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Electronic Controls Engineer

Norbord in Bemidji, MN, USA

Benefits Offered

401K, Dental, Life, Medical, Vision

Employment Type


Why Work Here?

“Do you want to thrive in an environment that truly rewards success through a very generous benefits package that includes profit sharing?”


In conjunction with the GM and maintenance manager, provide automation solutions to increase efficiency and reliability in the manufacturing process. Develop strategies and programs to maintain compliance with applicable Norbord and regulatory electrical requirements and achieve World Class safety.


  • Ensure Zero Lost Time/Zero Recordable Incidents in Area
  • Coordinate the collection of SSOP, LO/TO procedures and safe work practices associate with projects
  • Develop and implement plans to reduce exposure to area and electrical hazards
  • Support Management of Change throughout the mill. Collaborate with peers to develop KPIs around MOC implementation and effectiveness.


  • Ensure compliance with regulatory, industry, and various internal programs.
  • Design, develop, and program software for real time PLC control improvements.
  • Design and develop graphical user screens utilizing various HMI protocols.
  • Configure and troubleshoot controls communication networks.
  • Perform oversight of OEM control and electrical modifications.
  • Provide Technical support in the development and review of work scopes, test procedures, alarm response procedures, commissioning plans and vendor reports.
  • Prioritize, plan, and execute controls upgrades.
  • Modify control system logic to optimize equipment performance and control.
  • Troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair instrument, electronic, and electrical equipment on the site to manufacturers specifications;
  • Provide technical expertise in troubleshooting operating systems.
  • Provide technical expertise in troubleshooting PLC’s during start-up and day-to-day operations.
  • Provide technical expertise in troubleshooting electrical equipment such as motors, switchgear, and motor control centers during start-up and day-to-day operations.
  • Read and understand pneumatic, hydraulic, electric, and electronic documentation and drawings, and interpret equipment data.
  • Test, inspect, and adjust control instrumentation and determine causes of instrument malfunction.
  • Develop and maintain control logic modification process.


Minimum qualifications required to successfully perform this role. These qualifications are necessary for someone to be considered for the position. A reasonable accommodation may be allowed for some aspects of the role as determined by Human Resources.

Minimum qualifications include:

  • 4-year engineering degree in Electrical, Control Systems, or similar field preferred. 2-year E&I associates or other qualified training acceptable. 5-7 years of professional electronic/controls engineering experience.
  • Alternatively, possess and demonstrate 5-10 years of experience in the use of advanced controls techniques through a combination of hands-on experience and specialized training.

Specialized knowledge or skills needed:

  • In-depth knowledge of multiple versions of RSLogix software.
  • Experience developing HMI’s using FactoryTalk.
  • Knowledge of the design and configuration of control system networks using ControlNet, Device Net, and Ethernet I/P.
  • Control system upgrade experience.
  • Ability to convert PLC5 hardware and software to Control Logix.
  • Ability to network from Cisco or Rockwell software and hardware components such as Stratix 8000, 5200, or 6000 switches.
  • Specify, program, and integrate Powerflex 755, 753, 525, and 523 drives.
  • Ability to read and interpret electrical schematics and documentation.
  • Startup/operational support experience for high volume industrial manufacturing operations
  • In-depth knowledge of the electrical and/or instrument/control craft typically gained through considerable hands-on work experience
  • Ability to define and configure devices on a network through a software interface.


The job is within a heavy industrial environment and you may be required to work within various areas of the factory. Dependent upon the area you will work in, the environmental conditions can be hot, cold, dirty, wet, and noisy. The position requires occasional off-shift or weekend support of a continuous operation. Safety is our highest priority and safety procedures/guidelines must always be adhered to. This includes safety wear such as hearing protection, protective clothing and steel-toed shoes. Exposure to noise, dirt, grease, water, and sawdust is common.


Physical ability to perform the essential job functions of the position, which includes climbing stairs, navigating catwalks, working at heights up to 30 feet above the ground, lifting up to 50 pounds (from floor to shoulder height), stooping, and bending, carrying up to 30 pounds at least 40 feet.


This position has no direct reports. Leadership is a key requirement for success in this role.

Position is exempt. Rate of pay is DOE. At Norbord, we offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

Norbord – Building Products and Futures

We would like to thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


About Norbord:

Norbord Inc. is an international producer of wood-based panels Headquartered out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Norbord Operate 17 manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe and Canada. We manufacture Oriented Strand Board in the United States, Canada and Europe. In addition, we manufacture MDF, particleboard and furniture in Europe.

At Norbord, a commitment to safety, quality and customer service has earned us a reputation as a leading producer of wood based panels. As demand for Norbord’s products grow, we continually seek bright and talented people in all areas of our business. With competitive salaries and benefits and company profit-sharing, Norbord offers one of the strongest and innovative compensation packages in the industry.

Norbord is committed to providing its employees with the training, skills, and opportunity to achieve their highest potential. Norbord offers the opportunity to excel, express ideas, and make a profound impact within our team driven organization.

If you are a team player who takes pride in a job well done and want to make a real impact at the place you work, look into a career with Norbord. You will like what you see.

Norbord is an equal opportunity employer

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Company address: 4409 Northwood Rd NW Solway, MN 56678

Posted date: 5 days ago

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