Process Automation Engineer

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Eastern Treatment Plant
Engineering, Operations and Maintenance, Other, Property

Our Organisation

We love water and love life. What we do makes a vital contribution to Melbourne’s famous lifestyle. We achieve this by supplying high quality drinking water, providing outstanding sewerage services, integrating drainage systems, building resilience to flooding and by enhancing our waterway and land for greater community use. It’s a pride we share in helping to make greater Melbourne a fantastic place to live.

Reporting to the Eastern Treatment Plant Area Lead you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference and add to our work environment, within a place where you can learn and perform to your fullest potential.

The Role

As the Process and Automation Engineer you’ll be responsible for providing process engineering knowledge and experience in process automation to support Eastern Treatment Plant business objectives. These objectives include; reduced treatment costs, improved customer service and meeting environmental obligations. The Process & Automation Engineer monitors process performance and helps direct operation of the plant. The engineer also conducts investigations that aim to improve plant performance and optimise operation.

Make an Impact

Become part of a talented and passionate team dedicated to enhancing life and liveability in Melbourne and beyond. Doing truly meaningful work in a supportive and inclusive culture that encourages you to make the most of your talents.

We provide a range of employee benefits that will make your experience working at Melbourne Water both professionally and personally rewarding.


Melbourne Water is committed to flexible working. We offer a variety of flexible arrangements to suit our employees varied needs and the business, including purchased leave, varied start and finish times, working from alternative locations, part time work and 9-day fortnights. We understand that Melbourne Water and our customers benefit from enabling our employees to achieve balance in work and life.


Our people are passionate, welcoming and inclusive. We welcome applications from everyone, including people with disability, mature age and young job seekers, members of the LGBTI+ community, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds. Melbourne Water welcomes and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Your Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of underlying principles of wastewater treatment processes and capability to apply that knowledge to solving difficult or abstract technical problems.
  • Experience with biological process modeling including but not limited BioWin/GPRX.
  • Proven experience in the development of Process Systems Dynamics.
  • Experience in developing control narratives and Process Functional descriptions.
  • Ability to draw on industry knowledge and other industry resources, for example by conducting independent literature reviews.
  • Experience and understanding of the Process Control Systems (PCS 7)/PLC and ability to understand  PLC logic diagram.
  • Experience in analyzing plant technical performance  on a daily, weekly and monthly basis this including process data gathering from data analysis tools.
  • Experience in  preparation of plant performance reports (everyday/weekly basis).
  • Experience in systems troubleshooting on all variable operating parameters. 
  • Ability to develop process control system narratives (e.g. Plain English Functional Specification – PEFDS) and process automation requirement.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide high quality reports and present written and oral responses to queries.
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to deliver outcomes within agreed timeframes under general supervision.
  • Good interpersonal skills including the ability to lead and coordinate diverse groups and communicate with stakeholders.
  • Ability to provide input into and influence decision making processes.

Your ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders is required together with a qualification in Chemical Engineering, Process Control Engineering or relevant.

For more information, please see the attached Position Description: Download File Position Description - Process Automation Engineer - November 2019_v1.docx

How to apply

Click on the "apply" button and complete the online application form.

Closing date: 29 December 2019 at 11:55pm AEST

Please note a Police Check / Health Assessment is required for this position.

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