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Joplin, Missouri, United States

Automation Engineer

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Job ID 54800


The Automation Engineer contributes to the success of the Joplin Mineral Wool Plant by providing controls, network, and automation support for the entire manufacturing operation. The Automation Engineer is responsible for specifying, designing and trouble-shooting automated assembly equipment in a team environment to continuously improve manufacturing performance.  They will continuously improve the process controls and mechanical automated systems throughout the entire mineral wool manufacturing facility.   

Reports to:  Joplin Maintenance Leader

Span of Control:  No direct reports. The Joplin Plant has 120 employees with one manufacturing line. 


Live the Owens Corning Safety Stand- Living Safely

  • Ensures a safe and environmentally compliant workplace where safety is a first priority.
  • Sustainability and Environmental Compliance / Stewardship

Development and Execution of Plant Automation Strategy

  • Provide electrical, controls and automation support to automation projects, plant process, packaging and utility operations
  • Support plant maintenance and operations teams in system and equipment troubleshooting and in technology transfer
  • Assist corporate engineering and plant engineering with automation projects
  • Provide technical support to all operating and maintenance departments to help trouble shoot and diagnose issues related to PLC and HMI programs.
  • Enhance maintenance processes through equipment and systems analysis to identify opportunities for equipment or process modification, equipment replacement, or application of new technology
  • Develop, implement and monitor automation and control strategies and system architecture for the facility.
  • Works with other members of the control systems design department and other groups to continuously improve methods of integrating controls technology, with the goals being enhanced safety, enhanced functionality and improved efficiency.


  • Designs low voltage (typically 480VAC and lower) power and control systems for automated manufacturing applications including control system panels, motor controls center specifications, safety systems, and automation network design
  • Selection and specification of machine components such as motors, pneumatics, conveyors, sensors etc.
  • Develops P&IDs, reviews equipment specifications and line layouts
  • Create detailed documentation including but not limited to design input requirements, specifications, design of experiments, acceptance test and validation protocols, detailed drawings and bills of materials.
  • Establishes sequence of operation & control system architecture
  • Develops high-quality PLC and HMI programming aligned with the defined project requirements
  • Design and develop automation simulations and emulations when project requires it

Leading and Developing Talent

  • Development and participation in both formal and informal training programs designed to teach personnel the operating and trouble-shooting techniques for the completed control system
  • Leads talent development, training and builds open, trusting environment that promotes listening, respect, winning, and fun
  • Communicates effectively throughout the plant and ensures people have the right information to win.
  • Ensures team have the skills and capabilities to be successful



  • Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in Electrical Engineering.
  • A minimum of 4 years of industrial manufacturing/automation assignments and experience
  • Controls and Automation – experience in transforming manufacturing facilities to an increasingly automated manufacturing environment
  • Experience commissioning and troubleshooting new electrical installations including preparing electrical construction bid packages.
  • Expertise in programming and commissioning of Robotics Equipment – Fanuc and Yaskawa


  • Complete proficiency producing electrical schematic drawings using AutoCAD 2012/2014
  • Ability to draft and follow standards with common national standards (NFPA, NEC, IEC, CE)
  • Strong working knowledge of the following manufactures process control hardware (Allen Bradley PLC5 and SLC 500, ControlLogix, CompactLogix etc.) for specification of the following
  • Expertise in PLC I/O Modules (Point I/O, Flex I/O), PLC I/O buses (Profibus, Fieldbus, DeviceNet, ControlNet. etc.)
  • Expertise in Allen Bradley Variable Frequency Drives and Motion Control 
  • Expertise in SCADA systems (Ignition and/or RSLinx)
  • Control Reliable Safety Design and Implementation
    • Safety Monitoring Relays, PLCs, Category 4 (TUV Certified a Plus)
  • Expertise in Sensors and Sensor Software (Level, Pressure, Temperature, Proximity switches, Encoders, pH, vision, position indication, etc.)
  • Proficiency in databases
  • Knowledge in networks and IT
  • Knowledge in 3D drafting


About Owens Corning  

Owens Corning is a global building and industrial materials leader. The company's three integrated businesses are dedicated to the manufacture and advancement of a broad range of insulation, roofing and fiberglass composite materials. Leveraging the talents of 19,000 employees in 33 countries, Owens Corning provides innovative products, manufacturing technologies, and sustainable solutions that address energy efficiency, product safety, renewable energy, durable infrastructure, and labor productivity. These solutions provide a material difference to the company's customers and make the world a better place. Based in Toledo, Ohio, USA, the company posted 2019 sales of $7.2 billion. Founded in 1938, it has been a Fortune 500® company for 65 consecutive years. For more information, please visit

Owens Corning is an equal opportunity employer.

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