DCS Controls Engineer

The ALTANA Group develops and manufactures high-quality, innovative specialty chemical products. With us, you can help shape many important details of the world of the future. Our four divisions BYK, ECKART, ELANTAS, and ACTEGA have set worldwide standards in their markets. Our innovative products enable companies to develop technologies of the future today, technologies that make life easier, safer, and more comfortable. With sales of around 2.7 billion euros, we are one of the world‘s most innovative, fastest-growing, and most profitable chemical companies. We currently employ more than 6,700 people who have good ideas for the world of the future. Discover your decisive plus for your future. Bringing you many advantages.

BYK Additives & Instruments is one of the world’s leading suppliers in the field of additives and measuring instruments. Around the world, the additives of BYK ensure that coatings and plastics obtain precisely the desired properties and the correct quality.

DCS Controls Engineer

Your task structure


Responsible for designing, developing, installing, managing and/or maintaining equipment used to monitor and control machinery and processes. Ensure that these systems and processes operate effectively, efficiently, and safely.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Designing and developing new control systems
  • Testing, maintaining, and modifying existing systems
  • Providing technical guidance for Engineers, Technicians, and Operators
  • Working collaboratively with design engineers, operation engineers, purchasers, and other internal staff
  • Project management within cost and time constrained environments
  • Troubleshooting and problem-solving
  • Recommending reliability improvements
  • Specifying and purchasing equipment
  • Assisting in the development and maintenance of Process Control Narratives
  • Developing and maintaining a 5-year rolling plan to upgrade and maintain process control equipment
  • Developing and programming process control logic in DCS, PLC, VFDs, and SCADA systems
  • Accepting responsibility and a level of accountability commensurate with the seniority of the position
  • Training engineers, maintenance personnel, and plant operators in the areas of process controls

Essential Functions:

  • Possess strong communication skills
  • Possess the ability to translate project needs into the design and development of automation, controls, and equipment to solve uniquely challenging problems
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to think outside the box

Your recipe for success


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or equivalent
  • 5+ years industrial experience in fast-paced production environments
  • In-depth knowledge of process instrumentation and industrial control systems including PLC programming, DCS, Panel view HMI screens, SCADA Application programming
  • In-depth knowledge and strong experience of motor controls, HMIs and VFDs
  • Strong troubleshooting skills with the ability to analyze and resolve issues in a timely manner
  • Ability to read P&IDs and electrical schematics
  • SAP knowledge a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical, Electronic, Control or Automation Engineering is preferred

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Distributed Control Systems (DCS/Emerson DeltaV preferred)
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)
  • Services Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
  • Advanced Process Control (APC)
  • Understanding of industrial communication protocols a plus ( EthernetIP, ModbusTCP/IP, HART, OPC)
  • Thorough knowledge of networking topologies, vLAN, TCP/IP, network switches, firewalls, routers, fiber
  • Understanding of Windows Hyper-V Virtual environment, Emerson Virtualization, Thin Clients a plus
  • Verbal and written communication
  • Organizational ability
  • People skills
  • Developing the best course of action based on available information
  • Project management
  • Determine and implement safe working procedures for the technicians and electricians working on controls and instrumentation in the plant
  • Troubleshoot and resolve technical problems presented by the project assignments
  • Troubleshoot and repair existing controls & instrumentation systems
  • Lead/Assist in the installation of new controls & instrumentation systems in the plant, working closely with plant personnel, vendors, and engineers
  • Assist engineers, contractors, and vendors with the design, purchase, construction and installation of controls & instrumentation systems and equipment
  • Inspect and approve work performed by technicians and electricians
  • Develop and implement training programs for Process Engineers and Maintenance personnel
  • Proficient with Microsoft products (Excel, PowerPoint, and Word)

Your spectrum of advantages

In the ALTANA Group, you will work in a unique culture of innovation where the utmost importance is attached to promoting individual ideas and abilities as well as open, trusting interaction. 

We invite you to get to know us better and to become part of our team. Discover your career plus in specialty chemistry. Please send us your application, preferably via our jobmarket www.altana.jobs

ALTANA AG and its subsidiaries is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

Job number: US00543

Legal entity: BYK USA Inc.

Location: Gonzales, TX

Area of operations: Betriebstechnik / Instandhaltung