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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 and territories 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 and Hill's Prescription Diet.

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

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Jun 18, 2022
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 131160 - Morristown, Tennessee, United States


The Controls Technician is responsible for the effective operation of production equipment. Works with others to achieve 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). 
  • 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.
  • Troubleshoots, performs major and minor repairs and preventive maintenance as required to ensure equipment reliability and on-going production (Works with OEM & consultants to solve related problems)
  • Is the first point of contact in case of electrical and control systems malfunction on production lines.
  • Works with Control Systems Engineer to establish, review, improve and execute plant control system standards including PM tasks
  • Undertakes daily reporting and updates of information systems (SAP, SFR, Cycle Counts) 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
  • Supports Failure Investigations in respective areas.
  • Shares knowledge and develops maintenance skills in operator technicians. Identifies new opportunities for transferring skills to operator technicians. Actively participate in continuous learning opportunities.
  • 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
  • Stays abreast of teams’ production performance via visual, written and verbal communications



  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Capability to troubleshoot, edit and modify programs for:
    • Allen Bradley controllers (ControlLogix) 
  • Knowledge of industrial automation networks (ControlNet, DeviceNet, Ethernet, Profibus)
  • Capability to analyze and replace automation hardware devices(VFD, SMS, PLC, IO cards, instruments)
  • Practical skills in working with technical documentation (electrical schematic drawings, P&IDs, equipment manuals)
  • Ability to work nights, weekends, and rotating shifts 
  • Ability to work 12 hour shifts 
  • Capability to analyze process flow to identify issues.
  • Teamwork and cross functional cooperation style of work.
  • Action/Decision making capability
  • Requires climbing, bending, kneeling and the ability to lift 50 pounds and the availability to remain on-call for nights and weekend coverage.




  • 3 years maintenance work experience in a manufacturing, production or operation environment
  • Experience working with food safety regulated environments (AIB, FDA, USDA, cGMP)
  • Wonderware systems (InTouch, InBatch, Archestra)
  • Practical knowledge of Google Suite programs
  • Working knowledge of SAP
  • Technical certifications or degree

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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