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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:  Electrical/Maintenance Controls

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  May 20, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 148440 - Richmond, Indiana, United States

Job Summary

Responsible to provide on-shift technical support to operations, including installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of the facilities plant floor control system. This position will also provide innovation and support for continuous improvement projects.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities






  • Troubleshoots, repair and preventive maintenance as required to ensure equipment reliability. Completes work orders as scheduled and document in SAP in timely manner


  • Maintain PLC programs to support the day to day operation of the facility



  • Work closely with Maintenance and Operator Technicians on shift to assure that they are properly trained in the use of the plant control systems.  Work with Controls Programming team to solve advanced system related problems. Provide on-shift technical support


  • Reviews equipment instructions, blueprints, electrical, and pneumatic schematics to ascertain test specifications, procedures, objectives, test equipment, nature of technical problem.  Develops, documents training materials to support training needs


  • Work on Continuous Improvement projects throughout the entire plant and troubleshoot system failures to determine root cause analysis and drive innovative resolution. Participates in structured group or team activities related to line/area performance improvement e.g. autonomous maintenance (AM), housekeeping, problem solving etc.


  • Support the implementation of instrumentation and control projects


  • Maintain WonderWare SCADA software to support plant operations projects and change controls


  • Complete calibration of plant instrumentation and controls systems.


  • Work in conjunction with the Controls Programming team to maintain the facility PLC network (hardware and software)


  • Understand and comply with Hill’s policies, safety standards, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Food Safety. Identify and report Food Safety issues to management. Completes necessary training, monthly learnings and audits


Total Percent (not to exceed 100%)


This is not an exhaustive list of duties or functions.


Education/ Experience Requirements


Basic qualifications include:  

  • 3+ years of industrial maintenance experience in a manufacturing plant or an Associate’s degree in a related field

  • 5+ years of manufacturing experience

  • Working knowledge and interpretation of WonderWare software, PLC and electrical schematics 

  • Troubleshooting, physical dexterity, understanding of electrical circuits, wiring diagrams and problem solving.

  • Advance electrical skills; basic PLC troubleshooting skills

  • Intermediate computer skills in Google Suite and Excel

  • Ability to work an off-shift work schedule or weekend if needed


Preferred qualifications include: 

  • Technical certification in Electronics / Technology

  • 2+ years working experience in electrical schematics

  • Knowledge of electrical engineering technology, including industrial instrumentation, electrical power and security systems.

  • Knowledge of MSsql, Industrial SQL, AB Panelview, Sigmatek PLC and Operator interface


Expected Areas of Skills 

  • Ability to troubleshoot batching and continuous process control logic (ladder logic). 

  • Utilize Active Factory as an aid to troubleshooting issues.

  • Ability to teach, coach and mentor facility operations and maintenance resources.

  • Ability to adjust schedule to fit project startup and production needs

  • Knowledge of PLC equipment, instrumentation, valves, pumps, blowers, measuring systems and application in pet food manufacturing

  • Review blueprints, project instructions, electrical & pneumatic schematics during troubleshooting, repair or project work.

  • Utilize the internet as a research engine to support troubleshooting instrumentation and control systems. 

  • Stay abreast on technology innovation and best practices in the industry

  • Ability to communicate effectively


Leadership Competencies 

  • Teamwork and Collaboration

  • Effective Execution 

  • Analysis and Decision Making


Functional Competencies  

  • Managing Production

  • Continuous Improvement 

  • Managing Materials and Services 


Cross-Functional Competencies

  • EHS and Quality Leadership

  • Supply Chain Systems and Analysis

  • Cross Organizational Collaboration


Managing with Respect Competencies

  • Communicate Effectively

  • Promotes Teamwork

  • Sets the Example


Working Relationships (Key partnerships and reporting relationships)

  • Does this position supervise:  No

  • On shift Technical Resources

  • On shift Team Leader

  • Technical Team Leaders

  • Area Leaders

  • Controls Programming CIM


Travel Requirements 

Expected percentage of travel:  Up to 5%


Physical Requirements:

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

  • Ability to work in extreme weather conditions with temperature ranges from cold to hot and humid

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs on continual basis

  • Complete tasks that require working with hands overhead

  • Use a stand-up or sit-down forklift, intermittently for up to twelve hours per day 

  • Type using a computer keyboard, intermittently for up to twelve hours per day 

  • Walk unlimited distances each day. 

  • Frequently walk up and down multiple levels of steps, multiple times a day, up to 8.5 levels - carrying tool bag, materials, or other supplies that weigh 25 lbs on average

  • Occasionally climb ladders or ledges, with tie-off equipment when required

  • Frequently bend at waist 90 degrees and flex at knees 120 degrees

  • Wear required personal protective equipment, including hearing, eye, foot and dust protection.

  • Frequently perform tasks in an environment that contains significant levels of dust

  • Perceive visual and audible alarms and telephones while wearing hearing protection

  • Receive and transmit information in person and by telephone communications

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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