Clearwater Paper Corporation

Process Control Engineer II

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Location : Location
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 process network infrastructure problems and repair those problems, including problems with switches, fiber optic converters, cabling and power distribution.
  • Add and modify data history collection parameters to optimize information available vs space requirements.
  • Ownership of the QCS system components.
  • Plan and implement timely upgrades and maintenance.

Equipment Safety Subject Matter Expert

  • Support and execute risk reduction to employees through the Aspects and Impacts (risk assessment) program.
  • Understand Alternative Protective Measures for routine, repetitive and integral tasks and how Safety Category, Safety Integration Level (SIL), or Performance Level (PL) keep employees safe. 
  • Review all capital projects to ensure Clearwater Paper equipment safety standards are being met.
  • Provide support during the design phase, installation and commissioning of the equipment to ensure compliance.

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

  • 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.
  • Configure OPC servers for cross system communication.
  • Design and implement security systems.
  • Solicit proposals for upgrades or migrations from out of date or poorly functioning systems.
  • Configure historical collection systems.
  • Test implementations to guarantee adequate performance.
  • Update plant historian and other systems to enable data to be accessed from Parcview
  • Design and implement interfaces between various systems.
  • Assure proper functioning of version control software.

Perform system administrator functions

  • Perform system administrator functions on the process networks providing security protection procedures updates and backup of software and data as required.
  • Backup DCS database and verify restore.
  • Backup 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 Valmet DNA, including updating servers, workstations and operator stations.


  • 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 Allen Bradley, & Valmet DNA programming and diagnostic software if applicable.
  • Train hourly employees to find root cause of control system problems.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, EET or a related field in engineering is required.
  • Minimum three (3) year relevant process control systems experience.
  • Minimum three (3) years operational experience (Preferred). 


  • Working knowledge of Allen-Bradley PLC programming techniques.
  • Experience in equipment safety standards preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Valmet DNA DCS programming preferred.
  • Must have good troubleshooting ability and be a self-starter.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work with vendors, managers and production employees to achieve goals.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills, including, but not limited to, a working knowledge of JD Edwards, AutoCad, Microsoft Excel, & Word is required.

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 do you like most about working at Clearwater Paper?

Everyone has the opportunity to learn. I enjoy the challenge of new tasks and processes to learn, and the opportunity to help others face and overcome their challenges.


What do you like most about working in your department or function?

I enjoy continuously improving our existing processes and developing new ones to make tasks easier, better and faster. It is fulfilling to teach others the importance of continuous improvement as a tool to achieve success.

At Clearwater Paper we are driven by purpose, grounded in values, and connected to communities; Learn more here




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