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Abbott Principal Controls Engineer in Abbott Park, Illinois

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals, and branded generic medicines. Our 109,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.


Lake County Utilities (LCU) is a 24/7 operation that is responsible for generating and distributing centralized utilities (Chilled Water, Compressed Air, Fresh Water, Electricity, Natural Gas, Purified Water, Steam/Condensate, Fire Protection Water, etc.) to the Abbott Park, Abbott Park East, and K-Complex Sites. The facilities on these sites consist of cafeteria, laboratory, manufacturing, office, warehouse, and other spaces.

The primary function of this position is ensuring all necessary control and data systems related to utilities systems are functioning reliably and fully support continuous plant and site operations.


Lead/Support efforts involving/related to:

  • Programming, troubleshooting, optimizing, updating of control and data systems, hardware and software related to:

  • Siemens PCS7 Distributed Control Systems

  • Various PLCs and remote I/O control systems

  • OSIsoft PI database

  • Schneider PowerLogic ION database

  • Project development and execution (scoping, cost estimating, securing and managing funding, designing, planning, scheduling, material/labor procurement, scope execution, commissioning, training, turnover, closeout, etc.)

  • Equipment specification development, installations, upgrades, shutdowns, etc.

  • Define, develop, and execute energy/utilities consumption reduction projects

  • Capital Planning activities including but not limited to creating/updating equipment Long Range Planning (LRP) documentation

  • Instrument Calibration Coordinator

  • Equipment/system validation protocol execution

  • Direct internal and external personnel to perform engineering analyses, designs, studies, install/modify equipment, etc.

  • LCU/Abbott equipment/process/system investigations and troubleshooting

  • Understanding and Complying w/ all Abbott Engineering Standards, Specifications, etc.

  • Leading cross-functional, cross-site teams to achieve project goals

  • Preparing and delivering verbal and written communications to management

  • Execute responsibilities in compliance with all applicable corporate, state, and/or federal environmental, quality, and safety requirements


Lead/Support efforts involving/related to:

  • BEx programs (Root Cause Problem Solving certification, Continuous Improvement activities, etc.)

  • Personnel development programs (PDPs, Seasonal interns, etc.)

  • Travel (5 - 10%)

  • Additional responsibilities as required


  • Bachelors in an Engineering discipline or equivalent years of relevant experience

  • 10 years of control engineering experience

  • 5 years of experience w/ utility related equipment/processes/systems

  • Basic understanding of

  • Industrial control systems including inter-connecting communication strategies

  • C programming and Visual Basic

  • Possesses a problem solving, investigative, innovative mindset, as well as a working technical knowledge and application of concepts, practices, and procedures. Exercises technical judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action. Executes the design of processes/equipment/systems by applying standard engineering theories, concepts, and techniques within the discipline. Investigates, conducts tests or experiments, gathers data, performs preliminary analysis, reports findings, prepares and communicates recommendations and respective action plans.

  • Consistently leads by example in complex, multi-faceted, business environments as well as represent various levels of LCU/Abbott management when required

  • Listens to and understands others' points of view. Possesses interpersonal skills to negotiate and reconcile differences

  • Working with little or no supervision, applies advanced scientific knowledge, engineering knowledge, mathematics, and ingenuity

  • Ability to manage multiple, concurrent activities

  • Ability to thrive in team environment

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email corpjat@abbott.com