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PLC Data and Automation Engineer

As the world leader in metal packaging technology, Crown designs and manufactures a wide range of innovative and sustainable metal packaging solutions. Our customers are some of the world’s largest and most-respected companies.

About this opportunity:

We are an enthusiastic, diverse group of engineers and software developers; responsible for building, deploying, maintaining and improving bespoke software to support the Crown can manufacturing business.

The scope of work is growing, and as a result, we need more people to support the system, in collaboration with the factories, corporate team, commissioning engineers, suppliers etc.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • Responsible for the deployment of Crown in-house built Manufacturing Execution System to Crown factories globally, from surveying the factory and building a scope of work, to identify missing data / hardware, to coding of the PLCs, right through to the configuration of the website, and validating the data.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of the system – working with factories across the world to fault find issues with the data, whether it’s a faulty sensor, or a typo in the website configuration.
  • Responsible for the continuous improvement of the system – working with the factories to identify improvement opportunities for the system, researching possible solutions, and working with the software developers to implement them.

Essential skills, education and experience required:

  • Degree level or an equivalent higher level qualification in electrical and control engineering or closely related discipline is preferred. 
  • Minimum 2 years proven ability in the automation / MES / SCADA systems for machines in factories
  • Knowledge of MES systems – how the data will flow from the PLC to the website
  • Knowledge of Allen Bradley PLC programming – editing PLC programs to gather data from the machines
  • Knowledge of networking - how the data flows from the PLC, through switches, to be stored on a server database (SQL).
  • Understanding of factories and general factory equipment automation and instrumentation – sensors, meters, motors etc.
  • Project management experience – interacting with multiple parties (plant, IT, corporate, commissioning engineers, continuous improvement teams, suppliers etc.), keeping stakeholders informed, developing schedules.
  • Effective communicator at all levels with ability to promote and present task progress
  • Proven ability to work effectively within a technical team
  • Promotes and upholds exemplary safe working practices at all times
  • Ability and ambition to develop within role

Desirable skills, education and experience required:

  • Qualifications will be considered in conjunction with relevant knowledge and experience.
  • Knowledge of data analytics – how to present data to that it is useful to the user (e.g. Microsoft Excel, PowerBI).
  • Experience of the design process from specification through to implementation and final validation
  • Knowledge communication protocols – how to gather data from different systems (PLCs, IoT sensors, etc.) using different methods of communication protocol (Modbus, OPC UA etc.)
  • Some competence in a second language

What Crown can offer you?

  • The opportunity to build a career in a multi-cultural environment
  • To be rewarded fairly and promoted based on merit and performance 
  • Professional and personal development through training and work experiences
  • Strong engagement and commitment to the safety of our employees 

What Crown can offer you? 

  • the opportunity to build a career in a multi-cultural environment
  • to be rewarded fairly and promoted based on merit and performance  
  • professional and personal development through training and work experiences 
  • strong engagement and commitment to the safety of our employees  

Join us and become part of an international team of professionals who are passionate about sustainable packaging.  

Equal opportunity 

Crown is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. 

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PLC Data and Automation Engineer

Requisition ID:  2504

Wantage, GB, OX12 9BP

Functional Area: 
Experience Level:  Experienced professional
Type of Contract:  Permanent

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