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Senior Process Controls Technician


Pocatello, ID, US, 83204-7510

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. The J.R. Simplot Company is a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.


Provides technical support to the process control computer systems. Formulates programming logic required to modify or add new process control information as required from operating and engineering departments. Designs and lays out electrical control systems (loop diagrams). Assists and coordinates work with engineers and others in developing plans, control sequences and programs when selecting control equipment for capital projects and project programming to insure delivery of functional systems and services in a safe and timely manner.

Key Responsibilities

  • Works on complex problems, projects, or tasks. Analyzes and evaluates existing or proposed systems and devices or modifies procedures to process data and solve problems.  Serves as the technical lead for the team and customer support problems.


  • Designs and programs logic to accomplish process control changes within the plant.  Designs new screen displays, performs installations, repair, upgrades, and troubleshooting for software and hardware related to operational process control.  Provide installation, troubleshooting and maintenance for all of the DCS and PLC infrastructures at the locations.


  • Performs work needed to maintain or expand control networks and logic used to ensure redundancy on control systems for the plant. Monitor and remedy problems with process control servers and clients.  Set up computers to perform the server or client functions.  Works with IT department to set standards, work on projects, and helps implement business or IT solutions.


  • Provide server administration for local servers. Provide application administration and support, where applicable. Assess problems/resolutions to determine where improvements can be made or trends identified.


  • Maintains up-to-date records and documentation for all hardware, software programs and control wiring.  This includes maintaining DCS and PLC hardware cabinets and racks, as well as software and hardware revision control and database backup data.  Participate on technical project teams to enhance the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of technical support.


  • Build and maintain hardware inventory. Build and maintain IT documentation for areas supported. Maintain current knowledge of information systems technology. Make recommendations where applicable.


  • Assists in the training of electricians and plant operators.  Training will include facilities' DCS and PLC systems.

Typical Education

  • Bachelor’s degree from 4-year college or university desired (Electrical/Controls Engineering preferred)
  • 2-Year degree from a Technical College in Instrumentation, Electrical, Controls preferred

Relevant Experience

  • 8+ years related experience with configuration of DCS or PLC logic used for process control in a continuous process plant environment. Experience with Siemens PCS7 a plus.
  • 8+ years’ experience reading and understanding all types of instrumentation, P&ID and electrical drawings and manuals.
  • Will consider 5+ years’ related experience with configuration of DCS or PLC logic used for process control.
  • Experience in computer networking for fiber optic and wireless systems applications.
  • Familiar with primary sensing instruments and control devices.
  • Must be proficient in Boolean and Analog instrumentation operation.
  • Must have working knowledge of network architectures including TCP/IP, PROFIBUS and MODBUS, VLAN.
  • Must be proficient in computer architecture including client/server, domain, firewall, backups, Raid, VMWare.
  • Proficient in software deployment including Windows 10, Windows Server.
  • Must be detail orientated with strong written and verbal communications skills. 
  • Proficient MS Office skills
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Job Requisition ID: 11926

Travel Required: None

Location(s): ABW Don Plant - Pocatello 

Country: United States

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.**

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