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Established in 1806 as a small soap and candle business in New York City, Colgate-Palmolive is now a truly global company with products sold in over 200 countries under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, Haci Sakir, Suavitel, PCA SKIN, EltaMD, Filorga and Hello as well as Hill's Science Diet, Hill's Prescription Diet and Hill's Ideal Balance.

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading consumer products company that serves hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide with brands and products across four core businesses – Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. We are committed to offering products that make lives healthier and more enjoyable, and programs that enrich communities around the world.

Every day millions of people trust our products to care for themselves and the ones they love. Our goal is to use our technology to create products that will continue to improve the quality of life for our consumers wherever they live.

A career at 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 - 3rd Shift

Travel Required ?:  No Travel

No Relocation Assistance Offered

Looking for a Happier You?  Look no further.  At Colgate-Palmoive Morristown, we offer competitive pay and an array of benefits that includes quarterly bonuses, a savings and investment plan that provides more than just a company match, 14 paid holidays, paid vacation/PTO and medical coverage.  Many of these benefits start on day one!  We also offer work-life balance with occasionally required overtime, on-site fitness facility, company store and much much more!  


So come join our amazing team and Build a Future to Smile about. #buildAfuture #ColgateSmile.


Job Summary


The Controls Technician is responsible for the effective operation of production equipment. Works with others to achieves factory business objectives of safety, productivity, customer service, quality, cost and environmental protection. 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.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads major and minor maintenance of automated and non-automated equipment (making, finishing) through computer terminals, control panels and/or by manual means in the manufacturing of Colgate-Palmolive products (including electrical wiring, process and program analysis).
  • Troubleshoots, performs major and minor repairs and preventive maintenance as required to ensure equipment reliability and on-going production (working with OEM & consultants as needed)
  • Is the first point of contact in case of electrical and control systems malfunction on production lines.
  • Works with Control Engineer to establish, review, improve and execute plant control system standards including PM tasks
  • Undertakes daily reporting and updates of information systems including documentation of maintenance activities performed on equipment
  • Provides support on capital projects in the production floor and to determine recommended spare part list.
  • Participates in new equipment installation, validation and start up processes of controls systems
  • Maintain, develop and troubleshoot:
    • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) including Allen Bradley ControlLogix, SLC500, and CompactLogix; and SCADA systems
    • ABB Robots
    • Multi-access Servo Controls
  • Maintain, develop, and troubleshoot Operator Interfaces utilizing Wonderware and Rockwell Panel Builder.
  • Confirms in-house availability of tools, change and spare parts required to keep production running.
  • Coordinates with upstream and downstream processes by working with others in planning, warehouse, receiving and vendor representatives on timing of effective changeovers.
  • Accurately stores tools, change parts and spare parts in appropriate locations.
  • Supports Failure Investigations in respective areas.
  • Conduct training for controls and electrical related systems for maintenance and operations personnel.
  • Highlights potential maintenance issues and takes corrective action including parts requisitioning and maintenance planning
  • Replaces electrical equipment when needed
  • Recommends, decides and implements actions under daily operation pressure to drive production lines performance.
  • Accurately and fully completes all regulatory and compliance related documentation and procedures; highlights variances
  • Participates in structured group or team activities related to line/area performance improvement e.g. continuous improvement, autonomous maintenance, problem solving etc.
  • Seeks and understands production scheduling and demands and prioritizes maintenance activities that support and facilitates production schedules and demands.
  • Seeks and applies Continuous Improvement tools and techniques to achieve team goals
  • Other job functions that may be assigned.





  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • 3 years industrial maintenance work experience in a manufacturing or production environment
  • Knowledge of industrial automation networks (ControlNet, DeviceNet, Ethernet, Profibus)
  • Capability to analyze and replace automation hardware devices (VFD, SMS, PLC, IO cards, instruments)
  • Ability to design and troubleshoot 3 phase 480VAC and 24DC circuits.
  • Ability to design and troubleshoot 120VAC and 24VDC circuits.
  • Ability to program and troubleshoot PLCs utilizing ladder logic.
  • Ability to commission and troubleshoot variable frequency drives.
  • Ability to work an off-shift work schedule that includes weekends.
  • Practical skills in working with technical documentation (electrical schematic drawings, P&IDs, equipment manuals)
  • Ability to participate in an on-call rotation coverage including nights and weekends.
  • Ability to bend, climb, crawl, and work in confined spaces for up to twelve hours per day.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.




  • Associates degree, vocational school or technical certificate in an industrial related field.
  • 5-7 years manufacturing or similar experience is preferred, with an emphasis in industrial maintenance, mechanics and electronics.
  • Experience working with Allen Bradley Controllers and drives (SERCOS).
  • Experience using Wonderware (InTouch, InBatch, Archestra) and Rockwell Panel Builder.
  • Working knowledge of SAP
  • Experience working with food safety regulated environments (AIB, FDA, USDA, cGMP)

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 Colgate-Palmolive? 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.


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, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sorriso, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sanex, Elta MD, PCA Skin, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet. 


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

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

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