Smithfield Electronics Specialist in Kinston, North Carolina


The purpose of this position is to provide for the efficient and continuous operation of all plant systems and equipment with as little downtime as possible. This individual will install, service, trouble-shoot and repair all types of electronic and electrical controls and equipment and work closely with other maintenance personnel on his/her shift. This person will be responsible for all necessary paperwork and documentation of calibrations sheets, scale certification sheets, PM documentation, etc. as they relate to the job. This person will also provide technical assistance to trainees in all crafts as needed in the day-to-day operation of the plant.

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.


Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:

  • Undertakes assigned projects and tasks involving the implementation of design changes or system improvements associated with equipment controls of processing, chemical treatment, boiler, water, refrigeration and other electrical and electronic systems.

  • Performs periodic preventive maintenance and calibration procedures for all plant process control systems.

  • Gives technical assistance to other electronics technicians and electricians using procedures and evaluates the results achieved.

  • Assists in continuously reviewing strategies to maximize plant efficiency, reliability, and flexibility.

  • Assists in developing and carrying out performance tests on equipment and interpreting results.

  • Performs research and investigation of equipment failures or other chronic problems in order to develop and recommend solutions concerning plant equipment.

  • Coordinates the operational testing and verification of quality and quantity of newly acquired equipment in order to make recommendations concerning the equipment acceptance.

  • Keeps abreast of processing plant engineering techniques and technologies, and research and develop expansions of control systems, with emphasis on logistics, economy and service.

  • Reviews and provides recommendations about practices, procedures, system requirements or improvements in order to facilitate maintenance schedules and short or long range plans.

  • Troubleshoots problems as they may arise in the plant equipment or systems and repairs the equipment to prevent the reoccurrence of these problems in the future.

  • Trains trainees and assists in developing the skills needed by them for their role.

  • Gives input as to spare parts for inventory in the plant maintenance parts room as needed.

  • Assists in the pre-operational testing and start up as required to place plant equipment into normal service.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

  • Associate's Degree in Electronics or Instrumentation from an accredited technical or community college and 2 years’experience as Electronics Technician or Instrumentation Technician, preferably in an industrial/meat processing setting; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Fundamental knowledge of plant systems and equipment.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of electronics and electrical theory.

  • Working knowledge of PLC’s, ladder logic, and associated hardware.

  • Basic knowledge of motor control systems.

  • Working knowledge of inverters and frequency drives to include set up and configuration.

  • Knowledge of plant procedures to include H.A.C.C.P. lockout/tagout, etc.

  • Working knowledge of computers and computer systems.

  • Fundamental knowledge of valve controls.

  • Working knowledge of RTD’s, thermocouples, and other temperature measurement devices. Comprehensive knowledge of field wiring and terminations as they relate to electronics.

  • Ability to use test equipment, light duty equipment and tools.

  • Comprehension of complex electrical and electronic wiring diagrams and control schematics.

  • Working knowledge of Robotics and Controls, preferred.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the following test equipment: Volt/Ohm/Amp. Meter, Mgge, Oscilloscope, Current Source Calibrator,Thermocouple and RTD Calibrators.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those an employee should possess to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds and regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

  • Frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to handle, grip, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

  • Regularly work at elevated heights.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The majority of the time is spent in an office setting outside of the production plant. The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.

  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when in the production area.

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Job LocationsUS-NC-Kinston



FLSA StatusNon-Exempt

Shift1st, 2nd, or 3rd Shift