Automation Controls Engineer

Job Description


Michigan Milk Producers Association, a leader in Michigan's dairy industry, is seeking an Automation Controls Engineer to join our team. This position will support plant operations in Middlebury, Indiana, Ovid, Michigan, and Constantine, Michigan. A company car is provided to support travel between locations. Michigan Milk Producers Association is the 10th largest dairy cooperative in the United States with approximately 2,000 dairy farmer members in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Position Responsibilities:

Support multiple facets of the automation within the manufacturing operations to include, but not limited to: milk and fluid ingredient receiving, separation and storage, blending, batching and storage, culture manufacture and storage, pasteurization, post pasteurization storage, evaportors, dryers, RO systems and CIP stations of the process areas. All functions to be performed in accordance with PMO, FDA, and MMPA requirements, while at the same time maximizing production efficiencies. All activities should be managed in alignment with the company's goals of safety, quality, regulatory preparedness, financial performance, inventory controls and environmental mission. Facilitation of continuous improvement of the process through constant and effective communication is essential for this role. The ability to prioritize and be decisive is also imperative. This position will have a high level of experience in automation systems.

Responsible for all aspects of food safety and quality as defined in plant and department procedures

  • Resource to participate in CIP effectiveness reviews and provide necessary automation support for all CIP performance audits in the plant.

  • Maintain SQL traceability software, extrapolate and analyze information, make recommendations and take action as needed. Data analysis and trending using Historian systems.

  • Coordinate the training of employees as required within the system.

  • Make decisions for area of responsibility, i.e. validity time run out, accuracy of machine settings, etc.

  • Troubleshoot PLC programming issues within the manufacturing area. Verify/validate that programming and mechanical operations are synchronized. Work with maintenance to optimize operation and identify and resolve any issues.

  • Create and keep updated programming for manufacturing operations using Asset Center.

  • Ensure all systems have back-up programming in place and functional.

  • Design, create and adapt operator interface screens.

  • Manage supervision security access for personnel; set and maintain access levels to manual changes.

  • Provide technical support to maintenance resolving equipment/process issues when necessary.

  • Work with management from all departments to resolve process issues and improve overall operational efficiency. Provide support, as needed, from receiving to load-out with automation issues, i.e. CIP troubleshooting.

  • Follow all GMP's at the highest level in areas of responsibility.

  • Commitment to safety is essential.

  • Ensure compliance with all company and FDA Quality requirements as stated in PMO and MMPA SOP's.

  • Must have a total awareness of safety, quality, productivity, product and material losses and how these KPI are impacted by automation.

  • Participate in problem solving teams.

  • Communicate and participate with project engineers (internal & external) during installations and process changes to ensure success.

  • Communicate changes and train affected plant personnel on new and/or modified functionality. System changes must be documented and tracked.

  • Continual self education to stay current with all technological trends, through self study and outside training where applicable.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by management.


  • Oversee the efficient implementation of quality standards, programs and processes to improve the environmental performance of their assigned portion of the organization.

  • Support environmental programs established within the organization to include recycle all office wastes according to program guidelines, initiate power conservation techniques by turning off lights and Computers when not in use.

  • Proactively look for ways to reduce negative impacts on the environment


  • Proactively work in a safe manner in the context of performing the functions of your position

  • Oversee the implementation and adherence to Company safety practices and programs and hold staff accountable for leading safety in the work place.


  • Bachelor's or Associates in Computer Science, Engineering, Industrial Technology, degree desired, or relevant experience.

  • Minimum of 5 years experience of technical support in the manufacturing environment; preferable in dairy industry.

  • Experience with Windows user and server level environments, including active directory configuration is preferred.

  • Experience with Allen Bradley controls hardware, including SLCs, CompactLogix and ControlLogix PLCs, and associated I/O and communications equipment.

  • Experience with Rockwell Atuomation PlantPz software and FactoryTalk platforms including, but not limited to RSLogix, FTTransaction Manager, FTView SE/ME and FTHistorian.

  • Ability to work with Wonderware Intouch and Wonderware Historian

  • Knowledge of PMO and Food Safety regulations.

  • Previous leadership experience preferred.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Excellent time management skills, with the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines within time constraints.

  • Ability to read electrical documents/drawings to interpret plant operations and facilitate troubleshooting.

  • Ability to operate in a team environment

  • Ability to adapt in a changing work environment


  • Ability to safely lift 50 lbs.

  • Ability to bend and reach files and cabinets where records are stored

  • Office environment repetitive motion through computer use required

  • Manufacturing environment operating in areas where high noise, machinery and chemicals are present

Company Features:

MMPA is one of the top dairy cooperatives in the nation with a strong financial record. Our owners are 2000+ dairy farmers located in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin. MMPA markets its members' milk, guaranteeing a market every day for all member-produced milk.


  • Competitive salary incentive program

  • Outstanding insurance benefits - Health/Vision/Dental

  • Protection for the future - Life and Disability insurance

  • Paid vacation time and sick time

  • 401(k) plan with a generous company contribution

  • Company Provided Pension

  • Company Vehicle

Together with our members and employees our association is positioned and planning for growth. Our benefits are attractive, and our future is bright.

Successful passage of drug test, background check, and criminal record check required.

Company Description
Company Features:
MMPA is one of the top dairy cooperatives in the nation with a strong financial record. Our owners are 2000+ dairy farmers located in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin. MMPA markets its members milk, guaranteeing a market every day for all member-produced milk.

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