Controls Engineer - Belvidere, IL

Food. Purpose. You.
As one of the world's leading food companies, General Mills believes that food should make us better. Food brings us joy and nourishes our lives, connecting us to each other and the earth. General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Haagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Yoplait, Annie's Homegrown, Old El Paso and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, General Mills had global net sales of US$15.6 billion during fiscal 2017. We seek out the best talent, then give them development resources, support and the chance to lead something big. Choosing a career with General Mills means joining a company where you can make a difference in the lives of millions of people. There is tremendous opportunity here for individuals who want to advance food through innovation and serve the world.
The Controls Engineer will lead with safety, lead improvements that will ultimately improve reliability, and will help us to transform our culture.
Drive Productivity Through Strategic Use of Technology
Provide Tactical Operations Support
Manage Electrical and Controls Architecture
Support/Manage Electrical and Controls Capital Projects
Provide Strategic Operations Support
Drive Development of Internal Resources
Manage Relationships with Contractors and Integrators
Maintain the plant electrical safety program
In this role you will:
Investigate refinement and enhancement opportunities for the plant processes, systems and facilities. Evaluate their economic feasibility.
Provide technical assistance to reduce/eliminate issues associated with equipment, performance, quality and safety.
Provide troubleshooting support to operating departments and maintenance team.
Ensure the efficient operation of process and packaging systems via integrity and reliability of control systems throughout plant.
Provide electrical/controls leadership for capital project execution.
Ensure that projects meet operating expectations and are completed within authorized budgets and schedule constraints.
Ensure designs and installations conform to plant and General Mills standards.
Interface with corporate personnel, engineers, vendors and operating technicians to effectively develop and implement system design improvements.
Work with, lead and mentor mechanics, electricians, and control technicians, and work with the training manager and department manager in designing and providing manufacturing support and technical skills to all personnel sufficient to meet the needs of the technically advanced manufacturing operations.
Establish relationships with contractors and carry out procedures based on site and corporate engineering standards in the highest professional and ethical basis.
Interface with corporate controls engineering team; ensure compliance with corporate controls initiatives and standards.
Ensure projects are executed with the proper safety devices per OSHA, NFPA 70E and GMI Corporate Standards.
Work with the Quality department to ensure all installations and projects meet the quality and sanitation requirements of the plant.
Establish relationships with the System Engineers (SE) and Process Action Teams (PAT) to address issues.
Help develop the capital plan, and manage obsolescence in each area of the plant.
BS Degree in Engineering from ABET-accredited program
5+ years related experience required
Strong hardware application, programming and integration experience with the following Hardware/Software:
Wonderware Intouch, InSql, DAS, and System Platform
AB (Allen Bradley) Control Logix, PLC5, SLC; Panelviews;
Panelview Plus', InCuity, and RSLinx
AB and Indramat Servo Controllers
Serial, RIO, DH+, Ethernet, ControlNet and DeviceNet Communications
Knowledge of computers, servers and Windows Operating Systems
VFDs; Load Cells; Metering Feeders; Control Valves, Level,
Pressure, Temperature, Flow, Position, Presence devices and other common field devices.
AutoCAD experience is preferred.
Ability to interpret and apply the NEC, NFPA 70E, General Mills Corporate and other standards to the plant equipment and projects.
Strong project and project management skills, including estimating, scheduling, quote request generation, bid analyses, cost tracking
and compliance, project issue resolution, installation and start-up support, and training.
Solid experience in Leading and Managing Electrical Contractors and Third Party Controls Integrators as part of major capital project initiatives.
Experience with Process Control, Packaging Control, Equipment Specification and Panel Design.
Ability to troubleshoot PLC's at the code level and troubleshoot equipment and wiring.
Willing to provide support off shift and/or on weekends to support 24 hour plant operations, as needed.
Understanding of and experience with power distribution and associated equipment (120V, 208V, 230V, 240V, 277V, 480V, 4160V) is preferred.
Commitment to Continuous Improvement (CI) and use of the tools to drive improvements.
Applicants for employment in the US must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States and with General Mills (i.e., H1-B visa, F-1 visa (OPT), TN visa or any other non-immigrant status).

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