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Position Title: PLC Specialist

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Othello 

Grade: Scale 09_NONU 

Requisition ID: 26507 


The PLC Specialist is an advanced-level position within the Engineering Department working within the Electrical Maintenance Team. The PLC Specialist will work on the programming of different PLC’s throughout the facility.  The PLC Specialist will support Electrical Technicians in the wiring and installation of new PLC’s by providing recommended installations from the OEM.   The PLC Specialist is responsible for overseeing the installation of PLC’s, performing initial programming of new or existing PLC’s, working with manufacturers while troubleshooting malfunctions, verification of health/functionality of all plant PLC’s, and ability to program variable frequency drivers (VFD’s).




  • Promotes and adheres to company safety policies.
  • Possesses outstanding communication skills to lead, direct and train others on shift including those involved in on-the-job training functions. Insure daily assigned work orders are completed.
  • Discusses layout, installation procedures and problems with Electrical Supervisor, Maintenance Manager, Engineering Manager, and Vendor Supplied PLC’s.
  • Draws sketches to clarify design details and functional criteria is met for the installation of new PLC’s
  • Recommends changes in circuitry or installation specifications to simplify assembly and maintenance.
  • Establishing plans to forecast upgrades to PLC’s
  • Establish a written program for a process ensuring the latest software revisions are proven risk-free, then are uploaded to the PLC’s
  • Ensure adequate spare PLC’s are kept in stock
  • Sets up standard test apparatus or devises. Tests equipment and circuitry to conduct functional, operational, environmental, and life tests to evaluate performance and reliability of prototype or production model.
  • Connects power supply wires to PLC’s
  • Uses programmable controllers to operate automated machinery, to test for malfunctions, and to verify repairs.
  • Performs programming on for Factory Talk.
  • Accurately and timely completes required documentation of work and reports, which may result in changes to parameters, circuits, components, configuration, or orientation of an electrical/electronic device for future reference by self and others.
  • Serves as a team player assisting all other Maintenance and operators to carry out their duties.
  • Owns proper tools for the job as specified by the company.
  • Operates the forklift and scissor-lift as needed.
  • Communicates problems or changes in department to supervisor and appropriate personnel.
  • Attends and participates in all annual, departmental, and job specific required training and monthly informational meetings.
  • Understands and adheres to the concepts and techniques of the quality process in order to ensure a quality operation.
  • Keeps area clean and orderly in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s).
  • Helps to build and promote a strong “Teamwork” environment in each individual work group, the Factory, and the Company.
  • Responsibility of maintaining a high standard of cleanliness throughout the food processing facility, especially where any raw or finished product is produced.
  • Participates in continuous improvement process.      





  • 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
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry. Requires the ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs 
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed written or oral instructions or diagram forms.  Ability to recognize and troubleshoot problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. 
  • Advanced l Electronics Aptitude
  • Hand tool experience.
  • Machine Shop Knowledge Helpful.
  • Advanced Computer Skills (Word, Excel, CMMS, and Rockwell Software).
  • Working knowledge of a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) such as SAP, is desired
  • Advanced Problem-Solving Skills.
  • Understanding of National Electric Code.





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 regularly works near moving mechanical parts and is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, and vibration.  The employee frequently works in outside weather conditions.  The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places using ladders and stairs. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Hearing protection is required.


The employee may be required to successfully complete the orientation and training provided during the first sixty- (60) days of employment.       


Hourly Wage Scale $ 37.99-$42.20 USD hourly + Benefits (+ Bonus) 


Shift Differential Pay:

Swing - $0.15

Graveyard - $0.75



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

  • 401k Retirement Plan
  • Health Spending Account/ HRA & Flexible Spending Accounts 
  • Adoption & Infertility Assistance, Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave 
  • Education Reimbursement Assistance  
  • Apprenticeship, Internship, & Coop support and opportunities 
  • Employee Family Assistance program
  • Paid Time Off
  • Holidays
  • Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment
  • Short & Long Term Disability




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: ​Instrumentation and Electronics ​
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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