Controls Engineer 24 December, 2019

Discovery Park is a 220 acre science park based in south east Kent, just 1hr 18mins from central London and a prime location for Central Europe and beyond.

With over 7 years in our ownership, the Park started with 5 tenants and through our strategic location and world class facilities we have attracted over 160 new businesses, from life science and bio-technology companies to an educational hub and ancillary support organisations for these sectors.

Our vision is that in the next 5 to 10 years Discovery Park will become a world class and world leading science park with a strong associated ecosystem.

There will be a vibrant and growing tenant portfolio, focused around an increasing proportion of life sciences, IT, engineering and technology companies – the convergence of these technologies is expected to drive healthcare innovation in areas such as manufacturing and AI.

We are also committed to education, training and talent development. Working in partnership the Park has held many events to engage children in science, technology, engineering and maths at an early age. In a few years’ time, we want to see more young people within Kent choosing science as their career and even better, returning to the park to pursue it.

Discovery Park is investing in infrastructure and buildings across the park to ensure that we remain a robust and efficient place to do business.

To help us to continue to drive towards operational excellence we are recruiting engineers to join our building engineering and utilities team and help build a bright future for Discovery Park.

From working on big projects, installing new equipment, problem solving, planned maintenance and carrying out inspections and repairs, your role will certainly be varied but this makes it both interesting and challenging and will leave you with a sense of achievement.

Our Utilities Engineering Team build and maintain the infra structure needed to provide the Park with electricity, steam, industrial chilling and manage wastewater.

We are currently recruiting for a Controls Engineer.

Controls Engineer (Salary circa 45-50K) 40 hours per week (M-F) OT as may be required

As a Controls Engineer you will work very closely with the Operations and Maintenance Teams to ensure that timely technical support is provided, and that controls improvements are completed effectively in a timely manner.

You will work across a broad range of controls systems to ensure the ongoing operation and visibility of the current Utilities infrastructure, including troubleshooting/fault finding and routine maintenance/inspection.

As a Controls Engineer you will:

  • be able to identify the best solution to controls/automation issues, even if this involves changing the way a system operates in order to ensure that the best solution is implemented.
  • work closely with the operations and maintenance teams and identify opportunities where improvements to controls systems can result in more cost effective or robust operations.
  • scope these minor improvement works/projects and implement the improvements, incorporating any feedback from the wider team.
  • support the migration of legacy control systems onto new operating systems, including the development of specifications for new controls equipment and systems – develop these systems from conception to implementation.
  • commission and snag new or modified control systems, ensuring that they are fit for purpose by testing and soliciting feedback from users.
  • support controls systems changes to facilitate Utilities rationalisation projects, ensuring that modified control systems meet the current requirements of the operation.
  • work within existing Safe Systems of Work.
  • understand the potential safety implications of modifications to control system, seeking advice from the wider team to ensure that any risks are adequately controlled by the control system or other means.
  • participate in energy saving projects.
  • keep abreast of control system developments in order to identify opportunities for the use of alternative technologies or techniques.
  • keep and maintain accurate operational records and prepare regular progress reports as/when needed.
  • produce functional specifications and/or formal control system strategy documents.
  • write code to meet the requirements of the individual plant/process/operating system.
  • train control system users in all aspects of the control systems
  • keep accurate records of changes, to ensure visibility

We are looking for applicants who can demonstrate:

  • previous experience working as a Controls Engineer, ideally in an industrial or utilities environment
  • problem solving experience
  • an ability to read electrical and mechanical drawings
  • strong communication skills and be able to work effectively with a wide variety of clients.
  • a good understanding of a range of Control Systems, including coding
  • IT skills and familiarity with relevant software packages.
  • a thorough understanding of PLC systems
  • an awareness of one of the following controls systems; Trend, Tac, Schneider, Honeywell and or PLC automation, with the ability to work through and understand the strategy and control systems.
  • experience in producing functional specifications or strategy documentation
  • an ability to work well within a multi-disciplinary team

Interested applicants should send their CV to alan.campbell@discovery-park.co.uk (Utilities Maintenance Manager)

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