Manufacturing Engineer - Process and Automation

Job Description

At Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) we are leading the global energy transition by developing a portfolio of renewable energy and green hydrogen projects.  Our large scale, low-cost hydropower, geothermal, solar and wind assets will support establishment of green energy and green product industries around the world.  FFI is committed to building thriving communities by delivering social, environmental and economic benefits.

Manufacturing Engineer - Process and Automation

Work Location: Gladstone, Queensland

FFI is transforming regional Australia through green industry manufacturing with a Global Green Energy Manufacturing Centre (GEM) in Gladstone, Queensland.  Stage one of the six-stage project will establish Australia’s first multi-gigawatt-scale electrolyser factory – a world-class facility with an initial capacity of 2 gigawatts (GW) per annum – more than doubling current global production.

Fortescue plans to establish its first Vocational Training and Employment centre (VTEC) in Queensland at GEM, in addition to Trade Up and Leadership and Excellence programs, with a strong focus on giving a hand up to Traditional Custodians.

As a Manufacturing Engineer with knowledge in process and automation, you are responsible for providing technical controls and systems software support for the manual and automated production and testing line. You will be responsible for making sure that all process and test equipment controls software is maintained and running properly to ensure consistent and safe operation of all equipment and processes with the goal of minimizing production and testing downtime relative to controls related issues. From time to time, you will also be tasked with making updates to system software and writing new software when necessary.

Key accountabilities will include:

  • Provide technical support to the manufacturing operations team to maintain process system controls software
  • Develop process controls software to improve process efficiencies, reduce processing costs, or improve process reliability. Update process machine controls software to add new functionality or improve system operation
  • Executes the assigned work according to agreed work flows and in accordance with FFI standard processes and safety guidelines. Perform PLC programming / troubleshooting. Implement measures to sustain high OEE on assigned automation line, including robotics, material handling and conveyancing
  • Implement new equipment installs, upgrades and decommissioning, perform pre-start checks and configurations during all stages of change management
  • Develop, improve and program the industrial robots, AGV and other equipment to meet product quality, safety, process capability and improved efficiency
  • Develop the manufacturing process (manual and automated) by liaising with stakeholders, researching the product and process requirements and provide training and documentation to sustain process
  • Responds to emergencies/break-downs. Reports for records all recurring problems with machinery, equipment and parts that can be identified and addressed.
  • Assess facilities, systems, and/or processes anomalies or degraded conditions to prevent unplanned downtime
  • Solves major technical, equipment or facilities problems in order to achieve higher performance of the production lines. Maintains tools and repair equipment in good working order
  • Interface with subcontractors, vendors, and program teams to develop and implement improvements, cost savings and safe process
  • Sets calibration, adjusts equipment, machinery and instruments so that they comply with production specifications and instructions
  • Plan and execute preventative maintenance on automation lines
  • Recommend and implement predictive maintenance features where feasible
  • Manage and maintain adequate spares to meet OEE requirements
  • Implements health, safety and environmental guidelines and directives to ensure safety of people and resources

Qualifications and skills required:

  • Degree-qualified with at least 5 years’ experience in industrial automation controls and software, or mechanical or electrical Systems
  • Must have PLC programming, controls wiring and programming experience
  • Preferably have experience with working articulated robots, Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and other industrial systems but not limited to pneumatics, hydraulics or hybrid systems
  • Committed to Workplace health and safety
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, influence and build effective relationships at all levels
  • Strategic planning and project management skills with an understanding of budget administration
  • Well-developed leadership, coaching and facilitation skills
  • Proactive and self-motivated, with a drive for excellence
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Skilled in problem solving rapidly

Candidates must be able to bring a flexible mindset, challenge traditional thinking, and be prepared to work outside of their comfort zone

At Fortescue, we treat our team mates as though they are family. We appreciate everyone’s contribution and know that a diverse workforce creates a safer, more engaged and productive working environment.

Our aim is to have a workforce that reflects the community in which we live, and we encourage females, Aboriginal Australians, those identifying as LGBTIQ+, people of all ages and culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for this role.

Fortescue reserves the right to close applications early should a suitable pool of candidates be identified