Controls Engineer

at Kennebec Lumber Co. in Solon, Maine, United States

Job Description

The Controls Engineer is responsible for day-to-day safety performance, effective planning, coordinating, and decision making with the support of the Maintenance Manager to attain desirable production and efficiency results, as well as the overall daily operations in regard to technical, electrical, PLC, and any engineering related functions.  Other responsibilities include sustaining relevant knowledge, maintaining professionalism, motivating team members and monitoring production to ensure Quality, Safety and Productivity are meeting or exceeding company standards.  


  • Provide technical assistance in support of projects and manufacturing goals.
  • Provide technical assistance to the Maintenance department as requested in identifying and correcting non-routine or highly complex equipment problems.
  • Maintain technical documentation and software in direct support of manufacturing and plant facilities.
  • Work alongside the Master Electrician to Design and review designs of plant equipment as they relate to electrics, electronics, hydraulics, pneumatic and safety issues. Insure the most beneficial application of current technology in these designs.
  • Initiate and support various task teams as required.
  • Experience in industrial control system design and drafting. CAD experience preferred.
  • Develops, implements, and maintains methods, operation sequence and processes in the fabrication of parts, components, sub-assemblies and final assemblies. Leads manufacturing engineering related projects as required.
  • Interfaces with other engineering functions to coordinate the release of product improvements and/or new products. Drives manufacturing engineering PLC deliverables. Launches, releases, approves and implements or issues engineering change requests as required to support design engineering and floor with new and existing products.
  • Develops and uses test procedures, including assisting with the definition of test specifications with design / software engineering. May work with test engineering on the design and development of text fixtures. May assist in the coordination of test fixture sourcing activities.
  • Determines root cause analysis for issues that arise during assembly and/or test of systems; drives correction actions; provides failure analysis report as required.
  • Evaluates work methods, procedures, and policies. Develops and maintains new business processes; edits as necessary to ensure current practices are documented. Mentors and trains lower level engineers.
  • May coordinate outsourcing activities with external / internal suppliers.
  • Product Engineering – Works all phases of a product from concept to repeat manufacturing to end of life. Provides production support engineering with respect to technically complex testing methods, procedures, and failure analysis.
  • Process Engineering – Designs and develops technically complex processes to improve quality and efficiency.
  • Travel as needed to other plant sites, which is not limited to staying overnight, and possibly weekends.
  • All other duties as assigned

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Effective Written and Oral communication skills
  • Able to work well with minimal supervision
  • Ability to Prioritize tasks and follow specified procedures
  • 5+ years relevant maintenance experience
  • PLC programming and troubleshooting
  • Experience with Autocad
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills
  • Proficient with electrical schematics

Physical Requirements



    1. Bend, stretch & twist occasionally


    1. Moderate wrist / hand repetitions


    1. Stand or Sit for periods of time 


    1. Reaching, pushing, pulling


    1. Lifting 5 – 25lbs 


    1. Walk on uneven ground at times


  1. Ability to work in all weather conditions (below 0 temps to over 90º)


  • Health Insurance and HAS
  • Dental Insurance
  • Competitive Pay
  • 401KPaid Time off
  • Holiday Pay
  • Additional Incentives


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Job Posting: 886826

Posted On: Feb 06, 2023

Updated On: Mar 08, 2023

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