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Mom's Meals Senior Controls Engineer in Ankeny, Iowa

Senior Controls Engineer

Ankeny, IA


Job ID:2021-2186


Position Summary

The Senior Controls Engineer successfully develops and executes capital projects by providing electrical power, controls, and networking engineering leadership and support which includes project scope, cost and schedule from concept through Qualification. The individual will develop and direct electrical controls strategies in support of overall business goals including medium to long-term controls, network architecture, and plant floor strategies to drive efficiency, plant floor productivity, and innovation. This position will functionally report to the VP, Engineering & Maintenance.

Position Responsibilities may include, but not limited to

  • Lead electrical and controls engineer on capital projects – Including overall project management of scope development, budget, system design, equipment sizing and selection, schedule, construction, installation, start-up, check-out, and closeout
  • Provides power and electrical controls systems and strategies to deliver efficiencies, innovation, and asset life cycle management
  • Lead the development of electrical and controls standards/specifications; maintain the standards and drive consistency through a Management of Change process
  • Link controls specifications to equipment & installation design, RFP and purchase
  • Builds subject matter expertise and technical capability in others
  • Evaluate and recommend new technologies
  • Drive technical solutions and provide guidance to electrical controls technicians responsible for maintaining plant electrical and controls systems
  • Partner with key stakeholders in Operations, Supply Chain and IT to deliver goals and strategies
  • Offers engineering support and troubleshooting assistance to the cross functional plant and company teams
  • Frequent interaction with top management of key controls and integrator vendors, engineering consultants, and installation contractors
  • Provide effective communication and documentation of work including technical plans, experimental reports, financial analysis, and management updates
  • Communicate status and issues regarding project activity on a continual basis
  • Provide innovative technical solutions required to meet business objectives with emphasis on productivity
  • Provide support to annual capital planning process, which may include development and management of the capital program for the facility
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with existing and new vendors, suppliers, and contractors
Required Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering/Technical/Scientific Discipline or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant within a culture of continuous process improvement
  • Proficiency of electrical and controls systems with a focus on Allen-Bradley hardware and software
  • Experience designing/integrating and maintaining PLC networks, SCADA systems, ethernet IP communications, power distribution equipment including sizing transformers, electrical feeders, and distribution gear for equipment loads from 120V up to 4160V
  • Ability to utilize Continuous Improvement tools, including but not limited to Early Management, Specialized Maintenance, Autonomous Maintenance, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, Induced Failure Testing, and support CI efforts
  • Knowledge and understanding of the primary codes and safety requirements applicable to controls safety systems, robotics, and power distribution equipment and systems
  • Proficiency in reading and interpreting P&ID, layout, equipment and fabrication drawings
  • Experience with CAD software for drawing creation and editing
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledge of utility (steam, water, air, NH3, etc.) controls design
  • Experience working with multi trade-based vendors/contractors
  • Experience leading large multi-discipline projects
  • Familiarity with Continuous Improvement tools and processes
  • Experience in plant operations and industrial environments understanding equipment design and impacts to materials, labor, and work processes
  • Ability to travel to, and work in, manufacturing facilities in North America including travel to vendor facilities, construction sites, system start-ups, etc.
  • Ability to travel to various sites as needed, up to 40-60%, depending on project and support priorities

Preferred Skills & Experience

  • 10+ years of relevant engineering experience
  • Master’s Degree in Engineering or Technical/Scientific discipline
  • Experience in “Green Field” food plant construction projects
  • Engineering experience in the Food & Beverage Manufacturing Industry
  • Experience in USDA Dairy Sanitary Design Standards
  • Experience leading technical/engineering teams
  • Knowledge of 3A Design Standards
  • Experience with CAD software for drawing creation and editing

Physical Requirements

  • Repetitive motions that include the wrists, hands and/or fingers
  • Sedentary work that primarily involves sitting, remaining in a stationary position for prolonged periods
  • Visual perception to perform job including peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Company Overview

Mom’s Meals, is a home-delivered meal service providing fully prepared, refrigerated meal solutions direct to homes nationwide for over 20 years. We provide seniors, patients recovering post-discharge and those managing a chronic condition with tailored nutrition solutions to manage their specific needs. If you are passionate about the well-being of others and have a strong sense of community, Mom’s Meals could be the place for you! We are a family operated business looking for fun, compassionate, and friendly people who want to make a difference in the lives of others.


Mom’s Meals complies with all applicable federal and state non-discrimination laws. All qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regards to race, religion, national origin, ancestry, color, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation or military status.

Effective Date: January 7, 2021

Last Reviewed Date: September 1, 2020

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