Control Systems Engineer

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Date: May 21, 2023

Location: Charleston, TN, US

Company: Wacker Chemie AG


Our world needs ideas! As one of the world’s most research-intensive chemical companies, we have been developing leading solutions for numerous sectors – from construction to photovoltaics and cosmetics to rubber – for over 100 years. We have a global presence with production sites on three continents and about 14,500 employees from 70 nations.


At our site in Charleston, we are currently looking for a ​Control Systems Engineer​ to join our growing team.


This is Us:

You know us. You just didn’t know it. WACKER is a global chemical manufacturer that prides itself on “Creating Tomorrow’s Solutions”. WACKER materials are so versatile and adaptable, they have virtually unlimited applications just about anywhere imaginable, making WACKER an integral part of daily life. Whether it’s protecting buildings from the elements, a tube of toothpaste, a cell phone, airbags, or cosmetics, people from all over the world come into contact each day with our products and achievements. We are looking for capable, innovative, and enthusiastic achievers to join our team and grow with us. We are currently seeking a Control Systems Engineer to join our team in Charleston, TN.


What you will do:

The Control Systems Engineer is responsible for providing technical leadership for process control systems at WACKER sites across the US region.  This role will guide and support responsible team members at each site in developing and implementing control system lifecycle plans and system-level administration tasks to ensure WACKER standards and directives are implemented consistently across the region. This position reports to the Engineering Manager, Process Control & Digital Engineering Applications

  • Subject matter expert for control system hardware and software topics for regional relevant suppliers.  Works with responsible site engineering teams to develop and implement long-term lifecycle plans to ensure site control systems are maintained maintain highest levels of availability and security to meet site, region, and business division goals.
  • Develop and implement procedures for required system administration within the control system architecture.  This includes active implementation and maintenance across the region for supplier system security manuals and WACKER OT Security directive actions.  Tasks such as performing supplier firmware updates, system software patches, Microsoft Windows updates, malware prevention software, system backup/recovery tasks are essential functions for this role
  • Provides escalation support for site engineering and maintenance teams to enhance internal localized support for control system and OT security issues.  Ensures expedited escalation to internal experts and/or suppliers for critical system issues to minimize production or availability loss.   Additional provide introductory training for new engineering and maintenance team members as needed.
  • Lead control system audits and assessments across region to ensure systems are maintained to supplier guidelines and WACKER internal Directive requirements.
  • Maintain Process Control Network firewalls across region to ensure control systems are secure.  Monitor firewall traffic to quickly detect and mitigate any unusual attempts to breech process networks.
  • Partner with project engineering teams to ensure WACKER control system standards and requirements are efficiently implemented for new investments and operational improvement projects.


What we need from you:

  • Bachelor's degree in Chemical, Electrical, or Computer Engineering
  • Professional engineering experience working with control systems in PSM covered chemical facilities is required; 7+ years’ experience preferred.
  • Experience with industrial process control and safety systems (Siemens, DeltaV, Allen Bradley PLC’s and Plant PAX, etc).  Willingness to cross-train on multiple platforms.
  • High level of proficiency with SAP or other inventory management software
  • Background in a chemical manufacturing or engineering environment in a project engineer or plant engineer role supporting control systems
  • Experience utilizing and/or maintaining Engineering tool/object-oriented database (preferably COMOS) in basic engineering, and/or as-built status
  • Experience in Process Safety Management (PSM) programs
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and SharePoint
  • Background in a chemical manufacturing or engineering environment in a project engineer or plant engineer role supporting control systems
  • Highly motivated, self-directed, and able to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Work in a fast-paced and deadline driven environment while staying focused
  • Solid organizational skills with the ability to prioritize, multi-task and troubleshoot.  Effective planning and time management is vital to this role.
  • Strong interpersonal, written & verbal communication, and writing skills.
  • Ability to work well with others and comfortable with asking challenging questions.
  • Problem-solving aptitude.
  • Ability to self-teach and seek out other resources to create solutions in undefined areas.


Life at Wacker:

Wacker is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that our individual differences are our collective strength. We encourage our employees to be their authentic selves and desire team members that share these interests. You will be valued for your contributions and perspectives as we continue to grow together. Your career is important to us, and we want to foster a mutually beneficial relationship where you feel heard, understood, and fulfilled. We consider our employees’ overall health and satisfaction when creating a benefits package. Below are some of the additional incentives our employees enjoy.


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance effective Day 1
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Paid Time Off in addition to personal days and holidays
  • Support for Community Involvement
  • Bonus Plans


WACKER, as an innovative chemical company, makes a vital contribution toward improving the quality of life around the world by developing intelligent solutions for sustainable growth. Our culture focuses on building and retaining diverse and inclusive teams. WACKER offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, competitive benefit offerings and beyond through giving back to our communities.


Be part of our WACKER family, across all nations!


We are looking forward to your online application at
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The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. A minimum requirement for this US-based position is the ability to work legally in the United States on a permanent unrestricted basis.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, including for any type of US permanent residency (e.g., for a Green card).


WACKER is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected classes.

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