Alcoa (NYSE: AA) is a global industry leader in bauxite, alumina and aluminum products, with a strong portfolio of value-added cast and rolled products and substantial energy assets. Alcoa is built on a foundation of strong values and operating excellence dating back nearly 130 years to the world-changing discovery that made aluminum an affordable and vital part of modern life. Since inventing the aluminum industry, and throughout our history, our talented Alcoans have followed on with breakthrough innovations and best practices that have led to efficiency, safety, sustainability and stronger communities wherever we operate.
The Electrical Engineer will design, implement, and troubleshoot power, Level 1 control (PLC-based), and data collection systems. This position will be responsible for maintaining the electrical equipment utilized in the Advanced Smelting Technology Research (including multiple 15,000 – 25,000 ampere rectifiers, one 0.5 MW & one 2 MW generator, etc.). Duties include: control panel design, initiating hardware specification and selection, PLC programming, and troubleshooting. This role will propose and implement solutions to support systems and operations for advanced aluminum smelting technologies.
Primary Purpose of Position:
Build, maintain, develop, and deploy the functional control software components used for research and development of the following technologies:
Smelting Cell Operations
Anode / Cathode manufacturing systems
Data collection systems
Control system hardware assembly designs
Continuous improvement of alumina feed and ore management systems
Work with the Electrolysis Operations supervisor, manager, engineers (mechanical, process and design) and technicians to optimize and implement novel solutions to various equipment utilized as part of advanced smelting technology in support of an aluminum smelting process being developed by Alcoa researchers. Examples of sub-systems include heaters, temperature monitoring hardware, hydraulic actuators, lifting devices, and melt furnaces, all integrated into a process.
Oversee contracted electricians to ensure work is completed safely and accurately.
Coordinate preventative maintenance program on electrical equipment used for various technologies.
Maintain up-to-date testing and calibration of electrical test equipment and PPE.
BS degree in Electrical Engineering.
5 years of industrial power system and automation experience, including the application and programming of PLC-based systems/HMI technology.
Capacity for making decisions and problem solving independently.
Demonstrated experience with quickly learning and applying new concepts, software packages, and equipment.
Proficient in PLC programming (ladder logic, structured text, and/or function block diagram).
Proficient in MS Office Suite of applications.
Experience working with low voltage (<600V) electrical equipment.
Proficient in the application with any or all of the following software and hardware: Rockwell PLCs, FactoryTalk View SE, AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Visio.
Understanding of structured programming languages such as Visual Basic or C++; experience with Visual Basic .NET.
Understanding of standard data collection methods and systems; experience with Microsoft SQL and/or OSI PI databases.
Experience in data collection/analysis methods and technologies.
Experience designing electrical control panels, including panel layouts and schematics.
Excellent organization skills and the ability to handle multiple assignments simultaneously.
Ability to identify root causes of process deficiencies with recommended solutions.
Communicate progress/results both through written reports and oral presentations to management and peers.
Lead by example showing a strong awareness of environmental, health, and safety principles in a laboratory and manufacturing environment.
Pro-active and ability to work with minimal supervision.
Proven electrical system design proficiencies with experience in execution from design concept to prototype to production scales.
Ability to effectively work with resources within and outside the program team.
Alcoa encourages applications from women, people of diverse backgrounds and those with different skills and life experiences. Alcoa is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.