Cargill Automation Engineer Specialist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Automation Engineer Specialist

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 155,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


Position Purpose:

AEI Specialist will be responsible for maintaining and updating AEI control systems. These systems will include PLC’s, PCM’s, and other systems as assigned. The AEI Specialist will work closely with the electrical, maintenance, engineering, and production teams to maintain and improve the facility.

Principal Responsibilities:

30% Maintain and replace obsolete systems

  • Upgrade systems that are out of date

  • Keep obsolete systems running until they can be replaced

  • Support networking efforts to improve the ability to maintain operations

  • Will participate in on call rotation

20% Complete projects

  • Work independently to complete projects related with control systems (2 main pieces of equipment).

  • Maintain a budget and timeline for project to Cargill standards

20% Support operations

  • Training (operators and people in the plant) in how to use the new systems and maintain systems to support operations needs

  • Support continuous improvement, both with data and control improvements as needed

20% Support instrumentation efforts

  • Suggest instrumentation as appropriate

  • Work with electrical team to meet our instrumentation needs

10% Other duties as assigned

If selected for an interview, you will be required to submit signed copies of your last two performance reviews. (A completed e-PMP is considered a signed copy.).

This position is posted internally as well as externally.



  • 4-year degree

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in process automation

  • Ability to climb stairs and ladders, lift and move a minimum of 55 pounds, sit and stand for long periods of time, work in elevated areas, bend and kneel, and work in extreme temperatures.

Abilities/Succes Factors

  • Attention to detail and appropriately handle confidential information

  • Effective time management and organizational skills

  • Demonstrated expertise in multi-tasking, handling projects and meeting deadlines in dynamic environment

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities

  • Understanding of instrumentation – flows, temperatures, levels, binary valves, control valves

  • Ability to understand and create control schematic diagrams and flowcharts including PFD and PIDs


  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in automation, instrumentation and controls

  • Flexbatch experience

  • Rockwell experience

  • Strong knowledge of automation software such as PLC Ladder Logic, D3 SABL

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Operations

Primary Location US-WI-Milwaukee

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: MIL01063