food/beverage, and pharmaceutical industries.


Reports to the Solutions Engineering Manager within the Automation & Engineering (AE) Business Unit


Works in close cooperation with project managers and technical contacts of the customer to apply fundamental engineering concepts, practices and procedures to complete assigned tasks within quality and budget requirements

Provides technical leadership in the design, implementation and test phases of DCS projects as part of a project team

Leads complex technical clarifications and knowledge transfers along the project phases


Develops recommendations for productivity improvement, cost reduction and improvement of customer satisfaction

*The position is located in Houston, TX reporting directly to the hiring manager.




• Contributes to the success of Automation Projects by executing engineering tasks within budget, schedule, and quality requirements
• Develops complex DCS applications, based on customer requirements, using the PCS 7 engineering environment as well as bulk engineering, and design tools for automation projects including greenfield applications, legacy control system modernizations, and system expansions
• Identifies, and documents requirements using P&IDs, process descriptions and or existing logic
• Creates test specifications, simulations, and performs software/hardware tests demonstrating compliance with customer requirements
• Leads system installation, and commissioning activities on site
• Provides engineering estimates to support the calculation of proposals for projects, and services
• Maintains a high level of standardization within the design, and execution of applications
• Applies advanced skills to resolve complex problems not covered by existing procedures or practices independently
• Identifies areas of risk and takes appropriate steps to mitigate in difficult or complex situations
• Strong commitment to the team, and takes ownership of the success of projects



Required Knowledge/Skills, Education, and Experience
• BS in an engineering discipline (or advanced degree)
• 5-8 years of experience of hands on proficiency in the field of  Industrial Automation
• Advanced DCS programming experience / Hands on working experience
• Ability to adapt and apply new technology, and innovate engineering procedures
• Demonstrates and applies advanced knowledge of concepts, practices and procedures in the field of Process Automation towards the successful completion of complex assignments
• Experience with Continuous and Batch processes as well as Process Safety
• Displays a high level of analytical thinking, and brings successful resolution to high-impact, complex, and/or cross-functional problems
• Technical leadership with an ability to provide guidance, and share knowledge within the project team
• Travel requirements will be a function of assigned projects and will likely range from periods of light travel (10%) to periods of higher travel (50%).
Qualified Applicants must be legally authorized for employment in the United States. Qualified Applicants will not require employer sponsored work authorization now or in the future for employment in the United States.


Preferred Knowledge/Skills
• Siemens PCS 7 programing experience
• Preferred education BSEE, BSME or BSCE
• Exposure to validation requirements specific to the pharmaceutical industry
• Other DCS or software programing experience



Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Siemens is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer encouraging diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, family responsibilities, pregnancy, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, transgender, sex stereotyping, protected veteran or military status, and other categories protected by federal, state or local law.

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