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Automation Controls Engineer

Knoxville, Tennessee Job ID 98800 Job Category Supply Chain Job Level Individual Contributor Position Type Full-Time

The Automation Controls Engineer II is responsible for developing, implementing, supporting and improving a broad variety of automated control systems. These systems range in scope from simple single loop controllers and relay logic to advanced HMI - PLC based systems. The Automation Controls Engineer (ACE) will know and understand how to connect automation with the processes of coffee roasting, packaging and distribution.

Compensation: This is an exempt, salaried position paid on a biweekly cycle. Compensation is flexible and determined by the candidate's experience level.


  • Design, develop, enhance and implement automated solutions that improve employee safety, product quality, manufacturing efficiencies, and reduce costs.
  • Support the commissioning and optimization of both new and existing manufacturing equipment.
  • Design, implement and support industrial control networks.
  • Manage change control and system documentation.
  • Ensure business continuity through industry standards and good engineering practices.
  • Develop controls and automation skills and capabilities within the maintenance and engineering team. The goal is to enable the technicians to perform appropriate controls and electrical diagnostics and troubleshooting prior to calling the controls engineer.
  • Develop/support and implement SCADA systems.
  • Initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control automation centric projects.
  • Manage and coordinate activity on capital and continuous improvement projects.
  • Interface with and support manufacturing department heads and supervisors as needed to support automated systems and processes.
  • Interface with and support other Keurig Dr Pepper Engineering Disciplines.
  • Interface with and direct vendors and contractors.
  • Preparation and administration of training for maintenance and operations personnel.
  • Follows all policies, procedures, ergonomic standards and safety requirements as defined by Keurig Dr Pepper.
  • Able to set priorities based on production needs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Total Rewards

  • Benefits eligible day one!! 
  • Benefits, subject to election and eligibility: Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Paid Time Off (including paid parental leave, vacation, and sick time), 401k with company match, Tuition Reimbursement, and Mileage Reimbursement 
  • Annual bonus based on performance and eligibility


  • BS in Engineering or equivalent experience
  • 2+ years of Industrial Automation experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Extensive Allen-Bradley PLC and HMI programming experience.
  • Proficient with industrial control networks.
  • Experience with Manufacturing Execution Systems


  • Hands on electrical troubleshooting of control panels and electrical circuits
  • Good working knowledge of robotic control systems, primarily with FANUC.
  • Good working knowledge of SCADA systems, GE iFix.
  • Good working knowledge of VFDs and servo drives, primarily PowerFlex and Kenetix.
  • Good working knowledge of PLCs and HMIs, primarily ControlLogix and FactoryTalk ME.
  • Good working knowledge of industrial control networks, primarily Ethernet/IP.
  • Knowledge of visual basic and databases a plus.
  • Ability to work hours outside of routine schedule as necessary.
  • Lean Manufacturing experiences a plus.
  • Ability to have a good relationship with others, be punctual, and follow instructions.
  • Ability to effectively perform in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment.

Ability to follow Keurig Dr Pepper policies and procedures.

Company Overview


Keurig Dr Pepper (NASDAQ: KDP) is a modern beverage company with a bold vision built to deliver growth and opportunity.  We operate with a differentiated business model and world-class brand portfolio, powered by a talented and engaged team that is anchored in our values. We work with big, exciting beverage brands and the #1 single-serve coffee brewing system in North America at KDP, and we have fun doing it! 


Together, we have built a leading beverage company in North America offering hot and cold beverages together at scale. Whatever your area of expertise, at KDP you can be a part of a team that’s proud of its brands, partnerships, innovation, and growth. Will you join us? 


We strive to be an employer of choice, providing a culture and opportunities that empower our team of ~28,000 employees to grow and develop.  We offer robust benefits to support your health and wellness as well as your personal and financial well-being. We also provide employee programs designed to enhance your professional growth and development, while ensuring you feel valued, inspired and appreciated at work. 


Keurig Dr Pepper is an equal opportunity employer and affirmatively seeks diversity in its workforce. Keurig Dr Pepper recruits qualified applicants and advances in employment its employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability or association with a person with a disability, medical condition, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, marital status, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. 


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