Automation Controls Engineer

Date: Jan 1, 2022

Location: Chester, VA, US, 23237

Company: Dover Corporation

Our Story:


Dover Food Retail (DFR) is a leading manufacturer of Display Cases, Specialty Products, Refrigeration Systems, Power Systems and Comprehensive Services; and leading our industry by Innovating What’s Next in glass doors and intelligent merchandising technologies that keep food safe under brands such as Hill Phoenix and Anthony.


DFR is part of the Refrigeration and Food Equipment segment of the Dover Corporation® (NYSE: DOV). Dover is a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenues in excess of $7 billion.


DFR is built on creativity and customer-centric innovation delivered by people invigorated by a strong sense of responsibility to help our customers win in their marketplaces. The relationships we build with our customers are as important to our success as the products we manufacture. This collaborative environment delivers FRESH THINKING, reassuring our customers that they choose the best when they choose to work with the people of Dover Food Retail.


Job Title:        Automation Controls Engineer  

Location:        Chester, VA  (Richmond, VA)             


What we are looking for:

We are looking for a Automation Controls Engineer for our Manufacturing Technologies team, based in Richmond, VA.  Reporting to the Manager of Manufacturing Engineering, the selected candidate will integrate existing equipment and processes into a SCADA system. Primary responsibility to work with operations customers to determine information needs and develop methods for the acquisition, storage and visualization of related industrial and operational data.  Responsible for creation and ongoing use of meaningful metrics, schematics, and critical documents supporting processes and equipment, including dashboards.  May train and direct others. Create, build and implement new and existing technologies within a high-tech manufacturing environment. Be a subject matter expert.


What you will be responsible for in this role:


  • Coordinate implementation and management of automation projects and drive systemic improvements from conception through completion, for systems such as MES, maintenance systems, track and trace system, user interfaces and operational dashboards
  • Provide leadership and strong technical support for automation projects to optimize factory costs, quality and customer service through the conception, development and implementation of new and improved manufacturing processes, equipment, tooling, material flow, plant layout or product design.
  • Apply Project Management skills and tools to lead and support capital equipment and improvement projects.
  • Participate in NPI projects and drive successful introduction of new products, production and test concepts from design phase to volume production with hands-on support of new product and new process launch.
  • Interpret equipment capabilities and specifications.
    • Define equipment required to achieve optimal production.
    • Prepare detailed project scopes of work.
    • Develop electrical schematics.
    • Prepare and manage schedules.
    • Leading or directing temporary or external technical equipment builders
    • Manage installation and modifications.
    • Programming and troubleshooting of PLCs and HMIs.
    • Start-up and training.
  • Writes/revises User Requirement Specs, Functional Requirement Specs, Design Specs, Qualifications, etc.
  • Creating and updating documentation, including network, control systems, electrical/pneumatic schematics, preventive maintenance, theory of operations, BoM, mechanical CAD files, IQ validations, training and troubleshooting documentation.
  • Resolve equipment failures with focus on root cause(s).  Provide hands-on engineering support, troubleshooting and maintenance of any automated process software or production floor equipment. May direct and instruct both internal employees and external contractors during projects or advanced technical troubleshooting.
  • Helping and supporting manufacturing, to achieve safety, quality, efficiency and throughput goals, identifying opportunities to improve.
  • Ensure the sites uses state of the art automation process and technology and share new knowledge so that the capability of the organization increases.
  • Perform automation/controls programming and engineering functions in accordance with accepted practices and company standards.
  • Improve productivity via automation and new process development.
  • Investigate equipment performance and identify develop corrective actions and solutions.
  • Execute Factory and Site Acceptance Tests, Machinability Studies, and validation protocols.
  • Utilize continuous improvement methodology to improve internal processes. Responsible for writing and approving PFMEA, DFMEA, PPAPs, Fishbone Diagrams and SOP’s to ensure manufacturing and operations compliance.
  • Must be able to interact constructively across the whole organization including machine operators, production supervisors, maintenance, engineering, R&D, sales and management.
  • Develop best in class processes
  • Work collaboratively in cross-functional teams and work closely with all internal team members to implement improvements, identify issues and implement improvements.


What are the basic qualifications?


  • Bachelor’s degree Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing, Industrial engineering or similar engineering degree from an accredited university
  • Minimum 3 years of direct experience in a similar role for operations technology (OT) or productions systems design.
  • Minimum 1 year of direct experience using Ignition SCADA software.


To be a great fit for the role:


  • Experience with interfacing with IT for networking, permissions, VPN, and other Network Domain related topics.
  • Experience with manufacturing equipment and automation equipment, including conveyors, scanners, sensors, etc.
  • Experience with creation of traceability reports, non-conformance reports, paretos, heat maps and other basic analytic methods typically utilized in a manufacturing environment.
  • Strong understanding of industry 4.0 theory and fundamentals
  • Has attended both core and database trainings for Ignition SCADA
  • Can design and program PLC logic (Allen Bradley preferred)
  • Strong understanding of various industrial communications protocols (OPC UA and Ethernet/IP a plus)
  • Some experience in database and SQL usage beneficial
  • Understands pneumatic and electrical automated design concepts
  • Understands and practices acceptable safe electrical, mechanical, and operator work practices. 
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Lean methodology familiarity


How We Define Our Values and Why You Should Join Our Team:


The backbone behind our collection of outstanding businesses is a team of dedicated employees who protect and enhance our valued reputation for quality and delivering what we promise. It’s our values that define Dover to all of our key audiences: our shareholders, customers, prospective employees and especially to ourselves.

These values must be expressed in our work and embody our actions, as they form the basis by which we do our jobs, make decisions and measure our performance. It’s our unwavering commitment to maintaining our values that defines who we are as a Company.


  • Collaborative Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • Winning Through Customers
  • Respects and Values People
  • Expectations for Results
  • High Ethical Standards, Openness, and Trust


What’s in it for you?


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • 401k Retirement Plan
  • Flexible Spending
  • Paid Holidays










The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the Company.


Dover Food Retail is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.


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