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At Planterra Foods, we believe our planet is filled with delicious ideas. Leveraging the resources of our investor, JBS USA Food Company, we aspire to change the future of protein by giving people more flavorful, plant-based choices. Our goal is to delight people from vegans to flexitarians to meat-eaters by giving them more delicious plant-based protein choices, like our first brand OZO™.

We are building our team and looking for an experienced Automation Engineer for our new manufacturing plant in Denver, CO (Commerce City area) who will help us create the best plant-based protein company in the world.


  • Oversee installation of plant production equipment.

  • Assist the equipment vendor during installation process to gain insights, ensure all relevant information regarding the automation is obtained

  • Responsible for plant automated production equipment and reliability, including functioning as the main contact for maintenance questions and assistance

  • Develop SOP’s for operators to use to perform controls on the equipment

  • Train maintenance personnel on the maintenance of the automated equipment

  • Work with safety manager to integrate automation into the safety protocols

  • Train operators on functionality of automation to ensure business production goals are met

  • Scale checks to ensure product weight scales are within weight calibration specifications, preventative maintenance on scales, printers and alarms to ensure they are in working order and do not cause downtime, reactive maintenance on automated systems and instrumentation (basic troubleshooting, changing parts, follow-up to ensure problem is resolved & basic modifications to equipment to improve performance)

  • Work with maintenance personnel on reactive maintenance calls to gain familiarity and troubleshooting techniques for the automated equipment at the facility

  • Oversee automation projects assigned by the Planterra corporate Engineer

  • Ensure timely startup of the facility’s automated and robotic equipment

  • Determine and designate equipment-specific job assignments that team members will rotate through once they are trained on each piece of equipment


  • 3+years’ experience in equivalent industry & engineering job

  • Self-starter, quick learner with the ability to adapt and solve problems

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent engineering work experience

  • Experience with automated equipment and conveyors

  • Experience with Programming and troubleshooting using Allen Bradley PLC’s, HMIs

  • Experience with Ethernet protocol


  • Familiarity with Bizerba, Rieser, Buhler, JBT, Provisur systems

  • Food industry experience preferred

  • Familiarity with spiral freezers, frying systems, extrusion, baggers, weighers, and food processing equipment

  • Ability to build, modify, program, Allen Bradley control systems

  • Appropriate mechanical ability to complement the controls background


  • Medical, dental and vision insurance

  • 401K contributions

  • Paid Time Off: sick leave, vacation, and paid holidays

  • Better Futures Program –2 Year Community College tuition paid for you or your dependents!

  • Opportunity to grow your career through our Supervisor Development Program

  • Salary: $75,000-100,000

The Company is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our team members and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct a drug (including marijuana), alcohol, and background checks for all new team members post-offer and prior to the start of employment. It is a job expectation that all new employees have, at minimum, the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in advance of their first date of employment. If you need assistance in obtaining a vaccine, the Company can help schedule you with one of its healthcare partners following a conditional job offer, if one is made. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.