Automation Specialist


Malvern, AR

ARAUCO is a global manufacturer of sustainably-produced forest product solutions for construction, industrial, and retail markets. With over 120 facilities worldwide, we manufacture and distribute the industry’s most-comprehensive selection of wood composite panels, premium plywood, millwork, lumber, and FSC-certified wood pulp.

ARAUCO is growing in North America, with innovative manufacturing, state-of-the-art facilities, and a commitment to make a difference in the communities where we are located. We are seeking the right individuals for high-caliber opportunities in manufacturing, supply chain, maintenance, safety, and other related fields. This is a direct-hire role with benefits. We look forward to considering you as part of our team at ARAUCO!


At ARAUCO we recognize the person from their individuality and diversity. We believe that each one's contribution is unique, and that teams are enriched when they are able to integrate different perspectives and abilities. We consider inclusion and diversity as fundamental aspects for the achievement of present and future challenges.


ARAUCO is looking for an Automation Specialist for its Manufacturing Facility located in Malvern, AR


What is expected of this position?


The Automation Specialist will lead development of automation solutions for manufacturing processes in our Malvern, Arkansas manufacturing facility (on-site position).  As a key member of our operations team, you will support PLC and HMI system upgrades and lead continuous improvement efforts utilizing lean six sigma and MPC methodologies.


The main functions of this position include

  • Perform or support modifications of PLC automation programs to achieve stability and optimization goals
  • Lead the design of automation and process control systems including PCs, PLCs, AC or DC drives and controllers
  • Maintain and support the process communications infrastructure (DeviceNet, ControlNet, Ethernet, etc.)
  • Perform or support modifications of Human Machine Interface applications.
  • Maintain and update documentation for the above systems (loop diagrams, panel drawings, I/O lists, Manual, etc.)
  • Ensure disaster recovery measures are maintained for control system servers, logic controllers, software and backups
  • Serve as the system administration of the automation control system hardware, network and software
  • Provide timely resolution and troubleshooting of technical issues related to instrumentation and automation control systems
  • Monitor automation performance against objectives to identify and lead improvement measures for performance below target
  • Promote safe work practices and teamwork
  • Ensure appropriate training is provided for all employees engaging in automation and process control activities
  • Exchange information and data with other mills within the corporation and enforce best-practices for automation and process control
  • Facilitate problem solving for root cause failure analysis and subsequent resolution
  • Lead analysis and implementation of MPC technologies where appropriate, document stated goals and monitor results
  • Support automation projects throughout the corporation as needed.


Key focus areas include:

  • Resin & Wood consumptions
  • Energy consumption
  • Labor efficiencies
  • Process variation
  • Housekeeping and fugitive fiber
  • Process water reclamation
  • Equipment reliability



  • Participates in monthly audits
  • Drives housekeeping improvements
  • Leads by example by following and coaching on safety policies and practices
  • Holds ALL employees equally accountable



  • As assigned and fitting including project justifications
  • Timely submission of expense reports


What is required to be successful in this position?


Successful team members are:

  • Knowledgeable - 2- or 4-year degree from a technical school in Electrical Engineering preferred. Demonstrated expertise of Allen Bradley programmable logic controllers and I/O. Strong knowledge of PLCs and HMIs
  • Experienced - Minimum of 5 years’ experience in the maintenance of an automated manufacturing environment preferred. Experience with Citect, SCADA or Viejo preferred
  • Team oriented - Must be able to work both independently and as a team member
  • Empowered - Vision for future state of process equipment and continual improvement.
  • Focused - Superior analytical, troubleshooting, and decision-making abilities
  • Safe – You always make safety, for all, your priority and demonstrate safe working behaviors.
  • Open-Minded – Demonstrate an openness to giving and receiving feedback for the purpose of individual growth and development and building effective teams

Arauco is an equal opportunity employer to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.