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Control Specialist

Opelika, Alabama
Job Type
30 Jul 2022

Our Control Specialist position will be to help the division with PLC controls networking issues or questions. It is the expectation that self-motivated individuals will advance into progressively skilled positions.

What you will do:

  •  Understand efficient and profitable process-control operation for manufacturing
  • Lead process-control projects with supervising mill personnel and outside contractors
    during installation of process-control equipment
  • Monitor new process-control systems to maximize productivity, safety, and profitability
  • Manage mill maintenance and production during servicing of process-control
  • Work from blueprints, drawings, layouts or other specifications
  • Plan for replacement and upgrading of process-control equipment
  • Make recommendations for new and better process-control systems in mills
  • Develop recommendations to improve safety through upgrading targeted equipment
  • Develop process improvements at mill for efficiency, cost reduction, and overall
    production increase at the manufacturing operations through the optimization and
    upgrading of production process-controls systems
  • Locate and diagnose trouble in electrical system or equipment
  • Monitor the maintenance of installed process-control equipment to increase reliability
    and performance
  • Understand and maintain pneumatic controls
  • Manage process-controls training to key operations personnel
  • Special projects and other duties as assigned.

What you need to be successful:

  • Engineering degree
  • Previous industrial experience
  • Familiar with Allen Bradley products: Allen Bradley Control Logix PLC and associated
    software, VFDs, RSView/Panelview software
  • Experience with PLC 5 and Control Logix PLC platforms
  • Experience with Mitsubishi VFDs, Wonderware HMI software
  • Familiarity with Porter Optimization and Controls System, USNR Optimization and
    Controls Systems, and Comact Optimization and Controls System
  • Familiarity with NFPA 70E Codes and National Electric Codes
  • Experience with communication network protocols: ethernet, devicenet, controlnet
  • Proficient in computer and Microsoft Office software packages
  • Experience working with high and low voltage
  • Demonstrated management skills
  • Ability to manage large and small projects
  • Understanding of and experience with electrical schematics

What will make you stand out:

  • Must be willing to perform all job assignments in an effective and timely manner with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work outside normal hours as tasks dictate
  • Minimum of six (6) months in a manufacturing or industrial environment preferred

Outstanding benefits package including:

  • Benefits starting Day 1
  • Competitive starting pay
  • On-the-job training and
  • A culture that strongly believes in promoting from within
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • 401K with company matching & retirement contribution
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Paid vacations and holidays


If you are ready to build your career in a company that thrives on growth, a safe work environment, rewarding work, challenge, and opportunity, come build your career with us at West Fraser:  /careers.

We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please apply through our online application process.  Be sure to attach your resume to your online profile as resumes will not be accepted at the site.  No phone inquiries, please.

West Fraser is a diversified wood products company producing lumber, OSB, LVL, MDF, plywood, pulp, newsprint, wood chips, and energy with over 60 facilities in Canada, the United States, and Europe.  We are the largest lumber producer in North America, a leading global manufacturer of wood-based panels, and the world's largest producer of oriented strand board (OSB).

We are a growing company, believe strongly in promoting from within, and pride ourselves on providing a challenging environment with continuous development.  The successful candidate should be interested in future growth opportunities within the company

West Fraser is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/D & Drug-Free Workplace

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  • Job Reference: 672064140-2
  • Date Posted: 30 July 2022
  • Recruiter: West Fraser
  • Location: Opelika, Alabama
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Engineering
  • Job Type: Permanent