Principal Engineer, Electrical Controls

ConAgra Foods (
Defense Contracting


  Full Time   Employee

United States

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Position Summary:

Serves as engineering expert in the electrical/controls discipline and expert resource across the organization.  Job duties include developing and improving companywide electrical control design and control safety standards and supporting project teams in developing and executing the electrical/controls scope of work.  The position also develops and implements programs that build ConAgra control capabilities.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with all platform engineering groups to develop annual and 3-year capital plans by recommending automation, controls, and power distribution improvements and solutions that are commercially proven in both concept and performance to meet platform cost and growth goals.
  • Develops enterprise wide standards, guidelines, and templates for automation, control hardware, software, and programming.
  • Develops and implement programs to build plant control and support capability  such as servo control, HMI’s, Networking, and VFD’s
  • Provides enterprise wide support for control obsolescence and control software update issues.
  • Collaborates with the technical and procurement group to help manage and drive value and cost savings  from Rockwell as a strategic supplier
  • Develops rough order of magnitude estimates to give the business a directional early view of a project and the robustness of the business case
  • Works with other engineering disciplines to design and specify complete and effective control solutions within the enterprise-wide method of Front Ending Loading Packages (FEL’s)
  • Performs reviews (own work and peer reviews) of FEL packages or equivalent for accuracy, completeness, and operational effectiveness including but not limited to:
    • Control Wiring and Safety Circuit Drawings
    • User Requirement and Functional Requirement Documents
    • Technology assessment and recommendation evaluation that reflect plant, ConAgra, and industry best-in-class practices
    • Equipment and system performance criteria
    • Identification of Alternatives, Pre-requisites, Risks, and Opportunities
  • Provides on-site technical support to project and plant teams during design reviews, initial start-up activities, and periods of focused improvement implementation
  • Provides emergency technical support where equipment may need modification for immediate improvement in an upset condition
  • Provides recommendation, evaluation, and oversight of 3rd  party integrators as required
  • Keeps current and incorporates as needed  the latest automation and control technology  and commercial application of the same
  • Keeps current and incorporates as needed the latest and emerging industry regulations and codes relative to automation, controls, and system design and operation
  • Supports development of electrical and control engineering talent within ConAgra through effective use of internal resource development tools and external training and recruitment


Position Qualifications

  • A BS or MS degree in Electrical Engineering in addition to practical experience (8-10 yrs.) in electrical/control  system design with expert level experience (5 -10 yrs.) in Rockwell Automation Controls Systems. Experience in food manufacturing operations and food manufacturing conceptual design is an advantage
  • Experience with Advanced Process Control, Packaging Control and Computer Integration preferred
  • Expert level of knowledge with Rockwell Automation/Allen Bradley PLC's, Panel View HMI’s, and Rockwell Automation Software  - RSLogix 5000 and RSView.
  • Must have network integration capabilities, PLC's, batch focus, and CIP
  • Understanding of network hardware and software security
  • Must have the ability to work with integration and ERP systems.
  • Proven effectiveness in working collaboratively within a matrix organization.
  • Strong leadership qualities, verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent technical knowledge, technical analysis, problem solving skills and project organizational skills are required. Proven ability to work within a multi-plant and cross-functional matrix organization
  • Candidates must be open to up to 50% travel


Req ID: 52121





ConAgra Foods, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.


To apply for this job, contact:
Phil Ziolkowski

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