The PLC Programmer will be responsible for programming PLC’s and related HMI’s for the operation of the most advanced dairy farming operations currently operating in the Western USA. These farming operations require multiple operations on the site to be controlled and monitored from our control system. They include handling milk from the milking rotary, parlor or robots to the milk storage tanks, cooling of the milk to proper storage temperature, CIP of all milk lines and tanks within the facility, lane flushing, weather monitoring for efficient cooling of livestock, and data collection of milk storage temperatures. Other projects include calf kitchens that automatically mix formula for newborn calves, water systems designed to maintain water for the entire farm, and wastewater systems. The PLC Programmer works under the direction of the Electrical Engineer and PLC Programming Engineer.
- Interpret written instructions and develop PLC and HMI programs to these written specifications.
- Update other personal about needed drawing changes or process updates so existing drawings are updated. Provide timely and detailed status updates, as required.
- PLC programming with Rockwell Automation Studio 5000 and RSLOGIX 500.
- HMI programming with Weintek EBPRO.
- Network setup and troubleshooting. Wireless and extended ethernet networks.
- PID loop setup and troubleshooting.
- Setup VFD’s and provide instructions for future reference.
- Quickly troubleshoot issues in the field whether it is within the PLC code or with field wiring.
- Comply with the company safety procedures.
- This position requires occasional in-state or out-of-state travel.
- Live the company culture of integrity, teamwork, self-discipline and professional competence.
- Contributes to the overall success by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.
- Associates Degree in Electrical Technology or Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical (Years of experience may suffice).
- 2 years of experience in Automation/Control programming preferred.
- Background in fluid mechanics is a plus.
- Knowledge and understanding of the National Electric Code.
- Must possess the ability to communicate orally with management, and other co-workers, both individually and in front of a group is crucial. Regular use of the telephone and e-mail for communication is essential and expected.
- Available/willing to work overtime to meet project commitments, as required.
- Organized, detail oriented, and able to think designs through completely.
- Adapts productively to change, demonstrates flexibility in approach to work, performs all duties as assigned, and complies with all safe work practices.