Electricity & Automation Specialist

Indianapolis, IN, United States
Jan 16, 2017
Mar 23, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time


In large or complex factories, the Electricity and Automation maintenance activities are removed as primary activities of the Electricity and Automation Engineer, and become the primary responsibilities of the Factory Electricity and Automation Specialist.  This person is responsible for all aspects related to the on shift maintenance of Electricity and Automation according to Nestle corporate and local strategies, standards, specifications and local codes and regulations. This will include but not limited to the following:

• Maintain optimum electrical and process control equipment facilities to meet the established objectives of the business

• Ensure reliability of electrical, process control and MES hardware and software operation

• Maintain electrical/process control hardware & software to maintain plant at high level of efficiency, safety, quality, etc.

• Maintain liaisons with other departments, disciplines and facilities to provide necessary support and maintenance for optimal factory operations

• Provide technical direction, training and capability building of Electrical and Control Technicians

• Comply with all safety and environmental regulations (Internal & External) and applicable Nestle standards


The Factory E&A Specialist maintains the existing electrical infrastructure and automation applications. This means mastering the solution in place to be able to: 

• Provide automation, MES and factory support on assigned shift, including development of Electronic & Controls Technicians' capabilities

• Ensure alignment of the process with the final customers in production 

• Conduct preventive maintenance on power distribution, automation and MES

• Record all electrical power distribution and automation modifications and update the appropriate drawings as per factory specifications

• Ensure process instruments are properly calibrated and functional

• Perform troubleshooting in case of problems and ensure the PLC, HMI and MES applications are properly maintained 

• Maintain industrial applications and hardware in the automation layer

• Strictly adhere to PLC and HMI change management policy/procedures 

• Maintain the reliability and the performance of the FAS IT infrastructure and peer to peer networks 

• Closely coordinate with other functions, such as quality, safety, operations and production, with special emphasis on QMS, HAACP and calibration 

• In line with Nestle Continuous Excellence, actively participate in Operational Reviews, Go-See-Think-Do and DMAIC activities 

• Develop themselves as an expert in their area of responsibility for a long-term support of the operation


The actual role and responsibilities of the Electrical & Automation Specialist may be divided into the following areas:


Maintain the plant's electrical power distribution from the utility company service entrance down through switchboards, transformers, distribution panels, etc. to all individual loads. This includes the following activities:

• Maintenance of the plant's power distribution

• Knowledge of the plant electrical system from the utility company lines to transformers, switchboards, distribution panels, MCC, motors, lighting fixtures, etc.

• Record modifications in order to maintain accuracy and content of the electrical system key documentation (one line diagrams, MCC data sheets, electrical room's layouts, grounding system, lighting plans, electrical equipment location plan, etc.)

• Understand the existing electrical system loading profile, grounding, protection, maintenance needs, safety, and reliability of the plant power system equipment

• Understanding the plant electrical criteria, standards, and Nestle USA guidelines


Maintain the plant's process control system. Some of the activities are the following: 

• Understand the existing process control infrastructure, configuration, requirements, networks, level of automation, etc.

• Record modifications in order to maintain accuracy and content of the control system key documentation (configuration diagrams, P&IDs, process descriptions, etc.)

• Understand the plant controls & IT criteria, standards, and Nestle guidelines


• Support and the existing and future activities related to MES, FAS and FFMW to ensure proper operation as per design criteria


As assigned, the Factory E&A Specialist will: 

• Participate in the implementation of the power distribution systems, motor control centers, control panels, human machine interfaces (HMI), instrumentation, system integration, and commissioning and start up activities lead by the E&A Engineer 

• Contribute to the URS (user requirement specifications) and FDS (functional design specifications)

• Participate in Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT)

• Participate in Commissioning, Qualification, Validation (CQV)

• Contribute to the project close out, including Project Defect Analysis (PDA) 

• Maintain liaisons with other departments, disciplines and facilities to provide necessary support and expertise as requested

• Provide technical support to maintenance, production, safety, quality, etc.


• Associate's Degree in engineering/technology or equivalent, preferably electrical and/or automation engineering/technology


• 2-3 years experience

• In-depth knowledge of electricity including low voltage and medium voltage installations

• Good knowledge of electrical safety 

• Knowledge of instrumentation and process control systems

• In-depth knowledge of HMIs and PLCs


• Experience in the field of electricity and/or automation in a manufacturing facility

• Good knowledge of local electrical code and standards

• Knowledge on MES (manufacturing execution systems)

• Knowledge on manufacturing IT, industrial networks and applications

• Knowledge of food safety, regulatory requirements for food safety, hygienic engineering and Nestlé Quality System


• Good organizational skills

• Analytical skills in problem solving - ability to think objectively through various options and scenarios

• Strong interpersonal and communication skills

• Strong conflict resolution and transversal leadership skills

• Strong technical skills

• Ability to adapt quickly to changes

• Extensive experience with Rockwell Automation Logix PLCs and Wonderware visualization

• Knowledge of food safety, regulatory requirements for food safety, and equipment

• SAP knowledge desirable