Sr Controls Engineer - Joplin, MO

General Mills

General Mills

Joplin, MO, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2023

Job Description


The Senior Controls Engineer I will provide technical leadership for electrical and controls systems for all areas of the Joplin Pet plant. This position requires considerable interaction with project engineers, systems engineers, reliability engineers, plant floor personnel, leadership team, and external engineers and vendors. Joplin is a non-union facility with 280 employees leading the safe, high-quality production of Blue Buffalo pet food and treats.

This role reports to the Plant Technical Manager



  • Contribute to a safety culture that strives for zero injuries by proactively identifying and addressing physical/environmental/behavioral issues and implementing best practices for safety reliable control circuits
  • Ensure existing and new equipment and infrastructure meets applicable electrical codes (NEC, NFPA 70E, NFPA 79, etc.) and GMI Global CIS Standards


  • Provide tactical and troubleshooting support to operations and maintenance in the area of controls and information systems
  • Provide strategic support for engineering, operations, and maintenance to drive out losses in the manufacturing process by leveraging existing and emerging control system technology and methodologies
  • Implement PLC and HMI hardware/software and manufacturing networks in accordance with GMI standards
  • Apply Zero Loss Culture concepts in all areas of work


  • Provide input into the plants capital plan and proactively manage obsolescence of controls systems
  • Support plant capital projects as a controls and electrical systems lead. Manage electrical/controls related capital projects as necessary
  • Manage external integrators as necessary
  • Support plant HMM and other initiatives as necessary


  • Build and maintain a strong working relationship with engineers, operations and maintenance leadership, controls techs, floor personnel, and external engineers/vendors

Provide technical coaching and development for controls team, Engineers, and other salaried and wage staff as necessary


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or related degree with applicable experience or extensive relevant work experience
  • 3 years related experience minimum
  • Demonstrated understanding of technology, including complexities of products, equipment, and costs
  • Understanding of and experience with power distribution and associated equipment (up through 480VAC).
  • Experience with:
    • Allen Bradley Control Logix, Panelviews, and RSLinx
    • Allen Bradley Servo Controllers
    • Remote IO, Ethernet, ControlNet, and DeviceNet communications
    • Common field devices/instruments – VFD’s, Load Cells, Control Valves, Level, Pressure, Temperature, Flow, and Position sensors
    • Servers, Windows Operating Systems, Terminal Services
    • Controls instrumentation including Load Cells; Metering Feeders; Control Valves, Level, Pressure, Temperature, Flow, Position, Presence devices and other common field devices


  • Experience with Ignition, SQL Server, and Historians


We exist to make food the world loves. But we do more than that. Our company is a place that prioritizes being a force for good, a place to expand learning, explore new perspectives and reimagine new possibilities, every day. We look for people who want to bring their best — bold thinkers with big hearts who challenge one other and grow together. Because becoming the undisputed leader in food means surrounding ourselves with people who are hungry for what’s next.