Principal Engineer - Automation and Controls

in Casa Grande, AZ

Principal Engineer - Automation and Controls Job

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  • Job Location

    Casa Grande, AZ, US

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    Full time

  • Travel

    Yes, 25 % of the Time

  • Schedule

    40 hours per week

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 115,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Abbott is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare. With a portfolio of leading, science-based offerings in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott serves people in more than 150 countries and employs approximately 69,000 people. 
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At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer:

  • A fast-paced work environment where your safety is our priority
  • Production areas that are clean, well-lit and temperature-controlled
  • Training and career development, with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance
  • Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans
  • Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match
  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

Learn more about our benefits that add real value to your life to help you live fully:

What You''ll Do:


Primary Job Function 

Lead manufacturing operations data systems across global supply chain. Provide technical consulting support to Manufacturing Operations and project engineers, as required.  Oversight of installation and integration of manufacturing systems specifically for wet and powder processing, utilities, powder filling, and secondary packaging: 

  • PLC programming in Allen-Bradley ControlLogix and CompactLogix platforms 

  • HMI/SCADA programming in Ignition, FactoryTalk View SE/ME 

  • Temperature / pressure / level / conductivity / PH / vibration instrumentation, sensors, and other field I/O devices 

  • Manufacturing networks and electrical MCCs and PDUs 

Lead electrical control and instrumentation system design for large-scale projects including, but not limited to, the following tasks: 

  • Develop and manage automation and controls scope based on user requirements.

  • Preparing cost estimates, bid packages, and outlining equipment specifications, 

  • Designing or managing the design of industrial control systems, 

  • Managing construction of electrical control systems on equipment or manufacturing systems, 

  • Manage multiple vendors during deployment of a large-scale project, spanning multiple process cells, 

  • Develop validation/commissioning strategy for integrated equipment and systems and 

  • Managing the installation, validation, and start-up of industrial control systems. 

  • Coordinate with internal and external resources to drive innovative technology Proof of Concepts and drive Industry 4.0 transformation. 

What You'll Bring:

Minimum Education 

  • A Bachelors Degree in Engineering or closely related discipline, or equivalent technical experience plus demonstrated competence. 

  • 8+ years of significant engineering experience in FDA regulated environment. 

Background Skills/Knowledge 

  • Experience in FDA regulated manufacturing, consumer packaged goods or similar experience required. 

  • Experience with validation or commissioning documentation required 

  • Experience with powder processing, filling and inspection technologies strongly preferred 

  • Experience with vision and inspection systems or similar technology preferred 

  • Experience with large capital project delivery and leading a cross-functional project team preferred. 

The base pay for this position is $90,700.00 – $181,300.00. In specific locations, the pay range may vary from the range posted.

Job Skills

  • Automation
  • Validation
  • Commissioning
  • Manufacturing Operations
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • HMI
  • FDA
  • Manufacturing
  • Designing
  • Industrial Control Systems
  • Utilities
  • Inspection
  • PLC Programming
  • I/O
  • Installation
  • System Design
  • Design
  • Industry 4.0
  • Instrumentation
  • Packaging
  • Technical Consulting
  • supply chain
  • Factorytalk View
  • Electrical Control Systems
  • Construction
  • Commissioning Documentation
  • Vibration
  • Powder Processing
  • Integration

Additional Information

Who We Are


Abbott values the leadership skills developed through military service and we have a broad range of functional areas to put your talents to work. Our organization is making a difference in the lives of the people we serve with a diverse offering of healthcare products. We have a strong veteran employee community to help with your transition from the military to the corporate world.

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