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3M Plant Engineering Technologist (Columbia, MO) in Columbia, Missouri

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Job Title Plant Engineering Control Systems Engineer/Technologist

Collaborate with Innovative 3Mers Around the World

Choosing where to start and grow your career has a major impact on your professional and personal life, so it’s equally important you know that the company that you choose to work at, and its leaders, will support and guide you. With a diversity of people, global locations, technologies and products, 3M is a place where you can collaborate with 96,000 other curious, creative 3Mers.

“For more than 30 years at 3M, I’ve seen firsthand how it’s a place where curious, creative and collaborative people thrive and build a rewarding career. As a leader in this company, my goal is to ensure each 3Mer sees and feels the positive impact we’re making around the world” – Mike Roman, CEO and Chairman, 3M

This position provides an opportunity to transition from other private, public, government or military environments to a 3M career.

The Impact You’ll Make in this RoleAs a Controls Engineer/Technologist, you will have the opportunity to tap into your curiosity and collaborate with some of the most innovative and diverse people around the world. Here, you will make an impact by:

  • Always promote safety as a priority for all processes and equipment. Support all plant safety and housekeeping policies.

  • Providing daily technical assistance to craft maintenance, process engineering, and production personnel in diagnosing, troubleshooting, and determining root cause failures.

  • Developing and implementing strategies to maintain, upgrade or replace legacy platforms.

  • Leading cross functional teams to recommend, initiate, and complete control system improvement projects.

  • Providing control system theory and programming training to craft maintenance, and system technicians.

  • Identify, design, implement, and lead various technical projects associated with facility and manufacturing equipment across all site businesses.

  • Continue to develop and expand extensive high-level troubleshooting capabilities to provide tactical support for day-to-day manufacturing operations.

  • Respond to daily business needs (safety, quality, service, cost) and all project activities with critical thinking while employing Lean Six Sigma Methodologies.

  • Willingness to be available to respond to the plant or calls nights and weekends.

Your Skills and Expertise To set you up for success in this role from day one, 3M requires (at a minimum) the following qualifications:

  • Associates degree or higher (completed and verified prior to start) with study in areas of mechanical, electrical, or electronic from an accredited institution


  • High School Diploma/GED or higher and ten (10) years of recent experience working with PLC programming and automation systems

  • Three (3) years of experience/project work focused using robotics, PLC programming, vision, automation, and SCADA experience in a manufacturing environment.

Additional qualifications that could help you succeed even further in this role include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical, Mechanical Engineering, or related field from an accredited institution.

  • Five (5) years of project work focused using robotics, PLC programming, vision, automation, and SCADA.

  • Experience in manufacturing environment using analytical tools for troubleshooting and root cause analysis.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with strong communication skills both verbal and written, analytical and organizational skills to manage different priorities/projects.

  • Self-directed mindset that leads with high energy and works with minimal supervision or guidance.

  • Training and experience in Lean Six Sigma methodology and root cause analysis.

  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and remain flexible to changes; responds with a sense of urgency.

Travel: May include up to 10% domestic travel

Relocation Assistance: May be authorized

Must be legally authorized to work in country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status).

Supporting Your Well-being

3M offers many programs to help you live your best life – both physically and financially. To ensure competitive pay and benefits, 3M regularly benchmarks with other companies that are comparable in size and scope.

Resources for You

For more details on what happens before, during and after the interview process, check out the Insights for Candidates page at 3M.com/careers.

Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M.

Responsibilities of this position include that corporate policies, procedures and security standards are complied with while performing assigned duties.

Certain job positions within 3M require workers to be on-site at 3M facilities and/or at third-party locations. A necessary requirement of each of these positions is that all individuals must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (subject to limited medical and religious exemptions). Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 means, two weeks have passed since completing the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after receiving a single dose of a one-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).

Our approach to flexibility is called Work Your Way, which puts employees first and drives well-being in ways that enable 3M’s business and performance goals. You have flexibility in where and when work gets done. It all depends on where and when you can do your best work.

Pay & Benefits Overview: https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/careers-us/working-at-3m/benefits/

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