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Plant Controls Engineer

Company: LP Building Products
Location: Red Bluff
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

LP Building Products is a leading global manufacturer of engineered wood products. At LP, creating new solutions for building is who we are. Since we pioneered our first engineered wood product, we've been continually creating better products to fit the changing needs of the building industry.

LP's values-driven, positive culture creates an environment where talented and hardworking people thrive in a safe, ethical, fun, challenging and rewarding place to work. For more than 40 years, we've developed careers and provided advancement opportunities in the building products industry.

Job Purpose

Perform detailed control system design and software development for moderately complex engineering assignments, which are stand-alone, or components of a larger project. This position applies specific knowledge of automated and process control systems to manufacturing processes with minimal supervision.

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure compliance and perform all duties in accordance with all safety, health and environmental rules and regulations.
  • Develop and implement results oriented, value-added engineering solutions that achieve predetermined project goals and customer needs and/or requirements.
  • Develop project documentation defining standards, detailed reports, specifications, plans, prints, schematics and/or other necessary documentation required to achieve defined project goals.
  • Develop detailed design of automation and process control systems that integrate PCs, PLCs, AC or DC Drives, Position Controllers, single or multi-loop controllers.
  • Integrate statistical control components into system design including basic control charting, real time & historical trending, remote monitoring and data acquisition / control.
  • Develop, install and debug control system programming including PC operating, PC / PLC communications, PLC HMI and/or specialty component software.
  • Lead and/or guide internal or external engineering resources to ensure adherence to project goals and objectives.
  • Implement standard engineering and project management practices consistently throughout project and work assignments.
  • Maintain technical skills and knowledge by attending trade shows or clinics; investigate new equipment applications with consulting engineers & equipment venders, and specific course work.
  • Lead development and training efforts of field operation and maintenance personnel in the design features, process operation, interpretation of system information, and application of that information regarding control system functionality.
  • Witness testing and system site quality control.
  • Train plant electricians on processes.
  • Monitor installation quality.
  • Perform all duties in accordance with safety rules and regulations.
  • Perform other duties as necessary


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Detailed working knowledge of networking equipment and software, routers and cabling.
  • Detailed working knowledge of plant PLCs and HMI software.
  • Detailed working knowledge of all HMI hardware and software in use including Wonderware Intouch and Active Factory.
  • Detailed working knowledge of AC & DC drives, coordinated drives systems and position control systems.3
  • Knowledge of medium and high voltage systems.
  • Knowledge of IT systems, PC hardware and software, servers, fiber optic cabling and network switches.
  • Knowledge of statistical control techniques and programs such as SPC, SQC and SCADA systems.
  • Comply with minimum skills defined in the Engineering Competency Matrix.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to influence or guide people to allow successful completion of objectives.
  • Knowledge and understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Ability to function on multi-discipline or multi-functional teams.


  • Bachelor's degree in related engineering field or equivalent.


  • 5+ years experience in automation and process control systems and techniques.
  • Or any combination of experience and training that demonstrates the ability to perform the key responsibilities of this position.

Work Environment

  • This position works in both an office environment and in a manufacturing environment.
  • Work breakdown as 5% administrative, 95% technical

LP offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits and programs including health and welfare benefits, 401(k) program, career mobility, tuition reimbursement, volunteer opportunities, profit sharing and more.

Keywords: LP Building Products, Redding , Plant Controls Engineer, Other , Red Bluff, California

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