Plant Controls Engineer

Job Req ID:  8777

New Limerick, ME, US, 04761

Date:  Sep 3, 2023

As a leader in high-performance building solutions, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP Building Solutions, NYSE: LPX) manufactures engineered wood building products that meet the demands of builders, remodelers and homeowners worldwide. LP’s extensive offerings include innovative and dependable building products and accessories, such as siding solutions (LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Trim & Siding, LP BuilderSeries® Lap Siding, and LP® Outdoor Building Solutions®), LP Structural Solutions (LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier, LP WeatherLogic® Air & Water Barrier, LP Legacy® Premium Sub-Flooring, and LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated Sheathing, LP NovaCore™ Thermal Insulated Sheathing, and more), LP® TopNotch® Sub-Flooring, and oriented strand board (OSB). In addition to product solutions, LP provides industry-leading customer service and warranties. Since its founding in 1972, LP has been Building a Better Worldby helping customers construct beautiful, durable homes while our shareholders build lasting value. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, LP operates 25 plants across the U.S., Canada, Chile, and Brazil. For more information, visit

LP’s values-driven, positive culture creates an environment where talented and hardworking people thrive in a safe, ethical, fun, challenging and rewarding place to work.  For more than 40 years, we’ve developed careers and provided advancement opportunities in the building products industry.

Job Purpose

Perform detailed control system design and software development for moderately complex engineering assignments, which are standalone, or components of a larger project. This position applies specific knowledge of automated and process control systems to manufacturing processes with minimal supervision.

We’d love to meet you if... 
… you’re energized by big challenges and creating a plan to meet the challenge 
… you enjoy working with others to deliver great work 
… you’re innovative and looking for a values-driven, positive culture and environment

In this position you will have the opportunity to:

  • Ensure compliance and perform all duties in accordance with all safety, health and environmental rules and regulations
  • Develop and implement results oriented, value-added engineering solutions that achieve predetermined project goals and customer needs and/or requirements.
  • Develop project documentation defining standards, detailed reports, specifications, plans, prints, schematics and/or other necessary documentation required to achieve defined project goals
  • Develop detailed design of automation and process control systems that integrate PCs, PLCs, AC or DC Drives, Position Controllers, single or multi-loop controllers
  • Integrate statistical control components into system design including basic control charting, real time & historical trending, remote monitoring and data acquisition / control
  • Develop, install and debug control system programming including PC operating, PC / PLC communications, PLC HMI and/or specialty component software
  • Lead and/or guide internal or external engineering resources to ensure adherence to project goals and objectives
  • Implement standard engineering and project management practices consistently throughout project and work assignments
  • Maintain technical skills and knowledge by attending trade shows or clinics; investigate new equipment applications with consulting engineers & equipment venders, and specific course work
  • Lead development and training efforts of field operation and maintenance personnel in the design features, process operation, interpretation of system information, and application of that information regarding control system functionality
  • Witness testing and system site quality control
  • Train plant electricians on processes
  • Monitor installation quality.
  • Work breakdown as 5% administrative, 95% technical
  • Moderate to frequent travel during plant construction requiring a flexible schedule

What do I need to be successful?

  • 5+ years’ experience in automation and process control systems and techniques
  • Or any combination of experience and training that demonstrates the ability to perform the key responsibilities of this position
  • Detailed working knowledge of networking equipment and software, routers and cabling
  • Detailed working knowledge of plant PLCs and HMI software
  • Detailed working knowledge of all HMI hardware and software in use including Wonderware Intouch and Active Factory
  • Detailed working knowledge of AC & DC drives, coordinated drives systems and position control systems.3
  • Knowledge of medium and high voltage systems.
  • Knowledge of IT systems, PC hardware and software, servers, fiber optic cabling and network switches
  • Knowledge of statistical control techniques and programs such as SPC, SQC and SCADA systems
  • Comply with minimum skills defined in the Engineering Competency Matrix


  • Bachelor’s degree in related engineering field or equivalent work experience

LP offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits and programs including health and welfare benefits, 401(k) program, career mobility, tuition reimbursement, volunteer opportunities, profit sharing and more.

Nearest Major Market: Maine

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