Automation/Controls Engineer in Needham MA

Home Market Foods
Automation/Controls Engineer
Job ID: 
Needham MA
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Job Types:
EE/Instr./Ctrls. Engr., Manufacturing/Mechanical Engr.

At Home Market Foods, our employees see the impact of our work. There are no cogs in the wheel at our organization - all our work from the plant floor to the C-suite matters intensely. Our employees routinely interact with senior leadership and work on a variety of projects that challenge and encourage development. Our people are kind, fun and supportive of each other, even as we excel as the market leaders in the meat-based meal and snack categories.

We have grown substantially over the last few years, propelled by our investments in innovation and operations and led by a team of world-class leaders. We are poised for continued success and offer amazing opportunities for our customers and our employees.

With corporate headquarters in Needham, MA a manufacturing facility in Norwood, MA, and a warehouse facility in Norton, MA, we are comfortably located within the Boston metropolitan area.

Due to our rapid growth, our success is directly dependent on attracting and retaining the best possible talent across our teams. To this end, we are posting for a strong Automation/Controls Engineer. This role will be based in our corporate headquarters in Needham, MA and follow our hybrid work model.


The Automation/Controls Engineer will be responsible for all in plant automation devices such as Allen Bradley PLC&##39;s, HMI&##39;s and VFD&##39;s. As a key member of the Maintenance department, the incumbent will have the opportunity to provide their expertise to a dynamic and growing organization. The Automation/Controls Engineer is also the owner of all data collection for MES, Kepware and SCADA systems.


  • Maintain all equipment programs database.
  • Act as a technical resource to a variety of cross functional teams to help improve processes.
  • Recommend component replacement or upgrades when items become obsolete or are at end of life.
  • Standardize components to limit inventory burden.
  • Provide technical documentation and training to maintenance department on component replacements and/or troubleshooting.
  • Maintain building SCADA systems to ensure all are functioning as designed.
  • Continuously improve the reliability of current systems
  • Other job duties as assigned


  • Bachelor&##39;s degree in Engineering, plus 5+ years of direct experience and demonstrated ability in programming a variety of industrial controls required
  • Strong understanding of automated manufacturing equipment and programming required
  • Proven experience with troubleshooting equipment problems and perform complex system tests required
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and AutoCAD required
  • Experience with databases, process monitoring systems and MES (manufacturing execution system) / information systems
  • Experience in a food processing & manufacturing environment is a plus


The below physical demands are representative of those that must be met by the team member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Must have good vision and manual dexterity.
  • Able to sit / stand for prolonged periods at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds.


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

  • The noise level in the office environment is typically moderate.
  • Company provided Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) must be worn while on the production floor

Home Market Foods provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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