Electrical Controls Technician - $2,000 sign on bonus

General Mills

General Mills

Other Engineering
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Job Description

Are you looking to feel valued at a company?  

General Mills, Inc. manufactures some of the most beloved foods in the world, including Cheerios and Lucky Charms, Nature Valley granola bars, Totino's pizza rolls, and Yoplait yogurt. Blue Buffalo became part of General Mills in 2018, so even your pets love us too. 

We are looking for team members who come to the table with a shared passion for making food the world loves, to solve problems and shape General Mills for the future. As a part of our manufacturing group, you will be responsible for supporting, creating, integration, troubleshooting and improving the controls systems within the manufacturing facility. 

General Mills encourages growth for our employees; if you want to learn new things, attain, and prove competency quickly, and apply technology in the manufacturing space; GMI is a great place to start. 


Electrical Controls Technician - Currently Hiring on NS  

What your compensation will look like: 

  • Up to $42.31 per hour 
  • $36.37 per hour to start 
  • $2,000 sign on bonus
  • Shift differential- Night Shift $1.00 per hour when working between the hours of 6pm – 6am 
  • 10 days (120 hours) of vacation annually and 11 paid company holidays
  • Great paid time off benefits
  • 401(k) match 
  • Health Insurance - includes medical, dental, and life
  • And much more! 

What your day will look like: 

  • Creating high quality foods that are eaten EVERYDAY, NATIONWIDE 
  • Using TECHNOLOGY in an industry-leading facility
  • Working with HIGH-LEVEL operators on EXPERIENCED teams that are looking to pass down their knowledge to workers WILLING TO LEARN and get paid doing it.
  • CHALLENGING yourself to get the JOB DONE RIGHT and gain skills to take with you to your next opportunity
    • Allen Bradley, Wonderware, PLCs, Drives,  Motors
    • Utilizing electronic work order system to log completed/missed work
    • Reading and updating electrical and control schematics, piping and instrumentation diagrams 
    • Providing technical support/skills for equipment troubleshooting and controls/equipment modifications 
    • Performing uptime and downtime, preventative electrical maintenance
    • Understanding, initiating, and participating in Root Cause Analysis (Why, Why)
    • Participate in Continuous Improvement initiatives to increase platform performance 
    • Lead new hire onboarding plans – once experienced at Chan

What your schedule will look like:

Currently hiring for Night Shift Positions      

  • Schedule:  
    12-hour shifts - 2 on followed by 2 off, 3 on followed by 2 off, 2 on followed by 3 off  
    • 6:00 am to 6 pm
    • 6:00 pm to 6 am
    • Every other weekend is a 3-day weekend 
    • Cycle length is 2 weeks 
  • Ability and willingness to work overtime, any shift, including days, nights, weekends, holidays and emergency events 
    • OT Rate of 1.5 of payrate after 40 hours
    • Over time facts
  • Plant operation is 24 hours a day, 7 days per week 

What your growth will look like  

  • Be a part of a team that will learn and grow 
  • Develop leadership skills, that will allow you to focus on new KNOWLEDGE and ability to adopt and implement those ideas
  • Ability to operate within a safety culture
  • Expanded technical capabilities 

What you have to offer: 

  • Minimum of a high school education or GED
  • Tech school diploma and 2 years of experience in related field or equivalent experience in a related field preferred
  • Electrical/ Controls experience may include plant power distribution, plant equipment controls and plant electrical support
  • Experience in a manufacturing/production environment preferred  

Physical requirements: 

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs  
  • Must be able to perform physical tasks for extended periods of time including standing, walking, climbing, bending, pushing, pulling and twisting over surfaces 
  • Ability to climb and/or work at heights while utilizing stairs, ladders, personnel lifts, or platforms
  • Ability to wear protective clothing and equipment such as safety shoes, face masks, safety glasses, hearing protection, a hard hat, a hair/beard net and gloves when required 
  • Willing and able to adhere to all grooming requirements necessary for a food manufacturing environment
  • Ability to work in hot, cold, noisy, dusty, wet environmental working conditions
  • Willing to work around industrial high-speed moving machinery 
  • Ability to work with allergens that might be present in a food environment
  • Need to be able to work in a tobacco free environment 

COVID-19 considerations: 

The health and safety of our employees – and the food we make – is our top priority. We were an early adopter in instituting protection measures in our plants during the pandemic and continue to    implement a number of safety precautions to protect our employees. 


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.