• Systems Engineer (Cement Plant)

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    Salaried Full-Time
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    Holcim (US) Inc.
  • Overview


    The Systems Engineer primary responsibility is to ensure 24 hour reliability of all process control systems.  The qualified candidate will be responsible for performing a wide range of duties including:  system administration, system design, risk assessment and management, budget development and management, hardware and software implementation and integration, network analysis and troubleshooting, and creating and maintaining documentation at a professional level.


    Alpena Cement Plant    1435 Ford Avenue,  Alpena, MI 49707



    • Maintain and create up to date system functionality documentation providing commissioning support for all new or modified programming. This includes follow up training and coaching for clear understanding (example: shop start up interlocks)
    • Modify system automation to meet the operational needs of the plant (example: create alarms, freeze signal for online maintenance, factor changes, etc)
    • Provide plant specific IT support for all process systems (included phones) and provide support for corporate IT with business systems (PC upgrade plan, CAT 5, fiber, switches, etc.)
    • Maintain and Optimize all Control Systems (Including but not limited to LUCIE, IP21, Shell Scanner, Programmable Logic Controller, View Nodes, SCADAS, CEMS, Engineering Stations, Cave In Rock System and Uninterrupted Power Supply).
    • Update Risk Avoidance Plan and escalate reliability concerns in time to prevent catastrophic system failure resulting in lost revenue.
    • Develop full scope including programming, software, hardware, installation and cost for all automation projects (CAPEX).
    • Provide operational support by aiding in troubleshooting system including but not limited to optimizing control loops, validating alarms and verifying field signals.
    • Maintain and meet Department Budget providing detailed spend and accurate Forecast to manager monthly.
    • Provide emergency coverage on weekends and nights. (on call)
    • Document internal processes and procedures related to duties and responsibilities (included but not limited to feeder factors, PM records, Federal Radio Compliance records, etc.)
    • Work closely with the Process Department, Environmental Department, and the Electrical Department to establish, maintain and manage instruments, installations, standards, control programs, maintenance programs, certification cycles/programs to meet operational and regulatory compliance.
    • Work closely with the electricians, assisting with troubleshooting to verify and monitor correct function of the technology applications and devices.
    • Supervise third party vendors following all requirements of an LafargeHolcim Contractor Safety Program.
    • Enforce plant specific policies (No Smoking areas, lockout, PPE). 


    • Process Engineers to identify trends, patterns, biases, and other indicators that validate the correct operation of all devices.
    • Environmental Manager to ensure that all resulting data, automated reporting, and certifications meet the requirements of all applicable permits and permissions to operate.
    • Electrical Department to ensure that the tradesmen tasked with routine maintenance of devices are properly trained, have the correct tools to perform the required work.



    Required Education:  Bachelor's/Undergraduate Degree

    Additional Education Preferred: Master's/Graduate Degree

    Field of Study Preferred:  Information Technology or equivalent science based field

    Required Work Experience:   1-2 years

    Travel Requirements:  < 5%

    Required Computer and Software Skills: SAP, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.).  PLC, ABB RSLogix, ABB RSNetworx, ControlNet, Devicenet, SAP, IP21 are preferred.  




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