Electrical Technician in Kenosha, WI at TreeHouse Foods

Date Posted: 1/7/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Employee Type:

Full time


WI Kenosha

Job Type:

Production Maintenance

Job Posting Title:

Electrical Technician

Job Description:


The Electrical Technician performs duties under the general direction of the Maintenance Manager. Works independently to perform maintenance, repair, and/or modification of the plants computer driven controls systems and the plants mechanical and electrical systems. Performs electrical, controls, and mechanical repairs to plant machinery, equipment and facilities.  Responds to plant control needs or electrical issues.   Performs PLC programming.  Maintains plant IT hardware.   Upgrades machine controls and safeties following NEC and State codes.  All procedures and practices used are grounded in standards, regulations and laws addressing occupational safety (OSHA), building and electrical codes, and food safety and food quality (FDA) in addition to environmental safety (EPA) in accordance with Safe Quality Food (SQF) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). 


  • Employee is responsible for their own work, and must adhere to all safety, food safety and quality rules and procedures. 
  • Upgrade all machine controls to current PLCs and machine safeties to CAT 3 level.
  • Monitors and installs electrical equipment per NEC code. 
  • Provides electrical safety training to maintenance personnel to include arc flash, qualified workers, LOTO 3 point verification, provides technical training to maintenance department. 
  • Provided troubleshooting assistance to maintenance department. 
  • Manage changes to the electrical system to include P.M.s, single line diagrams, arc flash surveys, panel ledgers, and switching equipment to 480 volt to eliminate the 208 volt service. 
  • Provides technical training to maintenance department such as relay logic, AC / DC motor troubleshooting, VFD & PLC programming and troubleshooting.   
  • Work with internal and external resources on plant projects. 
  • Work with corporate IT department to maintain all plant IT hardware (MDF, IDFs, SAP terminals, public address system, analog / digital phone lines, PA system, LEDS, Ethernet and fire system). 
  • Assist with continuous improvement to include electrical safety improvements, programs and work streams, and autonomous maintenance activities. 
  • Work with QA on establishing equipment calibration procedures as well as calibrating process meters (temperature, pressure, level and flow).  
  • Coordinate annual thermal scans & circuit breaker testing. 
  • Prepare and maintain all specific documentation related to job activities.
  • Follows and enforces standards for food safety and food quality production reflected in SQF as well as the regulations of major vendors and governmental agencies such as OSHA, FDA and EPA.
  • Effectively communicate with coworkers and outside contractors.
  • Be discreet in the use of company confidential information Perform other duties as required
  • Lead in maintaining documentation for existing and new equipment, control and building power system installations.  Champion transposition of mechanic notes/sketches to new wiring schematic drawings.
  • Work independently in troubleshooting and repair problems with Programmable Logic Controllers, Servo Controlled Systems and related components when required.
  • Responsible to collect back-ups of all PLC programs to a server location so as to facilitate the reload and reboot of PLC systems to restore faulted equipment.
  • Lead in obtaining all technical documentation (manuals, drawings, instructions, schematics, etc.) for all plant production and support equipment.  Also responsible for collection of VFD parameters from critical equipment and storing in a common server location.
  • Assist with system startups and operational checkouts on systems including configuration, wiring, calibration, grounding and power testing.
  • Diagnoses cause of electrical or mechanical malfunction or failure of equipment or systems repairs or replaces defective components.
  • Experienced in the use of electrical diagnostic equipment such as multimeters, amp clamps and meggers to test electrical circuits and components to locate shorts, faulty connections, defective parts and replaces or repairs to suite.
  • Interface with equipment operators and maintenance staff to ascertain problems with equipment.
  • Disassembles replaces or repairs mechanical and electrical components.
  • Must read and interpret electrical and electronic drawings, schematics, blueprints, engineering drawings and sketches to determine problem and make appropriate repairs.
  • Examine and test components and support systems to ensure that they are in compliance with all standards and regulations.
  • Must be competent to make electrical/mechanical diagnostic evaluation and prescribe corrective action.
  • Test and calibrate electrical/electronic systems and components to ensure that they are operating properly or locate defects.
  • Dismantles devices to gain access and remove/replace defective parts.
  • Uses computerized equipment and software to perform testing functions and produce graphs for records and tracking.
  • Assembles and installs electrical and electro-mechanical components and systems.
  • Devises, sets up and operates electronic instrumentation and related electro mechanical or electro pneumatic/hydraulic apparatus used for operation of mechanical or electrical equipment or drives.
  • Utilize technical materials such as equipment manuals, MSDS, safety materials, system drawings, Process and instrument Diagrams (P&ID’s), schematics and blueprints to troubleshoot and maintain systems.
  • Writes procedures, work instructions and work orders and maintains records of repairs, calibrations and tests in the SAP system.
  • Must be able to work overtime and other shifts as assigned.

Minimum requirements:

(Knowledge, skills, abilities, education, certifications and training normally required for competent performance in the job).

Education and/or experience:

  • High school diploma required
  • Associates degree in Electronics or Electromechanical Technologies preferred.
  • Two years or equivalent combination of education and experience in writing, programming, and trouble-shooting Programmable Logic Controllers (Allen-Bradley preferred).
  • Background in Programmable Logic controllers, computer systems and electronics. Experience using both DC and AC motors, VF Drives and Servo Controlled Systems (Allen Bradley preferred).
  • Experience with industrial PLC’s, electrical / electronic experience a plus
  • Experience with AutoCAD, MS Office is preferred.
  • Candidate must be willing to take courses to keep up with advancing technologies.
  • Minimum 2 years experience with plant floor automation and office Ethernet, DeviceNet, ControlNet network wiring and Fiber optic Network

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform 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 the job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle and feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; ability to use senses to diagnose and troubleshoot problems. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift/or move up to 50 pounds.  Must be able to perform in a variety of physical conditions including cramped spaces, and in varied temperatures, some with extreme temperatures and high humidity (>100 degrees F.).

Work environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of his job. Responsible 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 exposed to moving mechanical parts. The employee is frequently exposed to electrical shock. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high precarious places; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Disability Assistance
TreeHouse Foods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers, including those with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to disability-accommodations@treehousefoods.com. In your email please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting and a description of the position for which you are applying.

EEO Considerations

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.


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