PLC Technician

Job Locations US-KS-Emporia
Full Time

Company Overview

Hostess Brands, LLC, is a leading sweet snacks company focused on developing, manufacturing, marketing, selling, and distributing snacks in North America sold under the Hostess® and Voortman® brands.  The company produces a variety of new and classic treats including iconic Hostess® Twinkies®, Cupcakes, Ding Dongs®, Ho Hos®, Donettes® and Zingers®, as well as a variety of Voortman® cookies and wafers.

Job Overview

The PLC Technician will maintain, modify, and troubleshoot factory control systems from various suppliers to improve and maximize reliability/efficiency. Develop and maintain key systems to ensure we have a sustainable/highly efficient controls group in place. Foster learning within the Engineering department and support training/continuing education.


  • Provide troubleshooting and repair of Control systems to minimize production downtime.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in safe behavior and adherence to all Hostess Brands health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Execute planned work orders including special projects, improvements, and installations.
  • Develop and maintain electrical controls documentation.
  • Work with Engineering Controls Manager to maintain Electrical Engineering Compliance in line with Hostess Standards.
  • Maintain factory software, including PLC/Device level firmware revisions.
  • Recommend and initiate cost saving methods for optimal equipment performance.Proactively perform electrical repairs as required and recommend mechanical repairs.


  • Strong engineering and technical skills including PLC, Electrical and Mechanical skills.
  • Strong working knowledge of Allen Bradley control systems.
  • Must possess a strong working knowledge of industrial network protocols.
  • Possess the ability to conduct basic mathematical calculations.
  • Possess the ability to efficiently use electrical test instrumentation.
  • Have good communication skills to work with plant personnel and vendors.
  • Good analytical and problem-solving abilities are a must.
  • Understanding of Continuous improvement methods.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a PLC technician role in an industrial environment or equivalent technical degree.

Working Conditions:

  • Manufacturing environment


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