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Controls Engineer

Job Description

A collective energy and ambition. A place where you can make a real difference.

We’re a company that genuinely cares about our people, our products, our consumers and the environment.

Our unique, informal culture champions courage, determination and collaboration. Knowing we have an open and supportive team means each of us has the freedom to take responsibility and ownership. We have a shared passion to work hard, innovate and push boundaries.

United by the belief that when we strive for growth, anything is possible. While we might not be the largest company in our industry, we believe we can have the biggest impact because: Together We Have the Power to Win.

General Summary:     

This position will provide plant engineering support in the design, integration, calibration and testing of PLC-based control systems.  Also provides advanced technical, analytical, and problem-solving support to electrical and automated systems throughout the manufacturing plant. 

Essential Functions/Responsibility:

  • Proposes, specifies, designs, programs, and implements electrical controls and automation systems for a manufacturing facility
  • Utilizes Continuous Improvement Tools to consistently and programmatically improve and upgrade control systems across the plant resulting in existing equipment upgrades and integration of existing equipment with new automation
  • Performs system evaluations, electrical design, and automation system programming support for all plant manufacturing operations
  • Advanced PLC Programming support across all PLC makes and models on all facility platforms.  This includes VFD drives and Servos
  • Must have Allen Bradley PLC knowledge from PLC 5 through Compact and Control Logix processors
  • Must have in-depth knowledge of PLC Controls Systems as well as programming and troubleshooting skills across all platforms
  • Ability to program HMI Panels such as PanelView Plus and other manufactures such as EZ  Automation, Automation Direct, etc…
  • Ability to program VFDs, Servos, Motion Controllers, and other devices
  • Must author Troubleshooting guides and Work Instructions documents for the Electricians
  • Reviews technical specifications and schematics for new equipment to ensure that sound engineering practices are followed, and that Machine Build Standards, NEC, and OSHA requirements are met
  • Reviews and modifies existing equipment as required to meet safety and ergonomic requirements
  • Facilitates formal root-cause analysis and other problem-solving methodologies as required to identify root cause and implement solutions
  • Acts as the site’s Advanced Electrical, Instrument and Controls Troubleshooting subject matter expert on all packaging machinery, mixers and processing equipment, networked systems, and complex integrated systems
  • Owns preventive and predictive maintenance of all equipment with regards to electrical and control systems.  This includes ongoing optimization, defect resolution and compliance
  • Owner and change manager of all electrical, instrumentation and control documentation including wiring diagrams, P&IDs, and Programming logic control content
  • Diagnoses Electrical assets: Electrical wiring, relay logic, control and safety circuits, electronic boards, PLC’s, touch screens, displays, contactor's, motors/circuits ranging from single phase to three phase along with voltages ranging from 5VDC – 480 VAC
  • Support the facility as required to meet all EHS, Quality and OEE goals.
  • Provide after-hours telephone and on-site troubleshooting assistance to plant electrical, engineering, and production departments in a 24-hour, 7 days a week operation
  • Follow all company policies and procedures, including: GMP and Health & Safety
  • Champion for all electrical, instrumentation and PLC training across the site.  Works with technical manager to build detailed, aligned and sustainable training plan for operators, mechanics and staff 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of instrumentation, meters, reading of P&ID’s, and proper wiring techniques
  • Demonstrated comprehension of all aspects of project engineering. 
  • Demonstrate strong programming skills particularly with PLC programming, ladder logic design (Allen Bradley equipment), and RS Logix 5000, and experience with HMI stations, SCADA, etc.
  • PLC programming is a must
  • Provides AutoCAD and graphing skills
  • Understands OSHA regulations, safety hazards, appropriate precautions, and PPE that is applicable for work in various departments
  • Able to provide and sustain a strong level of customer service to the organization
  • Able to prioritize work assignments in a fast-paced work environment
  • Possesses good oral and written communication skills
  • Effectively interacts with employees at all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrates effective Project Management skills
  • Capability to calibrate and test controls, verify instrumentation accuracy and effectiveness, and perform routine maintenance on the plant-wide controls systems
  • Experience working in XP (Explosion Proof) hazardous locations (Class I /Div I)
  • Experience applying Continuous Improvement fundamentals, Six Sigma, 5-S, TPM, etc.

Education and Experience:

  • Candidates will have a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or Instrumentation along with 7-10 years’ experience working with a variety of control systems in a manufacturing environment
  • Preference given to candidates who have previously worked in a fast-paced consumer product goods, food, pharmaceutical or medical device packaging and/or manufacturing environment
  • Flexibility to work various hours and shifts as needed, especially during large projects, installations, etc.
  • Military training in electronics or communications a plus


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