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Position Title: PLC Specialist 

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Othello 

Requisition ID: 14304 



About McCain: McCain Foods is proud to be a family and values-driven company. Our values are integral to our culture, helping to shape how we operate, how we work together and the choices we make. They are a big part of what makes us unique. McCain Foods opened their first production facility in their hometown of Florenceville, New Brunswick, Canada. McCain Foods quickly established itself within the Canadian marketplace and then began a journey to become the world's largest manufacturer of frozen French fries and potato specialties.


McCain products can be found in thousands of restaurants and supermarket freezers around the world. In addition to fries, McCain also produces other foods, including appetizers, oven meals, vegetables and juice for both the retail and foodservice industries.


Why You Should Join Our Team:

McCain offers full benefits including health, vision, and dental insurance. In addition, we offer other benefits including:

  • 401k
  • HSA
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Infertility Assistance
  • Education Reimbursement Assistance
  • Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave


McCain Food’s facility in Othello, Washington recently completed a 170 thousand square foot addition and multiple upgrades, now employs over 500 people! In line with our values and our overall global commitment to sustainability, this investment also brings environmental efficiencies, reducing the facility’s carbon footprint while doubling its production, underlining McCain’s commitment to sustainability.


Sustainability and Plant Friendly Practices are at the Heart of McCain:

We’ve embarked upon a journey to create planet-friendly food. Food that will use fewer natural resources in factories and farms, answer the need of increasingly health and planet-conscious consumers, and contribute to positive change in the rural communities where we grow our ingredients.

  • We are moving to 100% renewable energy by 2030.
  • Donating 200 million meals to food banks and NGO worldwide by 2025.
  • Implementing regenerative agricultural practices across 100% of our potato acreage by 2030.


Position Summary:

The Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Specialist is an advanced-level position within the Engineering Department working within the Electrical Maintenance Team. As the successful candidate, you will work on the programming of different PLC’s throughout the facility.  You will also support Electrical Technicians in the wiring and installation of new PLC’s by providing recommended installations from the OEM.  


Key Responsibilities:

  • Overseeing the installation of PLC’s
  • Performing initial programming of new or existing PLC’s
  • Working with the manufacturer while troubleshooting malfunctions
  • Verification of health/functionality of all plant PLC’s
  • Ability to program variable frequency drives (VFD’s)
  • Other projects/duties as assigned or needed.


  • Associates Degree (A.A.) from a two-year college or equivalent technical school; or four years’ related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to program Allen-Bradley PLC5, SLC500, Contrologix- Studio and have working experience with FactoryTalk SE.
  • Working knowledge of test equipment. Including oscilloscope, digital test meters, insulation test meggers, decade box, power supply, frequency counters, and 4 to 20 ma source meters.
  • Strong computer background including PC hardware, experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and Windows
  • Must possess a general knowledge of Local Area Network; ability to read and understand schematics, utilize PC and PLC for diagnostics and troubleshooting; have experience with AC/DC voltages ranging from 5 to 480 volts; have experience with electrical wiring in accordance with the National Electric Code; experience with Instrumentation, motor and process controls (Pneumatic and Hydraulic systems); and experience with repairing and maintaining mechanical equipment


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: Manufacturing      
Division: NA Potato Manufacturing 
Department: ​O3 Maintenance and Engineering ​
Location(s): US - United States of America : Washington : Othello || US - United States of America : Washington : Seattle 

Company: McCain Foods USA, Inc. 

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