Controls Technician Day Shift -or- Night Shift

Valley Queen
Valley Queen Cheese Factory converts high-quality milk into a variety of natural cheeses, dried lactose, dried whey, and anhydrous milk fat that is marketed and utilized by private label and nationally branded consumer food companies. Valley Queen was founded in 1929 and is located in Milbank, SD.


Controls Technician Day -or- Night

Schedule Nights: 4:30 PM – 4:30 AM; 5-2-2-5 Rotation

Schedule Days: 5:00 AM to 5:00 PM; 3 Week Rotation

Position Summary 

This position is responsible for performing highly diversified duties to install, troubleshoot, repair and maintain process and production controls and instrumentation equipment.

Essential Functions

  • Perform highly diversified duties to install, calibrate and maintain food processing and production controls and instrumentation equipment.
  • Develop PLC code and SCADA control system architecture. (H7)
  • Detect, troubleshoot, repair and identify root cause of plant and production control equipment issues. (H7)
  • Perform planned, unplanned and preventive repairs of all plant equipment.
  • Read and interpret equipment manuals, electrical drawings, P&IDs and work orders to perform required tasks.
  • Keep assigned work orders current to seven days.
  • Maintain controls programs and equipment for plant utility systems in such a manner that these systems do not cause any production downtime.
  • Safely operate the plant utility systems during shift (steam, air handling, ammonia, compressed air, electrical, water and sewer). (H8)
  • Addresses items on the corrective action database (CAD) in a timely manner so that the list is kept to 30 days current.
  • Comply with all company safety rules to achieve no injuries and no lost-time accidents.
  • Safely handle, prepare and use chemicals while wearing proper PPE.
  • Understand and adhere to all PSM requirements. (H8)
  • Design, build and coordinate/lead large-scale controls projects. (H9)
  • Configure, program, implement and test large-scale controls projects. (H9)
  • Maintain training requirements to serve on the emergency response team.
  • Attend and/or complete required safety and quality training sessions by the assigned deadlines.
  • Maintain standard records pertaining to daily work requirements in a manner that makes them a reliable data source for safety, quality and regulatory requirements and audits.
  • Understand and adhere to all GMPs and food safety policies and procedures and perform all work in a manner that ensures the highest standard of food safety and quality.
  • Use tools, spare parts and supplies in a responsible manner that yields maximum profitability for VQ while maintaining equipment and facility to the highest possible standard.
  • Ensure 100 percent accuracy when signing out spare parts and any other parts transactions.
  • Respond to all production area controls calls as a top priority to ensure production time is not lost.
  • Identify opportunities for continuous improvement.

Job Details

Posted Date
September 7, 2022
, SD
Expiration Date
October 7, 2022