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Senior Controls Engineer (Regional)

Date: May 14, 2023

Location: Lubbock, TX, US, 79401

Company: Leprino Foods Company

For our future state-of-the art 600+ person Lubbock, TX cheese and whey manufacturing facility, Leprino is seeking a Senior Controls Engineer (TX & NM Region) to continue moving our organization to even larger levels of innovation, technological advancement, continuous improvement, and production efficiencies. We take pride in our vision to be "world's best", it's why we work harder, invest more, and continually innovate.


Leprino Foods will break ground on the $850 million facility in the summer of 2022. The plant becomes operational in 2024 with Phase 1 and will become fully operational by 2026 with Phase 2.


  • In this newly created position on our Corporate Controls Engineering team; the future Senior Controls Engineer will provide company-wide expertise for process controls development and support for our Lubbock and Roswell manufacturing facilities.
  • A Senior Controls Engineer, has responsibilities that include designing, programming, troubleshooting, and maintaining control systems. This role can encompass a range of tasks, from developing new control systems to optimizing and enhancing existing ones. The primary focus could be on the overall performance, reliability, training on, and efficiency of control systems.
  • Scope of work includes 30% Engineering, 20% Project Execution, 20% leadership, 15% Operations/Project Support, and 15% Continuous Improvement.
  • Implement applications and automation which extends and enhances the capabilities of our process application.
  • Implement solutions which provide seamless points of integration for our team and Plant requirements.
  • Performs software modifications to existing/new process system PLCs and HMIs.
  • Understands and troubleshoots PLC, HMI for process and batching systems.
  • Provides automation support for plant innovations, performance enhancement, loss elimination and process improvements.
  • Supports manufacture, build and validation of systems which include pneumatics, servos, VFDs, relays, communication networks, HMI screens, push buttons and robotic integration.
  • Assists in development, guidance, troubleshooting, installation, and design of capital projects or installed systems.
  • Maintains a broad knowledge of current and emerging state-of-the-art control system technologies, architectures, and products.


You Have At Least (Required Qualifications):

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering (or similar subject area) OR equivalent work experience.
  • Five years of experience in PLC/SCADA integration, programming of ControlLogix PLC processors, and/or working with Wonderware software suite that includes System Platform, InTouch, DASABCIP, InSQL, and MES Operations.
  • Experience with various instrumentation such as flow meters, pressure sensors, level sensors, temperature probes, VFDs, and starters.
  • Experience in industrial automation networks (ControlNet, DeviceNet, Ethernet)
  • Electrical Engineering experience specifically within industrial control system programming and troubleshooting.
  • The ability to travel up to 30% between our Roswell, NM and Lubbock, TX plants (2.5-hour drive between the two plants).


We Hope You Also Have (Preferred Qualifications):

  • Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Eight years of experience as a controls engineer within a manufacturing environment.
  • Multi-plant responsibility.


Leprino Foods embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.


Offering You In Return:

A chance to be part of a global team of individuals passionate about producing and delivering high-quality products that help feed and nourish families around the world. Leprino Foods could not be where it is today without our incredible employees. That is why we share in our success together by rewarding you for your hard work. Hiring great people who are in it for the long run is our goal. Through competitive salaries and bonuses, life, medical/dental/vision coverage, voluntary benefits, employee assistance programs, wellness incentives, tuition assistance, vacation, nine paid holidays, sick time, paid parental leave, annual merit increases, as well as the LFC Profit-Sharing & 401(k) plan. Your impact will be noticed and rewarded, as you seek to further our company, our customers, and one another.


Our Story:

Leprino Foods’ history dates back over 70 years, when Jim Leprino first started making small batches of mozzarella for local markets and eateries in the Little Italy neighborhood of Denver. We’ve grown a bit since then. Today, Leprino is the world’s largest manufacturer of mozzarella and lactose, and a leading producer of whey protein. Still owned by Jim and the Leprino family, our sights are set to be the “World’s Best Dairy Food and Ingredient Company.” To help us achieve that bold vision, we’re looking for our secret ingredient: You. A motivated team member who is the best at what you do. Three people in a small corner grocery store in the early 1950s have now grown to almost 5,000 employees throughout 16 global locations. Will you join us on our journey?

Nearest Major Market: Lubbock