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Employer: Smithfield
Location: Sioux Falls, SD 57103
Employment Type: Full Time

Position Overview

Applies theories and principles of science and mathematics to design and develop technical projects for the pork industry. Performs engineering assignments over a wide range of projects of varying complexity.

Design Work

  • Develops preliminary engineering designs and device specifications.

  • Conducts feasibility studies and develops project cost estimates.

  • Determines design criteria in accordance with required standards and codes for assigned projects.

  • Performs field work and adapts collections to translate completed projects into as-built drawings.

  • Collaborates with key operations and maintenance personnel to develop design specifications.

  • Acts as project manager, as required.

 Design Implementation

  • Develops user/operator interfaces, custom reports, and analytical tools.

  • Develops process control programs and application code.

  • Designs database architecture.

  • Coordinates and provides direction to equipment vendors to plan layouts, meet utilities requirements and maintain installation schedules.

  • Provides startup support and training.

Reports and Proposals

  • Conducts engineering planning, design and operational studies in pre-project studies.

  • Determines scope of work, prepares requests for proposals and evaluates proposals.

  • Submits weekly reports to management by established deadlines.

Plant Operations

  • Conducts audits on project performance and sustainability initiatives.

  • Assists plant personnel in troubleshooting and downtime situations.

  • Conducts analysis on downtime risk prevention.


  • Acts as a lead by training, mentoring and providing guidance to less experienced Project Engineers.



• Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university in Engineering or related field and 3+ years’ relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.
• Bachelor’s Degree, preferred.
• Knowledge of engineering principles and techniques related to food processing and the meat industry, preferred.
• Ability to apply sound engineering principles to operational and design issues.
• Knowledge of installation and construction project scheduling.
• Must possess Project Management skills; Contract Administration skills; National codes and standards interpretation skills. Previous experience in the management of multi-million dollar projects with large scopes, desirable.
• Proficient in engineering economics.
• Proficient in AutoCAD drawing skills.
• Proficient in Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software and Word processing software, other Microsoft Suite products.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, organizational planning, teamwork, analytical reasoning and adaptability.
• Travel is required with extended overnight stays.

Benefits: This position is eligible for the Salaried Benefit Plan including but not limited to: medical, dental, vision and life insurance, 401K savings plan, pension plan, paid vacation and holidays, employee assistance program, health and wellness programs and participation in the Management Incentive Plan (MIP) raise and bonus program.
Smithfield is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.

Smithfield participates in the E-Verify Program.

Contact Information

Monica Derby
1400 N. Weber Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
Phone: 605-330-3350

Other Information

Category(s): Engineering, Project Management, Information Technology
Industry: Manufacturing
Experience Req.: No
Degree Req.: No
Closing Date: 5/10/2018
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