Automation & Controls Technician (Controls Technician)
Colgate Palmolive

Tonganoxie, Kansas

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# 140321 - Tonganoxie, Kansas, United States

Automation & Controls Technician position will join a NEW FACILITY START-UP-up for Hill's Pet Nutrition. As part of the start-up, this role will participate in start-up activities, establishing systems, and developing materials for Controls and Automation Area.

Job Summary

The Automation & Controls Technician (Controls Technician) for the Tonganoxie Manufacturing facility is responsible for on-shift support and maintenance of the electrical, controls and plant floor systems for the Hill's Tonganoxie Plant.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities


  • Maintain and troubleshoot Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) including Allen Bradley ControlLogix and GuardLogix, Wonderware based Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) or Panelview.

  • Maintain and troubleshoot plant floor electrical, control and pneumatics components including: vision systems, industrial and collaborative robots, valves, motors, loop controllers, solenoids, control system I/O (Flex IO and Point IO), measurement and instrumentation systems (flow meters, load cells, photoelectrics, level probes, metal detectors, container fill detectors, touch screen monitors, computer equipment and peripherals and container vacuum detection).

  • Function as a technical resource and shift troubleshooting resource for operations, maintenance and engineering (requires climbing, bending and crawling)

  • Conduct training (written material, using digital flows tools and audiovisual content) for controls and electrical related systems for maintenance and operations personnel.

  • Provide extensive reporting and communication of problems and steps taken.

  • Perform basic network diagnostics (mostly Ethernet and Ethernet/IP).

  • Follow backup procedures (controllers, panels, programmable switches, etc.).

  • Document changes made to software and hardware (electrical and Process & Instrumentation prints).

  • Be accountable for meeting or exceeding safety standards according to the published Hill's Safety Policy.

  • Support, troubleshoot and perform improvement configurations to the AGV and AMR fleet.

  • Power up electrical systems and configure hardware per application specifications

  • Complete continuous improvement related projects as assigned

Education/ Experience

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

  • Three (3) years of plant technical experience or Two (2) year technical degree in a related field

Expected Areas of Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Appetite for learning

  • Ability to access input and retrieve information from a computer - Microsoft Word, Excel, Google tools, email.

  • Ability to read and use electrical schematics.

  • Know, understand, and interpret NEC regulatory requirements.

  • Ability to troubleshoot electrical circuits (3 phase 480 VAC, 120 VAC, 24VAC and VDC control circuits).

  • Ability to troubleshoot and program PLC's utilizing ladder logic programming. Familiar with Sequencer programming and AOI blocks.

  • Be available to work on different shifts and weekends as needed

  • Advantageous Qualifications

    • Ability to program and troubleshoot, Allen Bradley PLC's, Panelview OIT.

    • Experience using Industrial Networks (Ethernet, Ethernet / IP, HART).

    • Ability to troubleshoot and commission Variable Frequency AC Drives, 3 phase motor starters, solenoids, control values, flowmeters, servo motors and drives, analog sensors (pressure, level, temperature), load cells.

    • Familiarity with Cisco architecture and infrastructure (Basic LAN concepts)

    • Ability to create or modify CAD drawings

Working Relationships (Key partnerships and reporting relationships)

  • Engineering/Operations/Planning

Travel Requirements

Expected percentage of travel: Up to 10% the startup year

Salary Range $85,000 - $85,000 USD

Pay is based on several non discriminatory factors including but not limited to experience, education, skills and office location. In addition to your salary, Colgate-Palmolive offers a performance based bonus and competitive benefits package.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, veteran status (United States positions), or any other characteristic protected by law

Are you interested in working for Hill's Pet Nutrition? You can apply online and attach all relevant documents such as a cover letter and resume or CV. Applications received by e-mail are not considered in the selection process. Become part of our team. We look forward to your application.

Work that matters, fueled by passion for pets! At Hill's we have a purpose. Every day around the world, we transform the lives of millions of pet families through pioneering innovation, amazing nutrition, and the best and brightest people. Founded more than 75 years ago with an unwavering commitment to pet nutrition, Hills' mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets.

HILL'S® Prescription Diet® therapeutic pet foods, HILL'S® Science Diet® and HILL'S® Ideal Balance™ wellness pet foods are sold worldwide. Hill's is a division of Colgate-Palmolive, a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, with sales of products in more than 200 countries. To learn more about Hill's and Colgate, please visit and, or find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

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