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Lehigh Hanson Control Systems Engineer in Mason City, Iowa

AutoReqId: 13409BR

Line Of Business: Cement Operations

Department: Engineering

Primary Location: Mason City-IA

Pay Class: Salaried Exempt

Job Posting:


We’re Lehigh Hanson. Our products build cities and towns, including stadiums that hold thousands of fans, and bridges that support millions of vehicles. We have thousands of employees across hundreds of locations in the U.S. and Canada, making us North America’s leading supplier of cement, aggregates, ready mixed concrete, asphalt and related construction materials.

We might be a big company, but we appreciate and encourage our people to share their ideas and help shape our future. We want every one of our people to play an active role in growing our business. With our diverse product lines and locations across North America, there are opportunities to explore different roles and work on a variety of exciting and interesting projects.

We’re a tight knit team. While we strive to be the best, we do it with an attitude that is humble, accessible and down-to-earth. We don’t ask you to “fit in” to our culture. We invite you to add to it.


This position is responsible for maintenance, documentation and project development for the process control system, as well as supporting daily process problem solving and measurement activities. Responsibility will include the development and follow through of projects according to Project Management Guidelines, in line with the HeidelbergCement strategy. The Control Systems Engineer reports directly to the Maintenance Manager.

The Control Systems Engineer’s specific duties will include the following:

  • Provide guidance to electricians and trades helpers in the repair, maintenance and installation of electrical and control system including daily process problem solving and measurement activities that enable continuous plant operations.

  • Ensure the operational viability of the plant by evaluating and maintaining the proper functioning of all electrical and control systems.

  • Participate in the preparations of pre-feasibility studies and proposal of various technical solutions with their related investment and operational costs (IRR, NPV, EVA) for projects that are not HTC earmarked but identified in the capital plan to enhance operational efficiency.

  • Organize and implement investment projects to meet plant goals. Design and implement automation engineering projects to meet specific to plant needs in a quality, timely and cost-effective manner.

  • Execution of these specific duties will be achieved through the following:

  • Coordinates with the Maintenance Planner by communicating anticipated jobs and outages. Provides input when stores stocks need to be increased or altered, for upcoming jobs to maintain maintenance schedules

  • With the Maintenance Planner develop work schedules, equipment usage schedules, priority of automation expenditures and procedures for equipment and appliance maintenance to meet overall plant goals.

  • Maintains proper documentation of automation systems and keep files up-to-date including PI&D drawings, block diagrams, ladder logic, database management, etc.

  • Review design of automation installations for feasibility and planning and be responsible for ongoing maintenance to ensure proper functioning of plan equipment/systems

  • Review and recommend the selection of process instrumentation and automation equipment as well as specifying and selecting control equipment to maximize automation efforts

  • Elaborate or review the bid documents and the technical specifications to ensure that all commercial and technical components for the scope.

  • Coordinate plant projects and shutdowns with overall large capital projects directed by HTC personnel to meet overall project objectives work are met according to HTC and plant guidelines.

  • Coordinate and implement all process control system upgrades and changes in alignment with plant and project objectives to meet productivity goals

  • Develop process control system design packages in line with project or plant specifications

  • Participate in equipment and system analysis to identify areas for cost reductions

  • Participate in training and development of operations and maintenance personnel to ensure the necessary knowledge and skill sets are available to perform electrical and automation tasks

  • Support and consult plant management in the field of automation engineering for optimization of a plant operation, responsibility for keeping records, updated technical documentation and drawings created by CAD systems.

  • Ensure overall Department safety performance.

  • Ensure the application of the plant’s rules of conduct and health & safety protocols during maintenance procedures to minimize injuries and lost time incidents. Bring violations to the attention of the appropriate management for resolution.

  • Troubleshoot and diagnose plant system problems to minimize disruption to plant operations

  • Provide ongoing automation support to the plant for all shifts by participating in the plant’s on call program. This includes evaluating and determining the course of action for automation incidents after hours and on weekends while on call and may require on-site supervision of the resolution to maintain operational efficiency

  • Implementation of the overall HTC Electrical, Instrument and Process Control Concepts for all plant projects in accordance with project specifications to ensure timely, quality and cost effective completion of project goals.

This position will be based in Mason City, IA


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering is required

  • Minimum 5 years professional experience in the field of electrical or systems engineering and project management

  • Minimum 2 years experience in providing support for heavy manufacturing, cement manufacturing preferred

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office products including MS Excel, Word, Access, and Project

  • Fluent with NEC, NFPA, ISA, etc.

  • Understanding of the justification process for projects including EVA, IRR, NPV

  • Understanding of contractual matters (negotiation and legal aspects)

  • Good investment market pricing knowledge and cost awareness

  • Demonstrated experience in leadership and project management, problem solving and creativity, strategic thinking, and decision making

  • Working knowledge of database management for large control systems, communication networking systems, control software programming, alarm system management and graphic development

  • Good knowledge of CAD software (design of system installations)

  • Familiar with PLC/DCS and HMI architecture, in particular, Cemat S7 software and hardware

  • Willingness to travel within local EBU or Region

  • Ability to perform tasks that include walking, climbing equipment, working within confined spaces and occasionally lifting up to 50 lbs.


At Lehigh Hanson, we care a great deal about your health which is why there is no waiting period to participate in highly competitive medical, dental, vision, and life insurance programs. In addition, we offer a 401(k) retirement savings plan with an automatic company contribution as well as matching contributions.

External candidates must be able to work in the USA without sponsorship.

Lehigh Hanson is a drug-free workplace.

Employer Statement: Equal Opportunity Employer - Minority / Female / Veteran / Disabled