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CVS System Controls Technician - Fort Smith, Arkansas


Ft. Smith, AR, US, 72916


A mutually rewarding experience.


Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.


Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.


About Mars, Incorporated 

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.



We are seeking a CVS Systems Controls Technician for our Fort Smith, Arkansas location.


The Controls Technician is responsible for the safe, reliable and efficient performance of the automated plant processes, systems and lines. They must be multi-crafted with a heavy emphasis on software and control systems. Their work includes on-line troubleshooting and repair, planned work, continuous improvement, capital projects, maintenance projects and training of other technicians and plant operators. Their activities are driven by area performance and planned work order requests. Controls Technicians are responsible to identify, prioritize, plan and execute day-to-day activities with little or no supervision.


What would be your key responsibilities?

  • Ability to operate, troubleshoot various pieces of equipment.
  • Ability to evaluate and complete quality checks and document results using data base collection system.
  • Adhere to all Mars Safety Rules & Regulations to ensure a safe workplace.
  • Comply with Mars Petcare Quality and Food Safety Practices, GMPs, and other Food Safety and Regulatory Standards to ensure we manufacture a quality product.
  • Comply with Mars Supply Excellence principles and standards.
  • Any other duties assigned by your line manager.
  • Must have the ability to flex schedule within the defined overtime policy to achieve business needs.
  • Maintain the software infrastructure of the site.
  • Develop new technologies to support changing and outdated software systems.
  • Troubleshoot and fix malfunctioning software systems when other resources are unable to correct the problems.
  • Be a resource to the Commissioning, Validation, and Start-up (CVS) process for projects and equipment installations.
  • Participate in continuous improvement activities (Lean manufacturing, Kaizen).
  • Hire, schedule and manage activities of contractors for modifications, additions, heavy construction and highly specialized labour performed on assigned equipment or systems.
  • This position and all site associates are responsible for quality and food safety.


What are we looking for?

  • HS Diploma or equivalent
  • Associates degree or equivalent in mechanical or electro-mechanical engineering
  • In-depth electrical/electronics training.
  • Technical training from an accredited school and/or military experience in related fields
  • Electrical safe work practices
  • Confined space entry
  • Working at heights
  • Forklift operation
  • FDA Better Process Control certification
  • Filling, seaming, packaging and labeling equipment maintenance training
  • 5+ years experience maintaining electrical control and mechanical systems on complex process and/or high-speed production equipment.
  • Demonstrated experience working with Programmable Controllers
  • Demonstrated experience troubleshooting, testing, and repairing instrumentation and controls
  • 480 Volt, Three Phase power distribution and motor controls


What can you expect from Mars?

  • An industry competitive salary and great benefits package.
  • 401(k) match
  • If you are passionate, a great problem solver, resilient and have a high drive for results, then we want to hear from you!






Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.


Nearest Major Market: Fort Smith

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