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Automation Engineer (Portage la Prairie, MB)

Simplot Canada (II) Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of the J.R. Simplot Company. 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.


The Automation Engineer is responsible for maintaining all process Instrumentation and controls throughout the facility to ensure safe operating practices. The Automation Engineer provides technical direction and guidance to the instrumentation technicians. The individual in this position will be required to fully understand the purpose and operation of the equipment throughout the plant and have the ability to make decisions based on sound judgment when a situation dictates.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assesses and aligns with key stakeholders the feasibility and soundness of proposed engineering evaluation tests, products, or equipment solutions.
  • Leads/guides teams in establishing the appropriate designs, engineering and execution processes.
  • Responsible for leading the communication of project updates to senior management and key stakeholders.
  • Responsible for preparing and gaining alignment on engineering proposals, feasibility studies and vendor/construction packages.
  • Oversees preventative/predictive maintenance on equipment throughout the facility
  • Maintains Company standards for quality, food safety, sanitation and GMPs: Works within safety rules and regulations in actively avoiding injury to self and others.
  • Ensures proper food safety sanitation and cleaning procedures of all processing equipment and tools.
  • May assist Engineering and others in developing plans for instrumentation, automation systems for capital and other projects
  • Assists with design and layout of automation systems.
  • Troubleshoots and makes minor and major repairs of equipment, including automation systems, In order to prevent or minimize equipment and machine downtime, equipment, or components to identify hazards, defects, or the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance with codes.

Typical Education

Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from 4 year college or university

Relevant Experience

Must have a minimum of 5 years Instrumentation/Automation 


Other Information

  • Food processing background being an asset.
  • Must have a thorough knowledge of Programmable Logic Controllers and Control Systems.
  • Preference to knowledge of DeltaV, Foundation Field Bus, ASi Bus, and DeviceNet, FactoryTalk and other Rockwell Automation products.
  • Must possess well-developed computer skills.
  • Must be able to read and understand PIDs, schematics, and technical manuals.
  • Must be able to communicate verbally in a professional manner.

Job Requisition ID: 7810 

Travel Required: Less than 10% 

Location(s): FG Plant - Portage la Prairie 

Country: Canada 


** Simplot Canada (II) Limited 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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