Clearwater Paper Corporation

Sr Process Control Engineer - Paper

Req No.
Location : Location
US-NV-N Las Vegas
Engineering & Operations


Clearwater Paper (NYSE: CLW) is a publicly held company and a premier supplier of private brand tissue to major retailers, including grocery, drug, mass merchants and discount stores. In addition, the company produces bleached paperboard used by quality-conscious printers and packaging converters, and offers services that include custom sheeting, slitting, and cutting. Clearwater Paper's employees build shareholder value by developing strong relationships through quality and service. Working at Clearwater Paper provides an opportunity to enrich your career through challenging and meaningful work and ongoing training and development—all in a supportive environment. We know our success depends on your success. 

Key Accountabilities & Responsibilities

Assure Process Control Systems and Performance Integrity

  • Maintain integrity and performance of systems, process controls, plant historian and networks.
  • Provide direct hands-on on-call support on rotating 24x7 basis.
  • Respond to calls for control system hardware malfunctions and repair those malfunctions, including control system processors, control system I/O sub-systems, and Human Machine Interface (HMI) systems.
  • Respond to calls for control system software problems and repair those problems, including loop configuration, graphics configuration, and timing issues.
  • Respond to calls for problems calibrating or setting up field instruments, valves, and motors.
  • Respond to calls for network infrastructure problems and repair those problems, including problems with switches, fiber optic converters, cabling, and power distribution.
  • Replace operator stations, servers, monitors, or other hardware that fails.Optimize control loops and perform loop tuning if necessary.
  • Plan and implement timely upgrades and maintenance.

Manage Equipment & Vendors

  • Support the efforts of other engineers, sub-contractors, bargaining unit personnel and temporary workers to accomplish the necessary control systems work.
    • Evaluate vendor proposals.
    • Evaluate and assist in development of vendor implementation plans for installation of equipment.
    • Monitor vendor and/or employee implementation.
    • Supervise testing of installed equipment to guarantee adequate performance.
  • Purchase required equipment.
    • Obtain price quotes for equipment.
    • Generate work orders using JDE software.
    • Generate purchase requests / requisitions

Design, implement and/or program DCS/PLC and other control systems

  • Develop and implement new additions or enhancements to process control systems within systems standards.
  • Add new instruments in SIEMENS SIMATIC PCS7 hardware configuration editor. Be able to program in Siemens PCS7 software using CFC Editor. Also be able to use and understand function block language. Be able to add new control loops for new instruments.
  • Add and modify PLC ladder logic for Rockwell Automation/Allen Bradley systems. Be able to program in ladder logic using Siemens Step7 v 5.4 or later.
  • Configure OPC servers for cross system communication.
  • Solicit proposals for upgrades or migrations from out of date or poorly functioning systems. Create and implement advanced process control systems (APC).
  • Evaluate advanced process control proposals. Configure historical collection systems. Add advanced control to existing loops. Create simulation system for testing control systems. Test implementations to guarantee adequate performance.
  • Build custom serial cables for custom interface requirements. Design and implement interfaces between various systems.
  • Assure proper functioning of version control software.

Perform system administrator functions.

  • Perform system administrator functions on MS Windows, OSI PI Software, VMS and other control operating systems.
  • Backup Siemens PCS7 database and verify restore. Backup OSI PI systems and verify restore. Design and implement backup servers for mission critical roles.
  • Configure firewalls and DMZ to protect control networks. Install Windows and VMS operating systems. Update software versions for Siemens PCS7 including updating servers, workstations, and operator stations.
  • Install patches on Windows servers.

Develop standards and procedures.

  • Develop standards and procedures to perform various functions on systems and review work of engineers, vendors, and contractors for compliance with and adherence to standards.
  • Develop interlock standards; Verify compliance with interlock standards.
  • Develop tag naming and wire labeling standards. Verify compliance with tag naming and wire labelling standards.
  • Develop graphics and module creation standards using Siemens WINCC. Verify compliance with Graphics standards. Verify compliance with module creation standards.


  • Train others in proper, effective use, maintenance, and troubleshooting of systems and networks.
  • Determine and attend relevant training to advance personal knowledge in subject areas to benefit process control and optimization. Determine training needs and schedule training classes for employees.
  • Train hourly employees in the use of Siemens PCS7 , Siemens Step7, and Rockwell Automation configuration and diagnostic software if applicable.
  • Train hourly employees to find root cause of control system problems. Train hourly employees in the use of maintenance tracking software.

Key Competencies & Attributes

  • Actively seeks and allocates appropriate decision-making authority or task responsibility to appropriate individuals based on their abilities, availability, motivation, and development needs; considers potential positive and negative impact, business unit priorities, organizational values, and the opportunity to enhance others’ knowledge and skills.
  • Identifies barriers that impact customer service and retention; communicates concerns and recommendations to others.
  • Uses understanding of customer needs and the organization’s customer service practices to set priorities, make decisions, and take actions that create customer satisfaction and prevent service issues from occurring.
  • Creates relevant options for addressing problems and opportunities that will achieve desired outcomes.
  • Systematically evaluates business opportunities, targeting those with the greatest potential for producing positive business results.


  • Bachelor’s degree in chemical or electrical engineering or a related field in engineering is required.
  • Must have a minimum of five (5) year relevant process control systems experience.
  • Minimum five (5) years operational experience.
  • Must be proficient with and have extensive working knowledge of SIEMENS DCS / PLCs


  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. AutoCAD experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work with vendors, managers, and production employees to achieve goals.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Knowledgeable with maintenance best practices (vibration analysis, oil analysis, etc.) is preferred.
  • Must be capable of understanding and troubleshooting complex industrial systems and equipment. Understanding of LEAN manufacturing and Continuous Improvement (CI) concepts preferred.
  • Professional Engineering license preferred

Illustrative Essential Functions


  • High speed manufacturing environment, sustained exposure to high frequency noises, multiple hours standing, walking on concrete surfaces
  • Personal Protective Equipment required in mill environment.
  • Dirt, noise, odour, & temperature extremes.
  • Climbing stairs, ladders and scaffolding
  • Exposure to hazardous chemicals used in manufacturing process

Each and every one of our employees contributes to the success of our company by showing up every day with a commitment to improving ourselves, the company and our communities.


Find out from our employees what they like about working for Clearwater Paper.




What skills and competencies have you developed since working at Clearwater Paper?

The company has invested in my professional growth. I have attended training relevant to my job and I use what I've learned on a daily basis.


What career development opportunities have you had since starting with Clearwater Paper?

My goal is to become a top-level paper maker. I started in an entry-level position in the distribution department. Over the years, I worked my way up to the paper machine. I believe that goals are made to be reached so that new goals can be made. My personal goal is to achieve a position of increasing responsibilities during my Clearwater Paper career.


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