Automation Engineer - Rolling Mill

Job Locations US-AL-Bay Minette
Job Type
Full Time
Shift Schedule
1. First Shift
Bay Minette

Position Overview

Novelis is the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, producing an estimated 19 percent of the world's flat-rolled aluminum products. We work alongside our customers to provide innovative solutions to the aerospace, beverage can, automotive and high-end specialty markets.


Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Novelis has approximately 11,600 employees in 33 operating facilities on four continents and is investing $2.5 billion to build a new low-carbon recycling and rolling plant in Bay Minette, Alabama. The highly sophisticated facility will serve growing demand for aluminum beverage can sheet in North America. The new facility will also serve the automotive market, where aluminum is the fastest growing material as automakers make plans to achieve their sustainability goals. It will aim to be net carbon neutral for Scope 1 and 2, be powered primarily by renewable energy, use recycled water and be a zero-waste facility.


The Novelis Bay Minette, AL team is seeking a Rolling Mill Automation Engineer to work on site. The person in this role will work with the Rolling Mill EMRA Leader. The ideal candidate will be responsible for leading systems engineering and providing support in the areas of automation and computer systems to contribute to the achievement of the plant’s safety, quality, sustainability and budget objectives. This position will guide and lead the activities of others related to reliability/maintenance, Information Technology (IT), Industry 5.0 and keep current with the constantly evolving technology, balancing it with the needs of the operations to bring forth improvements in automated systems and methods.

Responsibilities & Qualifications


  • Embrace the Novelis Safety Principles to build a zero-injury culture and the Novelis cultural beliefs of Be Open, Build Trust, Say Anything and Be Authentic!
  • Assist in solving, sophisticated analysis and identify areas of potential advancements in the processes, equipment, and facilities to achieve increased profitability through reduced costs, increased efficiency, improved quality, increase production output and optimized equipment uptime.
  • Support the aluminum manufacturing process by working closely with the Operations, Engineering, Administrative, and Process groups.
  • Work closely with the Automation, Reliability & Engineering Managers, develop conceptual and functional requirements for short- and long-term process and equipment development (facility planning) consistent with the business plan.
  • Assignment to an on-call rotation to provide after-hours and weekend support as required to assist maintenance in the solving and resolution of issues having an immediate impact on plant performance. This can involve providing direction/mentorship remotely and/or onsite.
  • Technically lead maintenance technicians and engineers as needed- to resolve and prevent maintenance and engineering problems and to develop training programs on processes and equipment for the maintenance staffs.
  • Application of innovative technology and techniques to resolve complex problems related to Automation, Process Control and Rolling applications.
  • Training teams on subject relates to Automation, Process Control and Rolling applications.
  • Develop and manage relationships with suppliers and other technical resources inside and outside of the Site and Company
  • Is responsible for the full scope of the automation and controls projects including budget control, schedule, and compliance with safety, environmental and sustainability requirements, to assure performance against expectations.
  • Review Site equipment and technology for robustness, reliability and obsolescence. Where vital, develop plans for modifications and/or upgrades.
  • Prepare and present robust capital expenditure estimates, schedules and requests, including sound financial analysis/justification, for management approval.
  • Constantly search for innovations and continuous improvement.
  • Anticipate and lead capital projects from conceptual to implementation phases
  • Lead development of Level 0 (sensors and actuators), Level I and Level II (process automation) and to support the plant and personnel in a timely manner.
  • Collaborate with plant utilities (power distribution, water, compressed air, etc.).
  • Interface with the Information Technology department on regular maintenance and upgrade of PC’s, servers, software, and other associated equipment.
  • Drive the deployment of digital capabilities via Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and incorporate industry standard methodologies. Expand the application of data capturing & contextualization to the next level by embracing the latest trends in manufacturing such as digitalization and Industry 5.0.
  • Resolve and implement automation solutions for monitoring of environmental regulations and process and/or system improvements.
  • Interact with internal customers to provide support, mentor, and needed assistance to meet safety, quality, reliability, and cost goals.
  • Influence regional and/or global decision-making by preparing and presenting technical information to senior management on matters with significant business impact, such as regional/multi-site capital expenditures or regional process/product improvements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor or Master of Science degree in Electrical, Mechatronics, or Automation Engineering.
  • 3+ years of progressive experience.
  • Working experience in the field of factory automation, network, controls, and instrumentation.
  • Automation knowledge and background.
  • Experience with design and program logic for PLCs and HMIs (Siemens preferred).
  • Good methodical skills for equipment problem-solving and related issues.
  • Project management skills
  • Result oriented and decision-making capability.
  • Proven leadership skills to advise, lead and develop other personnel to accomplish personal, plant and corporate objectives
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) skills; ability to connect with all levels in the organization
  • Desire to take initiative and develop a pro-active relationship with employees through follow-up, understanding their needs and encouraging a collaborative relationship
  • Able to travel up to 50% (North America and Internationally) in the first 3 years.
  • Ability to legally work in the United State.


What We Offer:

Novelis' benefits say a lot about how we care for each other. Our employees and their families have many different needs. As a result, our benefits offer choices on many levels and are high in quality, driven in the marketplace, and affordable. These are a few of the benefits we offer to support you and your family’s well-being:

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Health savings accounts – Company Funded Health Savings Account (HSA) and Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
  • Company-paid basic life insurance and Additional voluntary life coverage
  • Paid vacation and competitive personal time off
  • 401(k) savings plan with company match
  • Retirement savings plans – medical and prescription drug coverage through private exchange
  • Employee assistance programs – available 24/7 to you and your family
  • Wellness and Work Life Support - career development and educational assistance

At Novelis, we believe our culture of collaboration is our competitive advantage, and we would love for you to consider building a career with us. Novelis provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants. All terms and conditions of employment at Novelis including recruiting hiring placement promotion termination layoffs recalls transfers leaves of absence compensation and training are without regard to race color religion age sex national origin disability status genetics protected veteran status sexual orientation gender identity or expression or any other characteristic protected by federal provincial or local laws.

Location Profile

Novelis’ newly announced Bay Minette facility will be located 35 miles northeast of Mobile, AL and 45 miles west of Pensacola, FL and is expected to create approximately 1000 high-paying, advanced careers in modern manufacturing and become fully operational in 2025. This highly advanced rolling and recycling facility will be the first of its kind. It will primarily serve our customers in the beverage can and automotive markets. Novelis is committed to the community and will actively build partnerships in Baldwin County focused on recycling, STEM education and workforce development.


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