Weir Group 2018-18999 in St. Louis, Missouri

The Control Systems Field Engineer role supports the Weir Group through the effective design, analysis and delivery and maintenance/field support of control systems & condition monitoring equipment including the “Synertrex” proprietary sensing technologies applied to Weir products in the Minerals division. The candidate must possess the technical expertise to maintain, develop, troubleshoot and validate these systems in a compliant manner.

The Control Systems Field Engineer role is responsible for supporting the automation and control systems design, specification recommendations, programming, simulation, testing and start-up assistance. This includes the Synertrex branded control systems & condition monitoring equipment as well as predictive maintenance algorithms & solutions.

Responsibilities include working closely with Key Product Management Team and other key stakeholders to understand the business requirements and use cases; to design the equipment technical installation specification; assisting in the development and testing of new sensor technology, supporting field installations as well as rollout and system configuration (deployment) and algorithm development. The candidate will be responsible for automation and control systems design recommendations, specification recommendations, programming, simulation, testing and customer start-up assistance.


  • Requirements Capture and Integration

  • Acquire a detailed understanding of all of the different automation systems (distributed control systems, programmable logic controllers, SCADA systems).

  • Ability to interact with the customers on technical requirements.

  • Ability to deliver technical solutions.

  • Ability to assess existing technologies and process.

  • Ability to design robust solutions.

  • Investigate and provide technical advice and support to manufacturing and other engineering disciplines on automation related issues.

  • Operate according to SOP’s developed for site engineering and maintenance.

  • Partner with different disciplines to deliver automation projects in accordance with industry guidelines.

  • Generate documentation and SOP’s associated with each of the Automation systems as required.

  • Implementation of code changes under change control.

  • Manage the specification, development, installation and validation of automation projects within budget and corporate guidelines.

  • Responsible for studying the overall business’ requirements in order to specify control and condition monitoring equipment for Weir Minerals products. Produce functional requirements documents.

  • Works closely with stakeholders to identify needs and opportunities. Conducts product and integrated system use case analysis for pumps.

Control and Condition Monitoring Equipment

  • Specifies and documents control and condition monitoring equipment based on the requirements, including interface specifications, policies, and recommended technologies.

  • Works closely with internal stakeholders and external vendors and subject matter experts to develop the equipment specification.

  • Guides and assists in the implementation of new systems, solution modifications and expansions.

  • Assists with end to end project delivery - from conception, prototype through to post delivery and support.

  • Quickly identifies opportunities, issues, risks and challenges to the business and stakeholders from a systems and data integration perspective.

  • Identifies applicable standards and regulations and ensures Weir equipment meets those requirements.

  • Selects and troubleshoots hardware components (e.g. power supply, antenna, etc.) to support installation and field service.

  • Support site installation & commissioning activities and ongoing customer issues (level 1 system support). Data Analysis and Algorithm Development

  • Work with Weir Minerals Technology Teams to analyze field data and combine this with physical product data to establish trends in maintenance phenomena.

  • Develop installation guidelines in compliance with applicable electrical guidelines such as CE, UL and NEC codes.

  • Work with relevant stakeholders in developing solutions for customers with respect to algorithm development that refines our ability to predict failures and improve health, performance and life of the pump.

  • Work with platform level data scientists (internal & external).Governance

  • Ensures solution implementations across the Minerals Pumps division align to the technology framework / architecture.

  • Maintains technical knowledge of hardware and software deployed in solutions.

  • Testing and validation of mechatronics technologies and ensure the implementation meets the system requirements for pumps.Project Management

  • Coordinates implementation of technology within projects.

  • Supports the Technology Delivery Manager in project management activities.Best Practice

  • Keeps abreast of industry best practice methodologies and tools.

  • Continuous Improvement

  • Achieves continuous improvement of architecture maintaining alignment of technology framework to best practice thinking.


  • Must be a self-starter, someone who is able to help implement the Synertrex strategy for the Minerals/Pumps divisions that will enable it to meet its mission.

  • Must establish strong professional relationships with team and stakeholders (both technical and non-technical)

  • Maintain strong working relationship with Synertrex platform development team and represent the needs of the pumps division.

  • Preparation of training material & delivering training to the pump team & field personnel.Occupational Health Safety and Environment

  • You are responsible for ensuring that you operate on a day to day basis in a way that complies and promotes with the company’s policy and procedure and within the Weir Safety standards.General

  • Supports other group initiatives as requested by line management.

  • ‘Hands on’ technical tasks from time to time as required.

  • Keep your finger on the pulse of control systems innovation looking for innovative new technologies and share information on impactful market developments and emerging technologies.

  • Lead by example and encourage innovation and collaboration across teams, geographies and divisions.

  • Be a constant source of inspiration with new, bold ideas that push the limits of what we can do. Practice and encourage open collaboration across the company.

Education and Experience

  • Qualifications in mechatronics engineering or equivalent (BS EE. or equivalant)

  • 3 to 5 years of experience in control systems development, delivering customer facing equipment.

  • Hands on experience in development, commissioning and optimization of equipment in the field.

  • Knowledge of sensing, data acquisition, actuators, industrial communications and control systems technologies. Hands on experience.

  • Understanding of and experience with embedded systems such as microcontroller & embedded PC controlled devices.

  • Electronic device protection, shielding and noise minimisation concepts and implementation details.

  • Proven ability to understand, analyse and communicate system processes, technology and specifications to both technical and non-technical audiences.

  • Strong knowledge of system analysis and solution development for equipment products and integration of distributed equipment products.

  • Strong knowledge of industry best practice in this space.

  • Knowledge of technical and safety standards and regulations in Weir’s field of business.

  • Sound knowledge of documentation methodologies including systems architecture diagrams, schematics and system block diagrams.

  • Strong documentation skills in relation to requirements capture and writing technical specifications.

  • Proven experience designing, developing and commissioning control

Product Knowledge:

Knowledge of Minerals control processing equipment considered very beneficial but not essential

Communication Skills:

  • Able to provide solid customer service and exercise diplomacy.

  • Strong organizational & time-management skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks.

  • Capable of delivering technical individual and group-based seminar/workshops.

  • Able to work with diverse group of professionals in close cooperation.

  • Able to manage and handle working in demanding situations

  • Good written and oral communication skills

  • Sound organizational, people and time management skills.

Reasoning Ability:

Is capable of reading and understanding mechanical and electrical /electronic engineering drawings. Able to define problems, collect and interpret data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

Computer Skills:

  • Proficient with Microsoft office suite applications

  • Able to program and troubleshoot software in C# and Python programming languages

  • Exposure to web based issue management systems useful

  • Proficiency with remote access tools

  • Beneficial to have mechanical & electrical CAD experience (not essential)

Physical Demands:

Work in the field on Mine or other sites for testing, commissioning and development. Able to walk up multiple levels of process plant structures to heights of 40m

Work Environment:

Will be based in St. Louis, Missouri with 20-40% domestic & international travel. Mix of office and field work with occasional work in hot and cold environments.

Analytical – Understands and able to break down complex or diverse information; gathers and processes data to identify problems, draw conclusions and propose solutions; able to consider different options and alternatives and make appropriate recommendations; works well with others to resolve problems and implement solutions.

Design - Generates creative solutions; translates concepts and information into images; uses feedback to modify designs; applies design principles; demonstrates attention to detail.

Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively; listens actively and seeks clarification; asks appropriate questions; able to effectively present and discuss views and ideas; adjusts style and language to meet the needs of audience; shares relevant information; gives constructive feedback to others and is open to receiving feedback

Project Management - Develops robust project plans and effectively coordinates tasks; communicates changes and progress to key stakeholders; completes projects on time and budget; successfully manages project team activities.

Planning / Organising - Prioritizes and plans work activities for self and/or others to meet individual, team and departmental objectives; anticipates resources required to deliver tasks and identifies potential risks; able to adapt if circumstances change; checks completion of activities and progress on projects, showing awareness of deadlines and develop appropriate action plans.

Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; meets challenges with resourcefulness; generates suggestions for improving work; develops innovative approaches and ideas; presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.

Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands and reacts well under pressure; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

ID: 2018-18999

Shift Schedule: Day

Manages Others: No

External Company Name: The Weir Group PLC

External Company URL:

Street: Weir Pump and Valve Solutions, Inc.