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Sr Automation / Controls Engineer

Posted Date:  Sep 14, 2023
Requisition Number:  119519

Job Location: Hershey, PA




The Hershey Company Reese plant is a Non-Union plant producing products such as Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups & Kit Kat, in a high-speed complex environment.


  • Ensures that control and networking systems are fully operational and reliable, as required to support the manufacturing processes, meeting all safety and quality requirements.
  • With a continuous improvement mindset, leads the identification and execution of process improvement efforts in manufacturing processes.
  • Supports development of digitalized manufacturing capabilities.
  • Supports controls training and development of facility technical resources.
  • Provides controls solutions for and support capital projects.
  • Demonstrates the ability to identify proven, state-of-the-art control solutions that meet existing and new business requirements.




  • Provide technical leadership and support to operational and maintenance staff in problem resolution and optimization of existing electrical control and automation systems.
  • Support continuous improvement efforts, through the development and implementation of equipment capability and performance data improvements, resulting in increased operational capability, reliability, and efficiency.
  • Lead and support the development of controls and instrumentation expertise for technical resources.
  • Manage and support capital projects of limited scope; provide technical assistance to project teams; support development of future facility capital requirements.
  • Develops and executes controls and automation strategies for process and packaging equipment optimization, including waste reduction, change-over improvement, reliability, efficiency, etc.
  • Ensures process and packaging controls capabilities align with operational requirements (Lean, TPM).
  • Coordinates and leads execution of controls upgrades and change requests through collaboration across Reese´s Campus.
  • Effectively collaborates with corporate resources as needed.
  • Supports the development of existing equipment autonomous maintenance activities (centerline, change-over).
  • Provides technical leadership and support to operational and maintenance staff in training, troubleshooting and root cause analysis.
  • Develops and manages controls capital projects for the facility.
  • Assists in the development of 5-year capital plan.
  • Collaborates with Maintenance to ensure proper asset reliability plans in place.
  • Develops and manages external supplier relationships.


Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform major duties/responsibilities:


  • Collaborative, hands-on approach to problem identification, resolution development and implementation; proven ability to work across multi-functional teams, utilizing data to support actions.
  • Demonstrates understanding of required business objectives, including safety and quality requirements, when developing technical solutions.
  • Demonstrates ability to develop, mentor, and train technical and operational personnel, to improve controls process knowledge and improvement capability.
  • Proactively identifies opportunities to leverage new technologies for process improvement solutions.
  • Knowledge, experience, and proficiency with control systems for manufacturing processes (food and beverage experience a plus), including:
  • An advanced knowledge and experience with PLC, HMI, and motion control systems commonly used within industrial manufacturing processes:
    • Rockwell, Siemens, and Schneider Electric control systems.
    • A-B Factory Talk ME and SE, Ignition, Siemens, and Schneider Electric Vijeo machine interface systems.
    • GE Fanuc, Motoman and ABB robotic systems are a plus and may be added in the future.


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements: 


  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering or Engineering Technology OR Associate Degree with equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in manufacturing controls systems.


Additional Skills / Attributes:


  • Familiarity and experience with manufacturing lean processes.
  • Experience with reliability based preventative maintenance plans.
  • Manufacturing digital information systems, specifically OSI PI.
  • Experience using industrial instrumentation and process control systems, industrial computer systems, motor control, distributed control systems, electrical power, and other automation systems.
  • Strong communication, Leadership, Coaching, and change management skills.
  • Self-motivated and ability to prioritize multiple activities and manage volatile/changing conditions.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment



Nearest Major Market: Harrisburg

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