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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:  Nov 22, 2022
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 135790 - Topeka, Kansas, United States

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of people and their pets? What about having the opportunity to connect with others across the world, full of stimulating discussions, and making impactful contributions?
If this is how you see your career, Hill’s is the place to be!

Hill’s Pet Nutrition is a multi billion dollar, global division of Colgate-Palmolive Company and the maker of Prescription Diet, Science Diet, and Healthy Advantage brand pet food. Our mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets by providing the best leading-edge pet nutrition technology, products, and expertise to pet owners, veterinary professionals and other key pet professionals worldwide. Our company is a globally recognized Best Place to Work.

The Controls Technician for the Topeka Manufacturing Facility is responsible for on-shift support and maintenance of the electrical and control systems for the Hill's Topeka Plant.

What you will do

  • Maintain and troubleshoot plant floor electrical components including: valves, loop controllers, solenoids, control system I/O, 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.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC's) including Allen-Bradley PLC5, Allen-Bradley SLC500, Allen-Bradley ControlLogix, Wonderware-based Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) or Panelview.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Complies with all policies and standards


Required Qualifications

  • High School Diploma
  • At least 3 years manufacturing plant technical experience
  • two year technical degree in a related field
  • Ability to read and use electrical schematics
  • Proven experience of troubleshooting electrical circuits (3 phase 480 VAC, 120 VAC, 24 VAC and VDC control circuits)
  • Validated experience of troubleshooting and programming PLC's utilizing ladder logic programming,
  • Know, understand and interpret NEC regulatory requirements
  • Ability to access, input and retrieve information from a computer utilizing Google Suite applications
  • Be available to work on different shifts and weekends as needed


Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 3 years plant floor experience in a manufacturing or programming role or a degree in a related field
  • Experience in troubleshooting Wonderware Intouch
  • Experience working with Microsoft SQL databases
  • Experience using Wonderware INSQL data historian, Wonderware DT analyst downtime analysis tool
  • Experience using Industrial Networks (Profibus, Devicenet, Data Highway, Ethernet, HART Communicator

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: Topeka

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