Education: A BS degree in Electrical Engineering preferred.
Experience: A minimum of 3 years of related experience is required. Experience in a manufacturing environment strongly preferred. Must have proven experience in PLC logic and programming with the following PLCs: Allen Bradley, Siemens and Automation Direct. PLC Ethernet networking knowledge and skills. Experience with logic auto-generation from templates is a plus. Previous experience to include machine control electronics and electrical knowledge supporting the evaluation and troubleshooting and implementation of corrective actions of complex electrical controls, on both microprocessor and relay designs, also includes AC/DC motor controls. Must be able to create and read logic and flow diagrams for program design, programming, simulation and testing, and start-up. This is a day shift position but must be willing to work flexible shift schedules for installations and special projects as needed.
Reporting to the Plant Engineer
Summary: The Electrical Controls Engineer is responsible for effectively managing and continuously improving this food facility’s highly automated, Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) technology-based machine and process control systems, in a manner fully supporting the Plant’s daily production goals, the maintenance organization’s mission, and the business’s long term capital project plans.
Job Description: The potential candidate will have a proven track record in designing, developing, implementing, maintaining and troubleshooting PLC-based control systems and related technologies to include Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Ethernet-based PLC and Computer networking, Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), AC/DC Motor Drives, Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs), Multi-axis Servo Controllers, Closed Single Loop Controllers, Digital and Analog Instrumentation, Sensors, Encoders, Actuators, etc. Hands-on PLC programming and diagnostic skills will also be used routinely and extensively to drive high up-time equipment performance and process reliability.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Lead the design, development, implementation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of the Plant’s PLC-based factory floor machine and process control systems in accordance with the NFPA 70, local, state, and federal standards and guidelines.
Serve as the site’s Controls expert technical troubleshooting “go-to” resource for the Electrical Maintenance Team.
Specify, source and initiate the purchasing of electrical controls related hardware and software.
Manage capital projects to include Management of Change (MOC), project scoping, project planning, contractor bidding, supervision & directing of contracted Programmers and System Integrators.
Support all company policies, Employee Safety standards, Food Safety initiatives, USDA & FDA Regulations, and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).