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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:  Jul 1, 2022
No remote working option

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 129140 - Richmond, Indiana, United States

The Controls Technician is responsible for the installation, maintenance, support and improvement of the facilities plant floor control system. This would include the following:  being Plant liaison with outside integrators and contractors to ensure the plant’s business needs are met on time and within budget; Training of the facilities maintenance resources and operating technicians during the startup of new or modified control systems and act as a resource for the maintenance team when technical issues are beyond their understanding and ability to resolve.  This position will also provide innovation and support for continuous improvement projects.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities


  • Manage Input/Output checkout for new projects and process improvements
  • Maintain and modify PLC programs to support the day to day operation of the facility
  • Work on Continuous Improvement projects throughout the entire plant and troubleshoot system failures when they occur
  • Support the implementation of PLC programs for projects.
  • Install and use WonderWare SCADA software to support plant projects.
  • Maintain and upgrade the plant SCADA System
  • Manage change control and keep validation of plant PLC’s and SCADA system current
  • Work closely with Maintenance and Operator Technician teams to assure that they are properly trained in the use of the plant control systems.  Work with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and Consultants to solve system related problems.
  • Provide on-call support for on-shift Technical Resources.
  • Understand and comply with Hill’s policies, safety standards, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Food Safety. Identify and report Food Safety issues to management.

Basic required qualifications:


  • High School Diploma
  • 2 year Industrial Technology Certificate or Electrical Electronic Technology degree or equivalent work experience
  • 5 years in PLC Field with knowledge of WonderWare Intouch and Archestra (PLC GE 9070 Programming Software and Allen-Bradley ControlLogix, PLC 5 and SLC 5/05 software)
  • 2 years experience in developing and/or changing electrical schematics

Preferred qualifications include: 


  • BS or equivalent Engineering/Engineering Technology in Controls or Electrical discipline.
  • MSsql
  • Industrial SQL
  • AB Panelview
  • Sigmatek PLC and Operator interface
  • Robotic automation (Fanuc, UR, Okura, etc.)

Expected Areas of Skills 

  • An Extensive knowledge of GE  9070 Programming Software, Allen-Bradley ControlLogix, PLC 5 and SLC 5/05 software
  • Ability to troubleshoot batching and continuous process control logic (ladder logic).
  • Ability to teach, coach and mentor facility technical resources and point people.
  • Ability to support on-call rotation schedule
  • Ability to adjust schedule to fit project startup and production needs
  • Ability to communicate effectively

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: Richmond Indiana

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