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Process Control Engineer



Other Engineering
Dublin, GA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2024

General Information

Job ID
Posting Job Title
Process Control Engineer
GA Dublin
Employment Type
Full Time
Date Posted
Relocation Support

Description & Requirements

WestRock (NYSE :WRK) is a global leader in sustainable paper and packaging solutions. We are materials scientists, packaging designers, mechanical engineers and manufacturing experts with a shared purpose: Innovate Boldly. Package Sustainably. Guided by our values of integrity, respect, accountability and excellence, we use leading science and technology to more fiber-based packaging forward.


The Process Control Engineer is responsible for maintaining and supporting every aspect of the mill’s process control network and infrastructure. The Process Control Engineer guides solutions for maintenance and operations, designs and manages the process control infrastructure, upgrades equipment using process best practices, and drives the completion of process control projects.


Business Excellence

  • Design, implement, and support existing and new process control projects for Distributed Control Systems (DCS), Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC's), and custom control applications running in a MS environment
  • Evaluate and manage processes and equipment operation to meet or exceed standards
  • Read and understand piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID's), loop sheets, and electrical drawings to understand processes and potential opportunities for improvement
  • Maintain and troubleshoot all hardware associated with the DCS including: computers, servers, switches, process controllers, process I/O, PLC, thin clients, monitors, mouse, and keyboards
  • Execute programming and software changes to support new and existing control systems or components of a process
  • Perform all activities to support software system backups, integrations, software repairs and revisions, software updates, and system recovery for all IT associated with process control for the entire facility (including DCS computers, servers, switches, and controllers)
  • Serve as a subject matter expert related to the electrical wiring and troubleshooting associated with the DCS equipment
  • Support other departments to address needs that arise during daily operations (e.g. Electrician and Instrumentation to troubleshoot I/O, operations to address interlocks and safety, etc.)
  • Collaborate with various departments to improve DCS control strategies, interlocks, alarms, and graphics for safety of workers, safety of equipment, and maximum uptime
  • Maintain the PI interface (historian - Plant Information System) and collaborate with other departments to make sure process data is appropriately captured and updated
  • Partner with the process control engineering team to plan DCS upgrades and projects
  • Support engineering and maintenance departments with projects that require DCS I/O and controls

People and Culture

  • Serve as a liaison between mill personnel and contractors doing process control work
  • Provide ongoing guidance and coaching to process control engineers focused on tools and systems, interactions between functional areas, end-to-end processes, and how various efforts relate to strategic organizational goals
  • Use day-to-day issues as teaching moments to build the problem-solving skill set and process control capability of team members


  • Process-Oriented: Plans, designs, manages processes while focusing on refining and improving to increase efficiency and effectiveness; understands process inputs, activities, outputs, roles and sequencing
  • Problem-Solving: Applies knowledge to frame, simplify and solve complex issues; focuses on identifying root causes to create solutions in a timely and decisive manner; reconciles conflicting and/or incomplete information to develop solutions
  • Collaboration: Works effectively with others to complete a task or achieve a common objective; ability to cooperate in both interpersonal and team relationships to foster enthusiasm and maintain mutual trust, candor, and respect for others; works through conflict constructively:
  • Communication: Creates and delivers engaging presentations to internal and external audiences; develops new communication strategies and approaches to communicate data, insights, and critical messages resulting in clear understanding
  • Growth and Results Oriented: Delivers personal or organizational results by successfully influencing others (i.e. co-workers, other teams, external partners, etc.) within a matrixed organization; delivers high quality work within the stipulated time period to achieve maximum results
  • Adaptability: Demonstrates agility, flexibility, and a willingness to modify one’s approach to achieve desired results; responds quickly to changing demands, processes, and updated information
  • Time Management: Plans, prioritizes, and manages time spent on accomplishing tasks to increase productivity and efficiency; demonstrates awareness and control over amount of time spent on activities; meets deadlines


Required Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a focus in Electrical Engineering is preferred; Industrial Instrumentation degree with focus in networking and IT or Computer Science degree are acceptable given work experience
  • 5+ years of experience in a process control job with supervisory experience
  • 24/7 support of mill planned and unplanned outages; weekend duty rotation
  • Electrical/Instrumentation knowledge
  • Advanced computer and IT/networking skills including experience with the following:
  • Windows hardware and software knowledge
  • Multi-level networks
  • Virtualization
  • Project Management skills and tools
  • Ability to read documentation and diagrams related to various hardware, software, and wiring (e.g. piping and instrumentation diagrams - P&ID's)

Plus / Preferred Skills:

  • Background in electrical engineering or instrumentation
  • Work experience in IT, networking, and/or controls
  • Experience working in a 24/7 call environment
  • Foxboro/Honeywell training/certification
  • IT training/certifications

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WestRock is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to create and maintain a diverse workforce where everyone feels valued, respected, and included. WestRock does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law.