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Cambrex High Point Controls Automation Engineer (DCS - PLC) in Charles City, Iowa

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You Matter to Cambrex.

Cambrex is a leading global contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) that provides drug substance, drug product, and analytical services across the entire drug lifecycle. With more than 40 years of experience and a growing team of over 2,000 professionals servicing global clients, Cambrex is a trusted partner in branded and generic markets for API and dosage form development and manufacturing.

Your Work Matters.

At Cambrex, we strive to build a culture where all colleagues have the opportunity to:

  • engage in work that matters to our customers and the patients they serve

  • learn new skills and enjoy new experiences in an engaging and safe environment

  • strengthen connections with coworkers and the community

    We’re committed to attracting and nurturing a passionate team of valued professionals in our fast-paced and growing company. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes healthcare, life insurance, planning for retirement, and more!

    Your Future Matters.

    Known for our customer-focused scientific and manufacturing excellence, as well as our strong commitment to quality and safety, we offer a range of career and growth opportunities across our global network of locations. Together with our customers, we aim to improve the quality of life for patients around the world. Start a career where You Matter by applying today!

Job Overview

As a part of the Engineering Department, the Automation Engineer will support and maintain the plant wide Distributed Controls System (DCS), standalone PLC’s and plant alarm system. Interaction with all areas of the manufacturing plant site will be inherent to this position as well as the ability to problem solve and prioritize activities to meet project deadlines.


  • Provide automation support for Operations, Quality Assurance, Information Technology, Maintenance, and Production Engineering to ensure a safe and efficient facility to produce quality materials.

  • Lead / assist facility designs or modifications as it relates to automation and alarm system needs. This may include control panel design, network architecture, computer systems, other as needed.

  • Perform necessary automation / engineering functions to support project related design work and project capital requests.

  • Provide equipment / instrument troubleshooting support.

  • Responsible for training contractors and vendors for any work on site via appropriate policies and procedures.

  • Train employees across departments in system changes and updates to ensure proper operation of DCS systems.

  • Develop, revise, and maintain loop sheets, system hierarchy documentation, drawings, and sketches as they pertain to projects throughout the facility.

    All employees are required to adhere to DEA, EPA, FDA and cGMP regulations as they relate to the operation of the Company; and to adhere to all company safety rules and procedures. All employees are expected to report to work regularly and promptly. Other duties relating to departmental mission, not specifically detailed in this section may be assigned.


  • cGMP/FDA knowledge and/or experience highly beneficial.

  • Knowledge of instrument control design, installation and testing preferred.

  • Piping and Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID) knowledge preferred.

  • Computer experience in windows based environment including word processing, spreadsheet and data base programs.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Education, Experience & Licensing Requirements

  • BS Chemical Engineering, highly preferred: other related fields will be considered with appropriate experience and knowledge.

  • 2 or more years experience with Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and/or plant alarm system experience.

    All requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Cambrex Corporation is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), ancestry, national origin, place of birth, age, marital status, disability/handicap, genetic information, veteran status, or other characteristics protected by federal, state, and/or local law.