Process Control Tech. ($28 - $42+ per hour)

Maintenance · Willows, California
Department Maintenance
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $28 - $42 per hour

When construction is completed in late 2019, CalPlant I will be the world’s first commercial-scale producer of rice straw-based medium density fiberboard (MDF), annually supplying approximately 140 million square feet of no-added-formaldehyde MDF to the building products industry.

CalPlant I and its predecessor company CalAg LLC have spent many years researching, developing and patenting a process to make high quality MDF using annually renewable rice straw as the feedstock, the disposal of which has posed environmental issues in California for over a century. Rice straw is an agricultural waste product of the annual harvest, and all straw furnished for the plant will be procured from Sacramento Valley rice growers within a 15- to 25-mile radius of the plant site in Willows, California.

We are creating an unparalleled, employee-centric company culture where the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well, with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a "world's first" company well-positioned for growth and success.

 CalPlant I offers an exceptional package including:

• Competitive base pay;

• Medical, dental, vision insurance coverage 

• 401(k) with guaranteed (Safe Harbor) company match  of up to 4%.  Discretionary 401(k) contributions of up to an additional 4% as the company grows in profitability and as determined by the ownership team (these are not guaranteed contributions and there is a vesting schedule for these contributions)

• Paid time off and paid holidays

 The role of the Process Control Technician

Reporting to the Maintenance Supervisor, we are seeking Industrial Process Control Technicians who will be responsible for performing skilled, journey level process control maintenance work.  This position will be responsible for installation, maintenance & troubleshooting of all facility electrical systems, including power distribution, motor & motor control systems.  He or she will assist in the development and implementation of a proactive maintenance work program that includes preventative, predictive and corrective maintenance.  The candidate will work on a variety of electrical systems, circuits, and motor controls associated with MDF process equipment.  

The candidate will provide process controls subject matter expertise in the area of MDF manufacturing process control systems. The candidate will have experience in system automation, PLC’s, distributed hardware, software and network communication elements used to remotely control and monitor electrical and mechanical equipment and systems. These elements will include, but are not limited to the MDF process, chiller plants, air handlers, computer room A/C units, water and gas detection, fuel systems, water treatment, heating systems, primary and secondary unit substations, backup generators, large-scale UPS, monitoring and control software, and network communication equipment. Candidates must have ability to troubleshoot process control and automation, PLC controlled equipment and perform work in a safe and efficient manner of all facility process controls and will also:


  • Install operating system software upgrades and program fixes;
  • Install, configure and maintain servers and process control workstations;
  • Troubleshoots and resolves hardware, software and communications problems;
  • Performs database administration functions for both real-time and historical databases;
  • Maintains interfaces with field devices;
  • Responsible for originating, engineering, specifying, and procuring material for new control equipment installations and existing control system upgrades and additions;
  • Work closely with management, instrumentation technicians, electricians, environmental reporting, production personnel and mechanical maintenance disciplines;
  • Participates in the development of systems documentation, trains operations and maintenance staff on how to use tools and applications developed;
  • Perform design and maintenance functions on all software and hardware for digital control, PLC and data acquisition systems;
  • Troubleshoot control system failures and make necessary repairs;
  • Make systems modifications to correct errors and optimize system performance;
  • Configuration of DCS applications such as motor starts, PID control loops, ladder logic control, etc.
  • Utilizing Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) to complete work orders.
  • Inspecting and examining machinery and equipment to detect irregularities and malfunctions
  • Keeping detailed and accurate maintenance reports and documentation.
  • Adhering to workplace safety policies, regulations and compliance.
  • Maintaining a clean and environmentally safe work area.
  • Performing other related duties as assigned.


• Instrumentation or Electrician Technician degree with at least five years of experience in an industrial setting. In addition, they must demonstrate an aptitude for understanding and manipulating digital control systems and computer-based data management systems.

• Knowledge of industrial 3-phase electricity and devices.

• Minimum 2 years relevant work experience.

• Control graphics programming and troubleshooting.

• Highly flexible, with solid interpersonal skills allowing one to work effectively in a diverse working environment.

• Able to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.

• Working knowledge of safety standards of equipment and lockout/tag out.

• Must be able to read electrical schematics and have knowledge of programmable logic controllers (PLC'S).

• Inspect motors, switches, junction boxes, switch panels, circuit breakers, transformers, fuse panel, lighting, heating and power circuits.  Make preventative and running repairs and corrections.  

• Ability to identify root cause of problems and effectively initiate immediate corrective action to prevent re-occurrence.

• Experience with forklifts, scissor lifts, and articulating man lifts, etc.

• Maintain and calibration, and repairs of pneumatic, mechanical, electrical, electro-mechanical, and electronic measuring, recording, indicating, and control instruments / equipment.

• Strong work ethic, good judgment and decision-making abilities.

• Work Indoors/outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.

• Ability to stand for long periods, walk, climb stairs, reach, and stoop frequently as well as lift up to approximately 50 lbs. with occasional lifting of up to 100 lbs. 

• Must be able to work at high heights. Good vision, hearing, color vision, speaking, and finger dexterity skills are required as well as the ability to perform close work.

• Capability to look at the large picture and performing root cause analysis.

• Develop contingencies for problems that arise while understanding the consequences of the options.

• Assist with troubleshooting and analyzing difficult machinery and process issues.

• Use basic and intermediate mathematical computations for problem solving.

• Instrumentation experience in flow meters, temperature (RTD and thermocouple), pressure, and level transducers, control valves, smart meters, schematics & wiring diagrams.

• Experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook.

Preferred Skills:

• Composite panel wood products industry maintenance experience a plus but not required.

• Experience with computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS).

• Understand and apply NFPA 70E standards.

• Siemens Step 7 Professional TIA Portal (PROFINET, PROFIBUS, OPC UA Communications, Modbus RTU, IO-Link, and TCP)

Working Relationships:

• Ability to work in a team environment with Supervisors, millwrights, electricians, planners, contracted labor, contractors and operations folks assisting with maintenance activities.

• Ability to work independently without supervision and meet tight deadlines. 

• Able to deal with people sensitively, tactfully, diplomatically, and professionally at all times.

• Safety conscious, self-motivated, proficient communication skills, long-term career growth, exceptional work ethic.

Thank You

Your application was submitted successfully.

  • Location
    Willows, California
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $28 - $42 per hour