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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 - 2nd Shift

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Jul 9, 2024

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 161159 - Topeka, Kansas, United States

Who We Are
Colgate-Palmolive Company is a caring, innovative growth company that is reimagining a healthier future for all people, their pets and our planet. Focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, we sell our products in more than 200 countries and territories under brands such as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, hello, meridol, Sorriso, Tom’s of Maine, EltaMD, Filorga, Irish Spring, PCA SKIN, Protex, Sanex, Softsoap, Speed Stick, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

We are recognized for our leadership and innovation in promoting sustainability and community wellbeing, including our achievements in decreasing plastic waste and promoting recyclability, saving water, conserving natural resources and improving children’s oral health.

If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile and join our global team!


What we offer:

•    $30 - $38/hr starting rate depending on experience ($62,400.00 - $79,040.00 annual)
•    Merit increase every year based on performance
•    Advancement Opportunities  

•    8 hr shift schedules with overtime available
•    Phenomenal 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


The Controls Technician for the Topeka Manufacturing Facility is accountable for on-shift support and maintenance of the electrical and control systems for the Hill's Topeka 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, photo-electrics, 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 for controls and electrical related systems for maintenance and operations personnel. 

•    Provide extensive reporting and communication of problems and steps taken.
•    Follow backup procedures (controllers, panels, programmable switches, etc.).
•    Document changes made to software and hardware (electrical and process and instrumentation prints).
•    Be accountable for meeting or exceeding safety standards according to the published Hill's Safety Policy.



Required Qualifications

•    High School Diploma
•    5 years of plant technical experience OR 3 years of experience plus a 2-year technical degree

•    Ability to troubleshoot and program PLC's and Safety PLC’s using ladder logic programming. Familiar with Sequencer programming and AOI blocks.
•    Ability to read and use electrical schematics
•    Know, understand, and interpret NEC regulatory requirements. 

•    Knowledge to troubleshoot electrical circuits (3 phase 480 VAC, 120 VAC, 24VAC and VDC control circuits).
•    Be available to work on different shifts and weekends as needed



Preferred Qualifications

•    Experience troubleshooting Wonderware/AVEVA System Platform.
•    Experience working with Microsoft SQL databases.
•    Familiarity with Cisco architecture and infrastructure (Basic LAN concepts) 

•    Ability to create or modify CAD drawings 



We are a results oriented company with a caring culture and work life balance. Apply with us! Come and join our outstanding team!

Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $62,400 - $79,040 USD

Pay is based on multiple non-discriminatory, individualized factors including but not limited to experience, job-related knowledge and education, skills and office/market location. In addition to base salary, salaried employees are eligible for annual discretionary bonuses, profit-sharing and, for Executive-level (salary grade 16 and above) roles only, long-term incentives in the form of Restricted Stock Units and/or Stock Options.

Subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable benefits plans then in effect, all salaried employees are also eligible for a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • Insurance: Employees (and their eligible dependents) are eligible to participate in Company-sponsored Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Disability insurance plans.
  • Retirement Plans: Employees are eligible to enroll in Colgate's 401(k) plan, which provides for company matching contributions subject to eligibility requirements
  • Vacation/PTO: Employees receive a minimum of 15 days of vacation/PTO leave annually
  • Paid Holidays: Employees receive a minimum of 13 paid/floating holidays annually
  • Paid Sick Leave: Based on location and consistent with applicable state and local law, employees receive a minimum of 40 hours of paid sick leave on January 1st of each year
  • Paid Parental Leave: Eligible employees may take up to eight weeks of paid parental leave and 12 weeks of unpaid leave (varies for employees with fewer than 12 months of service and is subject to hours worked requirements)

Our Commitment to Sustainability
With the Colgate brand in more homes than any other, we are presented with great opportunities and new challenges as we work to integrate sustainability into all aspects of our business and create positive social impact. We are determined to position ourselves for further growth as we act on our 2025 Sustainability & Social Impact Strategy.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our purpose starts with our people — ensuring our workforce represents the people and communities we serve —and creating an environment where our people feel they belong; where we can be our authentic selves, feel treated with respect and have the support of leadership to impact the business in a meaningful way.

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.

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

For additional Colgate terms and conditions, please click here.


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