Smithfield Foods

Automation/Controls Project Engineer

US-SD-Sioux Falls
FLSA Status
1st Shift


The position summary states the general nature and purpose of the job. Overall accountabilities are defined in this section.


Applies theories and principles of science and mathematics to design and develop technical projects for the pork industry. Performs engineering assignments over a wide range of projects of varying complexity.

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.


Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:


Design Work

  • Develops preliminary engineering designs and device specifications.

  • Conducts feasibility studies and develops project cost estimates.

  • Determines design criteria in accordance with required standards and codes for assigned projects.

  • Performs field work and adapts collections to translate completed projects into as-built drawings.

  • Collaborates with key operations and maintenance personnel to develop design specifications.

  • Acts as project manager, as required.

Design Implementation

  • Develops user/operator interfaces, custom reports, and analytical tools.

  • Develops process control programs and application code.

  • Designs database architecture.

  • Coordinates and provides direction to equipment vendors to plan layouts, meet utilities requirements and maintain installation schedules.

  • Provides startup support and training.

Reports and Proposals

  • Conducts engineering planning, design and operational studies in pre-project studies.
  • Determines scope of work, prepares requests for proposals and evaluates proposals.
  • Submits weekly reports to management by established deadlines.

Plant Operations

  • Conducts audits on project performance and sustainability initiatives.

  • Assists plant personnel in troubleshooting and downtime situations.

  • Conducts analysis on downtime risk prevention.


  • Acts as a lead by training, mentoring and providing guidance to less experienced Project Engineers.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.


  • Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university in Engineering or related field and 3+ years’ relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferred.
  • Knowledge of engineering principles and techniques related to food processing and the meat industry, preferred.
  • Ability to apply sound engineering principles to operational and design issues.
  • Knowledge of installation and construction project scheduling.
  • Must possess Project Management skills; Contract Administration skills; National codes and standards interpretation skills. Previous experience in the management of multi-million dollar projects with large scopes, desirable.
  • Proficient in engineering economics.
  • Proficient in AutoCAD drawing skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software and Word processing software, other Microsoft Suite products.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, organizational planning, teamwork, analytical reasoning and adaptability.
  • Travel is required with extended overnight stays.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no supervisory responsibilities but may act as a lead by providing training and guidance to Associate Project Engineers.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those an employee should possess to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • Frequently required to sit, use hands to handle, or feel, and talk or hear.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The majority of the time is spent in an office setting outside of the production plant.  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.


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