Automation and Control Systems Developer (Billings, MT)

Automation and Control System Developer - (178703)

 About UsAt HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That's why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

The Automation and Control Systems Applications Developer will have responsibility for, programming, testing, implementing and commissioning the control system as designed. The Automation and Control Systems Applications Developer will be responsible for coordination of the control system with the Design team, construction team and Client.

The individual must have proven experience in PLC logic and HMI integration in any of the following PLCs (Allen Bradley, Modicon, GE, Siemens, etc.) and HMIs (FactoryTalk, Wonderware, iFix, Ignition, VTScada,  etc.  ). Must be able to create and read logic and P&ID diagrams for program design, programming, simulation, testing and startup. Experience with logic auto-generation from templates is a plus.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in programming as well as the ability to develop and implement standard engineering practices, as well as provide detailed documentation upon project completion. This person will be the project applications engineer and may be responsible to lead project task activities.

The primary duties for the Automation and Control Systems Applications Developer will include:

  • Programming the project control system as defined by the project scope – SCADA, PLC, HMI, Historian, Communications hardware, etc.
  • Manage project tasks within scope budget and schedule
  • Coordinate with Design, Construction and Start-up team leader for project control system
  • Download, test and document control system programs and communication systems as defined in scope
  • Participate in field testing and commissioning of the control system
  • Must be willing to travel as necessary. Duration of travel and frequency of travel will depend on project/HDR needs.


 Required Qualifications

  • Engineering or associate degree in electronics/technology or related field of study
  • Experience in process control system programming – Supervisory Controls and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Programmable Logic Controllers(PLC’s), Human Machine Interface (HMI), Operator Interface Terminals(OIT’s), Industrial communication networks set up and testing and assistance in start-up and commissioning

Preferred Qualification

  • 3 years’ experience in process control system programming
  • Experience working in the water and wastewater facilities, Oil Gas industry, Power generation and Distribution, Mining and other industrial facilities
  • Proven track record in programming leadership as well as the ability to develop and implement standard engineering practices, and provide detailed documentation upon project completion.
  • Excellent communication, leadership and planning skills, and ability to thrive in a team environment. Position requires very strong skills in preparing client presentations, project memoranda and reports
  • Attitude and commitment to being an active participant of employee-owned culture
  • Preference given to local candidates


At HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible.  When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.

 HDR provides a comprehensive benefits package that promotes employee ownership, employee health, performance, and success, which includes medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life insurance, an employee assistance program, paid time off, parental leave, paid holidays, 401(k) retirement savings plan with employer match, employee referral bonus and tuition reimbursement. The expected compensation range for this position is $70,000- $100,000 annually depending upon skills, experience, education and geographical location. (Stated benefits are for full-time regular positions. Temporary and part-time roles are eligible for limited benefits.) 

Primary Location

 United States-Montana-Billings


 Building Engineering



Employee Status


BusinessClass Control Systems

Job Posting

 Apr 2, 2024

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