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111 North Church Street, Smithfield, VA 23430
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As part of our Engineering team, you would analyze data, draft implementation plans for production process optimization. Seeking out ways to maximize efficiencies by eliminating the waste of valuable resources that directly impact our overall operating costs. You are instrumental to the manufacturing of Smithfield, Eckrich, Nathan's Famous, and our other product brands, to meet the needs of our customers and consumers.

The Automation Engineer works on automation projects, both as a team member and team leader, interacting with business partners to understand and develop automation requirements and transform them into effective software solutions using software engineering techniques, procedures, and criteria. The Automation Engineer leverages a combination of experience in process control and monitoring, MES, SCADA, and motion control systems to apply theories and principles of science and mathematics to design and develop technical projects for the pork industry and will perform engineering assignments over a wide range of projects of varying complexity.

Core Responsibilities
  • Develops preliminary engineering designs, and device specifications.
  • Conducts feasibility studies and develops project cost estimates.
  • Determines design criteria in accordance with required standards and codes for assigned projects.
  • Performs field work and adapts collections to translate completed projects into as-built drawings.
  • Collaborates with key operations and maintenance personnel to develop design specifications.
  • Develops user/operator interfaces, custom reports, and analytical tools, process automation, utility control programs and application code.
  • Develops control applications within Ignition, and Factory Talk View.
  • Develops and designs GUI, and HMI graphics, applications and database architecture.
  • Coordinates and provides direction to equipment vendors to plan layouts, meet utilities requirements and maintain installation schedules.
  • Provides startup support and training.
  • Develops user/operator interfaces, custom reports, and analytical tools.
  • Develops process control programs and application code.
  • Designs database architecture. Reports and Proposals
  • Conducts engineering planning, design and operational studies in pre-project studies.
  • Conducts audits on project performance and sustainability initiatives.
  • Assists plant personnel in troubleshooting and downtime situations.
  • Conducts analysis on downtime risk prevention.
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 a regionally accredited four-year college or university and 2+ years' relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.
  • Proficient in PLC/PAC programming languages.
  • Experience with Ignition and Factory Talk View platforms, preferred
  • Knowledge of vision systems and programming
  • Proficient in operator interface development using Ignition, Java, or Rockwell Software.
  • Knowledge of computer programming languages (Python, Java, VB).
  • Knowledge of database architecture and structured query language.
  • Must possess strong knowledge of process controls, motor controls, instrumentation, automation principals, and industrial networking.
  • Knowledge of engineering principles and techniques related to food processing and the meat industry, preferred.
  • Ability to apply sound engineering principles to operational and design issues.
  • Knowledge of installation and construction project scheduling.
  • Must possess Project Management skills; Contract Administration skills; National codes and standards interpretation skills. Previous experience in the management of multi-million dollar projects with large scopes, preferred.
  • Proficient in AutoCAD drawing skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software and Word processing software, other Microsoft Suite products.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, organizational planning, teamwork, analytical reasoning and adaptability.
  • 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.
  • Must be able to travel up to 50% of the time.
Supervisory Responsibilities
  • This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities but may act as a lead by providing training and guidance to others.
Work Environment & Physical Demands

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.
  • The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.
Careers and Benefits

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About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. Our 40,000 U.S. and 15,000 European employees are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly." and have made us one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including many industry firsts, such as our ambitious commitment to cut our carbon impact by 25 percent by 2025. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our neighbors in need. 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 Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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.

Posting ID: 549998154 Posted: 2021-10-14 Job Title: Automation Engineer