Engineer Electricity & Automation - Laurel, MD - Night Shift

Baltimore, MD, United States
Feb 15, 2017
Apr 05, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time


The Factory Electricity and Automation Engineer is responsible for all aspects related to Electricity, Automation, Process Control, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and the Factory Automation System (FAS) infrastructure, applications and resources according to Nestle corporate strategies, standards, specifications and local codes and regulations. This will include but not limited to the following: 

  • Provide optimum electrical and process control equipment facilities to meet the established objectives of the business.
  • Ensure reliability of electrical & process control hardware and software operation
  • Optimize electrical/process control maintenance & operation costs
  • Optimize electrical/process control hardware & software to maintain plant at high level of efficiency, safety, quality, etc.
  • Maintain liaisons with other departments, disciplines and facilities to provide necessary support and expertise for the execution of capital investment projects and market and global initiatives.
  • Work closely with Group Engineering E&A team during the planning and execution of projects, initiatives and compliance requirements.
  • Comply with all safety and environmental regulations (Internal & External) and applicable Nestle standards.


The Factory E&A Engineer maintains the existing electrical and automation infrastructure and applications. This means mastering the solutions in place to be able to: 

  • Conduct preventive maintenance on power distribution and automation equipment
  • Ensure power quality
  • Keep electrical power distribution and automation drawings and documentation updated
  • Manage the instrument calibration program for regulatory and quality compliance
  • Perform troubleshooting in case of problems and ensure the PLC or HMI applications are properly managed
  • Modify the automation applications when operational changes are performed on the production lines
  • Manage industrial applications and hardware in the automation layer
  • Automation equipment change management policy/procedures
  • Maintain the reliability and the performance of the FAS IT infrastructure and peer to peer networks
  • In line with NCE, active participation in DOR/WOR/MOR, GSTD and DMAIC activities
  • Meet compliance with all Nestle and local regulatory standards and requirements.
  • Manage Electricity and Automation equipment standardization for plant
  • Build internal capabilities within the E&A team


The actual role and responsibilities of the Plant Electrical & Automation Engineer may be divided into the following areas:


Manage all technical aspects of the plant's electrical power distribution from the utility company service entrance down through switchboards, transformers, distribution panels, etc. to all individual loads. This includes the following activities:

  • Guardian of the factory's power distribution
  • Knowledge of the plant electrical system from the utility company lines to transformers, switchboards, distribution panels, MCC, motors, lighting fixtures, etc. 
  • Maintain accuracy and content of the electrical system key documentation (One line diagrams, MCC data sheets, electrical room's layouts, grounding system, lighting plans, electrical equipment location plan, etc.)
  • Understanding of the existing electrical system loading profile, utility charges, power quality, grounding, protection, maintenance needs, safety, reliability, and remaining useful life of the plant power system equipment.
  • Understanding of the plant electrical criteria, standards, and Nestle USA guidelines.
  • Oversee the electrical activities (modernization, design modifications, coordination, installation, start-up and training) in the factory in support of capital investment and maintenance.
  • Manage lifecycle planning of the electrical equipment


Guardian of the factory's process control system. Some of the activities are the following: 

  • Understanding of the existing process control infrastructure, configuration, requirements, networks, level of automation, etc.
  • Maintain accuracy and content of the control system key documentation (Configuration diagrams, P&IDs, Process descriptions, etc.)
  • Understanding of the plant controls & IT criteria, standards, and Nestle guidelines.
  • Oversee the controls/instrumentation and IT activities in the factory (PLC & HMI design, training, programming, etc.) in support of capital investment and maintenance.
  • Manage the Factory Automation Systems (FAS) standards and serve as the FAS administrator for the factory.
  • Manage the lifecycle planning for automation equipment


  • Define requirement for MES based on plant needs
  • Define and implement technical training for MES systems
  • Life Cycle Management of MES, EMS & FFMW
  • Support the existing and future expansion activities related to MES, FAS, and FFMW to ensure proper design, installation, support, and compliance.


The Factory E&A Engineer will:

  • Participate in the electricity and automation engineering efforts to ensure that the design, drawings and specifications meet process requirements, are cost effective, and are in accordance with good engineering practices and Nestle guidelines for all capital projects in the factory.
  • Participate and validate design of the power distribution system, motor control centers, control panels, human machine interface (HMI), instrumentation, system integration, FAS architecture and commissioning and start up.
  • Contribute to establish/ write the URS (user requirement specifications) and FDS (functional design specifications) for all projects.
  • Participate in the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) and validate electricity and automation requirements. 
  • Participate in Commissioning, Qualification, Validation (CQV)
  • Contribute to the project close out, including Project Defect Analysis (PDA)
  • Supervise the Project Electrical Construction, and provide revised and additional drawings as requested by the Construction Superintendent and the Project Engineer.
  • Supervise the project electrical and control commissioning team.
  • Project administration for the E&A function
  • Participate in the preparation of the electrical and control project budget preparation including Engineering & Design efforts.
  • Participate in the preparation of the electrical and control project schedule.
  • As requested by the Electrical & Controls Engineering Manager and/or the Project Engineer review Invoices and Applications for Payment to ensure that they are in order and properly executed.
  • Prepare timely progress reports, including revised schedule, engineering charges, budget, etc., and distribute them to other members of the project team as needed.
  • Maintain liaisons with other departments, disciplines and facilities to provide necessary support and expertise as necessary.
  • Provide technical support to maintenance, production, safety, quality, etc.
  • Work closely with Group Engineering in the implementation of key initiatives like Factory Automation Systems (FAS), Factory Floor Middleware (FFMW), GLOBE-IT Compliance, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) modules, compliance with Nestec guidelines and recommendations, etc.


Bachelor's Degree in engineering or equivalent, preferably electrical engineering.


  • Minimum 3 years experience in the field of electricity in a manufacturing facility.
  • In-depth knowledge of Electricity, in low voltage, medium voltage and high voltage installations.
  • Good knowledge of local electrical code and standards
  • Good knowledge of Instrumentation and Process Control Systems.
  • In-depth knowledge of HMIs, PLCs
  • Knowledge of food processing operations and technology.
  • Knowledge on MES (Manufacturing Execution System).
  • Knowledge on manufacturing IT, industrial networks and applications
  • Good knowledge of electrical safety
  • Knowledge of food safety, regulatory requirements for food safety, hygienic engineering and Nestlé Quality System.


General and professional skills 

  • Analytical skills in Problem Solving, specifically, understanding of financial analysis and relevant business drivers: 
    • Internal Rate of return
    • Net Present Value
    • ROIC
    • Nestlé Standard Costing
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong conflict resolution skills
  • Strong managerial, leadership and technical skills
  • Ability to think conceptually and deal with ambiguity with a strong innovation mindset
  • Proactive problem solving ability. Ability to think objectively through various options and scenarios
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changes
  • Project Engineering/Management
  • TPM: AM and/or EM Pillar experience
  • Hygienic engineering
  • Knowledge of food safety, regulatory requirements for food safety, and equipment
  • Communication and Networking
  • CAPEX budgeting and preparation
  • Capital Investment Approval & Tracking (CIAT) tool
  • MS Office/MS Project


Inspiring People 

  • Lead people by actively practice and demonstrate Nestlé Management and Leadership principles and values
  • Develop electricians, technicians and operations personnel through coaching and training
  • Practice what you preach by ensuring words and actions are consistent (walk the talk)

Dealing with others

  • Proactive cooperation with production personnel and engineering colleagues in maintaining and improving factory operations. Understanding the needs of others and adapting one's own priorities when appropriate.
  • Impact/convince others to commit to Company's interest.

Adding Value

  • Results focused. Drive performance objectives and quality standards to deliver the best business results (Equipment Availability and First Time Quality)
  • Innovation/Renovation. Drive for improvement with new ideas to operate more efficiently
  • Anticipate future issues by taking initiative to keep up to date with technological trends and by proactively addressing future power needs of the factory

Opening Up

  • Know yourself. Understand your strengths and weaknesses and their effect on personal development and effectiveness in the organization
  • Service oriented towards manufacturing expectations and needs. Provide high quality service and build relationships.
  • Curiosity to learn more.
  • Courage to take decisions while understanding the risks and consequences.
  • Insight to explain the consequences of different scenarios.


  • Technical support & skills
  • Compliance and alignment
  • Capital investment
  • Methodologies, strategies and productivity tools
  • Functional capability and leadership.