Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods

  • Tar Heel, NC

  • $66,000-96,250 per year

  • Permanent

  • Full-time

Job Locations

US-NC-Tar Heel

Your Opportunity

The Automation and Controls Engineer will be responsible for the development, implementation, operation, and maintenance of electrical control systems at the facility. As part of the automation team, you will be responsible for helping define and update long term technology roadmap of the plant. In addition to this, the Automation and Controls Engineer will also be responsible for maintaining current backups of all automation infrastructure as it relates to software, & specific programs. The A.C.E will essentially combine fundamental controls and process knowledge with recent advances in automation, delivering creative solution that solve real work Manufacturing problems.

Our team members receive industry-competitive salaries and are eligible for great benefits packages:

  • Competitive Starting Pay
  • Annual Bonus Earning Potential
  • Earn up to 30% additional pay weekly with our Extended Work Week Compensation Program!*
  • Earn up to 10% additional pay weekly for 2nd and 3rd shift positions!*
  • Comprehensive Health Insurance, Retirement Benefits and More

*Program eligibilities apply

Looking to move? We will help! Ask about our Relocation Assistance package for Skilled Trades roles! Benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Lump Sum payments
  • Agents to help you sell/ buy
  • Lease Termination Assistance
  • Moving of goods and vehicles

In addition, we offer opportunities for career growth, professional development, and tuition assistance.

Salary Range

$66,000 – $96,250

Core Responsibilities

  • PLC, HMI, and Variable Frequency Drive programming and troubleshooting.
  • Electrical troubleshooting and repair.
  • Serves as a mentor for less experienced floor electricians when necessary.
  • Works on the production floor in a hands-on engineering environment.
  • Plans and executes projects from start to finish with minimum supervision, and in a timely manner.
  • Looks for production process improvements that will minimize downtime, and or things that will help floor electricians troubleshoot easier.
  • Responsible for the development of the standard software and hardware aRchitectures(s) for all automation projects, and will work with multiple teams for coordinated implementation.
  • Drives the right technology choices for automation and presents the technology roadmap for both immediate and long-term growth.
  • Follows Safety, Food Safety, and USDA guidelines

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university and 2+ years of controls engineering experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.
  • Industrial Manufacturing experience required.
  • Food or pharmaceutical manufacturing experience preferred.
  • Experience troubleshooting and programming Rockwell PLC (RsLogix 500, RsLogix 5000, and Studio 500), HMI (FactoryTalk Studio ME and SE), Powerflex drives, Kenetix Servo drives, DeviceNet, ControlNet, Connected Components Workbench are required.
  • Experience troubleshooting and Programming of Siemens PLC (TIA portal), HMI (TIA Portal), and Drives (TIA Portal) preferred.
  • Experience troubleshooting hardwired systems and print reading (US and European style prints) required.
  • Networking experience is a plus.
  • Previous experience with the Ignition platform is a plus.
  • Must be comfortable working with low (24v DC) to High (4160v AC) voltages.
  • Must be able to multi-task several projects, or projects and troubleshooting duties at once.
  • Must have a good work ethic and be self-motivated
  • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.

Work Environment & Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those an employee should possess to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hand/arms in varying positions, kneel, crouch or crawl to complete task such as troubleshooting or repair of production equipment.
  • The employee must be able to sit for long periods of time to write programs, and do administrative tasks such as work orders, requisitions, and emails.
  • Employee must be able to lift and or move up to 50 pounds occasionally.
  • Employee must be able to work in extremely hot and cold environments regularly, often going from one extreme to the other in the same shift.

Careers and Benefits

To learn more about Smithfield’s benefits, visit .


More than 63,000 employees globally drive our success. We strive to create a fair, ethical and rewarding work environment.


Working at Smithfield isn’t just a job – it’s the foundation for a lifelong career with training designed to help you advance professionally.


Our people matter. That’s why we offer excellent, comprehensive benefits packages to our full-time employees. Also, education benefits available to full and part-time Smithfield team members on their first day of employment


Sustainability is ingrained in our culture and guides how we operate. We believe in innovating for the future.

About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. With more than 60,000 jobs globally, we are dedicated to producing “Good food. Responsibly®” and serve as one of the world’s leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in our U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our communities. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan’s Famous®, among many others. For more information, visit , and connect with us on , , and .

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.

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