Electrical Engineer


Mercury Paper is a tissue converting company with affiliated plant and warehouses in Virginia. Since 2010, Mercury has steadily grown in the away from home (AFH), retail private label (PL) and retail branded (FIORA) sales channels.


The Maintenance and Engineering Department is responsible for keeping all equipment running at optimal efficiency to achieve operational goals, through preventative maintenance & technical assistance, while maintaining plant safety.


The purpose of the Electrical Engineer is to support operational goals and metrics for tissue converting productivity, quality and safety at the facility. Work assignments and responsibilities will include: developing and implementing improvement initiatives; supporting installation and start-up of converting equipment and facility support equipment; Performing basic and advanced PLC programming, troubleshooting, and program documentation; developing electrical and control system expertise on the tissue converting process; transferring the expertise/knowledge to operations and maintenance personnel through training programs; implementing good run settings; and the planning and execution of expense and capital based projects for improvement, safety, quality and other initiatives.


Works closely with Production Manager, Shift Leads and Maintenance Supervisor to identify operational issues and opportunities and to respond quickly to operational problems. Works closely with the Electro-techs for troubleshooting, maintenance and project work.


  • Evaluate, define and solve operating problems to achieve operational goals
  • Support converting equipment installation and start-up activities, provide electrical engineering leadership to resolve problems, troubleshoot and optimize the installation process to meet project objectives and schedules
  • Support the definition, implementation, optimization and maintenance of a documentation system for electrical drawings, PLC software, machine drive software, HMI software and other control and manufacturing system software
  • Develop knowledge and expertise on electrical and manufacturing control systems including PLC’s, HMI’s, variable frequency drives, servo drives, sensors, and power distribution and protection systems.
  • Support the development of electrical and control software design standards and specifications for the plant manufacturing equipment and the plant utilities equipment and processes.
  • Develop technology approaches which support improved plant efficiency, process improvement and manufacturing flexibility.
  • Develop and conduct training programs with operations, maintenance and engineering personnel to increase process knowledge, troubleshooting capability, and understanding of electrical and manufacturing control systems
  • Identify and solve bottle-necks within the converting process as related to manufacturing control systems
  • Review equipment and processes to identify required spare parts, coordinate ordering with maintenance/stores to minimize downtime and manage spare parts inventories
  • Review, support and improve the plant maintenance plan
  • Perform failure analysis of electrical equipment and controls to implement reliability improvement action items
  • Plan and implement expense and capital based projects for improvement, safety, quality and other initiatives
  • Establish external contacts involving equipment and parts suppliers and construction/maintenance contractors.
  • Carry out job responsibilities in a safe manner. Review and ensure converting and support equipment/processes meet electrical safety codes, policies and guidelines
  • Develop expertise in Arc Flash, National Electric Code and NFPA 70 requirements and compliance
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Reports to the Maintenance/Engineering Manager for general work direction.


  • Ensure suppliers and contractors provide equipment and services per contracts and equipment requirements.


Education and Experience Background:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent experience and training required.
  • A minimum of 2 years work experience in technical and industrial manufacturing assignments.
  • Experience in troubleshooting electrical control systems on continuous production lines including PLC’s (Allen Bradley, Siemens, Elua), variable frequency drives [Allen Bradley, Siemens, Danfoss, B&R] and process control systems, HMI [Allen Bradley, Siemens, B&R], distributed control systems and power distribution

Skills & Abilities

  • Skilled with computer programs including PLC programming [Allen Bradley, Siemens, Elua] , MS Excel and MS Word
  • Ability to work independently and to execute programs in a cross functional environment
  • Ability to build relationships with vendors and suppliers on a national basis as well as in local areas
  • Must have a hands-on approach to Troubleshooting along with a strong understanding of electrical processes combined with technical knowledge
  • Working knowledge of National Electric Code, NFPA 70


  • This position is in a dusty environment with noise levels up to 90 dB, must use proper PPE as provided.
  • The candidate must have the ability to safely lift up to 70lb as needed.
  • Must be flexible and responsive to the needs of the department/facility/business
  • Must be able to sit, bend, stand and walk during scheduled shift.
  • Must be able to work 8 – 12 hour shifts


Applying for a position with Mercury Paper:

Please complete, sign, and date the Mercury Paper application listed above and scan/email to jobs@mercurypaper.com. Completed applications may also be mailed to 495 Radio Station Rd, Strasburg, VA 22657, Attention Human Resources Assistant.

You are welcome to include your resume and cover letter. Candidates may also apply at a local Virginia Employment Commission office or on their job search website.