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Electrical & Controls Journeyman 1

The Electrical & Controls Journeyman I reports to the Electrical Supervisor. This position is in a broad class and performs a variety of skilled electrical, instrument, and communications work.
The Electrical and Controls Journeyman 1 will provide process controls and PLC support at all Freres Manufacturing Facilities. They will be responsible for the installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of all facility electrical control systems, all PLC controls networking, and HMI systems.

Job Title
Electrical & Controls Journeyman 1
All Plants, Based in Lyons, Oregon
Report To
Electrical Supervisor
Monday – Friday, typically
Full-Time, Hourly
Wage Range
TBD (Depends upon experience and certifications)
February 1, 2024

Essential Functions

• Ability to identify root cause of problems and effectively initiate immediate corrective action to prevent reoccurrence.
• Experience using CMMS and work orders.
• Able to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.
• Experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook.
• Experience with Allen Bradley PLC’s, writing and modifying programs.
• Highly flexible, with solid interpersonal skills allowing one to work effectively in a diverse working environment.
• Instrumentation experience in flow meters, temperature (RTD and thermocouple), pressure, and level transducers, control valves, smart meters, schematics & wiring diagrams. Experience with tunning PID loops.
• Knowledge of principles, methods and techniques in the design and operation of automated process control systems and their components.
• Must be able to read electrical schematics.
• Strong work ethic, good judgment and decision-making abilities.
• Working knowledge of OSHA and other safety standards of equipment and lockout/tag out.
• Consistently promote high standards through personal example.
• Collaborates with departments, production managers, electrical and maintenance personnel to translate work requirements into clear achievable plans.
• Inform and request feedback from Electrical Supervisor
• Deploy fast action response teams with clear guidance and direction during upset machine conditions.

Other Responsibilities

• Adhere to workplace safety policies, regulations and compliances and maintain a clean and environmentally safe work area.
• Contribute to the overall success and continued growth of the facility by always adding value to the organization and willingly participating in tasks assigned that are outside the scope of this job description, but within the capabilities of the employee.
• Inspect and examine machinery and equipment to detect irregularities and malfunctions. Assist with troubleshooting and analyzing difficult machinery and process issues.
• Make preventative and running repairs and corrections.
• Must keep detailed and accurate maintenance reports and documentation.
• Maintain, calibrate and repair pneumatic, mechanical, electrical, electromechanical, and electronic measuring, recording, indicating and control instruments/equipment.
• Make systems modifications to correct errors and optimize system performance.
• Originate, engineer, specify and procure material for new control equipment installations and existing control system upgrades and additions.
• Participate in the development of systems documentation, trains operations and maintenance staff on how to use tools and applications developed.
• Troubleshoot and resolve hardware, software and communications problems and perform database administration functions for both real-time and historical databases.
• Troubleshoot control system failures and make necessary repairs.
• Work closely with management, millwrights, electricians, and production personnel.
• Ability to make important decisions under pressure
• Time management skills
• Good work history/ attendance record. No write-ups within the last year of employment.
• Advanced working knowledge of equipment and functions.
• Must be flexible and adaptable to changing roles and responsibilities.
• Ability to handle multiple tasks and manage efficiently and effectively.
• Computer literacy in commonly used business software products such as email, spreadsheets, and word processing
• Ability to work with minimal supervision.
• Ability to work collaboratively and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and plant management
• Excellent team player with good communication skills
• Flexible & contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results to meet deadlines
• Utilizing time management and being prepared

Responsibilities are not limited to the above-mentioned and may include assisting other branches with reasonable and related tasks.

Physical Demands

• Standing for an extended period-of-time
• Flexible Schedule: Working shift work and weekends. Also have the ability to be called back during emergencies
• Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
• Ability to frequently walk distances, climb ladders, climb up on equipment, or stand for prolonged periods of time.
• Exposed to airborne particles, dust, dirt and frequent high levels of noise.
• Ability to bend, stoop, and/or squat frequently.
• Exposed to outdoor weather conditions, and indoor conditions, including variations in temperature and conditions.
• Ability to work at heights and in confined spaces
• Consistently works near on or around mechanical and electrical parts.
• Frequent reaching, handling, carrying, and balancing.


• Minimum of 3 years of PLC, HMI and Electrical programming and troubleshooting experience in an industrial setting required; wood products preferred.
• Some Saturday work and on-call work expected.
• Proven leadership skills
• Good analytical, problem-solving skills, computer and math skills
• Excellent verbal and written communication and negotiation skills
• Positive and Excellent Interpersonal and Customer Service skills
• Minimum of Current Oregon Manufaturing Plant Electrician license


We offer a highly competitive wage, PTO, health, dental and life insurance, Section 125, 401K, profit sharing, Holiday Pay and discretionary quarterly bonuses.

Our Company

Freres Engineered Wood Products, formerly Freres Lumber Co., Inc. was established in 1922 in the Santiam Canyon of Oregon. We are a family-owned and operated wood products manufacturing business headquartered in Lyons, Oregon. Now in its third generation, family management continues to build on the success of past generations.

We operate six processing plants, including a small log veneer plant, large log veneer plant, veneer drying facility, plywood plant, mass ply plant and stud mill in addition to having our own fleet of trucks and a cogeneration facility. We are dedicated to reinvesting in our modern manufacturing facilities, providing high-quality wood products, and providing family wage jobs within our communities. We specialize in creating the highest quality wood products, from raw log to finished products, including: hog fuel, bark fines, chips, shavings, specialty veneer, grade lumber, high-quality sheathing grade plywood, MPP and even electricity.

Our passion for continuous improvement aligned with our innovative approach to manufacturing has led us to develop and become the sole producer of a unique, patented wood product, the Mass Ply Panel. If you have growth mindset and a continuous-improvement attitude, you’re probably a great fit for our team!