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Controls Technician

Date: Jun 7, 2019

Location: Hodges, SC, US

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet, Hill’s Prescription Diet and Hill’s Ideal Balance.

For more information about Colgate’s global business, visit the Company’s web site at To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit To learn more about Hill's and the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program please visit To learn more about Tom’s of Maine  please visit

Location: Hodges, South Carolina, United States
No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 72323

The primary accountabilities of the role include attaining high equipment reliability and uptime, safety compliance, equipment maintenance procedures, data collection, housekeeping, problem solving and continuous improvement as part of a work team. The Controls Technician works within a structure that requires considerable interaction with others in the same production unit as well as other production units and support functions.



  • Leads troubleshooting of automated systems on a timely basis until successful resolution.
  • Support troubleshooting efforts of production problems on a timely basis including major and minor maintenance of automated and non-automated equipment.
  • Recommends, decides and implements actions under daily operation pressure to drive production lines performance.
  • Provides technical support and execution on capital projects.
  • To be the first point of contact for control systems malfunction on production lines.
  • Undertakes daily reports on major activities performed during shift for problem tracking resolution purposes.
  • Develops and delivers training for operations team and co-workers.
  • Delivers against engineering KPIs for the controls systems group.
  • Facilitates communication and knowledge transfer between cross functional teams to support common goal achievement. 
  • Works with Control Systems Engineer to establish, review, improve and execute plant control system standards.
  • Proactively research solutions to technical issues and implement solutions in a timely basis.
  • Use data analysis to drive root cause analysis and recommend/implement corrective actions.
  • Participates in new equipment installation, validation and start up processes.
  • Supports Failure Investigations in respective areas.
  • Highlights potential maintenance issues and support corrective action including parts requisitioning and maintenance planning.
  • Optimize current Control and automation system and drive continuous improvement in productivity, quality, safety and energy.
  • Accurately and fully completes all regulatory and compliance related documentation and procedures; highlights variances.
  • Stays abreast of teams’ production performance via visual, written and verbal communications.
  • Participates in regular review of team production performance and uses information to drive continuous improvement.
  • Provides status of maintenance activity for line/area; recommends machine modifications.
  • Participates in structured group or team activities related to line/area performance improvement e.g. autonomous maintenance, housekeeping, problem solving etc.
  • Seeks and understands production scheduling and demands. Prioritizes maintenance activities that support and facilitates these schedules and demands.
  • Seeks and applies Continuous Improvement tools and techniques to achieve team goals e.g. Quality Systems, Total Productive Maintenance, Problem Solving tools
  • Follows all Environmental, Occupational, Health and Safety requirements.
  • Follows all Quality, Good Manufacturing Practices and Micro Cleaning & Sanitization Guidelines and standards.
  • Understand the needs of both internal and external customers.
  • Maintains work area to required housekeeping standards. Performs housekeeping activities as per established protocol and conducts/participates in area housekeeping assessments per requirement.


Required Qualifications:

  • Technical Certification or equivalent work experience
  • Capability to troubleshoot, edit and modify programs for controllers and servo drives
  • Knowledge of industrial automation networks  
  • Capability to analyze and replace automation hardware devices(for example, VFD, SMS, PLC, IO cards, instruments)
  • Practical skills in working with technical documentation (electrical schematic drawings, P&IDs, equipment manuals)
  • Capability to analyze process flow to identify issues.
  • Ability to work nights, weekends, and rotating  12 hour shifts
  • Requires climbing, bending, kneeling and the ability to lift 50 pounds.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5+ years maintenance work experience in a manufacturing, production or operation environment.
  • Experience working with food safety regulated environments (AIB, FDA, USDA, cGMP).
  • Technical Degree.
  • Experience with Wonderware, Control Logix, SERCOS, ControlNet specific systems.
  • Capability to troubleshoot and resolve problems with SCADA Systems and batching processes.

Are you interested in working for Colgate-Palmolive? You can apply to work with us using this online application.  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.

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

Nearest Major Market: Greenville
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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