Controls Engineer

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Emmi Roth
Fitchburg, WI, United States

Phone: 608-845-5796
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Controls Engineer


Platteville, WI 

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Job Description:

Join the momentum.

From our plant floors to our corporate office, the Emmi Roth team is proud of the brands we make, the farmers we support and the people who enjoy our cheeses across the country. Every day we set out to make great cheese, and we know that we also have to maintain an environment designed to foster that greatness. A place where incredibly talented individuals are taken care of and empowered to create, lead, and build a great culture based on respect and thoughtfulness.


Under the guidance and support of the Automation Manager, the Controls Engineer I is responsible for a variety of tasks relating to PLC, HMI, SCADA, VFD's, digital, analog, and plant integrated control systems. These tasks include, but are not limited to, repair & maintenance, programming, troubleshooting, ordering parts, and budgeting. Responsible for contributing to driving continuous improvement in Safety, Quality, Delivery and/or Productivity.


Controls Engineer I Duties Include:

  • Work efficiently and safely to ensure that the internal customers will produce a high quality product
  • Ensure all equipment is running within specifications and take corrective action as necessary
  • Meet all internal customers' needs while maintaining high levels of safety and quality. As a part of the maintenance group, the Controls Engineer I will do his part to meet Emmi Roth budget levels.
  • Maintain the PLC infrastructure with respect to completing new projects, preventive maintenance requirements and system updates in a timely manner
  • Observe mechanical devices in operation; listening for problems; using precision measuring and testing instruments.
  • Complete electrical repair involving motors (AC, DC, Multi –Phase), controls and other electrical equipment
  • Complete reasonable job layouts and ordering of materials necessary to complete job
  • Accurately complete work orders and PM's in Maintenance Connect
  • Draft and review technical drawings, blueprints, schematics or specifications for electrical control panels using AutoCAD software
  • Generate required bill of materials for panels
  • Assemble control panels
  • Install panels, cable tray, wiring, poly-tubing and sensors
  • Documentation for all I/O for the current panels
  • Assist in all start-up and commissioning phases
  • Maintain clean and organized work area


  • Identify and implement cost savings, improvement, and safety measure to boost overall performance and proficiency
  • Actively participate on EOE Teams that improve workplace safety, reduce waste and improve factory efficiencies
  • Participate in analyzing occupational hazards and preventing potential risks
  • Alert the Automation Manager when there is a deviation from quality, safety, food safety, or Emmi Roth policies and standards
  • Attend staff and department meetings
  • May be required to work overtime if deemed necessary with occasional weekend work
  • Perform are other duties as assigned
  • Report any and all injuries to your supervisor or manager at the time of injury
  • Complete all required training in a timely manner
  • Adhere to Emmi Roth policies and procedures
  • Adhere to ERU food safety policies and all government food safety and sanitation regulations (ex. FDA, HACCP, GMP, OSHA, Lock Out Tag Out)
  • Uphold all rules pertaining to confidentiality of information regarding Emmi Roth product, recipes, and employee information




Controls Engineer I Qualifications:

  • Technical degree in a Technical or Engineering discipline
  • 5 years of experience in automation within the dairy or food industry
  • Valid Driver's License and vehicle insurance
  • Experience with PLC programming (Ladder, Structured Text and Function Block utilizing Allen Bradley, Siemens, & Omron PLC's), HMI (FactoryTalk), SCADA (Ignition, WinCC), analog controls, and various communication protocols (Ethernet IP, ProfiNET, AS-i, IO-Link, CANbus, etc.)
  • Experience with computer software like Microsoft Office product, ERP software like JD Edwards, drafting software like AutoCAD, database structure like MySQL, and SCADA systems like Ignition.
  • Ability to perform algebra, trigonometry, and calculus
  • Ability to convert US to metric, read a tape measure, caliper, micrometer, and use of a multi-meter
  • Ability to read and understand technical drawings (e.g., blueprints, electronic/mechanical schematics, equipment manuals) to repair/maintain equipment
  • Ability to work with automated equipment and power equipment
  • Moderate travel required



The Controls Engineer I may have to spend up to 8 hours standing, bending, twisting, turning, using arms and hands for reaching, throwing, handling, and manipulating objects, lift items weighing up to 50 pounds, need to climb up and down ladders, scaffolds and other climbing devices, be able to see naturally or with correction, to safely perform designated tasks.

The Controls Engineer I may have to spend long hours sitting and using office equipment and computers. The Controls Engineer may also have to do some light lifting of supplies and materials from time to time.


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