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  • Advanced Instrumentation Engineer

    Job Description

    Job Description

    For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, we’re one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with approximately 31,000 employees serving customers in more than 170 countries. With a global value chain that includes approximately 500 crop procurement locations, 270 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 44 innovation centers and the world’s premier crop transportation network, we connect the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. Learn more at www.adm.com.
    Advanced Instrumentation Engineer- Decatur, IL
    This is an exempt level position
    The Advance Instrumentation Engineer is responsible for identifying, vetting and supporting installation of applicable new and existing advanced instrumentation and subsequent control schemes in a food or chemical plant. The engineer is responsible for evaluating and selecting appropriate target instruments and possible applications including but not limited to on-line spectroscopic analyzers. Additional responsibilities include liaising between the plant and analytical groups developing methods, proving installation, application, performance, maintenance, and troubleshooting of both software and hardware. Using plant and process knowledge to identify and model savings potential associated with new applications and develop tech packages associated with the initial integration of on-line analyzers into new process control schemes.

    • Work with the plant, vendors, advanced process control and analytical to conduct engineering evaluations and recommend choices for instruments and on-line analyzers.
    • Identify and assist the plants and advance process control group with application of instruments and control schemes for current and new chemical processes.
    • Prepare mass and energy balances of unit operations and develop cost and operating models to identify and prioritize opportunities.
    • Perform research activities to identify and aid in comparing and contrasting of new instruments as well as improving the performance of existing instrumentation.
    • Design experiments and collect data to provide technical support to existing facilities.
    • Write detail reports and prepare comprehensive presentations and technical packages for initial installations and subsequent development and maintenance programs.
    • Liaise between, vendor, plant, advance process control and analytical to ensure proper implementation of instrumentation associated optimization projects.
    • Lead and direct the work of an interdisciplinary team when necessary
    • Involves contact with operations, engineering, and business development staff to collect and provide engineering and financial insight.
    • Includes contact with research staff to provide guidance and technical support when applicable.
    • Frequent external contact with engineering contractors and vendors to provide technical support.
    • Travel as necessary to support projects
    A Bachelor’s degree in science or engineering in the fields of chemical, electrical, controls or equivalent experience is required


    Job Description (Continued)


    • Five to ten years of experience in a food or chemical production facility is preferred
    • The individual must have extensive experience with control software and spectroscopic techniques.
    • Experience in installing and troubleshooting instruments on the field.
    • Good understanding on analytical techniques including GC, HPLC, and spectroscopic analyzers including NIR, Raman, and NMR.
    • Experience in laboratory environment is desired.
    • Must possess well-developed analytical skills to analyze and interpret scientific data when designing and evaluating chemical processes.
    • Good written and oral communications skills to communicate with managers, engineering, operations, and research staff via reports and presentations.
    Core Competencies:
    • Communication, curiosity, integrity, mechanical aptitude, problem solving, ability to work independently, teamwork, persistent, detail oriented and safety commitment
     Relocation assistance is available with this position.
    This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life and dental insurance.
    ADM requires the successful completion of applicable pre-employment drug screen, medical questionnaire and a background check.  


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