• Posted on: Mar 16, 2023
  • Location: Ruston, LA
  • Job ID: db8b58c4
  • Type: Full Time
  • Category: Engineering
  • Posted on: Mar 16, 2023
  • Location: Ruston, LA
  • Job ID: db8b58c4
  • Type: Full Time
  • Category: Engineering

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Electrical Controls Engineer 
Company Information

  • We are a leading global manufacturer of innovative food products and solutions. Our company was founded in 1948 with the intention of creating fantastic food products for everyone to enjoy worldwide
  • Today we design, manufacture and distribute a wide spectrum of food products found at fast food restaurants, restaurant chains and grocery stores world-wide
  • Full Comprehensive relocation provided 


  • This position is responsible for working with the plant and engineering teams to ensure the optimal performance of all manufacturing equipment and processes including automation efforts.
  • This will be accomplished via equipment modification and process improvement initiatives.
  • This position will play a lead role in identifying and implementing electrical control projects, mechanical projects and automation initiatives that will in turn eliminate non-value-added manufacturing costs.

Essential Duties:

Automation Projects and Initiatives:

  • Assist in conceptual development of automation projects, and coordinate requirements between manufacturing, engineering, and operations management
  • Lead implementation of selected automation initiatives

Manufacturing Equipment Optimization:

  • Establish technical competence and knowledge of process and manufacturing equipment.
  • Select or design equipment to increase throughput while eliminating non-value-added manufacturing costs
  • Participate in the evaluation of equipment by contributing creative manufacturing solutions involving production lines, machinery, and infrastructure
  • Install or oversee the installation of equipment upgrades designed to optimize the production process
  • Design or specify replacement control systems and components for obsolete systems. Includes electrical and electronic equipment, PLCs, and software.

Process Improvement Initiatives:

  • Analyze current process requirements and standards
  • Identify opportunities for process improvement and enhancement
  • Lead or support implementation of selected electrical – mechanical process improvements
  • Equipment Upgrades
  • Participate in development of annual capital budget to support the business plan

Project Management:

  • Establish project scope, key deliverables, budget and schedule estimates in preparation for project kick-off
  • Determine infrastructure/equipment layouts and space preparation as required
  • Establish major equipment comparison data for target suppliers, with capability analysis and selection criteria for capital projects

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • BS Degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial or a related Engineering field.
  • 4+ years’ experience in engineering/Controls/Systems working on manufacturing equipment and processes.
  • Food, beverage or related industry preferred
  • Superior understanding of electronics and electrical systems including PLCs, systems integration, controls, robotics, and hard automation.
  • Naturally curious and creative thinker especially related to the application of electrical and mechanical technology.
  • Capable of effective communication and team building to enhance project coordination.
  • Experience in presentation of major projects to management using Power Point or equivalent software.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing environment including current compliance requirements for safety.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills in an industrial equipment environment.