Automation Technician

OVERVIEW & JOB SUMMARY
Under direct and general supervision, the Automation Technician B is responsible for maintaining and operating production equipment to optimize availability, quality, and speed inclusive of both mechanical and electrical subsystems. Troubleshoot and repair hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical, and electrical equipment. Strong mechanical aptitude for troubleshooting production issues, while minimizing downtime.  Effectively communicate requirements and status to the production operation.  Work independently to perform preventative maintenance following written schedules and procedures.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

To perform this job successfully, you must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The following duties and responsibilities are those considered to be essential but do not represent all job functions that may be required to be performed by this position.  Other comparable duties and responsibilities may be assigned as needed.

Responsibilities will include maintenance of production equipment:

  • Responsible for assembly and testing of various mechanical devices and complete systems according to blueprints, written or verbal specifications with minimal supervision, documentation, and/ or specifications may be ambiguous.
  • Maintain and/or improve system performance to design specifications.
  • Perform routine maintenance and inspections on dispensing and unit dose packaging equipment within priorities and on time.
  • Provided tasks and project status reports to management.
  • Follow up PO’s and ERF as needed.
  • Order OEM parts and/or other machine components.
  • Assist with conduit bending and pulling wire.
  • Maintain and organize spare parts inventory.
  • Performance preventive maintenance programs to optimize and maintain equipment.
  • Train production operators/ employees as appropriate for set-ups, operation of all equipment, etc.
  • Troubleshoot system issues and take corrective actions independently, while minimizing production downtime.  Highlight system issues for permanent corrective actions and process improvements.
  • Responsible for safety compliance personally and with equipment.
  • Participate in special projects and/or rebuilds.
  • Support Production and ensure the equipment is working continuously and in an efficient manner.
  • Calibrate all tanks level transducers, differential pressures, bar soap weight scales, flow meters.
  • Will keep records, schedules, and coordinate calibration services as needed.
  • Ensure the Production equipment is adjusted accordingly for the product running.
  • Have all changeover parts and documents updated and train operators to improve or maintain the changeover time when this occurs.
  • Responsible to perform all pump maintenance, centrifugal, PD, and Diaphragm pumps.
  • Perform all production equipment PM’s (Supported by the Tech and/or Operator of that area)
  • Fill, revise, update and organize the preventive maintenance documents (not creating the documents)
  • Revise and incorporate the spare parts and new equipment into the PM program.
  • Support the Automation team in any other job or project

INTERACTION

The incumbent will interact closely with large groups ranging from peers and middle management.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
None

EDUCATION/YEARS EXPERIENCE

Minimum:

High school diploma or its equivalent with 2-5 years of experience in the field or in a related area.  Valid California driver’s license.  Proven experience in industrial and/or commercial maintenance.  Demonstrable ability to use electrical and hand tools (e.g. wire strippers, voltmeter, etc.) and electrical drawings and blueprints.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Demonstrable knowledge and skills in repairing equipment such as motors, pumps, mixers, special pneumatic or solenoid valves, flowmeters, level probes, Temp probes, and other mechanical devices.
  • Knowledge of electrical circuits, wiring, and operating principles of motors.
  • Ability to read blueprints, schematics, and written reference material.
  • Ability to use computer and Microsoft programs – Outlook, Word, Excel.
  • Follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to diagnose and resolve problems and use hand and power tools.
  • Able to work well on a team.
  • Works with a spirit of enthusiasm, teamwork, cooperation, and a sense of urgency.
  • Ability to multi-task in an efficient, thorough, and prioritized manner; work quickly, accurately, and independently.
  • Anticipate needs and solve problems.
  • Able to be flexible, adaptable, and work independently.
  • Possess a strong work ethic.

Tools and Equipment Used

Multimeter, ohmmeter, oscilloscope, and testing equipment; soldering iron; wire puller; pipe bender and threaded; hand and power tools (saw, drill, etc.); trencher; jackhammer; concrete saw; ladder.  Light truck or van.

LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS

Must have reliable transportation and possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license including proof of personal vehicle insurance coverage and insurability under the Company’s insurance carrier standards.

PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

  • Perform work in a climate-controlled office setting;
  • Sit, stand, walk, reach above and below shoulder heights, climb stairs, bend and stoop, crawl, kneel and use hands, arms, and legs for dexterity and balance requiring the use of both arms and legs frequently.
  • Experience frequent interruptions and work under pressure of time with multiple priorities.
  • Occasionally lift, carry and balance objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Pull and push such objects as file drawers, loaded carts, pallet jack, computers, and similar office equipment and supplies.
  • Prioritize and multi-task work and projects requiring good memory, concentration, and analytical thinking.
  • Occasionally perform the safe operation of a vehicle, office equipment, and machines, and recognize and abate safety hazards within the workplace.
  • Frequently work alone but is occasionally required to interact or perform and communicate with others.
  • Be able to hear, see including the distinction of colors, read, and communicate verbally and in writing frequently with a wide range of people from diverse socio-economic backgrounds and origins.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, and hearing of normal conversation is required.

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