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Control Systems Specialist in Nanaimo at Western Forest Products

Date Posted: 6/6/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Reporting to the GM, Manufacturing, working in cooperation with Mill Managers and with a focus on worker safety and continuous improvement, the Control Systems Specialist (CSS) is responsible for oversight of Process Control and Optimization systems. Utilizing his/her technical expertise the incumbent will assist Mill Managers with respect to maximizing process equipment efficiencies.


Western operates eight sawmills on southern Vancouver Island. The mills manufacture various lumber products for competitive world markets and therefore the performance of each mill and the quality of its product is critical to the overall success of the organization.

  • Maintain a high standard of personal safety and set a good example to the rest of the workforce.
  • Assist manufacturing operations personnel with the identification of process equipment deficiencies and recommend solutions to same.
  • Work with manufacturing operations personnel with the identification and implementation strategies to optimize process equipment.
  • With the approval of the Mill Manager, perform necessary changes to achieve optimal process equipment efficiency.
  • Provide instruction and assistance to manufacturing operations personnel on achieving/maintaining optimal operating conditions for process equipment.
  • Stay current with sawmill process control innovations and treads and interface regularly with industry counterparts in order to ensure standards and best practices are adhered to.
  • Other duties as assigned.



Job Requirements


Education and Experience

  • Post -secondary degree/diploma in electrical engineering, or industrial electrician TQ with process controls and optimization training. 
  • Five to ten years’ experience in a wood processing/manufacturing environment and fully conversant with sawmill production systems.
  • Expert knowledge of PLC Ladder Logic and extensive experience with Rockwell Automation hardware and software

Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies

  • Above average knowledge of Ethernet Networking
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven leadership skills, with a strong focus on operations and business solutions.
  • Able to identify key issues and to creatively and strategically overcome challenges or obstacles.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical, problem solving and logical thinking skills;
  • Demonstrated continuous improvement mindset.