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Requisition Number 17-0206
Post Date 7/31/2017
Title Controls Engineer
City Faison
State NC
About Enviva

Enviva combines earth’s oldest renewable energy source with 21st century technology to make wood pellets.  By using wood pellets instead of coal, electric utilities can reduce the lifetime greenhouse gas emissions intensity of power generation by 80%.  And wood pellets can provide uninterrupted power at any time, at large scale and at comparatively low cost.  As a result, Enviva delivers a sustainable, cost-efficient and essential complement to wind and solar power.

Founded in 2004, Enviva is today the world’s largest producer of wood pellets – a small and seemingly ordinary product that is helping solve intractable challenges of energy and the environment and delivering real results.

Enviva owns and operates almost three million tons of wood pellet production capacity which we have strategically located in the southeastern United States, one of the most attractive wood fiber regions in the world due to its abundance of commercial, working forests and growing timber inventories. We export our pellets to major utilities and power generators in the United Kingdom, Europe and increasingly Asia that previously were fueled by coal, enabling them to reduce their carbon footprint by about 80 percent. We make our pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests. And we employ more than 600 people and support many other businesses in the rural South, where jobs and economic opportunity are sometimes scarce.

We are proud that our procurement activities provide essential markets for low-value wood and help keep forests forested.  At Enviva, our job is more than making pellets. We work for lower emissions, healthy forests and strong communities.

Enviva conducts its activities through two entities: Enviva Partners, LP, a publicly-traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and Enviva Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly-owned private company.

Enviva Partners, LP

Enviva Partners, LP (NYSE: EVA) is a publicly-traded master limited partnership that aggregates a natural resource, wood fiber, and processes it into a transportable form, wood pellets. Enviva Partners sells a significant majority of its wood pellets through long-term, take-or-pay agreements with creditworthy customers in the United Kingdom and Europe. Enviva Partners owns and operates six plants in Northampton County and Ahoskie, North Carolina; Southampton County, Virginia; Amory and Wiggins, Mississippi; and Cottondale, Florida. They have a combined production capacity of approximately 2.3 million metric tons of wood pellets per year.

In addition, Enviva Partners owns a deep-water marine terminal at the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia, which is used to export wood pellets. Enviva Partners also exports pellets through the ports of Mobile, Alabama and Panama City, Florida.

Enviva Development Holdings, LLC

Enviva Development Holdings, LLC develops and builds wood pellet production plants and export terminals. It has a pipeline of projects under development to support growing demand for wood pellets.

Through a joint venture with the Hancock Natural Resource Group and other affiliates of the John Hancock Life Insurance Company, Enviva Development Holdings is currently commissioning a 500,000 metric-ton-per-year production plant in Sampson County, North Carolina and a deep-water marine terminal in Wilmington, North Carolina which will bring Enviva’s enterprise production capacity to nearly three million tons per year.




Enviva is a seeking a Controls Engineer to join Enviva’s Centers of Excellence (COE) engineering team.  This individual must be a self-starter with an advanced understanding of PLC controls logic programming, and drive controls. This position will lead controls standardization, controls modification, hardware upgrades across the enterprise (multi-plant support).  Successful candidate will be critical in helping identify process improvement opportunities and bring about process stability utilizing sound controls philosophy and timeliness of implementation.


  • Be the primary interface with multi-plant operations to help with hands on troubleshooting (logically and in the field) and formulate/implement solutions via PLC programming and hardware
  • Lead implementation of programming changes to maintain/increase uptime at the sites
  • Participate in best practice sharing and standardization of controls and hardware changes from one plant to next
  • Create and communicate Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) on new process controls implementation and lead training for Ops/Maintenance personnel
  • Coordinate and lead I&C vendor management
  • Keep up with and look for opportunities to implement latest technology development in controls industry
  • Interpret and adhere to industry standards and regulatory codes
  • Support other engineering projects with functional specification development and resource coordination to meet schedule and cost deliverables
  • Support new plant design by reviewing and recommending appropriate changes to all areas of the I&C functional area; hardware/software, vendor, HMI platform, Data Historian
  • Ensure appropriate I&C procedures, design guidelines and design tools are utilized
  • Interface with Operations, support reliability efforts by providing hands on and involved technical support, training, and overall guidance to the plant operations
  • Provide electrical system integration and in the field troubleshooting support as required during start-up and commissioning
  • Demonstrate discipline and rigor around documenting all changes using Enviva’s standard Management of Change (MOC) process



  • Bachelor’s degree in an electrical / controls technical field, however, very significant experience in highly related field will be considered as a possible alternative
  • 5 years of relevant experience in I&C work including but not limited to:
    • Instrument specification and installation
    • Communication Networking, Wiring/Loop Diagrams
    • ControlLogix PLC architecture
    • ControlLogix PLC configuration
    • Panel Layouts, HMI Configuration
    • Interlock and continuous control logic development
    • Data Historian architecture and implementation
    • FAT and commissioning of  PLC/DCS system and including field instrumentation
  • Must be able to read/modify electrical schematics and be familiar with and able to program ControlLogix ladder logic, function block, and add on instructions
  • Experience in Allen Bradley ControlLogix PLC, Plant PAX, and HMI programing software is a plus
  • Proficient knowledge of electrical distribution and MCCs
  • Experience in supporting a continuous manufacturing environment (pulp and paper mill or wood products experience is a plus)
  • Must be data-driven and possess a high level of attention to detail
  • Project management experience, including developing project scope, budgets and schedules.
  • Thrives in a team environment, is a "self-starter" and "results oriented"
  • Works well with other disciplines (IT, process engineering, maintenance) to fully understand manufacturing system functionality and design requirements
  • Proactive regarding safety. Seeks to identify and correct potential safety or environmental issues before they occur
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint with the ability to learn other applications related to the job
  • Must be able to meet passing requirements of Enviva’s standard Controls Engineer technical evaluation that will include both written and hands on portions.
  • Travel is required to various sites, primarily between Sampson and Hamlet plants
  • Enviva is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity (EEO) in any term, condition or privilege of employment. Enviva does not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, uniform service member, genetic information or any other status protected by law. Enviva complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which we operate.
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