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Automation Engineer


Newbridge, County Kildare
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The A **utomation Engineer** is responsible for the support of process automated systems on the site, information collection and reporting at the Pfizer Newbridge facility. Systems include GE Digital (Batch, Historians, SCADA iFix), programmable logic controllers, including Rockwell and Siemens, Wonderware.

Role Responsibilities

+ Support and programming for PLC's, motion control and PC controlled equipment.

+ Must be focused and passionate about production support.

+ To participate in the development of automated system life cycle documents to meet business requirements in the support of automated systems. (i.e. Validation, standard operating procedures, biannual and periodic reviews and training documentation).

+ Maintain the validated state of the automated systems.

+ To provide technical expertise in the area of process automation and equipment development.

+ Support department to be audit\\inspection ready and participate in audits and regulatory inspections as required.

+ Provide system support in the areas of PM's, engineering spares, maintenance, training programs, and data Integrity workshops.

+ Develop in-depth technical knowledge of all of the different automation systems on site.

+ Design, develop and test software code in accordance with site coding standards and following good automation manufacturing practice.

+ Implement code\\systems changes on the automation systems under site change management\\change control.

+ Provide technical support to partners within Engineering and Operations for automated systems during the life cycle of the equipment.

+ Resolve issues by engaging with Global IT support teams.

+ Manage the specification, development and installation of projects within budget and corporate guidelines.

+ Working on site Automation Systems and continuous improvement initiatives using 6 Sigma methodologies.

+ Any other activities as directed by the Site Automation Lead.


We are looking for Engineers with the following experience:-

+ Experience supporting DCS, PLC, SCADA, HMI and PC controlled systems in a manufacturing environment.

+ Experience Coding\\Development\ roubleshooting of automation systems.

+ Experience in maintaining control networks and communications such as DeviceNet, ControlNet, and Ethernet.

+ Experience in maintaining databases and working with both Data definition language (DDL) and Data manipulation language (DML) script(s).

+ Familiarity IT technologies is desirable, including MS server administration, MS Desktops, Cloud provisioning (XAAS), and Infrastructure virtualization.

+ Knowledge of discrete and batch process equipment.

+ Cisco Network certification and knowledge of the ITIL service lifecycle would be a distinct advantage.


+ Appropriate Engineering Qualification (preferably B.Sc.\\ B.E. degree in engineering, with particular emphasis in Electrical\\Electronics,Automation\\Mechatronics, Computer science or chemical discipline).

+ A number of years of working experience in industry, preferably in a pharmaceutical or relevant GMP manufacturing environment.

+ Experience supporting DCS, PLC, SCADA and HMI systems in a manufacturing environment.

+ Coding/Development/Troubleshooting experience with distributed control systems (DCS) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) an advantage.

+ Strong knowledge of the GAMP guidelines applicable to computer system validation.

+ Demonstrated Problem solving skills.

+ Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

+ An ability to work independently.

+ The successful candidate will be service orientated delivery focused.

Closing date for applications is Thursday 1st March

Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.
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