Electrical Engineer PLC Programmer - Colville, WA

Employer: Vaagen Brothers Lumber

Job Description:
Vaagen Bros. Lumber Inc. is a family-owned wood products manufacturer that has operated in northeastern Washington for over 65 years. We heavily believe in continuous improvement and respect for people and are currently in a Lean transformation. We operate sawmills in Colville and Usk, WA and Midway BC. Vaagen Bros. currently employs over 300 employees.

Vaagen Bros. Lumber, Inc. is looking for an individual to excel in our electrical department at our Colville, WA facility. The candidate will be responsible for the planning, layout, installation, testing, repairing electrical/electronic systems and program logic controllers within a Lean lumber manufacturing environment.


Performs maintenance, and calibration on production electronic equipment and controls, including computerized plant equipment
Performs preventive maintenance and repairs on assigned equipment, electrical maintenance, etc.
Monitors line efficiency and works with staff and supervisors for maintaining Company targets for process improvements
Evaluates equipment to establish troubleshooting and repair procedures
Programs all plant programmable controllers and maintains up-to-date program documentation
Assists and instructs in the operation of electronic equipment and diagnosis of electrical control problems
Provides operators with technical assistance and training as necessary
Designs and develops programs for control systems
Trains others on programmable controllers, proper program coding and with consistency
Specify instrumentation for manufacturing equipment and related systems
Develop and implement programming of necessary systems for increased automation, efficiency, and value-added projects
Analyzes causes and implements corrective action on repetitive or major electrical problems.
Read and understand wiring schematics and blueprints
Familiar with 4-20 ma instrumentation, servo systems, positioning systems and assorted feedback devices
Understand standard control circuit wiring and troubleshooting
Other duties as assigned

Preferred: Electrical Certification or Degree; BS Degree in Engineering a plus
2+ years of experience in electrical design and layout, Logic Controls, and Project Management
2+ years in a manufacturing plant environment (lumber manufacturing a plus)
Software experience required: Rockwell RSLogix
Software for which experience would be a plus: Siemens Ti, Rockwell RS View & FactoryTalk, Siemens WinCC, WonderWare, Visual Basic, AutoCAD.
PLC programming types required: Ladder, Function Block Diagram
Programming languages a plus: Structured Text, Instruction List, Sequential Function Charts, C/C++
Ability to program and network VFDs, specifically Allen Bradley PowerFlex.
Six Sigma or other Lean experience a plus
Works well in a team environment, communicating with manufacturing team on project status, process improvements etc.
Experience with motion controls, including VFDs, servos, field wiring, relay logic etc.
Ensure safe work practices & follow safety procedures
Ability to streamline processes and cut waste within area of responsibility
Troubleshooting skills, self-directed leader, safe work record, and good attendance record
Must be 18+ years old to work in an industrial sawmill environment
Must be able to continuously stand, walk, lift, squat, bend, twist, crawl, kneel, climb, and reach above shoulders safely. The weight required to be lifted each normal workday may occasionally exceed fifty (50) pounds at a time
Applicants will be subject to a criminal background check. However, having a criminal record will not automatically eliminate you from consideration for the job. Records will be considered based on the requirements of RCW 9.96A.020, RCW 43.43, WAC
Must be able to successfully pass a drug test and pre-employment physical exam

40+ hours a week:
Currently overtime is available and paid at double-time, subject to change without notice
Shift work and/or weekends
Full time

Pay: DOE (wage range $35-$50+)
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Company provided laptop, and phone or phone allowance
Full benefits include: medical, dental, vision, life insurance, AD&D insurance, short term disability, long term disability and 401k with match

Contact Person:
Phone: 509-220-2366
Email: dreid@vaagenbros.com
Location: Colville, WA
Application Method: Call or Email Donald
Base Pay: $35-$50/hr DOE

Posted on June 15, 2022

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