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Plant Engineer


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Job Description: 

This year marks our 60th Anniversary as our company continues to be family owned and operated since 1960.  A.V. Thomas Produce, Inc. is the largest grower, packer, shipper of organic sweet potato in the U.S. Over 80% of California's sweet potato and yam production happens where we are in Merced County. As a leader in the distribution of organic and conventional sweet potatoes we wear many hats. The entire A.V. Thomas Produce, Inc. team strives for quality in the produce industry as a farming business, fresh food processor, and produce supplier.

Our company has an incredible opportunity for a Plant Engineer to be directly involved in new changes coming our way. This position will dive deep into our company's growth and help transform our current processes to the next level. The Plant Engineer will oversee our sweet potato packing line's electrical and mechanical systems. This person will be involved in installation of equipment, train in-depth with our equipment vendors, focus on efficiencies, increase productivity, and best troubleshooting techniques.

The Plant Engineer will be responsible for all matters concerning plant layout, plant design, line relocation, line redesign, process piping and new/replacement equipment installations.  The Plant Engineer will be based in Atwater, CA. 

Requirements: 

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

• Can apply project management principles to lead and manage capital projects and process improvement initiatives related to electrical, control, and mechanical engineering.
• PLC Controls – Allen Bradley, Point IO, Omron, Schneider Electric
• HMI – Ignition, FactoryTalk
• Automation System Communication
• Automation Network – Stratix switches, VMs, VLAN routing, ethernet, devicenet
• Database – SQL Server, PI System
• Programming – Structured Text, Python, Ladder Logic
• Process Equipment – Scales, Checkweighers, Fillers, Optical Sorters
• Administer and resolve all technical maintenance issues
• Maintain an efficient and safe working environment for all employees
• Ensure compliance with all state and federal regulations
• Design appropriate plant maintenance programs to reduce downtime
• Perform root cause analysis, able to analyze and problem solve.
• Perform regular safety control audits on packing line
• Design efficient short, and long-term training programs.
• Develop and coordinate scheduling for packing line operations
• Assist with installation and maintenance of operating equipment
• Collaborate with various departments to maintain mechanical integrity of all packing line programs
• Devise an adequate preventative maintenance program jointly with Shop Manager and maintenance staff
• Analyze equipment requirements
• Prepare maintenance schedules and ensure the schedules are followed and completed
• Maintain and review maintenance logs for packing line equipment and efficiencies
• Establish steady communication and work directly with outside vendors and contractors regarding packing line equipment, troubleshooting, and performance issues
• Provide management with routine updates pertaining to packing line installation, progress and improvements
Education: 
  • A Bachelor's degree and three (3) to five (5) years of Engineering experience, OR
  • Seven (7) + years of experience in the Engineering field, OR
  • Any similar combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to comprehend, read, write, and communicate proficiently in English.
  • 2+ appliable certfiications (Rockweel Automation, FANUC, NFPA, UL etc).
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
  • Food and Beverage background.
Skills: 

Ideal candidates will have a strong understanding of all plant layout matters including mechanical, electrical, PLC driven equipment and the whole gamut of setting up an operational floor. Food or Beverage experience is required.



Our company is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law.

This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.




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