Senior PLC Programmer


Website McCain Foods

Position Title: Senior PLC Programmer

Position Type: Regular – Full-Time

Position Location: Florenceville Potato

Requisition ID:24655

McCain Foods (Canada) is currently looking for an experienced PLC Programmer to join our plant in Florenceville-Bristol, NB. As the successful candidate you will be responsible to minimize equipment downtime by ensuring the proper design, upkeep, repair, and replacement of industrial automation system equipment components. You will do this through total ownership of the automation system and related infrastructure. You will also be responsible to continuously improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the automations systems.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide coaching/mentorship to develop shift programmers
  • Responsible for design decisions as it relates to automation systems and electrical distribution
  • Troubleshoot, maintain and modify:
    • PLC Systems
    • Automation assets
    • Field devices
    • Network distributed Factory Talk View Site Edition HMI system,
    • Motor control circuits VFDs, soft starters, FVNR, FVR, etc.
    • Profibus, DeviceNet, ControlNet and Ethernet communication systems

  • Administer Rockwell Asset Centre to control and monitor PLC logic changes for all processors
  • Understand production challenges and execute automation solutions for the challenges
  • Write and maintain Functional Design Specifications
  • Update electrical schematics
  • Develop and review process and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID) and the ability to relate process P&ID to design and implementation of controls structure
  • Work with McCain IT to resolve OT related issues
  • Provide technical support to other crew members as required
  • Oversee the design and review of equipment and systems using established standards.
  • Specification and sizing of control devices and instruments
  • Functioning as a technical specialist supporting development of advanced engineering concepts, techniques, and standards in the food industry
  • Assist in planning of electrical and controls portion of capital projects in terms of scope development, cost development and management, and scheduling. Includes directing activities to ensure that construction, installation, and operational testing conform to functional specifications, recognized codes and standards, and customer requirements
  • Lead and manage electrical obsolescence projects for the potato plant
  • Manage release of design input to suppliers (integrators, contractors, hardware suppliers, etc.).
  • Acquire and negotiate electrical contractor bids
  • Manage project budgets
  • Maintain backup files for automation assets
  • Understand and coordinate Windows patching efforts for OT assets
  • Install and maintain Rockwell patches and firmware versions
  • Comply and promote food safety (Good Manufacturing Practices and HACCP)
  • Must report all food safety risks or safety problems
  • Identifying, detecting and documenting all potential maintenance repair problems
  • Must be able and willing to promote continuous improvement of workplace safety


  • Must have post-secondary education in related field
  • Red Seal certification as Industrial Electrician or Instrumentation or associated trade
  • Must have held a role with PLC programming as the primary function for minimum of 5 years
  • Rockwell level 5 or equivalent experience
  • Experience with Allen Bradley RSLogix, ControlLogix, Allen Bradley FactoryTalk View SE
  • Familiar with industrial control networks
  • Industrial motor control experience, VFDs, soft starters, FVNR, FVR, etc
  • Read and understand electrical schematics
  • Must have an excellent safety record and demonstrate a safety forward culture
  • CAD Skills would be an asset
  • Maintenance experience would be an asset.
  • DeltaV experience considered and asset
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision.
  • Effective Verbal and Written communication skills are essential.
  • Observant and detail-minded with a natural sense of urgency.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word/Excel) and CMMS programs.
  • Experience within the trade in the plan/scope/execute role
  • Ability to work flexible hours as required

Want to learn more? Ask our recruiter on LinkedIn!

About McCain:

McCain Foods is proud to be a family and values-driven company. Our values are integral to our culture, helping to shape how we operat e, how we work together and the choices we make. They are a big part of what makes us unique. McCain Foods opened their first production facility in their hometown of Florenceville, New Brunswick, Canada. McCain Foods quickly established itself within the Canadian marketplace and then began a journey to become the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen French fries and potato specialties.

McCain products can be found in thousands of restaurants and supermarket freezers around the world. In addition to fri es, McCain also produces other foods, including appetizers, oven meals, vegetables, and juice for both the retail and foodservice industries.

McCain offers full benefits including:

  • Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance
  • Pension Benefits
  • Career Development & Education Reimbursement Assistance
  • Apprenticeship, Internship, & Coop support and opportunities

Sustainability and Planet Friendly Practices are at the heart of McCain:

We have embarked upon a journey to create planet-friendly food. We are committed to investing in resource-efficient operations in factories and farms.

  • We are moving to 100% renewable energy by 2030.
  • Donating 200 million meals to food banks and NGO worldwide by 2025.
  • Implementing regenerative agric ultural practices across 100% of our potato acreage by 2030.

McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace. As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger.

McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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Job Family:Engineering & Technical; Information Technology; Manufacturing
Division:NA Potato Manufacturing
Department: Florenceville Potato Maintenance
Location(s): CA – Canada : New Brunswick : Florenceville-Bristol CA – Canada : New Brunswick : Centreville CA – Canada : New Brunswick : Hartland CA – Canada : New Brunswick : Somerville

Company:McCain Foods (Canada). Date posted: 11/28/2023


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