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Automation & Controls Specialist

Lansing, New York

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Cargill operates some of the most technologically advanced production plants in the world. We need responsible, effective, safety-minded and best-in-class individuals to join our team. Engineers are vital in ensuring that consistent engineering standards are maintained to meet corporate, legal, regulatory and customer requirements. Close coordination across various teams including engineering, operations, maintenance and reliability, safety, logistics and supply chain will be integral to the success of this role. Please note, specific roles will vary greatly by plant and location. Safety is always our number one priority, and no matter your experience level, we will train you for success. Your work in our plants can help you grow both personally and professionally. Discover how your work can nourish the world and help you thrive.

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  • Good listener
  • Flexible
  • Trustworthy

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During my time at Cargill I have been provided with many exciting opportunities to develop my engineering expertise and experience.”

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In 2014, I chose Cargill to be the company where I would do a compulsory internship in the Chemical Engineering course. Six years later, I see that it was a very assertive choice. As a trainee, engineer, or continuous improvement Supervisor, I fulfilled in being able to use my strengths, be authentic, and exercise my purpose to impact people's lives. Also, I have access to so many opportunities! Being a woman in a factory environment can be challenging! We are still starting to occupy this space, but, without a doubt, it is gratifying to work in a company that puts people first and promotes an inclusive and diverse environment.”

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Automation & Controls Specialist

Job ID 289812 Date posted 05/06/2024

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 160,000 employees who are committed to safe, responsible and sustainable ways to nourish the world. This position is in Cargill’s protein and salt business, where we provide wholesome, high-quality food products to a wide range of customers, from foodservice operators and grocery stores to manufacturers and exporters.

Job Purpose and Impact

The Automation and Controls Specialist will apply technical knowledge to design, develop and maintain overall governance on standards, application, solutions and measurements to increase production quality, efficiency and volume for the road safety business. In this role, you will perform day to day activities related to automation, electrical and instrumentation engineering to enable projects and improve our capabilities by providing engineering support for the mining operation.

Key Accountabilities

  • Apply general knowledge of principles, terms, and practices of automation, electrical and instrumentation engineering to support the design and build of safe and reliable operations.
  • Coordinate and provide direct support and delivery of services for plant communication networks. 
  • Execute and support automation, electrical and instrumentation engineering standards and deliverables in capital projects.
  • Monitor and support progress for projects with low to medium levels of complexity and ensure appropriate resource allocations and portfolio prioritization.
  • Implement, monitor and track audit control mechanisms within area of scope to track performance and provide actionable solutions that contribute to improvements.
  • Support more senior team members to assess automation, electrical and instrumentation engineering development and application opportunities and further dissemination across common practice areas.
  • Independently solve moderately complex issues with minimal supervision, while escalating more complex issues to appropriate staff.
  • Provide recommendations and oversight for technicians and electricians on the installation and maintenance of PLCs, HMIs, and other plant communication systems.
  • Collaborate with programmers to implement automation mechanisms and generate effective data visualizations of operating systems.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Position Information.

  • Compensation

                               The expected salary for this position is $90,000 - $110,000. This position is eligible for a discretionary incentive award. The incentive award amount is dependent upon company performance and your personal                                        performance

  • Benefits

                          Full-Time (30+ hours) positions are eligible for a benefit package including the following (subject to certain collective bargaining agreements for Union positions):  Paid time off; paid holidays; medical, vision and dental                            coverage; flexible spending accounts; life insurance; disability insurance; retirement savings; employee and family assistance program (EAP). 

Position Information.

  • This position is posted internally as well as externally. 
  • Relocation assistance will be provided for this position.
  • This position is located in Lansing, New York. 
  • The work schedule is: Monday to Friday from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM. There are also some events that might need to work on the weekends.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field OR equivalent experience. 
  • Minimum of two years of related work experience. 
  • Ability and willingness to work on underground mining environment. 
  • Experience with maintaining HMIs, VFDs, and PLC systems. 
  • Strong commitment to safety culture. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Intermediate project management skills. 
  • Strong technical and computer skills. 
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques. 
  • Experience working in heavy industrial field such as mining, construction, manufacturing, etc. 
  • Experience with SAP system, AVEVA products, AutoCAD, RSLogix, etc. 
  • Experience with optimization of plant instrumentation such as flowmeters, transducers, scales, level sensors, etc.


Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet

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