Nestle Electricity & Automation Engineer in Bakersfield, California


The Factory Electricity and Automation Engineer is responsible for all aspects related to Electricity, Automation, Process Control, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and the Factory Automation System (FAS) infrastructure, applications and resources according to Nestle corporate strategies, standards, specifications and local codes and regulations. This will include but not limited to the following:

Provide optimum electrical and process control equipment facilities to meet the established objectives of the business.

Ensure reliability of electrical & process control hardware and software operation

Optimize electrical/process control maintenance & operation costs

Optimize electrical/process control hardware & software to maintain plant at high level of efficiency, safety, quality, etc.

Maintain liaisons with other departments, disciplines and facilities to provide necessary support and expertise for the execution of capital investment projects and market and global initiatives.

Work closely with Group Engineering E&A team during the planning and execution of projects, initiatives and compliance requirements.

Comply with all safety and environmental regulations (Internal & External) and applicable Nestle standards.


The Factory E&A Engineer maintains the existing electrical and automation infrastructure and applications. This means mastering the solutions in place to be able to:

Conduct preventive maintenance on power distribution and automation equipment

Ensure power quality

Keep electrical power distribution and automation drawings and documentation updated

Manage the instrument calibration program for regulatory and quality compliance

Perform troubleshooting in case of problems and ensure the PLC or HMI applications are properly managed

Modify the automation applications when operational changes are performed on the production lines

Manage industrial applications and hardware in the automation layer

Automation equipment change management policy/procedures

Maintain the reliability and the performance of the FAS IT infrastructure and peer to peer networks

In line with NCE, active participation in DOR/WOR/MOR, GSTD and DMAIC activities

Meet compliance with all Nestle and local regulatory standards and requirements.

Manage Electricity and Automation equipment standardization for plant

Build internal capabilities within the E&A team



The actual role and responsibilities of the Plant Electrical & Automation Engineer may be divided into the following areas:


Manage all technical aspects of the plant s electrical power distribution from the utility company service entrance down through switchboards, transformers, distribution panels, etc. to all individual loads. This includes the following activities:

Guardian of the factory s power distribution

Knowledge of the plant electrical system from the utility company lines to transformers, switchboards, distribution panels, MCC, motors, lighting fixtures, etc.

Maintain accuracy and content of the electrical system key documentation (One line diagrams, MCC data sheets, electrical room s layouts, grounding system, lighting plans, electrical equipment location plan, etc.)

Understanding of the existing electrical system loading profile, utility charges, power quality, grounding, protection, maintenance needs, safety, reliability, and remaining useful life of the plant power system equipment.

Understanding of the plant electrical criteria, standards, and Nestle USA guidelines.

Oversee the electrical activities (modernization, design modifications, coordination, installation, start-up and training) in the factory in support of capital investment and maintenance.

Manage lifecycle planning of the electrical equipment


Guardian of the factory s process control system. Some of the activities are the following:

Understanding of the existing process control infrastructure, configuration, requirements, networks, level of automation, etc.

Maintain accuracy and content of the control system key documentation (Configuration diagrams, P&IDs, Process descriptions, etc.)

Understanding of the plant controls & IT criteria, standards, and Nestle guidelines.

Oversee the controls/instrumentation and IT activities in the factory (PLC & HMI design, training, programming, etc.) in support of capital investment and maintenance.

Manage the Factory Automation Systems (FAS) standards and serve as the FAS administrator for the factory.

Manage the lifecycle planning for automation equipment


Define requirement for MES based on plant needs

Define and implement technical training for MES systems

Life Cycle Management of MES, EMS & FFMW

Support the existing and future expansion activities related to MES, FAS, and FFMW to ensure proper design, installation, support, and compliance.


The Factory E&A Engineer will:

Participate in the electricity and automation engineering efforts to ensure that the design, drawings and specifications meet process requirements, are cost effective, and are in accordance with good engineering practices and Nestle guidelines for all capital projects in the factory.

Participate and validate design of the power distribution system, motor control centers, control panels, human machine interface (HMI), instrumentation, system integration, FAS architecture and commissioning and start up.

Contribute to establish/ write the URS (user requirement specifications) and FDS (functional design specifications) for all projects.

Participate in the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) and validate electricity and automation requirements.

Participate in Commissioning, Qualification, Validation (CQV)

Contribute to the project close out, including Project Defect Analysis (PDA)

Supervise the Project Electrical Construction, and provide revised and additional drawings as requested by the Construction Superintendent and the Project Engineer.

Supervise the project electrical and control commissioning team.

Project administration for the E&A function

Participate in the preparation of the electrical and control project budget preparation including Engineering & Design efforts.

Participate in the preparation of the electrical and control project schedule.

As requested by the Electrical & Controls Engineering Manager and/or the Project Engineer review Invoices and Applications for Payment to ensure that they are in order and properly executed.

Prepare timely progress reports, including revised schedule, engineering charges, budget, etc., and distribute them to other members of the project team as needed.

Maintain liaisons with other departments, disciplines and facilities to provide necessary support and expertise as necessary.

Provide technical support to maintenance, production, safety, quality, etc.

Work closely with Group Engineering in the implementation of key initiatives like Factory Automation Systems (FAS), Factory Floor Middleware (FFMW), GLOBE-IT Compliance, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) modules, compliance with Nestec guidelines and recommendations, etc.



Bachelor s Degree in engineering or equivalent, preferably electrical engineering.


Minimum 3 years experience in the field of electricity in a manufacturing facility.

In-depth knowledge of Electricity, in low voltage, medium voltage and high voltage installations.

Good knowledge of local electrical code and standards

Good knowledge of Instrumentation and Process Control Systems.

In-depth knowledge of HMIs, PLCs,

Knowledge of food processing operations and technology.

Knowledge on MES (Manufacturing Execution System).

Knowledge on manufacturing IT, industrial networks and applications

Good knowledge of electrical safety

Knowledge of food safety, regulatory requirements for food safety, hygienic engineering and Nestl Quality System.


Analytical skills in Problem Solving, specifically, understanding of financial analysis and relevant business drivers:

Internal Rate of return

Net Present Value


Nestl Standard Costing.

Strong interpersonal skills

Strong conflict resolution skills

Strong managerial, leadership and technical skills

Ability to think conceptually and deal with ambiguity with a strong innovation mindset

Proactive problem solving ability. Ability to think objectively through various options and scenarios

Ability to adapt quickly to changes

Project Engineering/Management

TPM: AM and/or EM Pillar experience

Hygienic engineering

Knowledge of food safety, regulatory requirements for food safety, and equipment

Communication and Networking

CAPEX budgeting and preparation

Capital Investment Approval & Tracking (CIAT) tool

MS Office/MS Project


Technical support & skills

Compliance and alignment

Capital investment

Methodologies, strategies and productivity tools

Functional capability and leadership.

The Nestl Companies are equal employment and affirmative action employers and looking for diversity in qualified candidates for employment.

Category: Engineering, Nestle USA