Control Technician / Programming Technician
The Controls Technician will be a support position that utilizes their programming skillset on custom-built manufacturing equipment controls to include Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Variable Frequency Drives (VFD), and Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) and associated process controls hardware including hydraulic, pneumatic, and servo actuated devices. This position supports the lead controls engineer and other machine assembly staff through daily programming and design activities. This position will also be responsible for design, development, and troubleshooting, of custom programmed machines to make them function per the quoted scope of work. This position is also responsible for documenting the machine programs, schematics, and machine operating instructions. This position will act as a liaison for internal and external resources and may be required to travel to customer plants for on-site support. This position reports to the Senior Controls Engineer.
- Strong project management skills, effective communication skills, be self-directed, and have the ability to multi-task and deliver results in a dynamic environment.
- Must be a hands-on person who spends more time on equipment optimizing and improving existing processes than at their desk.
- Perform Allen Bradley PLC control level issue diagnosis using ladder logic with Studio 5000, RsLogix500, Factory Talk View HMI, and Connected Components Workbench. Some level of proficiency for Omron, Siemens, Mitsubishi, and other control systems could be required.
- Develop ad-hoc PLC ladder code changes using Rockwell RS Logix family (5000 preferred).
- Familiarization with A/B PLC processers (CompactLogix, ControlLogix, and Micro-Logix preferred), input/output modules, Ethernet I/P and Device Net.
- Support programming of Fanuc robotic actuators and systems as required on custom automation projects.
- Use AutoCAD (Electrical) to review, develop and maintain electrical schematic and equipment layout drawings.
- Work with Maintenance, Engineering, IT and Operations to improve equipment functionality, throughput and uptime.
- Develop training program for improving the maintenance staffs troubleshooting capabilities on electrical, instrumentation and control system equipment.
- Document control system and equipment configuration changes and keep the documentation updated and accessible.
- Perform Preventive maintenance and system management of PLC systems such as program back-ups, UPS systems, firmware/software updates, configurable parameter documentation and control cabinet/wiring termination management, I/O commissioning, updating electrical schematics, and associated documentation.
- All other duties as assigned.
- Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology or similar field of study.
- 1-3 years of control system experience working with PLC based controls in a manufacturing environment.
- Experience with Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Excel, Word, Powerpoint).
- Experience in Allen Bradley (A/B) PLC control level issue diagnosis using ladder logic with Studio 5000, RsLogix500, Factory Talk View HMI, and Connected Components Workbench.
- Basic AutoCAD (Electrical) work experience on control layout and schematics.
- Passion for troubleshooting electrical controls and developing new and innovative ways of utilizing HMI menus and graphics to enhance and simplify the customer’s interaction and operation of our custom built machines.
- Demonstrated ability to multi-task and prioritize different projects and workload.
- Proven ability to communicate effectively, (written and verbally) with peers, management, contractors, and vendors.
- Self-motivated and customer centric.
- Demonstrate a very high sense of urgency. Speed to market is critical.
- Demonstrated critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Must have ability to understand oral and written instructions in English.
- Must demonstrate the ability to work within a team environment as well as being self-motivated.
- Must be a self-starter and function well with minimal supervision.
- Ability to travel to customer plant sites when required for new equipment installations or other programming related tasks.
- Must have good job performance and attendance records.
- Must be able to physically perform the functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions
- Must be able to work seated using a computer and phone for long periods of time
- Must be able to work occasional extended hours, such as overtime and or occasional weekend work when project deadlines require.
- Must possess visual acuity to document company records
- Continuous walking throughout plant and distribution center.
- Lifting up to 50 pounds