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A part of Colgate-Palmolive since 1976, Hill's Pet Nutrition offers the highest-quality pet nutrition available through product lines Prescription Diet® and Science Diet®. Veterinarians worldwide recommend and feed their own pets Hill's products more than any other brand of pet food.

Available in approximately 80 countries around the world, our extensive line of products includes more than 60 Prescription Diet brand pet foods and more than 50 Science Diet brand pet foods.

We believe all animals should be loved and cared for during their lifetimes. That is why we are proud our pet foods can make a difference in your pet's life.

A career at Hill’s Pet Nutrition or Colgate-Palmolive is an excellent opportunity if you seek a global experience, constant challenge, and development opportunities in an environment that respects work/life effectiveness.

Job Title:  Controls Technician

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Oct 5, 2021
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 101629 - Emporia, Kansas, United States

A Controls Technician serves as the primary support for the development, implementation, and installation of new controls systems, maintaining plant PLC systems, troubleshooting technical issues, repair or replace electronic devices, and trend system operations. This position will also have primary responsibility as a technical resource to troubleshoot issues for operations, maintenance and engineering teams and will conduct training for controls and electrical related systems. In addition, this position must be able to troubleshoot and repair operating controls systems during production and breakdowns as well as provide off-shift support to operations and maintenance.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Function as a technical resource to troubleshoot issues for operations, maintenance and engineering.
  • Assist in the installation, start up, and troubleshooting of control systems.
  • Maintain, develop, and troubleshoot Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) including Allen Bradley ControlLogix, SLC500, and CompactLogix.
  • Maintain, develop, and troubleshoot Operator Interfaces utilizing Wonderware and Rockwell Panel Builder.
  • Analyze electrical schematics to repair or replace electronic devices and systems.
  • Assist in regular troubleshooting and calibration of instrumentation including flow meters, temperature transmitters, level transmitters, and load cells.
  • Conduct training for controls and electrical related systems for maintenance and operations personnel.
  • Trend system operation and ensure equipment is running at design capability.
  • Develop and implement machine upgrades and improvements working with both internal and external resources (vendors, contractors, corporate).
  • Maintain hardware including valves, variable frequency drives, motors, solenoids, photoelectric, and proximity sensors.


Education/ Experience Requirements

Basic qualifications include:

High school diploma or GED required.

Vocational school or technical certificate in an industrial related field required.

3+ years of Industrial Maintenance experience working in a manufacturing plant.

Ability to work an off-shift work schedule that includes weekends.

Ability to participate in an on-call rotation coverage including nights and weekends.

Ability to read and use electrical schematics.

Ability to craft and troubleshoot 3 phase 480VAC circuits.

Ability to craft and troubleshoot 120VAC and 24VDC circuits.

Ability to program and troubleshoot PLCs utilizing ladder logic.

Ability to commission and troubleshoot variable frequency drives.

3+ years of proven track record using electrical test devices including multi-meters, oscilloscopes, and mega ohmmeter.

3+ years of experience using Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

Ability to bend, climb, crawl, and work in confined spaces and hazardous conditions for up to twelve hours per day.


Preferred qualifications include:

Associates degree in a related field.

Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Previous similar manufacturing experience (food, pet food, pharmaceuticals).

5-7 years manufacturing or similar experience is helpful, with an emphasis in industrial maintenance, mechanics and electronics.

Experience working with Allen Bradley ControlLogix, SLC500, and CompactLogix PLCs.

Experience using Wonderware and Rockwell Panel Builder.



We are a results oriented company with a caring culture and work life balance. Apply with us!

Come and join our outstanding team!



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.

Nearest Major Market: Emporia
Nearest Secondary Market: Wichita

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