Posted on: September 17, 2023
SunOpta Overview: SunOpta Inc. is a leader in the plant-based
foods and beverages, fruit-based foods and beverages, and organic
ingredient sourcing industries. SunOpta is focused on
sustainability and specializes in the sourcing, processing, and
packaging of organic, conventional, non-GMO food products.
SunOpta is looking for talented individuals that demonstrate our
most valued behaviors: Passion, Dedication, Speed,
Entrepreneurship, Customer-Centricity, and Problem-Solver, to help
create a brighter, healthier, and sustainable future of food!Job
The Controls Engineer is responsible for the manufacturing
automation and controls systems design, specification,
documentation, programming, simulation, testing, and start-up
The Controls Engineer possesses operational, technical equipment,
process, troubleshooting, and automation systems programming
They assist enterprise-wide with managing and overseeing
operational automated controls and capital project programming
protocols and installations, as well as manufacturing-related
The Controls Engineer plans, directs, documents, and coordinates
the day-to-day operations of the Information Systems, Maintenance
Instrumentation & Controls Technicians.
They are responsible for ensuring and improving the overall
efficient performance, productivity, and operational compliance of
the plant automation through the provision of effective methods,
controls, and strategies.Essential Functions of the Job:
Develop and implement standard electrical and automation
engineering practices. Manage automation improvement projects. PLC
logic programming. Design, configure, integrate, and implement
process control solutions for various manufacturing specifications.
Develop control system validation/testing protocols.
Familiar with TCP/IP, Modbus, and Devicenet communication
protocols. Experience with controls and calibration utilizing best
practices per relevant IEEE and IEC standards. Practical experience
integrating transducers of types such as pressure, temperature,
conductivity, PH, and flow with automated systems.
Experience with developing and modifying Add on instructions for
PLC logic. Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) tuning and
applications. Responsible for 3rd party calibration of transducers
per company guidelines on frequency.
Provides reliability engineering expertise that supports our
maintenance and reliability efforts and assures asset life at or
beyond the standards. Integrating VFD's with PLCs in automated
processes, to include acceleration deceleration tuning, and HMI
screens for operator interface.
Responsible for Factory Acceptance Testing, and Provisional
Acceptance Testing approval for newly installed 3rd party equipment
to ensure fulfillment of contract specifications, provide
integration support with existing equipment, as necessary.
Collaborates with cross-functional groups including Production,
Human Resources, Quality, Supply Chain, Warehouse, and Finance to
meet production targets. Develops, recommends, and implements
measures to improve machines and plant equipment to maximize
efficiency. Lead, coach, and manage the performance of the
maintenance Instrument Control Technician team in a fast-paced,
dynamic environment. Train operators, managers, and IC Technicians
on control systems Oversees installation, modifications, quality
control testing, operating procedure, and inspection processes
adhering to engineering principles and safety regulations. Serves
as a safety model, promoting a high level of safety awareness and
continuous improvement in safety practices. Ensures effective
employee relations. Provides employee coaching and development.
Resolves employee issues through problem resolution. Responsible
for Food safety and quality of food. Demonstrates a commitment to
Quality. Facilitates coordination between maintenance and
operations in solving process issues. Adheres to company GMP's
(good manufacturing practices), safety procedures and all other
quality processes. Continuously improve process control systems
through Advanced Process Control, Alarm Management, and Operator
Interface Optimization Design, write programs, implement, test and
document PLC and HMI or SCADA software of any of the following
software packages: Rockwell, Factory Talk Create, edit, and
document batch systems recipes. Serve as a resource and a technical
expert for the plant in all disciplines of automation controls for
line, utility support, and process equipment. Wear PPE (Personal
Protective Equipment) when required. All other duties, as
Bachelor's or Associate degree in Industrial Controls, Electronics,
Engineering, Technology or related disciplines or training on Allen
Bradley machine controls (PLC's/VFD's). Certification or training
on Plant Electrical Systems. 5-7 years of applied industrial
controls experience using Allen Bradley control platforms (SLC500,
ControlLogix, MicroLogix, PanelView Plus, RS Logix, RS View), Motor
Control experience with Servo and VFD devices. Aseptic and/or
high-speed beverage maintenance experience. Successful
commissioning and startup automation experience.Preferred
Certified Professional Engineer. 5+ years of experience directly
related to the duties and responsibilities specified required.
Knowledge of and familiarity with the National Electric Code (NEC)
and international standards. Proficiency designing and programming
control systems with emphasis on PLCs, SCADA, or HMI systems.
Ability to troubleshoot control systems from the field element up
through operator interfaces and databases. Proficiency with control
system networking technologies and PC networking technologies.
Proficiency working with SQL Server, Oracle, or other relational
databases. Familiarity with dairy productions processes, Clean In
Place (CIP). TMP or LEAN manufacturing experience. Familiarity with
instrumentation (flow meters, level transmitters, RTDs/temperature
transmitters, level probes, etc.).. Excellent written and verbal
communication skills. Specific knowledge of GMP's and batch process
control in the food science industry with validation experience.
Skilled in organizing resources and establishing
priorities.Knowledge and Skills:
Programming experience primarily with Allen Bradley ControlLogix,
CompactLogix and SLC500 PLCs. HMI or SCADA programming and
configuration. Allen Bradley PowerFlex VFDs. Knowledge of and
familiarity with the National Electric Code (NEC) and international
standards. Proficiency designing and programming control systems
with emphasis on PLCs, HMI systems. Experience and demonstrated
knowledge of thermodynamics and mechanics is required. Knowledge of
Lean Manufacturing practices is beneficial. Strong verbal and
written communication skills are required. Working knowledge of
RSLogix 500,5000, and Studio 5000 Factory Talk view, and Studio.
Basic network skills and troubleshooting. Must have a working
knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software. Prefer a
candidate with SQF practical experience and training. Demonstrated
results of solving complex technical issues.Additional
Travel Requirements: Up to 10%. Location: This position will be at
our SunOpta Plant in Modesto, CA.Please note this job description
is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of
activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the
employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may
change at any time, with or without notice.AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
EMPLOYER EOE M/W/VET/DISABLED
Keywords: SunOpta, Madera , Controls Engineer, Engineering , Mariposa, California
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