Smithfield Foods

  • Earn up to $30/hr. 1st Shift PLC Technician (12 hrs on Thurs.- Sund.)

    Job Locations
    FLSA Status
    1st Shift
    IndSPR- Engineering Maintenance
  • Your Opportunity

    Smithfield is currently looking for an experienced PLC/HMI Programmer. This full-time position is responsible for the development and delivery of SCADA systems in the meat manufacturing industry. Must have proven experience in SCADA application development.

    Core Responsibilities

    • Assist in creating Functional Technical Specifications, Control Narratives, and Test Documents
    • Read and understand P&IDs, loop diagrams, cause & effect matrices, and process flow diagrams
    • Develop SCADA applications, including graphic screens, alarm/event pages, and reports
    • Maintaining SCADA systems and assist with troubleshooting as needed
    • Perform design criteria in accordance with required standards and codes for assigned projects
    • Meet with project team as needed to understand their needs and gain an understanding of the entire project objective and how it relates to the control system
    • Work with mechanics as needed to provide insight on the functionality of any controls component of a system
    • Diagnose and modify existing programs to meet specifications and provide support for the implementation of these modifications
    • Document systems by writing and maintaining programs and system documentation
    • Train end users on functionality of the system
    • Train mechanics on electrical functionality of electrical components and troubleshooting methods


    • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Computer Science and 2+ years of industry experience independently designing, developing, and programing new PLC hardware systems' or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Experience with SCADA/HMI software, Ignition platform, preferred.
    • Experience in collection and trending of data
    • Experience with network / communication design is a preferred
    • Experience with food manufacturing process automation is a plus
    • Experience in PC based programming Languages, Windows Server platforms, HTML, SQL, Access, and virtual systems is a plus
    • This includes but is not limited to Allen Brandley (RSLogix 500, Connected Components and RSLogix 5000/Studio).
    • Siemens experience Preferred.
    • Knowledge of control networks (IP and Modbus) and SCADA systems
    • HMI development in Factory Talk Studio
    • Process control programming and troubleshooting
    • Basic knowledge of AC and DC circuits and troubleshooting ability
    • P&ID, cause and effect, control narrative interpretation and development a plus
    • Ability to set up calibrate and troubleshoot pressure, temperature, flow meters
    • 4-20 ma loop knowledge and troubleshooting
    • Strong knowledge and familiarity with industrial controls, including VFDs, solid state soft starters, relays, contactors, starters and field instrumentation devices
    • Able to develop cost estimates
    • Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities and projects

    Work Environment & Physical Demands

    • Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
    • Specific vision abilities required include close vision and ability to adjust focus. 
    • Frequently required to sit; use hands to  handle, or feel; and talk or hear. 

    Work Environment & Physical Demands

    • The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.
    • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when in the production area.

    EEO/AA Information

    Smithfield is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.


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