Controls Engineer



Date:  Feb 5, 2024

Why Flowers?

Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) is one of the largest producers of packaged bakery foods in the United States with 2022 sales of $4.8 billion. Among the company's top brands are Nature's Own, Dave's Killer Bread, Wonder, Canyon Bakehouse, and Tastykake. Learn more at

Our team is the essential ingredient to success. We embrace diversity and foster an environment that reflects our values of Honesty & Integrity, Respect & Inclusion, Sustainability, Passion, and Humility.

Full-time employees are offered:

  • Comprehensive health and medical benefits
  • 401(k) Retirement savings plan
  • Professional growth and leadership training
  • Paid vacation, holidays, and parental leave

Benefits may vary depending on your work location and your participation in a collective bargaining unit.


The Controls Engineer will assist the Engineering Manager with upgrades to electrical & control systems, maintenance, and will troubleshoot needs in order to keep plant equipment online and continually improve the plant equipment. They will also be an integral part of the implementation and advancement of the Bakery of the Future.

Job Responsibilities

Position Responsibilities/Major Duties
• Eliminating all outdated PLC, HMI, Drives, Servos, and other electrical components in plant equipment.
• Responsible for working with the plant engineer to identify which pieces of equipment need updated and the order of in which they need to be upgraded.
• Responsible for ordering the hardware, installation, and any programming needed to update to currently supported hardware.
• Must have the ability to lead technicians to assist in the installation of conduit, hardware, rewire, as needed to complete the upgrades in the professional manner.
• Assists maintenance team with electrical/programming troubleshooting of equipment. Must have the ability to respond to breakdowns during off hours as necessary.
• Helps train supervisors and hourly technicians to get online with PLC and read the logic and troubleshoot electrical problems.
• Helps train Maintenance Techs on how to inspect, repair, and clean their assigned equipment’s electrical panels.
• Assists in the installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of Bakery Of the Future (BOF) systems as well as IoT/smart sensors and various other equipment that will be used with BOF. Will continue to work with the BOF teams, IT Department, Continuous Improvement Teams moving forward.
• Other responsibilities may include:
• Control system design
• PLC programming
• Electrical design
• Design/programming of Human Machine Interfaces (HMI)
• Troubleshooting of electrical, PLC, and HMI systems
• Interfacing with real-time database applications to manage critical production information
• Supporting project proposals and estimation
• Preparing functional specifications
• Assisting with equipment selection and procurement
• Site commissioning and installation
• Performing other duties as assigned by Project Manager
• On-call service/support for existing installations

Desired Experience

• Must be proficient in programming using RS500, RS5000, FactoryTalk, Connected Components Workbench software platform to access, program, troubleshoot Allen Bradley PLC, HMI, VFDs, and Servos.
• Understanding of Control System Architecture (network architecture, Server Architecture, PLCs and workstations).
• Good knowledge of instrumentation and control, configurations, fault finding and installation standards.
• Technical knowledge of Fieldbus technology and data communication systems.
• Ability to install, configure and setup of field instrumentation, Field Networks, PLCs, HMIs and SCADA
• Sound experience in PLCs (Siemens, Rockwell or OPTO 22), Inductive Automation Ignition and Canary Labs Historian.
• In depth knowledge of control and automation standards and ability to interpret and implement best practices.
• In depth knowledge of developing and building and maintaining of batching systems

Desired Education

• Associates Degree required

We offer a competitive salary and an excellent total rewards package.  Please reply by 04/04/2024.  Resumes are active for 30 days.  Interested job seekers who successfully complete the series of pre-screening questions and who appear to possess the basic qualifications for this position may be contacted for a telephone interview.


Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disability


If you need assistance with submitting your resume due to a medical condition or disability, please send an e-mail to Larran Micole Carter at or 229 551-3100 .

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