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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:  Automation & Controls Specialist

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Mar 4, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 151395 - Tonganoxie, Kansas, United States


Starting Pay Rate: $34/ hour USD 
Tonganoxie, Kansas, United States


Join an exciting opportunity to be part of a brand new, highly automated facility for Hill's Pet Nutrition! We invite you to apply for our  position at our Tonganoxie, Kansas manufacturing facility. 


What we offer:

  • $34 /hr starting rate.
  • Merit increase every year based on performance
  • Advancement Opportunities 
  • Shift schedules with overtime available
  • $1 shift differential for off shifts
  • Great Culture & work environment at a climate controlled facility
  • Medical, Dental & Vision Coverage for employee & eligible dependents - Start on Day 1
  • Basic Life Insurance for you and eligible dependents at NO Cost
  • 15 Days of Paid Vacation
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • Saving & Investment Plan with Company Match
  • Tuition Assistance - up to $10,000 per year
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Access to discounted Company products
  • Non-smoking facility


The Automation & Controls Specialist for the Tonganoxie Manufacturing facility is responsible for on-shift support and maintenance of the electrical, controls and plant floor systems for the Hill's Tonganoxie Plant.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain and troubleshoot Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) including Allen Bradley ControlLogix and GuardLogix, Wonderware based Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) or Panelview.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot plant floor electrical, control and pneumatics components including: vision systems, industrial and collaborative robots, valves, motors, loop controllers, solenoids, control system I/O (Flex IO and Point IO), measurement and instrumentation systems (flow meters, load cells, photoelectrics, level probes, metal detectors, container fill detectors, touch screen monitors, computer equipment and peripherals and container vacuum detection).
  • Function as a technical resource and shift troubleshooting resource for operations, maintenance and engineering (requires climbing, bending and crawling)
  • Conduct training (written material, using digital flows tools and audiovisual content) for controls and electrical related systems for maintenance and operations personnel.
  • Provide extensive reporting and communication of problems and steps taken. 
  • Perform basic network diagnostics (mostly Ethernet and Ethernet/IP).
  • Follow backup procedures (controllers, panels, programmable switches, etc.).
  • Document changes made to software and hardware (electrical and Process & Instrumentation prints).
  • Be accountable for meeting or exceeding safety standards according to the published Hill's Safety Policy.
  • Support, troubleshoot and perform improvement configurations to the AGV and AMR fleet.
  • Power up electrical systems and configure hardware per application specifications 
  • Complete continuous improvement related projects as assigned

Education/ Experience

  • High School Diploma or equivalent  
  • Three (3) years of plant technical experience or Two (2) year technical degree in a related field

Expected Areas of Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Appetite for learning
  • Ability to access input and retrieve information from a computer - Microsoft Word, Excel, Google tools, email.
  • Ability to read and use electrical schematics.
  • Know, understand, and interpret NEC regulatory requirements.
  • Ability to troubleshoot electrical circuits (3 phase 480 VAC, 120 VAC, 24VAC and VDC control circuits).
  • Ability to troubleshoot and program PLC's utilizing ladder logic programming. Familiar with Sequencer programming and AOI blocks.
  • Be available to work on different shifts and weekends as needed
  • Advantageous Qualifications
  • Ability to program and troubleshoot, Allen Bradley PLC's, Panelview OIT.
  • Experience using Industrial Networks (Ethernet, Ethernet / IP, HART).
  • Ability to troubleshoot and commission Variable Frequency AC Drives, 3 phase motor starters, solenoids, control values, flowmeters, servo motors and drives, analog sensors (pressure, level, temperature), load cells.
  • Familiarity with Cisco architecture and infrastructure (Basic LAN concepts)
  • Ability to create or modify CAD drawings
  • Working Relationships (Key partnerships and reporting relationships)
  • Engineering/Operations/Planning


Travel Requirements 

Expected percentage of travel:  Up to 10% the startup year

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Pay is based on several non discriminatory factors including but not limited to experience, education, skills and office location. In addition to your salary, Colgate-Palmolive offers a performance based bonus and competitive benefits package.


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

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