Position Description

Controls Engineering Manager
Location PA - Lewistown
Employment Duration Full time
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First Quality was founded in 1989 and, in nearly three decades, has grown to be a global privately held company with over 4,000 employees. Its corporate offices are located in Great Neck, New York, with manufacturing facilities and offices in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, and Canada. First Quality is a diversified family of companies manufacturing consumer products ranging from Absorbent Hygiene (adult incontinence, feminine care, and baby care), Tissue (bath and towel), and Industrial (print and packaging materials and thermoformed plastics), serving institutional and retail markets throughout the world. First Quality focuses on private label and branded product lines.


Our core business philosophy is built on a proud culture driven by safety and quality, respect, humility, integrity, customer focus, and teamwork. With leading edge manufacturing technologies and processes and visionary leadership, First Quality is positioned to continue significant growth in the coming years. We are seeking an experienced Controls Engineering Manager for our First Quality Baby Products, LLC located in Lewistown, PA. 


This position will be responsible for managing and directing Control Engineer/Controls Technicians, OEMs, and contractors across multiple shifts and work areas, providing electrical and controls maintenance and project work involving specifying, designing, and implementing complex controls systems and software programming on production equipment and associated machinery.    


Primary responsibilities include:

  • Recruits, trains, administers, and directs all Controls Engineering and Maintenance personnel.Continually assesses personnel to insure proper skills are developed and applied to support production requirements.Develops and applies any training programs to insure skills are kept current.

  • Applies knowledge of electrical controls, machinery controls, and components to provide technical direction for Project Engineers, OEMs, and vendors to design, install, interface, and start up new controls systems and equipment.This may include electrical component selection, electrical and software design approval, machine acceptance testing, and start up problem solving.

  • Tracks production performance, and conceives, develops, tests, and implements technical solutions for controls and automation problems.Develops and administers any annual preventative maintenance and inspection programs.

  • Assists and/or leads project start up for electrical and controls projects not handled by Project Engineering.Works with various departments to develop and assist in training and start up validation processes.

  • Troubleshoots production utility equipment controls systems, components, and programs.

  • Assists Production, Maintenance, and Engineers to meet daily priorities, coverage, and special projects.

  • Oversees Controls support during machines installations and upgrades.Also, interfaces auxiliary equipment and identifies and corrects errors in programming and wiring.

  • Assists in project planning and forecasting as part of the budgeting process.

  • Performs other duties as necessary when directed to do so.


The ideal candidate should possess the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics, or equivalent.

  • Minimum of ten years of experience supervising in a high volume product environment requiring continuous support.

  • Minimum of eight years of experience with industrial controls.

  • Advanced knowledge of all PLC based hardware and software.

  • Advanced oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to apply advanced analytical concepts.

  • Advanced leadership abilities.



    Excellent compensation and benefits, which are effective the first day of employment!


    First Quality is committed to protecting information under the care of First Quality Enterprises commensurate with leading industry standards and applicable regulations.  As such, First Quality provides at least annual training regarding data privacy and security to employees who, as a result of their role specifications, may come in to contact with sensitive data.


    First Quality is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification, or protected Veteran status.



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