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Digital Automation Engineer

Bowling Green, KY, United States
Closing date
Jul 21, 2022

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Physical Sciences, Engineering, Information Technology
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Full Time
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At Henkel, you can be a game changer and craft your career. Unleash your entrepreneurial spirit by bringing your ideas to life within a global team. Our leading brands and technologies, along with our high-performing businesses will provide you with countless opportunities to develop your skills and explore new paths. Your career at Henkel will contribute to a more sustainable future, while you grow within our vibrant, diverse culture of trust and belonging. If you're up for challenging the status quo, join our team of pioneers and make your mark on the future with us.

Do you dare to make an impact?

The Bowling Green manufacturing facility is looking for top talent to lead our facility to best in class performance levels and culture. We are currently building a 3-5 year journey to automate, build capability and deliver results. If you have a passion for manufacturing automation and love working in a fast-paced environment, come join our winning team!

The Automation Engineer will provide leadership to all capital projects related to automation and controls. This will be an individual contributor role who will be a subject matter expert in the areas of automation and controls.
  • Identify new opportunities for automation within the current and future manufacturing process
  • Investigates and recommends the most effective methods to always keep the company at competitive edge and conducts cost comparison studies
  • Designing new automation projects or processes that align to the strategic digital transformation vision
  • Contributes heavily from feasibility/scope up to start-up of controls- and automation-related projects and services
  • Writing reports for senior colleagues outlining new concepts, testing outcomes, and ongoing efficiency.
  • Programming new automation components to the manufacturing process with Function Block, Structured Text and Ladder Logic languages
  • Developing and maintaining clear and accurate documentation of automation equipment or processes
  • Collaborate with other business units to understand how automation can improve workflow
  • Identify continuous improvement opportunities and quality issues in development, service or business processes
  • Provide equipment start-up and troubleshooting expertise to all areas of the facility
  • Works with Contractors, Department Managers and Maintenance staff to troubleshoot problems and improve processes

  • More than 10 years of automation and controls experience in a manufacturing setting, preferably in consumer goods, food, chemical or pharmaceutical industries.
  • Have been part of large (>$5 million) capital projects
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering
  • Programming experience: Understanding of software design techniques, such as modular and phase programming in Siemens and Rockwell platforms is highly preferable. Exposure to batch programming and OMAC PackML is also preferred.
  • Experience with of industrial networking: Ethernet/IP, Profinet. IT networking protocols and architecture are a plus.
  • Knowledge of the PlantPAx DCS and objects
  • Knowledge in the areas of electrical design, automation system design, current technologies, human machine interface design, and industrial networks.
  • Knowledge of NEC, ANSI, ISO, and IEC standards is preferred
  • New equipment commissioning and high efficiency start up procedure experience is highly preferable
Henkel is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and other legally protected characteristics.



At Henkel, you can make a difference and craft your career. That's why you own your projects and take full responsibility from an early stage. Our unique brands in markets around the world open up countless opportunities to follow your convictions and explore new paths. If you have an entrepreneurial mindset that allows you to always think out of the box - take the chance and shape the digital future together with us.

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