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Kemin Industries Automation Engineer in Des Moines, Iowa


The Automation Engineer is a member of Kemin Application Solutions Development team. The KAS team is responsible for product application systems and services that Kemin offers to its customers.

This person will develop, analyze, implement, monitor and maintain automated dosing processes to required specifications, focusing on safety, reliability and quality.

We Are Kemin  

We are visionaries who see things differently and are inspired by the world around us.  

We have been dedicated to using applied science to improve the quality of life for over half a century.   

We are a global ingredient manufacturer that strives to sustainably transform the quality of life every day for 80 percent of the world with its products and services.  

For over half a century, Kemin has been dedicated to using applied science to address industry challenges and offer product solutions to customers in more than 120 countries. Kemin provides ingredients to feed a growing population with its commitment to the quality, safety and efficacy of food, feed and health-related products to customers around the world .   

Established in 1961, Kemin is a privately held, family-owned-and-operated company with more than 2,800 global employees and operations in 90 countries, including manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.

As a Kemin team member, you’ll receive…

  • A competitive financial package - in addition to your salary, we offer an uncapped bonus opportunity, 401k match program, and paid vacation and holidays.

  • Robust health and wellness support - we are proud to offer a fitness reimbursement (for your whole family!), an on-site fitness center, restaurant with seasonal fresh food options (and the ability to order food to bring home), and free fresh fruit in break areas- to name a few.

  • Continued learning opportunities - Kemin offers tuition reimbursement and recently launched a new corporate university with online and in-person training opportunities for growth and development throughout your entire career.

  • The chance to give back to our world - Through our foundation of servant leadership, we are proud to offer ample service opportunities, including paid time off to do so. Kemin has a valued corporate partnership with both The World Food Programme and Habitat for Humanity, in addition to many local initiatives.

  • Opportunities to support our valued educators - Kemin is a proud sponsor of the Iowa Governor's Stem Advisory Council where we fund annual teacher's awards. In addition, we have a robust internship and externship program, and frequently host student tours.


  • Develop and install innovative PLC, HMI, and Scada solutions to maximize the applicator efficiency.

  • Responsible for keeping systems and programs up to date, managing version history.

  • Responsible for researching technical, economical, and software improvements.

  • Recommend and review instrument specifications for projects.

  • Build and install various application equipment.

  • Integrate application technology into customer processing systems.

  • Troubleshoot and repair existing application systems at customer locations.

  • Foster a positive team environment and assist coworkers as required

  • Ability to assemble and install application equipment at customer sites across North America.

  • Participate in attending local exhibitions, seminars, training and workshops.

  • Assistance in development of new applications systems

  • Provide day to day support to customers, sales team and engineers


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and 2+ years experience in areas of PLC’s, SCADA, Ladder Logic, Script-based programming, hydro-mechanics, electro-mechanical engineering; measurement and control technology; processing engineering

  • Capability to learn and understand electrical and communication systems

  • Electronic Control (PLC) and automation systems

  • Strong affinity for industrial automation

  • Profound knowledge and understanding of mechanical and electrical schematics

  • Ability to work independently or in a structured team

  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail

  • Ability to work in a fast paced, high-pressure environment

  • Excellent analytical and decision-making skills

  • Effective oral and written communication skills

  • Quality minded

  • Travel 60%, primarily domestic but could include international

    As a condition of employment, Kemin will require you to provide documentation showing you have received a COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated. Kemin is an equal opportunity employer, and all reasonable accommodation will be considered. .

    A post-offer background check and drug screen is required. Additional pre-employment requirements may be necessary based on position.

LocationUS-IA-Des Moines

Posted Date11 hours ago(9/15/2021 2:10 PM)

Job ID 2021-7289

Positions 1

Category Sales

Position Type Regular Full-Time