The Enviva team is driven by our shared vision for a renewable energy future. We are a fast-growing, purpose-driven, global energy company specializing in delivering sustainable wood bioenergy solutions. We are the world’s largest producer of sustainable wood pellets, which provide a low-carbon alternative to fossil fuels.

Enviva is a seeking a Controls Engineer to join Enviva’s Centers of Excellence (COE) controls 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 up time 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, this includes all Southeast regional projects and existing facilities.  Some activities may include:  engineering documentation review, understanding of the document review cycles, involvement in development of engineering documentation that includes instrumentation and controls.
  • 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 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 engineering.
  • 10 years of relevant experience in I&C work including but not limited to:
    • Instrument specification and installation
    • Communication Networking, Servers
    • 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 programming software is a plus.
  • Must be able to achieve requirements of Enviva’s standard Controls Engineer technical evaluation that will include both written and hands on portions.
  • 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 .
  • Experience in supporting a continuous manufacturing environment (pulp and paper mill or wood products experience is a plus).
  • Proactive regarding safety. Seeks to identify and correct potential safety or environmental deviations before they occur.
  • Proficient knowledge of electrical distribution and MCCs.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills .
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint with the ability to learn other applications related to the job. 
  • Basic experience in database applications, including Access, SQL, etc.
  • While everything above is a requirement, very significant experience in highly related fields will be considered as a possible alternative

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in wood product, pulp or paper industry.
  • Understanding of the wood pellet manufacturing process.
  • Added experience with mechanical operations of wood processing equipment.
  • Experience with web-based applications including Microsoft 365, Oracle based applications.
  • Familiarity with Log-Me-In website remote interface.
  • Basic understanding of networking and server architectures.
  • Self-directed work ethic with weekly direction from supervisor.
  • Desire to grow and develop into future roles across the enterprise.
  • Experience centered in working directly with both operators and engineers and understanding how to add value for both in different ways.

Physical Requirements:

  • Periodic after-hours remote PLC/HMI support.
  • Weekly remote meetings with COE Engineering Team members.
  • On-the-job training at existing facilities.
  • Willing and able to work around moving equipment and machinery
  • Willing and able to pull and lift, up to 50 lbs.
  • Travel within a 1 and 1 ½ hour from home base. 
  • Possible travel to Cottondale, FL facility.
  • Quarterly travel to Raleigh, NC or other sites/locations.

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