The Controls Engineer role is responsible for providing support and advancement to the plant controls systems in Fond Du Lac, WI. This position entails troubleshooting manufacturing issues, optimizing system performance, and driving the collection and analysis of plant data. Working closely with the engineering and operations teams, the Controls Engineer will contribute specifications for control system-related projects and plant expansions.
- Perform maintenance duties related to control/networking systems, including preventative, routine, and emergency tasks.
- Recommend equipment selection and control requirements for the plant.
- Oversee external control vendors, ensuring clear requirements and satisfactory delivery of work.
- Design, code, test, and debug programs, as well as modify existing programming to ensure effective plant processes.
- Develop HMI using easy-to-understand graphics and process diagrams.
- Establish standards and maintenance plans for control systems to ensure reliability and address aging or problematic equipment.
- Manage, maintain, and document controls cabinets properly.
- Work closely with IT network engineers to minimize network performance or security issues related to controls network communications.
- Collaborate with IT to address security risks.
- Maintain necessary spare parts for control systems to minimize downtime.
- Ensure proper licensing and support for controls software and hardware.
The ideal candidate has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or a related controls or automation technical degree along with equivalent work experience. Additionally, a minimum of 3 years of experience in controls engineering within a food processing plant, beverage processing plant, or dairy processing industry is required. Proficiency with Allen Bradley PLCs and Logix programming is necessary, along with experience in HMI development using Factory Talk View, Aveva InTouch, and related systems. A strong knowledge of automation technologies, control system design, and troubleshooting methodologies is essential. Excellent project management skills and communication abilities are also required for effective collaboration with internal teams and external resources.