Automation Engineer

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Randox Laboratories continues to develop disruptive innovations in Diagnostics and Healthcare globally. We are proud to have been named the Number 1 company in Northern Ireland for the second consecutive year in the Belfast Telegraph Top 100 Companies List for 2024. Our staff are at the heart of everything we do and achieve. We have exciting new career opportunities for an Automation Engineer within our Maintenance team.

What does the Maintenance team do?

The Maintenance Team are responsible for manufacturing equipment. Ensure Downtime is kept to a minimum and productivity is high through reactive and Preventative maintenance as well as conditional monitoring and Continuous improvement taking ownership of tasks carried out. The manufacturing equipment Ranges from New state of the art Filling and Capping machines, Freeze Driers, Freezers, Robots, Printing and labelling, to bespoke lines and older equipment. Using fault finding skills to identify and rectify equipment faults in a timely fashion recording details and identifying root cause, Support in new equipment installations (including validation), and various improvement project. Identifying critical spares, ordering and maintaining stock.

Location: Randox Laurelbank, 36 Largy Road, Crumlin, Northern Ireland. All sites, N Ireland and Ireland

Contract Offered: Full-time, Permanent

Working Hours / Shifts: 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday from 08.40 to 17.20.

What does the Automation Engineer role involve?

This role is responsible for the design, service, and installation of PLC / Automation within regulations, along with the validation of existing / new equipment to the relevant standards. This is an extremely varied role that will require you to develop a varied skillset, including:

  • Developing maintenance schedules to improve cost effective use of equipment.
  • Identify improvement in equipment and processes that will increase the output/yield of systems.
  • Update, develop and maintain technical documentation e.g., Specifications, design drawing, design calculations, reports, procedures, and documents required by the quality management systems and maintenance manuals.
  • Provide expert PLC / Automation Assistance / Fault Diagnosis / problem solving as and when required.
  • Identify and design our repeat failures and develop, participate, and manage continuous improvement projects to improve performance and cost effectiveness.
  • Carry out risk assessments / method statements and ensure all work is carried out within H&S Regulations.
  • Lead and support tasks on High-Speed automated equipment including start of the art filling, capping, labelling equipment, leading in design and technology.
  • Review and update PLC critical spares.
  • Training and mentoring of others as part of continuous improvement.

Full on the job training will be provided on our processes.

Who can apply?

This role would suit someone with an Engineering degree in HND with 5+ years manufacturing / Engineering experience.

Other Essential criteria:

  • PLC / Automation Design experience.
  • Experience with PLC / PC Control systems.
  • Ability to read, interpret and apply information from files, drawings, catalogue, reports, and manuals.
  • Ability to identify and design our repeat failures and develop, participate, and manage continuous improvement projects.
  • Computer literacy.


  • Experience of similar process machinery (Filling, Capping, Labelling and Printing).
  • Experience in a Cgmp environment.
  • Experience with equipment validation.
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