Controls Technician (Technologists & Technicians)

Full Time

  Idaho Forest Group

  Laclede, Idaho, United States

Built on Tradition

From its Coeur d'Alene, Idaho headquarters, the closely held, family-owned company continues to be "Idaho Grown" and the first recipient of the Idaho Pacesetter Award.  The company is now one of America's largest lumber producers, with capacity for nearly one billion board feet per year and markets around the globe.  The company founders hold high standards when it comes to product, process and company objectives.  This is a healthy, growing company – big enough for its national and international markets, but with hometown ethics and pride in a job well done. Excellence is the goal in caring for our team members, customers, and natural resources.


Idaho Forest Group is seeking a CONTROLS TECHNICIAN to join their team in Laclede, Idaho.The successful candidate will install, troubleshoot and repair all aspects of plant wide automation and process controls in their state of the art sawmill operation.

• Administer HMI, optimizer, PLC and other controls/automation hardware upgrades plant-wide
• Work with, assist and train electricians in controls, automation, networks, etc.
• Design and/or manage the controls and automation portions of capital and maintenance projects plant wide
• Manage projects that are predominantly controls/automation oriented
• Oversee new scanning and data collection installations for the plant site
• Analyze machine center performance and tune, refine and adjust as needed
• Maintain production camera system and coordinate new camera installations 
• Keep PLCs, drives, SMCs, and related modules up to date with the latest firmware
• Continue plant-wide conversion from ControlNet to Ethernet
• Design HMI and Panel-View screens to increase operator awareness and ease of troubleshooting
• Program reader boards
• Provide backup support for plant wide IT 
• Maintain intranet and act as communication liaison to all plant personnel and vendors.
• Work with plant management to establish and maintain a robust, viable, long- term automation plan.
• Establish and manage project budgets to provide the lowest total cost installation.


  •  High School diploma or equivalent
  • Journeyman license preferred
  •  Demonstrated knowledge of programming and electrical/controls required
  •  Manufacturing experience desired
  •  Team player and ability to multi-task
  •  Self-starter, able to take initiative and work independently to drive tasks to completion
  •  Safety focus and able to quickly troubleshoot technical issues
  •  Willing to work various shifts as assigned to support production schedule

Preferred Knowledge/Experience 

• Rockwell Automation software 
• Control LOGIX 5000 Controllers 
• Powerflex 700 and 750 series Drives
• RS NETWORX ControlNet and DeviceNet Systems
• Delta RMC Motion controllers
• Wonderware HMI Software

Total Rewards

We understand the value of our team members and how each and every one plays such a vital role in the day to day success of Idaho Forest Group.  Idaho Forest Group looks for driven people with strong work ethics, morals and values.  When we find them, we want to keep them.  Therefore, we offer competitive total rewards compensation.

Idaho Forest Group has a wide range of benefits including Health Care coverage, Flexible Spending accounts, Annual Incentive Plan, Wellness programs, Life and Disability protection, 401(k) benefits, PTO, Holiday pay, Family and Self Care Leave, Scholarships, and more.  We value a good balance between career and personal life and encourage a healthy lifestyle.