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Process Automation Engineer Print

Posted by: POET

Posted date: 2022-Aug-13

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

Job Details
Job Title Process Automation Engineer
Company POET
Location Sioux Falls, SD
Closing Date 2022-Nov-19
Job Description And Requirements


At POET, it is our mission to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible. For over thirty years our drive and passion to change the world has enabled us to become the largest producer and marketer of bioethanol and leader in biobased products in the world.  Beyond our world-class culture, POET team members enjoy competitive pay and benefits including;

• Attractive Relocation Assistance and Bonus Program
• Competitive pay, including night-shift premium pay for qualifying positions
• Quarterly Profit-Sharing Bonuses, and Bi-Annual Value Share Incentive Bonuses
• Individual and family plans for health, dental, & vision insurance, including a generous employer Health Savings Account contribution
• Paid Parental Leave
• A multifaceted wellness program encompassing the whole person – mentally, physically, and spiritually.
• Onsite fitness centers or fitness reimbursements
• 401K with company match
• Paid time off and paid holidays
• Tuition reimbursement
• Excellent work-life balance with a 'family-first' culture
• Safety and cold weather gear reimbursements
• Discounted home and auto insurance  


POET Design & Construction (PDC) supports the mission by providing high quality, timely and cost-conscious engineering, procurement and construction services. We provide this support through value-added design and technology innovation from a knowledgeable, hard-working staff. We work closely as a multi-disciplinary team, in a dynamic, fast-paced, ever-changing environment delivering the best product in the industry.


The Process Automation Engineer is responsible for supporting, design, implementation, and specification of industrial plant automation systems and associated tasks.  The Process Automation Engineer works under the close guidance of Senior Engineers to complete assignments and develop knowledge and skills.  The Process Automation Engineer has knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices, and procedures within their field.



Designs detailed control loops and strategies involving system design, configuration, testing, cutover, and start-up.
Develop and optimize current automation techniques, processes and architecture for process automation and automation control across multiple sites.
Provides support and service to existing Distributive Control Systems (DCS) installations.
Supports, with limited supervision, the installation/setup of control systems.
Troubleshoot hardware/software surrounding the control system.
Ensure compliance with local, regulatory, corporate and business standards for system hardware and software.
Configure Emerson Delta V control systems, including:
System and software design
Programming and configuration
Sequence and interlock logic
Graphic configuration
Database development
Provide a systematic approach to design and programming.
Troubleshoot/debug software and hardware issues (after-hours work may be necessary depending on the situation).
Document hardware and software designs.
Prepare proposals, write specifications and coordinate installation of equipment, materials, and systems.
Provide a working knowledge of hardware and software life cycles.
Meet all safety, budget, and schedule requirements.
Assist in new technology research and testing to improve processes.
Assist with on-site commissioning and start-up activities.
Develop process control/automation system user training and act as a mentor to system users to ensure understanding.
Foster a culture of safe behavior and environmental compliance at all times.
Maintain a team environment at all times and champion POET in the community.
Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to a lot of other uses!


Bachelors of Science degree is required in Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science or a related field.
Heavy process / industrial automation experience requirements:
Process Automation Engineer I: No experience required
Process Automation Engineer II: 4 or more years of overall experience with 3 or more years of experience in a related industry.
Process Automation Engineer III: 8 or more years of overall experience with 6 or more years of experience in a related industry.
Senior Process Automation Engineer: 12 or more years of overall experience with 10 or more years of experience in a related industry.
Knowledge and experience in DCS/Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) controls, networks (Wireless, Ethernet, Devicenet, Profibus, and AS-Interface), and various communication platforms.
Knowledge and experience in various programming, script languages, and Open Platform Communication (OPC).
Knowledge and experience in reading electrical schematics and troubleshooting simple electrical circuits.
Demonstrated high-level troubleshooting capabilities to provide technical support for daily operations.
Ability to collaborate with internal customers, premier partners and fellow team members.
Ability to work in a fast paced, high energy environment.
Anticipates the business needs and actively engages to support full cycle control system efforts.
Motivated to learn and create innovative and efficient control strategies.
Ability to manage multiple objectives in a large professional department.
Excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills as well as the ability to embrace change.
You know the basics of Microsoft Office Suite. You’re capable of learning new programs.
At POET we believe in developing our team members to their highest potential and recognizing contributions that add value to the organization. Each new team member’s position and compensation are carefully determined by considering their unique qualifications and skillset.



Culture is king at POET. We’re all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s the way we do things at POET.
Occasional travel will be necessary to visit the bioprocessing facilities, perform system upgrades and conduct site visits. At times overnight travel may be necessary.
The work environment at POET is dynamic. You should expect a balance between time spent in the office and at the bioprocessing facility, which may include some physical labor helping your team members.
Specific physical requirements may include:
Sitting for approximately 90% of the time while working on a personal computer.
Occasionally lifting weight up to sixty (60) pounds or less.
Climbing several flights of stairs and ladders.
Occasionally bending, twisting, and turning while lifting weights of less than fifty (50) pounds.
Walking of two (2) or more miles per day.
Working at heights, in confined spaces, and at temperatures from -20 to +100 degrees.
Standing for extended periods of time.
Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). POET complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws regarding hiring and employment. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.

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