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Colgate-Palmolive Controls Engineer - 1st shift in Tonganoxie, Kansas

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country

# 157934 - Tonganoxie, Kansas, United States

Who We Are

Colgate-Palmolive Company is a caring, innovative growth company that is reimagining a healthier future for all people, their pets and our planet. Focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, we sell our products in more than 200 countries and territories under brands such as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, hello, meridol, Sorriso, Tom’s of Maine, EltaMD, Filorga, Irish Spring, PCA SKIN, Protex, Sanex, Softsoap, Speed Stick, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

We are recognized for our leadership and innovation in promoting sustainability and community wellbeing, including our achievements in decreasing plastic waste and promoting recyclability, saving water, conserving natural resources and improving children’s oral health.

If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile and join our global team!

1st Shift

The Controls Engineer is responsible for on-shift technical support and assisting in the development, implementation, and maintenance of the plant floor control systems, information systems, network and telecommunication systems for the Hill's Tonganoxie Plant.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain and troubleshoot Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) including Allen Bradley ControlLogix and GuardLogix, Wonderware based Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) or Panelview.

  • Maintain and troubleshoot plant floor electrical, control and pneumatics components including: vision systems, industrial and collaborative robots, valves, motors, loop controllers, solenoids, control system I/O (Flex IO and Point IO), 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).

  • Function as a technical resource and shift troubleshooting resource for operations, maintenance and engineering (requires climbing, bending and crawling)

  • Support plant as a resource for troubleshooting and problem solving of business systems, plant floor systems and control issues.

  • Lead the development and implementation of process improvements (reliability, waste, product quality, safety, and cost) to meet business needs.

  • Develop, implement, and maintain hardware and software aspects of the plant floor systems, plant control systems, business systems (computer network), and phone and voice systems.

  • Leadership and management of internal resources (controls technicians and information technology) and external resources (Software integrators, hardware support)

  • Develop new insights and drive innovative engineering and controls solutions

  • Support implementation of Quality Assurance and Food Safety initiatives

  • Ensure personnel adhere to Hill’s policies, safety standards, and Good Manufacturing Practices, including Quality Assurance and Food Safety

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related technical systems discipline

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2+ years manufacturing experience

  • Experience troubleshooting Wonderware/AVEVA System Platform

  • Experience working with Microsoft SQL databases

  • Ability to program and troubleshoot, Allen Bradley PLC’s, Panelview OIT.

  • Experience using Industrial Networks (Ethernet, Ethernet / IP, HART).

  • Ability to troubleshoot and commission Variable Frequency AC Drives, 3 phase motor starters, solenoids, control values, flowmeters, servo motors and drives, analog sensors (pressure, level, temperature), load cells.

  • Familiarity with Cisco architecture and infrastructure (Basic LAN concepts)

Expected Areas of Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)

  • Ability to read and use electrical schematics.

  • Ability to troubleshoot electrical circuits (3 phase 480 VAC, 120 VAC, 24VAC and VDC control circuits).

  • Ability to troubleshoot and program PLC's utilizing ladder logic programming. Familiar with Sequencer programming and AOI blocks.

  • Ability to create or modify CAD drawings

  • Teamwork orientation

  • Training others conflict resolution

  • ​​Coaching and feedback skills

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple initiatives and manage in ambiguous situations

  • Proficiency with Google Suite collaboration tools (G-doc, sheets, slides, etc) or Microsoft Suite (Work, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.)

  • Ability to work a schedule supporting a 24/5 operation, which may include nights, weekends or holidays with the ability to go to 24/7 in the future

Compensation and Benefits

Salary Range $90,000.00 - $114,000.00 USD

Pay is based on multiple non-discriminatory, individualized factors including but not limited to experience, job-related knowledge and education, skills and office/market location. In addition to base salary, salaried employees are eligible for annual discretionary bonuses, profit-sharing and, for Executive-level (salary grade 16 and above) roles only, long-term incentives in the form of Restricted Stock Units and/or Stock Options.

Subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable benefits plans then in effect, all salaried employees are also eligible for a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • Insurance: Employees (and their eligible dependents) are eligible to participate in Company-sponsored Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Disability insurance plans.

  • Retirement Plans: Employees are eligible to enroll in Colgate's 401(k) plan, which provides for company matching contributions subject to eligibility requirements

  • Vacation/PTO: Employees receive a minimum of 15 days of vacation/PTO leave annually

  • Paid Holidays: Employees receive a minimum of 13 paid/floating holidays annually

  • Paid Sick Leave: Based on location and consistent with applicable state and local law, employees receive a minimum of 40 hours of paid sick leave on January 1st of each year

  • Paid Parental Leave: Eligible employees may take up to eight weeks of paid parental leave and 12 weeks of unpaid leave (varies for employees with fewer than 12 months of service and is subject to hours worked requirements)

Our Commitment to Sustainability

With the Colgate brand in more homes than any other, we are presented with great opportunities and new challenges as we work to integrate sustainability into all aspects of our business and create positive social impact. We are determined to position ourselves for further growth as we act on our 2025 Sustainability & Social Impact Strategy.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Achieving our purpose starts with our people — ensuring our workforce represents the people and communities we serve —and creating an environment where our people feel they belong; where we can be our authentic selves, feel treated with respect and have the support of leadership to impact the business in a meaningful way.

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.

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact Application_Accommodation@colpal.com with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

For additional Colgate terms and conditions, please click here (https://www.colgatepalmolive.com/content/dam/cp-sites/corporate/corporate/en_us/corp/locale-assets/pdf/colgate-terms-and-conditions-2023.pdf) .