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Abbott Senior Controls Engineer in Liberty, South Carolina

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.

A healthy heart is essential to good health. That's why we're committed to advancing treatments for people with cardiovascular disease. As a global leader in Cardiac Rhythm Technologies, our breakthrough medical technologies help restore people's health so they can get back to living their best lives, faster. We focus on innovative technologies that can improve the way doctors treat people with heart arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats.

Our location in Liberty, SC, currently has an opportunity for a Senior Controls Engineer.


Responsible for the research and investigation of technologies that may prove suitable for integration into future manufacturing processes and improvement of current processes. Supports product development from concept through sustained manufacturing of FDA regulated products. Responsible for performing process development, equipment specification, acquisition installation and integration.


  • Evaluates machine logic, electromechanical systems and process controls to troubleshoot equipment.

  • Strong knowledge and experience in industrial robotics, Servos, Pneumatic systems, sensors, and Machine Vision systems.

  • Routinely has direct contact with outside consultants, technical staff from key suppliers and engineering staff in other divisions.

  • Strong mechanical and electrical aptitude.

  • Coordinate and participate in equipment Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT) and Site Acceptance Tests (SAT), etc.

  • Hands on working knowledge of automation control software and PLC programming and troubleshooting.

  • Familiarity with qualification and regulatory requirements in the medical device industry, including Design Review, User Requirement Specifications (URS), IQ/OQ/PQ, etc.

  • Conceptualize, design, and build complete solutions for novel or complex problems; explore multiple alternatives.

  • Evaluation of machine logic and controls to troubleshoot equipment and identify process improvement opportunities.

  • Programming and integration of controls hardware and software into new and existing manufacturing equipment.

  • Analyzes current equipment for process suitability and provides detailed plans for improvement

  • Creates and revises manufacturing documents, specifications, standard operating procedures (SOPs), safety instructions, validation protocols, risk assessments, and procedures and other technical documents to ensure compliant, efficient and safe procedures

  • Works with other engineers and technicians in developing solutions and improvements in materials, equipment and process as necessary

  • Actively participates in teams as necessary to ensure continual improvement, safety and compliance

  • Lead cross functional project teams and coordinate activities.

  • Analyzes, creates and implements manufacturing and/or business process improvements that increase capacity, reduce lead-time, reduce work in process and improve the quality, cost and delivery performance of Abbott.

  • Identifies opportunities and drives incorporation of appropriate Lean tool usage such as 5S, time study, line balancing, standard work, material flow and value stream mapping, process mapping and Kaizen event into the daily functions of continuous improvement.

  • Investigate and resolve existing equipment operating, reliability, and yield issues and implement corrections or modifications to ensure systems operate within qualified parameters. Create and execute Quality System records to ensure equipment performance history is properly documented.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science or Engineering.

  • 5+ years of engineering experience preferably in a diagnostic business, medical device manufacturing or other highly regulated industry.

  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time.

  • Previous experience with common manufacturing automation technologies and architectures. This can include:

  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s)

  • Human Machine Interfaces (HMI)

  • Motion Control

  • Vision Systems

  • Robots


  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, and Microsoft Outlook. SAP a plus

  • Detail oriented with strong analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills.

  • Demonstration of strong interpersonal communication and presentation skills.

  • Experience with equipment specification and procurement with emphasis on process and packaging manufacturing solutions, small volume liquid filling, capping, torqueing, label printing, application and inspection systems.

  • Familiarity with qualification and regulatory requirements in the medical device industry, including Design Review, User Requirement Specifications (URS), FAT, SAT, IQ/OQ/PQ, etc.

  • Strong commitment to safety and environmental issues. Willingness to adhere to all safety and health rules, plant rules, procedures and guidelines.

  • Ability to communicate effectively and engage cross functional team on all aspects and responsibilities required of equipment installation and qualifications.

  • Must be able to work without direct supervision to accomplish goals and meet schedules.

  • Proven solid work ethic and ability to work well with others as well as independently.

  • Strong problem-solving and troubleshooting skills.


  • At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer:

  • Training and career development , with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance

  • Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans

  • Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs

  • Paid time off

  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match

  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

Learn more about our benefits that add real value to your life to help you live fully: www.abbottbenefits.com (http://www.abbottbenefits.com/pages/candidate.aspx)

Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that provides the growth and strength to build your future.

Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity.

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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