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PLC Engineer


Date: May 26, 2019

Location: City of Industry, CA, US

Company: DANONE


Danone North America is the largest Benefit Corporation in the world. Our mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible.

Danone North America is looking for a PLC Engineer-COI in their City of Industry, California manufacturing facility.


Position Summary

This position will be part of the Maintenance team at Danone North America COI facility and also a member of management process improvement team, and will be responsible for the line efficiency regarding instrumentation and PLC, production and other focus improvement needs. Successful candidates must be able to show strong leadership skills with the ability to direct, motivate, and provide clear direction in a food manufacturing environment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Analyzes, identifies, recommends, and implements solutions for reducing production downtime, and non-value added activities.
  • Identifies and implements productivity enhancement opportunities.
  • Acts as a subject matter expert on controls hardware and software.
  • Works with PIT (Process Improvement Teams) to resolve controls issues. Also, works with Lead mechanics by utilizing FI (Focused Improvements) tools.
  • Leads and facilitates SRC (Simple Root Causes)
  • Leads participation to review and improve plant wide cost savings and TLE (True Line Efficiencies).
  • Coaches and guides maintenance team within assigned area of responsibilities.
  • Follows all safety rules, plant rules, GMP, and code of ethics.
  • Other duties may be assigned.


Preferred Candidate Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or related discipline preferred, not required.   
  • At least 3-5 years prior experience in PLC programming, and ladder logic trouble shooting and ethernet within a manufacturing plant required.  Prior PLC experience within a food/beverage manufacturing experience preferred.
  • Experience with strong knowledge of operation in Direct and Indirect pasteurization, i.e. VTIS Tetra
  • Ability to read, and interpret data from charts, graphs, and instruments, and compute rate, ratio, and percent and to identify any digressions.
  • Ability to troubleshoot multiple problems with controls/ instrumentation that arise i.e. pressure transmitters, RTD's I to P devices.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Ability to strategically think in terms of process improvement.
  • Ability to be on call and/or go online to troubleshoot issues.
  • Comprehensive knowledge in Allen-Bradley (control logix, SLC500, PLC5) and/ or Siemens PLC family.
  • Proficient with HMI, AC/DC VFD drives, and motion control programming.
  • AutoCAD and Wonderware experience is preferred.
  • Knows all the safety rules, plant rules, GMP, and code of ethics and follows them strictly at all time with a food processing plant.
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:  Allen-Bradley certifications or others


Danone North America is a Certified B Corporation business unit of Danone and operates in the U.S. from headquarter offices in White Plains, NY and Broomfield, CO. For more information, please visit 

Danone North America is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other unlawful criterion. #LI-NORAM

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