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Ports Automation Integrations Engineer

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Date: Dec 23, 2020

Location: Mississauga, ON, CA

Company: Hatch

Requisition ID: 36122 

Job Category: Information Technology 


With over six decades of business and technical experience in the mining, energy, and infrastructure sectors, we understand that challenges are changing rapidly in every industry. We respond quickly with solutions that are smarter, more efficient, and innovative. We draw upon our 9,000 staff with experience in over 150 countries to challenge the status quo and create positive change for our clients, our employees, and the communities we serve.


Hatch is seeking Automation Engineers with a passion for problem solving, systems integration, and business improvement to join Hatch’s Smart Ports team.

Successful candidates will work alongside our technology vendors, consultants, and our clients’ operational staff to troubleshoot, identify improvement opportunities, and support the myriad of integrated technologies which enable our world-class, automated operations.  Candidates should be organized, capable of juggle multiple projects and priorities simultaneously, and comfortable operating in a dynamic environment.  They should be excited to apply their problem solving skills to support and optimize operational processes and industrial equipment, and thrive on the challenges of tying together multiple disparate systems to achieve business objectives.  This new role is critical to the success of our new Smart Ports team..

Ideal candidates have an operational / industrial / mechanical mindset with some deep software / IT savvy, and are competent in (at least 1st year university level) statistical methods / data analytics.  The role may require meetings and interactions with vendors from different locations (e.g. Europe and Asia). 



This role will form part of Smart Ports system integration team, report to its global lead, and will work to support the overall Container Port and Terminal strategy. The specific responsibilities will include:

  • Working with the client and vendors to successfully integrate their solutions.  Tasks may include:
    • Specification of business / functional requirements
    • Development of test cases (based on operational scenarios)
    • Conducting tests in emulation environments
    • Supporting testing and commissioning in live equipment environments
    • Reviewing system outputs, and logfiles to adjudicate on test results and document defects
    • Coordinating with different client groups (Operations, Project, Maintenance etc) and vendors to prioritize and schedule changes
    • Defining KPis and data analytics approaches
    • Implementing data analytics solutions and the data infrastructure required to enable the analytics (e.g. OSISoft PI). 
    • Assisting the client with defect and release management processes


The specific nature of the job will change depending on the project. For example, for one project, the successful candidate may be more focused on QA and commissioning, and for another project, the role may require more focus on the analysis of data for operational improvement (and the implementation of systems to enable this). 


The work may be done on site at the client location or remotely (fully or partially, depending on the project).


Key Performance Indicators

In light of the identified responsibilities, the following are specific deliverables that the position is designed to achieve:

  • High client satisfaction demonstrable through recurring jobs and additional capabilities inquiries


Preferred Experience / Education

The following indicates specific industry, academic and functional experience/qualifications that are important to the successful achievement of the identified responsibilities and performance deliverables.

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related Engineering discipline – industrial, mechatronics, chemical, process, electrical, mechanical and systems engineering, or Operations Research.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience executing complex automation projects in an industrial sector such as Metals (including Mining), Energy (Power Generation, Oil & Gas), Infrastructure (Ports, Rail, Cities), and/or Heavy Equipment
  • Able to understand and articulate how clients operate and their processes
  • Proven experience and successfully delivering value to industrial operations environments by integrating and implementing automation, real-time information management systems and other digital solutions.
  • Knowledge of Container terminal operational systems and equipment would be an asset – STS cranes, RTGs, TOS, GOS, Gates, ASCs, ARMGs, Auto-SCs, vessel planning, yard planning, top handlers, UTRs, OCR, RFID, Wherenet
  • Excellent understanding of Automation Systems (e.g. SCADA, PLC, DCS, Safety Systems), Operations Management Systems (e.g. MES, TOS, Real-time Timeseries databases or Historians), and relevant standards such as ISA-95 or industrial automation architectures.  Specific experience with OSISoft PI and Tableau would be an asset. 
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and quickly comprehend new concepts and technologies, industrial processes and operations
  • Excellent understanding of Software Development Lifecycle Management (SDLC) including quality assurance / automated testing, software configuration management, etc.
  • Excellent understanding of software development technologies – relational databases (e.g. SQL and Oracle), Software Programming / Scripting (e.g. Java, C#, VB.NET, Python, R, MATLAB), Messaging (e.g. XML / XSLT, JMS), Regular Expressions, business intelligence technologies (e.g. Tableau, Spotfire)
  • Experience in working with distributed teams of professionals and in managing teams of professionals
  • Ability to work in an environment of multiple parallel projects and within a team environment
  • Good time management, strong written and verbal communications, presentation and organizational skills
  • Strong team player with demonstrated leadership capabilities in a high-pressure environment
  • Ability to travel up to 50% and/or work at client sites, often outside of normal business hours as part of a global team


We are committed to fostering a workforce in each of our locations that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate. Hatch is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers employment applicants without regard to age, race, colour, national origin, citizenship, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or any other protected status. If you have any special needs requirements, please let us know. We will do our utmost to accommodate, in accordance with applicable local legislation. 

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