Automation Tech

Engineering/Packaging Bakersfield, California


At Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, we are excited to start a new chapter of accelerated growth as part of Froneri – a global pure-play ice cream leader. Come help us transform DGIC into the #1 ice cream brand! With nearly 100 years of winning experience in the U.S, a robust portfolio of powerhouse brands that consumers know and love such as Häagen-Dazs, Drumstick, Dreyer’s & Edy’s, and the backing and coaching of European-based ice cream experts, we know we have the winning recipe.

Headquartered in Oakland, the Bay Area’s hub for up and coming food trends, our teams across our offices and factories are raising the bar on all things ice cream. We are investing in significant capital expansions to grow our Operations and Supply Chain and are transforming how we work at every level to become agile, accelerate growth and elevate our quality. With a renewed focus on frozen treats, our tight-knit team of ambitious innovators are fully immersed in the business and encouraged to flex and make decisions quickly. We are committed to pursuing every great idea and delivering the best ice cream experience for our consumers, when and where they want it. Unleash your potential at Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream and discover what a sweet career we have in store for you!


The Factory 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 Dreyer’s strategies, standards, specifications and local codes and regulations.


Role and Activity


  • 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 Dreyer’s standards
  • 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 Dreyer’s and local regulatory standards and requirements
  • Manage Electricity and Automation equipment standardization for plant
  • Build internal capabilities within the E&A team



  • 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 Dreyer’s 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 Dreyer’s 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



  • 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 Dreyer’s 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



3 years Automation/Electrical experience required. Automation certification or degree preferred