Control & Automation Engineer

At Silverstream, we have successfully developed and deployed a market-leading clean marine technology solution over the last ten years. Our Air Lubrication System (ALS) fundamentally changes the interaction between water and a vessel’s hull, creating a carpet of microbubbles that coats the flat bottom of a vessel. As a result, frictional resistance is reduced – dramatically improving a vessel’s fuel consumption and associated emissions.

After successfully deploying the ALS system on several ships, the company is now seeing a significant increase in activity as more ship owners round the world adopt the system on their vessels. With both retrofit and newbuild projects in the pipeline we are expanding our team and recruiting high calibre people to join our dynamic team on our exciting journey of rapid growth.

Role Summary:

This key role is to provide Marine Control & Automation (C&A) subject matter expertise to the Silverstream Technologies business. You will be involved in a wide range of activities from developing and maintaining the core control and automation solution, applying it to projects and supporting the in-service fleet. You will also provide technical input to the strategic supply chain plans being implemented by the company.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical support and advice to engineering and project teams
  • Standard C&A Solution
    • Review & maintain solutions utilised on current and previous projects
    • Develop and document the standard core solution for use on future projects (specifications, drawings etc.)
    • Maintain core solution and manage releases using robust configuration management
    • Obsolescence management
    • Manage new product introduction (NPI)
  • Apply C&A on Projects
    • Support tendering activity by recommending technical solution and costings
    • Capture the requirements for projects
    • Work with shipyards and owners to agree and freeze requirements specification
    • Plan and complete project specific design/configuration (hardware, functions, software, integration), ensuring customer and project requirements are met
    • Work with shipyards/owners to support technical aspects of ship build programme
    • Integration with existing ship systems
    • Support hardware procurement (Specification, Supplier Liaison, Supplier Quality Management)
    • Configure, program, test and troubleshoot PLC based control systems and associated components
    • Support Commissioning and Tuning
    • Identify and manage technical risks on the projects and ensure mitigation plans are in place
  • In-Service Support – covering C&A aspects of deployed systems
  • Supply Chain – Technical aspects of supply chain strategy to explore additional supply chain options and support successful growth

Skills, Qualifications, Experience & Characteristics:

  • Degree in electrical, electronic or computing related subject
  • A Minimum of 5 years working in automation and control or a similar technical discipline (ideally in the Marine industry)
  • Function block and ladder programming environments
  • Network and communications protocols (e.g. Ethernet, Modbus, Profibus, serial links)
  • System integration and working on multi-discipline projects
  • Design and control of PID regulated devices, sequencing, and general equipment automation control through PLC’s
  • Developing software using Matlab/Simulink and C/C++
  • PLC Programming Packages
  • Designing and modifying HMI screens
  • Modernisation and porting of existing functionality to new platforms and/or operating systems as required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • On-site commissioning experience
  • Good report writing and presentation skills
  • Good personal organisational skills
  • Ability to multi-task on a variety of projects to strict time scales
  • Understands business objectives and can influence stakeholders to meet objectives
  • Displays strong interpersonal skills and is accessible and approachable
  • Willing to travel within base country and occasionally overseas
  • Knowledge of marine classification society rules (DNV, ABS, LR, etc.)
  • Team leadership experience

Good to Know:

  • Travel – some international travel for meetings and sitework support
  • Place of work – Silverstream offices – Central London

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