Maintenance Engineer - Electrical / Automation

Job location:
Chesapeake, Virginia, USA
Created moment:
May 20, 2024
Job reference:
REQ - 08268

The Company

The world’s leading supplier of mineral-based specialty solutions for industry with 14,000 employees, operations in more than 40 countries, and €4.3 billion in revenue in 2022.
Imerys delivers high-value-added, functional solutions to a great number of sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its understanding of applications, technological knowledge and expertise in material science to deliver solutions by beneficiating its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. Imerys’ solutions contribute essential properties to customers’ products and their performance, including heat resistance, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and water repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.
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The Position

Maintenance Engineer - Electrical / Automation

Job Summary

JOB PURPOSE (Job Objective)

This position shall serve as one of the sites electrical experts for the repair, troubleshooting and maintenance of electrical systems ranging from 11 kV to 120 VAC to include low voltage control instrumentation/automation circuits. The E&I Engineer oversees the plants automation system, troubleshooting and modifying as necessary. The position will provide electrical and automation support for small and medium projects as well the coordination & planning of major and specialized tasks. Guide site efforts to ensure Electrical reliability and maintainability of equipment, utilities, facilities, controls, safety, and security systems. The Electrical and Automation Engineer shall strive to improve the site’s electrical and automation programs by working with Maintenance, Production, Process, and Project teams.

DIMENSIONS (Facts and Figures)

  • Receives annual objectives and performance reviews, indications about short-term and mid-term plant priorities.

  • Operates in conjunction with the Production departments and other areas within the Maintenance department.

  • Jointly responsible that work orders are completed timely and properly on plant control equipment, instrumentation and electrical systems.

  • Oversee the Electrical Team – consisting of an Electrical Supervisor and three Maintenance Electrical Technicians.

CONTEXT (Nature and Scope of Activities)

  • Troubleshoots and Oversees plant PLC’s, fiber networking, Communication security, and Medium Voltage Distribution equipment for conformance with operational standards.

  • Assists in training and indoctrination of workers to improve work performance and to acquaint workers with company policies and procedures.

  • Suggests changes in working conditions and use of equipment to increase the efficiency in the plant.

  • Expected to participate as a rotating Duty Manager and be on-call for related activities.

  • Assist in managing all the electrical documentation, technical files and drawings of new installations with a particular focus on predictive / preventative maintenance planning.

  • Assist in development project budgeting within the Maintenance 5 year plan.

  • Active participation in meetings and discussions on electrical and automation strategy – Making suggestions to optimize the process where necessary.

  • Assist in making sure the planned maintenance electrical work procedures are up to date and account for the health, safety, and environmental requirements.

  • Work with Trades to create PMs for new/modified equipment.

  • Fill in as vacation relief for department members.

  • Develop an understanding of the plant’s equipment (gas flows and process flows), DCS systems and control logic, work with process coordinators to implement process improvements.

  • Assist in overseeing maintenance on-call efforts for a 24/7 plant and provide support when needed.

  • Work with Process Engineer to oversee the plants Historian system.

  • Complete required tasks associated with Disaster Recovery, corporate reviews, and security protocols.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

KEY RESULT AREAS (Major Objectives)

  • Safety –Implementation of electrical safety guidelines and procedures for electrical work is compliant with NEC, OSHA, NFPA 70E and Company Safety Regulations.

  • Personnel – Development of maintenance electricians to Level 5 Instrumentation Technician status through on-the-job and formal/informal training, assign work and supervise electricians on a day-to-day basis.

  • Equipment - Ensure the reliability of plant electrical and control equipment

  • Planning – Oversee Electrical jobs and shutdown schedules are coordinated with Production

  • Review weekly and monthly KPIs

  • Budget – Participate in the budget creation for electrical and automation work. Drive the implementation and upkeep the Electrical 3-5 Year equipment plan.

  • Quality – Ensure that the Electrical work conforms to the standards and guidelines established in the ISO 9002 quality assurance manual

  • Environment – Ensure compliance to the plant operating permit.

  • Shutdowns – Oversee the electrical planning and execution of shutdown jobs. Ensure the correct work is being done and follow up work is properly tracked through the planning workflow.


  • Strong organizational, verbal, communication, and planning skills

  • Extensive attention to detail in regards to equipment operation

  • Experience with low/medium voltage distribution equipment

  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret technical procedures and government regulations.

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

  • Previous experience with planning/managing electrical jobs/projects.

  • Must be familiar with Microsoft/G-suite programs.

  • Prefer better than average typing skills

  • Needs previous experience communicating/working with outside contractors.

  • Minimum of a B.S. Engineering (Electrical or Electrical Engineering Technology)


  • Proficient using Siemens PCS7 (Programming and Troubleshooting) (Preferred)

  • Knowledge of Siemens TIA Portal and Allen Bradley programming software (Preferred).

  • Experience navigating a CMMS (Preferred)

  • Working knowledge of industrial NEC Codes & Electrical Safety Procedures (Preferred)

  • Experience with Electrical Reliability (Preferred)

  • Minimum of 5 years of plant or related experience in maintenance or process manufacturing field (Preferred)

  • Experience with Electrical Reliability programs (Preferred).


  • Minimal supervision or direction – must be a self-starter and accomplish his tasks in a team environment

  • Needs the ability to challenge status quo to encourage positive changes.

  • Must be able to communicate with hourly trades and contractors certain job scopes.

  • Needs to have the ability to manage multiple ongoing projects at one time.

Position Type

Full time



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