Donald Zoricak


Controls Engineer

Hattiesburg, MS
Donald Zoricak
Automation Engineer
With over 35 years’ experience in the Industrial Automation, Process and Controls environment, I bring a unique combination of background in the areas of production, design, engineering, and support. With a professional approach to implementation, product qualification, and interfacing with end customers, my experience has served me well in my career in the private sector, Automation and the Petrochemical industries. With so many projects requirements being customer driven, it has allowed me to be diverse in my technical skillset, yet maintain an overall consistency in achieving both company and customer goals.

(225) 362-7113
Baton Rouge, LA 70817

Automation Engineer Champion Technology Services Baton Rouge, LA
2008 to 2016
• Responsibilities:
– My primary documentation responsibilities included generating I/O Lists, Cause & Effect Matrices, Modbus Mapping, Functional Requirement Specifications. I also provided information for the development of Factory and Site Acceptance documents.
– Responsible for PLC, HMI and Data Exchange configurations, and led DCS data mapping generation. Once completed, I was the primary contact on Project startups and acceptance, and trained end customer operators on the use of their new interfaces.
– Designed Electrical packages and Communications layouts, including Panel Layout, Power Distribution, and I/O
– Performed on-site and remote troubleshooting, and visited facilities for potential upgrades
– Developed Add-on and Function Blocks for inclusion in Champion’s Knowledge Base Site. This increased efficiency within the company by allowing other engineers to utilize time-saving shortcuts in PLC programming environments
• Project Highlights:
– Worked with a leading pipeline company to implement several meter site automation projects. These involved valve, pump, and PID controls. Implemented and tested Shutdown and Interlock logic, retrieved data from Gas Chromatographs, Flowmeters and Omni devices. Primary PLCs and HMIs included Siemens and Allen Bradley.
– Created several LEL gas level monitoring systems for a major chemical manufacturer. These required alarm and shutdown matrices, graphical interfaces with operators, device fail detection, and data exchange with DCS systems. Platforms included Allen Bradley products, as well as WinCC, and communication with remote RTUs using Modbus TCP.
– Utilized Unity Pro S with Modicon M340 PLCs to monitor and validate Gas Chromatographs in a Flaring environment. Validation and testing could be initiated locally from 4 HMIs, or from a central DCS system. These validations could be set up to run on a scheduled basis, or on demand. Alarming and shutdowns were included, and alerted operators when a scheduled validation was missed, because of manual or maintenance issues. These validations were vital to maintain EPA compliance.

Automation Specialist Spectrum Engineering, Inc Baton Rouge, LA
2007 to 2008
• Responsibilities:
– In an engineering capacity, I was responsible for all Controls documentation, including design, PLC and HMI generation, I/O, Cause & Effects, Shutdowns and Interlocks
– I led startups, loop checks and Site Acceptance on customer site, and trained personnel in operation and troubleshooting.
• Project Highlights:
– I implemented a major addition to a nationally known glass manufacturer to increase uptime in their Flat Screen glass extrusion process. Customer was getting a relatively high glass breakage at a particular step in their glass extrusion process. The glass would be dumped and sent back to be recycled, but this resulted in a considerable increase in average cycle time. Trouble was attributed to a buildup of small shards on their glass scorer. Spectrum was able to design a servo controlled score cleaner. Using the parameters on the menu-driven process, I went on site to program and qualify the changes.

Drives Technician OMRON Service Plus Baton Rouge, LA
2007 to 2007
• Responsibilities:
– I was responsible for analyzing customer’s drive issues, and uninstalled when offsite repairs were necessary. When drive upgrades were performed, I was responsible for documentation updates and installation.

Sr. Electrical Tech/Instrumentation and Controls Designer Keller Technology Corporation Buffalo, NY
2002 to 2006
• Responsibilities:
– As a Controls Engineer, I designed, programmed and implemented Industrial Automation for major companies within the USA. I was the electrical lead on Cost Proposals and Bill of Materials development, and on my projects, was responsible for all Electrical documentation, including CAD, I/O, functional specs, operations manuals. Within house, I led initial testing, startup, and customer qualification. Once the machinery was shipped from our site, I verified installation and trained end customer operators on the use of new equipment.

Electrical Production Support Engineer Snelling Personnel Services Williamsville, NY
2001 to 2002
Contract Employee for General Motors Powertrain Tonawanda, 2001-2002
• Responsibilities:
– As a Shift Support Engineer, I was responsible for diagnosing production equipment issues for the L850 Crankshaft Department. I was then in charge of contacting and coordinating skilled tradesmen for appropriate repairs. When downtime did not exist, I was the lead engineer for observing and implementing program changes to improve assembly efficiency.

Electrical Controls Coordinator/Systems Designer North Star Design, Inc Amherst, NY
1992 to 2001
• Responsibilities:
– I was responsible for all aspects of Electrical Controls packages to customer’s or North Star’s specifications. This included CAD design, PLC and HMI program development, servo and stepper motor configuration. Led startups and Site Acceptance Testing, and mentored less experienced Controls Engineers within the company.

Sr. Technician/Associate Engineer Acme Electric Corporation Cuba, NY
1981 to 1992
• Project Highlights/Responsibilities:
– As a Sr. Electrical Technician for Acme’s Power Supply Division from 1981-1984, I was responsible for test setups and maintenance at Acme’s Allegany, NY facility.
– Since my promotion to Associate Engineer, I was transferred to the Cuba, NY facility, where I designed and implemented test fixtures, modified printed circuit board testing programs, and designed and programmed reliability chambers. These chambers cycled power, temperature and load, and monitored all power supply outputs. One of those involved integrating an adaptor to verify a custom power supply that turned out to be a long term contract for Acme. Another tested the integrity of Acme’s line of Uninterruptible Power Supplies. As the central Test Engineering department for the company, I also designed, built, and programmed transformer testing equipment for our Lumberton, NC facility.

Associates in Applied Science Electrical Technology Erie Community College
Amherst, NY

Regents Diploma Electrical Seneca Vocational High School
Buffalo, NY

Technical Skillset
– Allen Bradley Controllogix, Compactlogix, SLC500, and PLC5 utilizing RSLogix5000, RSLogix500 and RSLogix5
– Siemens S7-300 and S7-1200 using Step7 and TIA Portal
– Modicon M340 and Quantum using using Unity Pro S and XLS
– GE Fanuc 90-30 using VersaPro

– Rockwell Panelview, Paneview Plus using Factory Talk View ME and PanelBuilder32
– Siemens graphics using WinCC, WinCC Flexible and WinCC Advanced
– Vijeo Designer
– Invensys Wonderware
– Automation Direct – C-More

• Protocols
– Modbus, Modbus TCP, RS-232, RS-485, Controlnet, Devicenet, TCP and OPC

• Additional
– Esteem -195Eg Wirelesss Modems
– Good understanding of LAN, WAN, and TCP/IP networks
– Intellution Proficy Historian
– Microsoft Windows XP, 2000, 7, and 10 Operating Systems
– Microsoft Office including Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Visio

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