Automation Controls Technician


Pennsauken, NJ, US, 8110

At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

POSITION TITLE: Technician, Electrical & Automation Controls

REPORTING TO: Maintenance Manager

LOCATION: Pennsauken, NJ


About the company: 

Barry Callebaut is a global organization poised for growth; a company which has embraced the vision to delight its customers, while out-performing its competitors, a business which is committed to sustainability, has innovation in its DNA, is a leader in complex manufacturing and supply chain solutions and is focused on being a best-in-class employer. Barry Callebaut seeks diverse and passionate people who thrive in a dynamic environment, focused on continuous learning, living BC’s Values and of course loving chocolate.


About the role: 

The Electrical and Automation (E&A) technician position is responsible for troubleshooting and leading the effort to identify if the problem is mechanical, electrical or from the computer systems controlling the process. The position will be responsible for educating and guiding the electro mechanics with their ability to troubleshoot automated and electrical systems to prevent unnecessary downtime.

This position will be responsible for all aspects related to the factory maintenance and E&A strategy and will execute activities according to factory and corporate standards, specifications, local codes, and regulations. The technician will support the development and design of future system installations. 


Key responsibilities include: 

  • Perform routine diagnostic checks on automated systems, monitor automated systems, isolate problems and perform repairs.
  • Strong skill set with AB programmable logic controllers (SLC, PLC, and Control Logix families), (Siemens S7 a Plus) as well as Human Interface (HMIs) such as AB PanelView, FactoryTalk View and Wonderware.
  • Ability to configure, test, troubleshoot and commission AB and Siemens VFDs.
  • Configure, troubleshoot, and commission PLC and HMI based control systems with the ability to make minor programming changes.
  • Direct and oversee the maintenance of programs for PLCs and PCs coordinating with Process Engineers, Project Engineers, Information Technology staff, and Production and Maintenance personnel.
  • Guide and train others with less experience through mentoring.
  • Understanding of industrial power circuits, installation practices, and general OSHA safety practices.
  • Understand the plant electrical criteria, standards and company guidelines.
  • Ability to install, maintain, troubleshoot, and calibrate instrumentation such as temperature sensors, pressure sensors, level switches, valve actuators and positioners and weighting systems.
  • Enforce PLC/HMI policy/procedures.           
  • Document system modifications in order to maintain an accurate registry of modifications.


About you:


  • Associates degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or related technical degree
  • At least 3 [EM1] years of related automation experience with HMI, SCADA, PLCs, and general control system design. Experience in food industry is a plus.
  • · In-depth knowledge of industrial automation systems, including HMI and SCADA systems, Allen-Bradley controls/controllers, Siemens and PLCs
  • · Experience with Allen-Bradley (ControlLogix, CompactLogix, PLC5, SLC500) PLCs, PanelView/PanelviewPlus HMIs, Industrial Communication Networks (Ethernet, EthenetI/P, DeviceNet, DH+, etc.) is required
  • · Experience with FactoryTalk Suite, Wonderware Suite, and VisualBasic/C#/Java is a plus.
  • Additional Requirements:
  • · Ability to lead a team and accomplish project goals effectively as needed
  • · Ability to multi-task while maintaining attention to detail and deadlines
  • · Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • · Team-oriented and collaborative


What you can expect from Barry Callebaut:

  • Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package
  • 12 paid holidays, generous PTO, plus your birthday off
  • Environment that welcomes workplace flexibility 
  • An atmosphere where diversity is embraced, and inclusivity is second nature. We call it #OneBC! Just ask our champions with the Americas Women’s Forum and the Racial Equality Forum!
  • Ability to grow personally and professionally within an organization that values development and internal career growth
  • Be part of our mission in making sustainability the norm through Forever Chocolate with priorities centered around prospering farmers, zero child labor, carbon and forest positive, and creating 100% sustainable ingredients in all of our products


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

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