Automation Engineers (Any US TP location)

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Date: 17 Sep 2023

Location: Vernon Hills, IL, US Denton, TX, US Winsted, MN, US Clovis, NM, US Champlin, MN, US

Company: Tetra Pak

At Tetra Pak we commit to making food safe and available, everywhere; and we protect what's good – protecting food, protecting people, and protecting the planet. By doing so we touch millions of people's lives every day. And we need people like you to make it happen.

Job Summary


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We are looking for an Automation Engineer, who will bring expertise in automation tools with a commitment to customer focus, quality and innovation. This is an opportunity to interface with our extensive customer base and provide industry-leading processing solutions and field troubleshooting skills are required. In this role you will be an individual contributor, working under general supervision, this role reports to an Automation Engineering Manager.
We have different positions currently open for our Vernon Hills IL (north suburb of Chicago), and/or Greater Minneapolis area, Winsted, Champlin, MN but the position may be located within the U.S.
You will be travelling 35% of your time to our customer sites and regionally for start up/commissioning required. 
The US/CA Project Centre will prioritize local candidates (External), who will not require international relocation to the United States, due our urgency to place the talents in the market.


What you will do


 As an Automation Engineer you will: 


  • Develop and track project program & engineering resource requirements including design, installation, and commissioning tasks. Report to the Project Manager for project & program related tasks including budget control, progress reports & forecasting.
  • Interface with account managers and customers to assess the customer requirements and thereby create cost effective quotations. 
  • Analyze, design, develop, and implement an automation solution including database, reports, HMI and PLC programs to meet project requirements.
  • Configure control system including PLC and the HMI/SCADA system.
  • Finalize automation options such as distributed I/O and/or control field bus networks, etc.
  • Design, test and configure control panels, motor control centers, Ethernet networks, ASI networks, and pneumatic circuits, for automation systems.
  • Development electrical single line diagrams and schematics as required.
  • Configure valve tops, variable frequency drives and motor starters.
  • Ensure all automation designs implemented comply with UL508A, Code of Practice, Client Electrical Standards, and any other regulatory requirements.
  • Participate in design reviews and safety risk assessments.
  • Manage automation activities on site for installation, commissioning, and performance testing phases.  

We believe you have: 


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering/Automation Engineering or related technical field.
  • At least 2 years of experience with processing area automation systems required.  
  • Proficiency with FactoryTalk View SE HMI development preferred.
  • Working knowledge of ISA-S88 and S95 preferred.
  • Previous experience in pharmaceutical, food or dairy industries is a plus. 
  • Experience with Servers, Visual Basic, SQL databases, Virtual Machines & VMware preferred.
  • Working experience with Microsoft Office required.
  • Good level of design skill and troubleshooting capability of electrical (up to 600 VAC) and pneumatic systems required.
  • Strong, positive oral & written communication skills both internally & with customers required.


We Offer You


  • A variety of exciting challenges with ample opportunities for development and training in a truly global landscape
  • A culture that pioneers a spirit of innovation where our industry experts drive visible results
  • An equal opportunity employment experience that values diversity and inclusion
  • Market competitive compensation and benefits with flexible working arrangements


Pay Equity


Tetra Pak provides the following compensation range that in good faith believes it might pay and/or offer for this position. The range displayed reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for the position across all US locations.
Ranges are determined by role, level and location. Within the range, individual pay is defined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. 
This compensation range is based on a full-time schedule. The estimate displayed is just one component of Tetra Pak's total compensation package for employees. Other rewards include annual performance bonus, competitive benefits, and work-related allowances. 


  • Annual Base Salary Range (ABS): Automation Engineer B, $55,000.00 – 79,000.00 / Automation Engineer A, $66,000.00 - 86,000.00 / Senior Automation Engineer B,  $80,000.00 - 115,000.00 / Senior Automation Engineer A, $97,000.00 - 135,000.00 
  • Short-term Incentive/Bonus (Variable Pay): Eligible to performance incentive of 10% of ABS
  • Benefits: 401k company match, paid time off, paid holidays, Health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, Paid parental leave, tuition reimbursement and much more!


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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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