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Associate Sustaining Automation Engineer

Role: Full-time

About Plenty

Plenty is on a mission to make fresh, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables more accessible to everyone.  Our cutting-edge indoor, vertical farms produce extraordinary yields using a fraction of the land and water outdoor farms need.  Nutrient-rich, mouth-watering and locally grown, our crops help people, communities and our planet to be healthier and more resilient.

The people and teams who make up Plenty are at the core of how we do this.  We are a collaborative and innovative bunch.  We are passionate about our contributions to Plenty, the communities around us and our planet, but never take ourselves too seriously.  We’re down to Earth, we grow together, and we always find a way.  Most importantly, we’re here to improve the lives of plants, people and our planet.  

About the role

Plenty is looking for an Associate Sustaining Automation Engineer to join our Sustaining Automation team.  The Sustaining Automation Team is responsible for designing new equipment for upcoming model changes, process and automation improvement, Preventative Maintenance documentation, Repair Procedures, and day to day performance of machinery that directly supports the cultivation of crops.  In this role, you will assist in being the subject matter expert of the manufacturing equipment assigned to you related to Electrical/PLC, Robotics, Mechanical, Machining, Hydraulics/Pneumatics, troubleshooting and continuous improvement. Successful members of the team will be highly proactive and self-sufficient in pursuing improvement projects, will be able to multitask and refocus efforts immediately to meet constantly shifting demands in a fast-paced environment, and have exceptional leadership ability to drive cross functional collaboration projects to completion on or ahead of schedule.

What you'll do

  • Troubleshoot and fix issues with large automated systems including: PLC, HMI devices, Pneumatics, Servo Motors, Vision Systems and Robotics
  • Support maintenance and Grow teams in troubleshooting mechanical, controls, and networking issues in relation to SCADA and DCS systems
  • Hands on investigation and troubleshooting of manufacturing issues with a sense of urgency to prevent line down situations
  • Participate in spare part analysis and inventory development, cost reduction and improvement
  • Create, implement and improve preventative maintenance documents and schedules, under the guidance of the Maintenance Supervisor
  • Perform Engineering Studies and re-qualifications of automated, nutrient, environmental systems and other equipment
  • Gather equipment efficiency data and organize it in a manner that highlights process or machine bottlenecks
  • Identify and lead projects to resolve and improve equipment reliability
  • Provide training and coaching to technicians on new and existing equipment and procedures
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams including Manufacturing, Process Engineering, Automation Controls, Quality and Program Management 

What you'll bring to the table

  • Education or experience equivalent to a  B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Electrical Engineering or similar field of study 
  • System engineering experience, supporting automated manufacturing (Internship experience will be considered)
  • Experience and understanding of complex automated manufacturing systems, tools and components (internship experience will be considered)
  • Experience in troubleshooting PLCs (Beckhoff, Allen Bradley)
  • Knowledge in the setup, use, and troubleshooting of industrial automation devices and components (i.e. sensors, switches, load cells, cylinders, valves, motors, encoders, etc.).
  • Effective communication skills both verbal and written, analytical and organizational skills to manage different priorities
  • Self-directed mindset with high energy and works with minimal supervision or guidance
  • Willing to work a flexible schedule, including nights and weekends, as determined by project needs
  • Must be willing to participate in an on-call rotation 1 week per month to support maintenance 
  • Travel domestically up to 30%

Type of role

Full-Time; Hybrid

What we can offer 

  • Compensation; we’ll pay you a competitive salary, give you a stake in the company via equity and contribute toward your 401K 
  • Health & well-being; we’ll invest in your physical and mental well-being with comprehensive medical, dental, & vision benefits, in-office gyms, and an Employee Assistance Program to help with mental health, financial & legal matters 
  • Food; in-office lunches, snacks and access to our leafy greens & new produce in development -- are you up for a side gig as a taste tester?
  • Grow together; learning & development opportunities including unlimited access to our Upstart University platform, LinkedIn Learning, lunch & learns, training certifications, and more
  • Equipment; we’ll provide you with the equipment you need to be successful, including $75/month toward your phone bill and $250 every 2 years to upgrade your phone
  • Paid time off; we know you’ll do your best if you’re taking time to recharge, so we don’t cap the amount of days you can take off per year in addition to the paid holidays we observe
  • Parental leave; 12 weeks off for all new parents - fully paid so you can focus your energy on your newest addition 

Food & Safety Requirements

  • Comply with all Plant, State and Federal OSHA, EPA, FDA, HACCP, and SQF regulations
  • All employees must show proof of COVID vaccination before starting work, other than in limited circumstances where the law requires an exception
  • All applicants must be 18 years or older to apply
  • Make sure Equipment design is of a material suitable for food safety and designed in a way that is smooth and easily cleanable
  • Comply with GMP/GAPS in the Facility
  • Conduct monitoring activities to assure finished product comply with food safety and quality specifications
  • Assist in the maintenance of Food Safety and Quality system