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Automation Engineer

Company: Powell Industries
Location: Houston
Posted on: November 20, 2023

Job Description:

We are currently seeking a motivated individual to be a part of our growing Powell Automation Division (PAD). This exciting position allows the ability to not only grow professionally but also fuel the future presence of PAD in the automation space! As a member of PAD you will work and collaborate with diverse professionals to apply innovative and creative solutions to solve problems for our clients. Key responsibilities include engineering, testing, maintaining and supporting automation solutions as well as intelligent products in MV/LV switchgear applications.


  • Become proficient in PAD solutions and offerings
  • Review and interpret client specifications to produce project Functional Design, drawings and test documentation in accordance with the project requirements and Powell standard procedures.
  • Develop relay configuration files using various manufactures such as SEL, GE, Siemens and Beckwith.
  • Design and configure SCADA systems using WonderWare InTouch, Allen Bradley Factory Talk, Copa-Data Zenon, Siemens WinCC, and/or SEL RTAC HMI
  • Use common industrial communication protocols such as Modbus TCP/IP, IEC61850, and DNP 3.0.
  • Develop PLC based electrical system monitoring and controls solutions.
  • Participate in and develop documentation for factory and on-site acceptance testing (FAT and SAT respectively), as well as perform start-up and commissioning activities as required
  • Ensure that the company's Health, Safety & Environmental policies and procedures are constantly adhered to all aspects of Site Services.
  • Provide technical guidance to internal and external stakeholders, including after sales support.


    • BSEE or equivalent from an accredited institution
    • General knowledge of at least one of the following:
    • Automation and Control systems
    • Power Systems
    • Protective Relaying
    • Previous experience in automation, PLC control systems, or protective relaying a plus
    • Customer service oriented
    • Able to work effectively in a team setting or independently, able to adapt to change, self-motivated, innovative, and willing to make a difference
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Experience in producing technical documentation and technical reports
    • Strong analytical and trouble shooting skills

      Working & Environmental Conditions

      • Travel is required for this position. The amount of travel is estimated to be 25% of the time to customer sites.
      • The customer sites can be refineries, utility substation yards or even offshore platforms.
      • The position will contain working in an office environment as well has performing testing on the manufacturing floor with the equipment

        Posted position does offer relocation or relocation assistance within the continental US.

        Posted position does offer visa sponsorship for candidates located within a reasonable area of the location of the position.

        About Us

        In our 70+ year history, Powell has always known that our employees are at the heart of our success. Without question, we have the most talented people in all parts of our organization. As a manufacturer, we recruit and hire experienced and knowledgeable applicants to ensure our product is engineered, fabricated and assembled to customer specifications!

        Powered by Innovation - Powell's culture has and will always be founded in our "can do" attitude. If we can imagine it, we can do it. Become a part of our story, and let us help you write yours. Hard work pays off in all of our teams, with opportunity for advancement and promotion without sacrificing work-life balance. Successful candidates must have a legal authorization to work in the United States on a full-time basis, with only those candidates selected for interview contacted.

        We are an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer/Vet/Disability

        If you need an accommodation in the hiring process, you may contact . Application status inquiries will not be accepted in this manner.

Keywords: Powell Industries, Houston , Automation Engineer, Engineering , Houston, Texas

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