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Position Title: Controls & Instrumentation Specialist

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Florenceville Main 

Grade: 00 

Requisition ID: 15385 



Job Summary


Design, develop, and manage instrumentation and control systems, including high and low voltage electrical systems, for existing and new processes within Food Manufacturing facilities using state-of-the-art technologies.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Experienced in Plant PLC Controls Systems and Programming the applicant will support both engineering and plant maintenance in the development and troubleshooting of Process Controls and electrical infrastructure in new and existing food manufacturing facilities.
  • Manage small to medium size capital projects to meet deadlines and budgets utilizing solid project management principles. Identify and effectively utilize project resources.
  • Develop and review process and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID) and the ability to relate process P&ID to design and implementation of controls structure.
  • Oversee the design and review of equipment and systems using established standards.
  • Specification and sizing of control devices and instruments.
  • Review new technology for applicability and benefits to current manufacturing and controls methods.
  • Development of performance specifications for equipment vendors, equipment selection and bid tabulations.
  • Functioning as a technical specialist supporting development of advanced engineering concepts, techniques, and standards in the food industry.
  • Assist in planning of electrical and controls portion of capital projects in terms of scope development, cost development and management, and scheduling. Includes directing activities to ensure that construction, installation, and operational testing conform to functional specifications, recognized codes and standards, and customer requirements.
  • Preparation of electrical installation tender documents.
  • Perform supplier site visits to ensure compatibility of equipment designs with current plant configurations.
  • Produce site visit reports, contractor job meeting minutes, project material listings, purchase orders, installation schedules and any other installations of systems.
  • Manage release of design input to suppliers (integrators, contractors, hardware suppliers, etc.).
  • Manage the resolution of technical issues identified by suppliers.
  • Manage technical documents provided by suppliers.
  • Acquire and negotiate electrical contractor bids.
  • Assist in design of instrumentation systems for plant expansions, including the development of field and control room instrumentation specifications.

Supervisory Responsibilities                                                      

This job has no direct reports. Interacts with others using project management and managing by influence skills. Supervises third party and company resources on functional basis.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience                                                      

Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering or related field, or equivalent related experience.  Additionally the incumbent must have five or more years of experience directly related to food plant processing controls.

  • Experience with Allen Bradley RSLogix, ControlLogix, Allen Bradley FactoryTalk View SE.
  • Experienced in the development of plant system documents (i.e. logic diagrams, elementary wiring diagrams, I/O lists, etc.).
  • Familiar with industrial control networks.
  • Familiar with plant electrical power distribution systems, both single and 3 phase.
  • Industrial motor control experience, VFDs, soft starters, FVNR, FVR, etc.
  • Experience in AutoCAD.


Language Skills                                                

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.


Mathematical Skills                                                     

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.


Reasoning Ability                                             

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.



Computer Skills                                               

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Contact Management systems; Design software; Development software; Manufacturing software and Project Management software.


Key Competencies                                            

  • Design - Generates creative solutions; Translates concepts and information into images; Uses feedback to modify designs; Applies design principles; Demonstrates attention to detail.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in-group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Innovation - Ability to understand new technologies and the opportunities to innovate within a process; Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.
  • Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
  • Change Management - Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance; Prepares and supports those affected by change; Monitors transition and evaluates results.
  • Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Aligns work with strategic goals.
  • Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Contributes to profits and revenue; Conserves organizational resources.
  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
  • Motivation - Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
  • Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and moving mechanical parts. The employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud when on the production floor and moderately loud when in the office area.

Expect travel within the U.S & Canada. at a minimum of 40-60%.




The health and safety of McCain employees and their families has been our number one priority since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supported by science, and in line with our culture and values, we believe that being vaccinated is the most effective way to protect each other, our families, our customers, and our communities.  It is therefore a requirement that the successful candidate for this role be fully vaccinated and have completed the mandatory incubation period prior to the candidate’s start date with McCain, subject to reasonable accommodations if you are unable to be vaccinated for protected grounds under applicable human rights legislation (e.g. medical or religious reasons).


McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace.  As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger. 
McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.
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Job Family: Engineering & Technical      
Division: NA Supply Chain 
Department: ​Engineering NA East ​
Location(s): CA - Canada : New Brunswick : Florenceville-Bristol 

Company: McCain Foods (Canada) 

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