Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Need: Business Process Control Consultant : Duluth, MN


Business Process Control Consultant


Location:        Duluth, MN

Duration:       6 Months



·         Control and/or Automation Engineer, Mining Engineer, Chemical Engineer or Electrical Engineer

·         Post Graduation, master or doctor degree in process control, chemical engineering or automation and control


Technical Skills



        Strong industrial process skills (Mining & Beneficiation Plants, preferably Iron Ore)

        Understanding of PLC/DCS programming

        Knowledge of automation basics (usual logics, interlocking, SCADA, PIMS)

        Knowledge of industrial instrumentation

        Experience in Process Control

o   Regulatory control (PID, Feedback Control)

o   Process variable characteristics and common mining control strategies

o   Control Loop tuning

o   Advanced Control strategies

o   Control Loop Performance Assessment (CLPA) methodologies and KPIs

        Data Analysis

        Statistics and Statistical Process Control

        Root Cause Analysis

        Continuous process improvement



         Advanced Control

o  Fuzzy Logic

o  Multivariable Controls

o  Artificial Neural Networks

        Process Modeling and Simulation

        Linear Dynamic Estimators and Soft Sensor

        Multivariate Statistical Process Control




         Manufacturing Execution Systems



        Work effectively with multi-disciplinary teams

        Identify potential causes of the problem by analyzing its component parts.

        Research and apply emerging and consolidated optimization technologies

        Able to identify major application areas for optimization technology and to calculate the potential financial benefits of that.

        Strong analytical skill


Key responsibilities of this role may include:


       Assess control loops performance and propose changes in the control strategies. Working knowledge of well-known techniques/indexes (Harris, Spectral Analysis, Autocorrelation, etc.)

       Knowledge and understanding of the software packages that collect process data and calculate Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

       Tune control loops and identify instrumentation issues.

       Apply methodology to configure control loops, logics and interlocks in DCS

       Understand Alarm Management methodologies and techniques

       Developing process and functional design activities

       Creating functional requirements as an input to application design

       Developing and testing detailed functional designs for business solution components and prototypes

       Planning and executing data conversion activities

       Knowledge and understanding of DCS systems

       Knowledge and understanding of PLCs

       Understand the communication protocols between different DCS systems and other subsystems (Modbus, Profibus, Ethernet, etc.)


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