Automation Technician

Conagra Brands

Waterloo, IA

We are accepting applications to fill an Automation Technician position. You will support the electrical/controls infrastructure of the facility and report to the Senior Packaging Engineer. You will respond to abnormal conditions and develop approaches to maintain high reliability within operations, improve efficiency, and implement new strategies. Below is a list of essential job functions including the following:

  • Perform annual NFPA 70E plant inspection and electrical safety program audit.

  • Manage all required documentation (i.e. hazard location documents, electrical master PM list)

  • Work with Maintenance Planner to schedule and perform automation preventative maintenance and calibrations.

  • Coordinate and assist with control system start-up and commissioning.

  • Work with plant personnel to track and determine top causes of downtime, reduce downtime and use EM tools.

  • Ensure critical facility electrical systems and programming problems are identified and repaired expeditiously.

  • Monitor electrical systems and associated electrical apparatus used in the plant including: Transformers, Switchgear, Panels/Breakers/disconnects, UPS systems, PLC's, Power monitoring systems, and Instrumentation.

  • Create and read ladder logic and flow diagrams for program design, startup, simulation and testing.

  • Design, coordinate, troubleshoot, and support the following while maintaining plant automation standards: Programmable logic controllers (PLC's), Human Machine Interface (HMI) / SCADA systems, Communications, Databases (i.e. SQL server)

  • Develop process control flow diagrams.

  • Develop instrumentation diagrams and process control diagrams (P& ID's). Red line drawings when changes are made with proper MOC.

  • Specify and support motors, motor starters, VFD's and servos throughout the plant.

  • Develop technical documentation, training manuals, standard operating procedures and job safety analysis.


2 year degree in Industrial Controls or Electrical related field

New Grads are welcome!

All experience levels are welcomed

Knowledge/prior experience (assist with) NFPA 70AE

You will work a 12.5 hour shift on a rotating 2-2-3 schedule.

Our Benefits:

We care about your total well-being and will support you with the following, subject to your location and role:

  • Health: Medical, dental and vision insurance, company-paid life, accident and disability insurance
  • Wealth: great pay, incentive opportunity, matching 401(k) and stock purchase plan
  • Growth: online courses, virtual and classroom development experiences
  • Balance: paid-time off, parental leave, flexible work-schedules (subject to your location and role)

Our Company:

Conagra Brands is one of North America's leading branded food companies. We have a rich heritage of making great food, and a team that’s passionate about innovation and growth. Conagra offers choices for every occasion through iconic brands, such as Birds Eye®, Marie Callender's®, Banquet®, Healthy Choice®, Slim Jim®, Reddi-wip®, and Vlasic®, and emerging brands, including Angie's® BOOMCHICKAPOP®, Duke's®, Earth Balance®, Gardein®, and Frontera®.

We pride ourselves on having the most impactful, energized and inclusive culture in the food industry. For more information, visit

Conagra Brands is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, pregnancy, leave status, disability, veteran status, genetic information and/or any other characteristic or status protected by national, federal, state or local law. ​