Electrical Engineer

Peru, IL, US, 61354

James Hardie Building Products Inc. is the North American leader in fiber cement home siding and exterior design solutions. Hardie® products offer long lasting beauty and endless design possibilities with trusted protection and low maintenance. The company pioneered modern fiber cement building products and continues to invest in innovation to transform the industry. James Hardie is a high-performance organization, with an unwavering commitment to Zero Harm. The company proudly employs a diverse workforce of over 3,000 employees across operations in North America.

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Position Responsibilities

A day in the life of a JH Plant Electrical Engineer may include at least one or more of the following:

  • Safety comes first for yourself and others for all activities
  • Supporting our maintenance department in troubleshooting, installing, maintaining plant equipment
  • Making or managing control/electrical system changes as requested by Safety, production, R&D, Environmental, or other departments and engineers, for process modifications, improvements, production trials, and etc., may include programming and/or hardware changes
  • Managing and/or supporting capital and plant projects for new or existing equipment including getting bids, hiring and managing contractor personnel and engineering firms, quoting, selecting, and purchasing electrical and process equipment and controls, programing for new systems, equipment commissioning and start up, projects may include some travel for new equipment purchases and acceptance testing, seeing equipment in other JH plants, etc.
  • Maintaining and updating electrical drawings and standards
  • Historian and SQL server work for data collection, monitoring, and reporting
  • Supporting off-site engineers and IT with local technical issues or new upgrades
  • Developing plans for plant outages and other projects
  • Overseeing electrical requirements for insurance policy compliance, electrical testing and contingency plans


The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.

    • Ensuring workforce resources are in place and aligned with business needs and organization culture.
    • Managing, coaching, and developing direct reports, comprising of senior technical professionals and other leaders as required and empowering them to exceptional performance.
    • Providing direction and guidance for team leaders within the R&D organization in various committees, work groups and task force teams
    • Resolving team conflicts, listening to different perspectives and ideas, offering expertise, and defining objectives and overall vision.
    • Promoting organizational change and adoption of common business processes; and
    • Building capability of team members to ensure bench strength within the department
  • Creates an awareness of the importance of maximizing operational efficiency within JH Research and other functional groups that work closely with R&D by:
    • Foster an innovative and agile working environment to support cross-functional collaboration
    • Manage the generation of Intellectual Property and Trade secrets in the areas of technology development
  • Foster and maintain a culture of ZeroHarm:
    • Ensure that James Hardie’s operations are in line with Work Health and Safety Requirements at all times.
    • Report any incidents, hazards, near misses or “at-risk” behaviors in a timely fashion
    • Comply with any reasonable request related to health and safety including attending health and safety related training, participating in health and safety initiatives / activities and ensuring that either your acts or omissions do not place any person at risk
    • Providing supervision and training to others to allow them to perform their work safely
    • Responding to any hazard or incident that is raised by another James Hardie team member and provide or seek the support required to allow them to work safely and respond to the identified workplace issue.

Quantitative Dimensions

Decision Making:

The Electrical Engineer balances priorities, manpower, material, and equipment availability to improve plant efficiency and performance.

Scope of Position:

The Electrical Engineer directs coordinates, and supports all electrical and facilities activities.  These duties include electrical, safety, engineering, Research & Development (R&D), and reliability functions. The Electrical Engineer works with the.  Working with the Engineering tean, maintenance team and operations, the Electrical Engineer drives to increase reliability and availability of equipment.


What You’ll Bring:  

Position Requirements

Skills include design, configuration, installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of at least the following:

  • PLCs with local and remote I/O, Siemens, Allen Bradley (AB) Controllogix, but also other AB and Siemens
  • Safety systems for plant equipment, safety PLCs, class 3 and other E-stops, light curtains
  • Control communication networks including Devicenet, Controlnet, and Ethernet
  • AB and Siemens AC and DC drives, also some Square D and others
  • Electrical control systems Including low voltage and medium voltage starters and soft start
  •  Ancillary equipment including lighting, air compressors, boilers, ovens, and others
  • Servo drives, Allen Bradley Kinetix, Siemens Master, and Siemens Sinamics platforms.
  • HMIs, including Wonderware Intouch and Historian, Allen Bradley Panelview, and other standalone HMIs
  •  Plant power distribution systems, Square D switch gear, transformers, and relays
  • Process control systems, including a wide variety of instrumentation and control valves
  • Pneumatic and Hydraulic control systems
  • Microsoft servers and SQL 
  • Fiber and Ethernet networks, some other IT functions
  • AutoCAD and other software




  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering (preferred) or equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • 3 or more years experience in a continuous operating (24/7) manufacturing environment.
  • CMMS skills with MP2 or other type of program.
  • Significant experience with PLC’s, Wonderware, RSview, AB Drives, Siemens Drives, and Device net.


  • Decision Making: Identifying and understanding issues; problems, and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
  • Aligning Performance for Success: Focusing and guiding others in accomplishing work objectives.
  • Technical/Professional Knowledge and Skills: Having achieved a satisfactory level of technical and professional skill or knowledge in position-related areas; keeping up with current developments and trends in areas of expertise.
  • Building Partnerships: Identifying opportunities and taking action to build strategic relationships between one’s area and other areas, teams, departments, units, or organizations to help achieve business goals.
  • Managing Conflict: Dealing effectively with others in an antagonistic situation; using appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people.
  • Adaptability: Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or the work environment; adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.
  • Stress Tolerance: Maintaining stable performance under pressure or opposition (such as time pressure, or job ambiguity); handling stress in a manner that is acceptable to others and to the organization.
  • Continuous Learning: Actively identifying new areas for learning; regularly creating and taking advantage of learning opportunities; using newly gained knowledge and skill on the job and learning through their application.
  • Gaining Commitment: Using appropriate interpersonal styles and techniques to gain acceptance of ideas or plans; modifying one’s own behavior to accommodate tasks, situations, and individuals involved.
  • Information Monitoring: Setting up ongoing procedures to collect and review information needed to manage an organization or ongoing activities within it.

What You’ll Receive:

At James Hardie, we recognize that our success depends on our people. We've worked hard to build a generous and competitive benefits program that demonstrates our commitment to our employees. 

  • Comprehensive low-cost co-pay Health Insurance; medical, dental, prescription, and vision insurance benefits for every 30+ hour full-time employee. Insurance starts on day one!
  • 401(k) Retirement plan that will match 100% of employees saved dollars up to the first 6% of your salary
  • Paid holidays, paid vacation including Jury Duty and bereavement leave
  • Wellness Program
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Parental Leave
  • Community Involvement & Sustainable Solutions - Fire Resistant Siding to Help Rebuild the Grizzly Flats Community | James Hardie
  • And more 


Apply now and come “home” to Hardie!









  • edures to collect and review information needed to manage an organization or ongoing activities within it.

James Hardie Building Products Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, veteran's status, marital status, pregnancy, disability, or any other basis protected by law.

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