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Automation Controls Specialist in South Bend, IN at Bimbo Bakeries USA

Date Posted: 9/8/2020

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Job Description

Have you ever enjoyed Arnold®, Brownberry® or Oroweat® bread? A Thomas’® English muffin or bagel? Or perhaps snacked on a Sara Lee®, Entenmann’s® or Marinela® cake or donut? If the answer is yes, then you know Bimbo Bakeries USA!

Bimbo Bakeries USA is part of Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest baking company with operations in 33 countries. Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) employs 20,000 associates across the U.S. in bakeries, sales centers, corporate offices and on sales routes to ensure our consumers have the freshest products to feed their families at every meal. But our associates come to work for much more – the chance to feed their own lives through exciting work that offers the opportunity to make a real difference in their professional and personal lives every day.

We are seeking a self-motivated candidate to manage and supervise essential maintenance activities and provide automation controls support to a highly automated and fast paced baking, or distribution facility. The qualified candidate should understand basics of industrial facilities and have strong problem solving and trouble shooting skills with a strong background in electrical and industrial controls.  The position will require experience with the latest versions of the Allen Bradley family of PLC’s, VFD’s and HMI’s/OIT’s to be used in conjunction with a strong understanding of electrical controls systems, mechanical drives, pneumatics, hydraulics, PC’s, Robotics, and Controls networks.

Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Occasionally manage essential maintenance activities and supervise a small number of maintenance technicians.
  • Provide expertise using all Rockwell Automation software packages and others as needed
  • Have experience in SLC 500 and Logix 5000 series PLC’s and PanelView ME Studio Programming to Level 2 and 3.
  • Knowledge of Kinetix Servo systems a plus.
  • Have knowledge of EnetIP Networks and fault-finding diagnosis.
  • Familiarity with Rockwell SE, and Historian a plus.
  • Understanding of computer operating systems such as: Windows 10, Server 2019 and Thin Clients etc.
  • Review key plant metrics/KPIs and equipment data to identify potential areas for continuous improvement then lead a team to develop an engineered solution
  • Provide electrical troubleshooting and industrial controls support to the maintenance department.
  • Provide support for the manufacturing Controls networks with an understanding of IP addressing, machine network switches and Vlan topology and as a liaison between plant personnel, corporate engineering and IT when needed.
  • Manage Rockwell Automation and other software/hardware and programs on department computers as well as ensuring all control devices are up to date with firmware and software revisions knowledge of Asset Center a plus
  • Maintain a library for all control device back-ups and updates
  • Work closely with operations management to provide effective controls support
  • Lead PdM (Predictive Maintenance) initiatives through conducting and training Maintenance personnel on
  • Thermography, Ultrasonic Leak Detection and Vibration Analysis.
  • Ensure equipment in area is maintained, guarded and operated in accordance with defined safety regulations and procedures
  • Identify potential cost savings and cost avoidance; implement continuous improvement projects to achieve results
  • Participate in budget planning for area and department
  • Visit equipment suppliers as needed to inspect new equipment ensuring compliance with BBU corporate electrical specifications.
  • Ensure all new and retrofitted equipment has optimized electrical PMs
  • Support other BBU facilities if required, may require some minor travel.
  • Will be responsible for Mentoring, Developing, Training and Validating knowledge of electrical troubleshooting and controls systems with all Mechanics

Job Requirements

Key Behavioral Competencies:

  • Provide leadership and, or training to 1 or 2 other automation technicians. 
  • Promote a strong teamwork environment
  • Supports without hesitation General Plant Safety, Food Safety, Food Defense Initiatives and Good Manufacturing
  • Practices with an understanding that these are absolutes & are Priority #1.
  • Work requires the ability to read, write and communicate in English in order to understand and follow work and safety instructions.
  • Capable of moving up and down building stairways in a multi-level plant to reach job assignments and perform the tasks required.
  • Worker will be exposed to all hazards of machinery and equipment in an operational baking environment
  • This position is not a relief/fill-in Supervisor for Maintenance Supervisor absence

Education and Work History:

  • Technical degree in a related field, AAM graduation, or equivalent experience
  • Two, or more years’ experience in the Automation field
  • Strong experience with the following software packages
  • Rockwell Controls Software
  • AutoCad (Preferred)
  • Microsoft Office
  • Strong overall electrical knowledge and experience with electrical and industrial control systems.
  • Excellent communication skills and effective team building skills a must
  • Experience in a food processing plant is a plus

Bimbo Bakeries USA is an equal opportunity employer with a policy that provides equal employment opportunity for applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, disability, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, or any other classification protected by law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, reassignment, layoff, discharge, education, training and all other working conditions. To further the principle of equal employment opportunity, Bimbo Bakeries USA has developed affirmative action plans for minorities and women, qualified individuals with disabilities, and Vietnam-era and special disabled veterans and other protected veterans.