Principal Control Systems Engineer

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Full Time

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Date published

24 March 2020

Date closing

03 April 2020 at 00:00 GMT

About BHP

At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities.  Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success. Come and be a part of this success.

About the role

Based at Hay Point Terminal, this role offers a diverse range of opportunity and experience in Control Systems and associated Operational Technologies across a wide range of our Port Facilities & Equipment.

Reporting to the Manager OT Operations - Processing Improvement Coal, this Principal Control Systems Engineering role provides specialist advice and executes tasks ensuring robust change control of Control Systems platforms to deliver availability, reliability and production improvements.

In this role you will:
  • Play a leading role in the execution of control systems design (including PLC/SCADA coding and graphics) and commissioning for plant modifications and new equipment installations.

  • Provide control systems support and technical assistance for breakdowns and production critical issues.

  • Investigate and identify the root causes of downtime associated with control systems and developing/implementing solutions to prevent repeat events from occurring, eliminating defects, maximising Mean Time Between Failures and minimizing Mean Time to Recovery.

  • Deliver initiatives to support continuous improvement focused on increasing safety, increasing reliability, increasing throughput and reducing risk associated with Control Systems and associated Platforms.

  • Govern and maintain the Control Systems Blue Print elements (including standards, specifications drawings, processes, systems and procedures) to reflect approved modifications and extending to the maintenance/development of Disaster Recovery & Service Continuity Plans.

  • Leading software licence management and rationalisation works.

  • Leading minor Control Systems/associated OT platform lifecycle management works.

  • Establish and maintain close working relationships with relevant Technology Function & Site/Asset Stakeholders and service/goods vendors.

  • Provide leading control system engineering technical expertise to assist with Site/Asset and Functional managed projects that are associated Control Systems.

About You

You will be a motivated and passionate Control Systems professional who is committed to technical excellence, operational support and sustainable improvement. Your technical expertise and team approach will enhance the contribution of the Control and Operational Technology Systems to the business.

You will have relevant industry experience with a demonstrated practical and hands on approach in Coal Mine Site and Port Facilities (or similar) containing bulk materials handling equipment, coal handling preparation plants,

 Other attributes that you will possess are:

  • Demonstrating an overriding commitment to health, safety, environment responsibility, and sustainable development and technical regulatory compliance.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage a large number of inputs and effectively prioritise high value-added / high risk issues for attention.

  • Ability to work effectively and build relationships with people at all levels of the business.

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

Technical Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience with configuration and programming of applications/platforms including CitectSCADA, Ampla, EKA Insight CM (aka BulkMetrix), OPC servers/platforms, Citrix platforms, Virtual Computing platforms & environments.

  • Experience with configuration and programming of various PLC Platforms (Rockwell AB, GE, Modicon & Siemens), Fieldbus networks (Ethernet, Profibus, Profinet, Modbus, Devicenet etc), Pilz Safety PLC, Variable Speed Drives, analogue and digital actuators and sensors.

  • Experience with hardware and software for 3D Laser Scanning and GPS technologies as used in stockpile modelling, machine collision avoidance and protection applications.

  • Experience with Functional Safety Systems design and maintenance.

  • Familiarity with Service Now (or familiarity with IT/OT Service Management tools)

  • Strong experience with vendor and contract management practices & processes.

  • Infrastructure management experience in IT and / or process control in a large and geographically distributed environment including Master Data Management & Reporting responsibilities etc.


  • Tertiary qualifications in Electrical Engineering / Control Systems Engineering or equivalent.

Supporting a diverse workforce

At BHP, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from women and Indigenous people. We know there are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life.  These benefits include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, other extended leave entitlements and parent rooms.  
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