Controls Engineer

Enviva Published: August 13, 2019
Raleigh, NC
Job Type
Energy / Engineering /
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Position Overview

Enviva is a seeking a Controls Engineer to join Enviva’s Centers of Excellence (COE) engineering team.  This individual must be a self-starter with an advanced understanding of PLC controls logic programming, and drive controls. This position will lead controls standardization, controls modification, hardware upgrades across the enterprise (multi-plant support).  Successful candidate will be critical in helping identify process improvement opportunities and bring about process stability utilizing sound controls philosophy and timeliness of implementation.    


  • Be the primary interface with multi-plant operations to help with hands on troubleshooting (logically and in the field) and formulate/implement solutions via PLC programming and hardware
  • Lead implementation of programming changes to maintain/increase uptime at the sites
  • Participate in best practice sharing and standardization of controls and hardware changes from one plant to next
  • Create and communicate Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) on new process controls implementation and lead training for Ops/Maintenance personnel
  • Coordinate and lead I&C vendor management
  • Keep up with and look for opportunities to implement latest technology development in controls industry
  • Interpret and adhere to industry standards and regulatory codes
  • Support other engineering projects with functional specification development and resource coordination to meet schedule and cost deliverables
  • Support new plant design by reviewing and recommending appropriate changes to all areas of the I&C functional area; hardware/software, vendor, HMI platform, Data Historian
  • Ensure appropriate I&C procedures, design guidelines and design tools are utilized
  • Interface with Operations, support reliability efforts by providing hands on and involved technical support, training, and overall guidance to the plant operations
  • Provide electrical system integration and in the field troubleshooting support as required during start-up and commissioning
  • Demonstrate discipline and rigor around documenting all changes using Enviva’s standard Management of Change (MOC) process
  • Bachelor’s degree in an electrical / controls technical field, however, very significant experience in highly related field will be considered as a possible alternative
  • 5 years of relevant experience in I&C work including but not limited to:
    • Instrument specification and installation
    • Communication Networking, Wiring/Loop Diagrams
    • ControlLogix PLC architecture
    • ControlLogix PLC configuration
    • Panel Layouts, HMI Configuration
    • Interlock and continuous control logic development
    • Data Historian architecture and implementation
    • FAT and commissioning of  PLC/DCS system and including field instrumentation


  • Must be able to read/modify electrical schematics and be familiar with and able to program ControlLogix ladder logic, function block, and add on instructions
  • Experience in Allen Bradley ControlLogix PLC, Plant PAX, and HMI programing software is a plus
  • Proficient knowledge of electrical distribution and MCCs
  • Experience in supporting a continuous manufacturing environment (pulp and paper mill or wood products experience is a plus)
  • Must be data-driven and possess a high level of attention to detail
  • Project management experience, including developing project scope, budgets and schedules.
  • Thrives in a team environment, is a "self-starter" and "results oriented"
  • Works well with other disciplines (IT, process engineering, maintenance) to fully understand manufacturing system functionality and design requirements
  • Proactive regarding safety. Seeks to identify and correct potential safety or environmental issues before they occur
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint with the ability to learn other applications related to the job
  • Must be able to meet passing requirements of Enviva’s standard Controls Engineer technical evaluation that will include both written and hands on portions.

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