Función del empleo: Operations

Tipo de puesto: Permanent

Tipo de empleo: Full - Time


País: United States

Job Title:   Automation and Controls Technician

 Function: Responsible for process and packaging automation and controls.

Shift: 1st

 FLSA status: Non - Exempt

 Division:  Central Maintenance

 Supervisor Title:  Director of Central Maintenance

 Location:  Florence Manufacturing


Job Summary: 

Operate as a team member, responsible for all automation and controls systems in process and packing. This position includes troubleshooting of HMI’s, PLC systems, VFD, electrical, controls and mechanical issues.  Improve RSLogix 5/500/5000 and other control systems, Ethernet communication networks, HMI equipment, and existing PLC control systems.  This may include supporting the building, utility, and site control systems from time to time.  Develop, maintain, and continually improve all aspects of the automation functions on site. Must possess good communication and teamwork skills for interaction with contractors and internal project teams. They must possess demonstrated problem solving techniques, and the confidence to be an active decision maker. They must be able to create and read logic and flow diagrams for program design, programming, simulation and testing, and start-up. They must read and utilize ladder logic programs, process flow diagrams, piping and instrumentation diagrams, and electrical blueprints. When required, assist with preventative maintenance on plant process and packaging equipment.  This position reports directly to the Director of Central Maintenance, and will be expected to be a self – motivated leader, developing continuous improvement projects as well as supporting the line technicians with technical issues as required including basic training, and being a champion of the change management process. 


Job Requirements:

Education:            2 Year minimum of Technical Training

Experience:          5 or more years of industrial or military experience in both troubleshooting and programming.

Electrical background plus demonstrated mechanical knowledge.

SKILLS: Knowledge of: motor controls, sensors (proximity, PECs, weigh cells, laser, air pressure, current transformers), pressure and temperature transmitters, flow meters, valve limit switches, flow switches, etc. Software and hardware knowledge of Allen Bradley RSLogix, RSBatch, RSView, ControlLogix, DeviceNet, Ethernet, BNR, Siemens, Omron, ELAU, ASI-Bus, FANUC, etc. Formal Allen Bradley certification desired. Rockwell Historian experience an advantage. Detailed knowledge of troubleshooting PLC based control systems.

Detailed knowledge of proper wiring procedures, circuit diagrams and single and three phase power systems.


Essential Physical Requirements: 

 Position requires bending and climbing, especially up ladders as routine functions of job.  Require stair climbing for multiple flights of stairs both inside and outside.  Also requires occasional lifting up to 50 lbs. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


Tasks, Duties & Responsibilities

% of time spent.

Total should = 100%

  • Troubleshooting, programming automation and controls systems involving PLCs (programmable logic controllers)
  • Responsible for troubleshooting, design/implement/document control solutions for material handling systems, act as a liaison for internal and external resources, and be on call as needed.
  • Provide proper training to Operator and Technicians on device troubleshooting and Preventive / Predictive Maintenance.
  • Perform assigned tasks to include, but not limited to, Allen Bradley ControlLogix PLCs, Control View HMI, DeviceNet, Ethernet, BNR, Siemens, Omron, ELAU, ASI-Bus, FANUC sort systems.
  • Repairs to be performed in conformance with established standards. Assist in formulating standards / work procedures while performing those duties and provide work order feedback on discrepancies noted in service delivery.
  • Use AutoCAD to review, develop and maintain electrical schematic and conveyor layout drawings.
  • Work with IT, and Engineering to develop and update controls knowledge and training document for the facilities team.


  • Work closely with stakeholders to establish priorities, resolve technical problems, and maintain standardized documentation while providing leadership in troubleshooting and root cause analysis to effectively resolve issues with sustainable solutions
  • Collaborate with business stakeholders to manage project scope decisions, and change controls. Acts as a project team member supporting automation aspects of project execution.
  • Ensure all aspects of engineering and/or maintenance projects meet established specifications and requirements as developed.
  • Collaborate with vendors and contractors ensuring controls specifications, requirements and infrastructures are respected from preliminary design through execution of projects and training of personnel.


  • Provide leadership to improve performance through training, mentorship and operational support with a focus on continuous process improvement and best practice application to develop a culture of high performance.
  • Provide technical expertise, guidance and training to all teams across the site


  • Able to lead training in the area of controls.
  • Perform Instrument engineer duties such as installing, calibrating, troubleshooting and testing manufacturing process and control systems, collaborating with Engineering, IT, Operations and vendor resources


Required Competencies:



  1. Knowledge of: motor controls, sensors (proximity, PECs, weigh cells, laser, air pressure, current transformers), pressure and temperature transmitters, flow meters, valve limit switches, flow switches, etc.. Software and hardware knowledge of Allen Bradley RSLogix, ControlLogix, DeviceNet, Ethernet, BNR, Siemens, ELAU, ASI-Bus, FANUC,  etc.

2.  Ability to demonstrate a logical troubleshooting process involving analytical thinking capabilities. Must have knowledge of National Electrical Code requirements and familiarity with industrial wiring systems and hardware. Willingness to teach others this skill.


3. Willingness to share improvement ideas and knowledge with the technical team. Must be flexible and self-    motivated with a demonstrated ownership of projects.


4. Knowledge of AGV (Automatic Guided Vehicle) systems advantageous.



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