Position Description

Controls Engineer
Location SC - Anderson
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), 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 Engineers for our First Quality Tissue, SE facility located in Anderson, SC.  This position specifies, designs, and implements complex controls systems and software programming on production equipment and associated machinery. Provides training and assists Controls Technicians in solving complex problems. May supervise or provide backup supervision of Controls Technicians.


Primary responsibilities include:


  • Promote an action oriented safety culture embracing safety as a core value, instilling and exemplifying a safety mindset for all team members resulting in an incident free workplace.

  • Identifies potentially dangerous electrical hazards and takes immediate corrective action. Demonstrates advanced National Electrical Code understanding by teaching others.

  • Work in conjunction with Quality department to ensure finished product satisfies all finished product quality standards.

  • Leads/supports internal Project and Process Engineers, Maintenance & Production personnel, OEMs, vendors, and contractors to design, install, interface, start up new equipment and process controls including: electrical component selection and approval, electrical design approval, software assessments and modifications, machine acceptance testing and problem identification and resolution.

  • May supervise, assign work, provide performance monitoring and reviews, and provide daily priority setting for Controls Technicians.

  • Responsible for specifying DCS’s, PLC’s, HMI’s, servo systems, motors, drives, sensors, vision sensors and data collection and analysis software, based on our companies controls standards criteria. Evaluates electrical equipment from multiple sources and recommends best value for use.

  • Assesses, identifies, schematically designs, and makes complex program modifications in DCS’s, PLC’s logic, HMI’s programs and servo controller logic to improve individual equipment and overall system’s performance.  May delegate tasks and oversee others completing this work. Provides quality checks to insure correct software development.

  • Performs high level troubleshooting, in-depth critical thinking, and utilizes all internal & external resources to solve any electrical, mechanical or process problem. Leads & assists others in troubleshooting machinery, equipment, components and programs including PLC’s HMI’s Servo systems and Robotics.

  • Coordinates machine data collection and archiving as well as assists in the analysis of this data. This requires interfacing production and lab equipment to the plant network as well as maintaining and improving the data historian system.

  • Assists Production, Maintenance, and Engineers to meet daily priorities, coverage, and special projects.  Will lead several of these projects.

  • Leads Controls support during machine installations and upgrades.  This includes interfacing auxiliary equipment, identifying and correcting errors in programming and wiring and ensuring vendors and contractors are meeting our needs and expectations.

  • Expected to keep abreast of all of the new controls technologies, industry trends, health and safety regulations and standards that affect current operations.

  • Proactively identifies opportunities to increase production operation performance, then initiates and oversees projects through completion.

  • Provides technical and operating training to production, warehouse, and other personnel as needed.  Shares knowledge and techniques with team members and coordinates the training of new personnel.

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

  • Provide training of Control Technicians with new control equipment or schedule outside training to enhance troubleshooting skills.

  • Organize equipment documentation from OEMs, FQ produced documents and troubleshooting guides.

  • Develop Safety Procedures for installed machines – Lock-Out /Tag-Out for operations and maintenance personnel.


The ideal candidate should possess the following:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electronics/Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related technical field in lieu of degree combination of education/experience will be considered. 

  • 5 years or more industrial controls experience preferred.

  • Converting controls engineering experience preferred.

  • Rockwell PLC experience is a plus.   

  • Experience in a lean manufacturing environment preferred.

  • Advanced knowledge of electrical theory and principles of operation.

  • Advanced knowledge of all PLC based hardware and software.

  • Knowledge of product specifications, quality specifications, goals, efficiency, scrap and production.

  • SAP knowledge preferred.

  • Personal Computer skills including specific controls programming software and basic e-mail, word processing, spreadsheet applications, and project management software.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Excellent analytical skills.

  • Leadership abilities.

  • Makes quick and accurate electrical repairs and program changes during emergencies and under stressful situations.

  • Works well with others, including technicians and management.


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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