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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:  Plant Systems Specialist

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  Mar 18, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 149303 - Tonganoxie, Kansas, United States


Starting Pay Rate: $36 per hour
$1500 Hiring Bonus

Tonganoxie, Kansas, United States
15 minutes from Lawrence
30 minutes from Kansas City
30 minutes from Topeka

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:


  • $36/hr starting rate.


  • Merit increase every year based on performance


  • Advancement Opportunities


  • 8 hr 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




Principal Duties and Responsibilities


  • Troubleshooting, developing, documenting advanced systems related to:

           - Production

           - Analytics

           - Quality


  • Production: supporting Control Systems with troubleshooting, maintenance and project execution.


  • Analytics: supporting FP&R with data integrity and reporting.


  • Quality: supporting Quality with advanced automation systems monitoring product aspects.


  • Support IT systems: rack switches, servers, firewall, printers, tablets.


  • Perform network diagnostics using specialized tools and software.


  • Monitor and troubleshoot IO drivers, to maintain constant connectivity of critical equipment. 


  • Develop SCADA, MES and visualization systems inside a large virtual environment.


  • Support, troubleshoot and perform improvement configurations to the AGV and AMR fleet.


  • Follow backup procedures (controllers, panels, programmable switches, etc.).


  • Document changes made to software and hardware.


  • Provide extensive reporting and communication of problems and steps taken.


  • Explain comprehensively systems principles, problems and opportunities to interested parties.


  • Promote, support and encourage data-driven culture.




Education / Experience


  • High school diploma or equivalent.


  • 3 years of plant technical experience or technical degree in a related field.




Expected Areas of Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Practical knowledge of any programming language - ability to write a code.


  • Understanding concepts - data types, logical operators, arrays, loops, functions.


  • Basic understanding of electronic or electrical circuits - using a multimeter.


  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets.


  • Openness to learn new programming languages and software tools.


  • Analytical and troubleshooting skills.


  • Advantageous qualifications:

           - Programmable Logic Controllers.
           - Ability to read electrical schematics.
           - Control equipment experience - relays, contactors, drives, sensors.
           - Industrial Networks.





Salary Rate: $36 USD per hour

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.

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.

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