Job Description - Maintenance Automation Technician in Dakota
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Maintenance Automation Technician

Ref: US_EN_6_971649_1465137

Posted 7 days ago
$30 - $45

Role: Maintenance Automation Technician

Employment Type: Direct Hire

Schedule: 12-hour night shifts (2-2-every other weekend Schedule)


The Maintenance Automation Technician is responsible for the installation, maintenance, support, and improvement of the facility's plant floor control system. This would include the following: Training of the facilities' maintenance resources and operating technicians during the startup of new or modified control systems and acting as a resource for the maintenance team when technical issues are beyond their understanding and ability to resolve. This position will also provide innovation and support for continuous improvement projects.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs.

  • Complete daily inspections of facility systems to meet the business needs of Berner Foods.
  • Troubleshoot production problems and system failures when they occur on a timely basis until successful resolution, including major and minor maintenance of automated and non-automated equipment
  • Maintain and modify PLC programs to support the day-to-day operation of the facility 
  • Review (with Controls Manager) key plant metrics/KPIs and equipment data to identify potential areas for continuous improvement then lead a team to develop an engineered solution
  • Provide second-level support to the maintenance department.
  • Provide support for the manufacturing Controls networks and act as a liaison between plant personnel, corporate engineering, and IT when needed (Knowledge of server systems is a plus)
  • Manage automation software on department PC’s as well as ensure all control devices are up to date with firmware and software revisions
  • Records, repair, and preventative maintenance data into a computerized maintenance management system for future troubleshooting use
  • Obtains and executes work orders from maintenance planner
  • Performs preventative maintenance inspections, calibration, and routine diagnostic checks of automated systems
  • Programs, debugs, and troubleshoots PLC ladder logic
  • Monitors automated equipment throughout production run to ensure the operation is within specified process parameters
  • Assist in maintaining a library for all device back-ups and updates
  • Ensure equipment in the area is maintained, guarded, and operated in accordance with defined safety regulations and procedures
  • Manage change control and keep validation of plant Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs).
  • Work in conjunction with the Network administrator to maintain the Facility Controls Network (hardware and software)
  • Document changes made to software and hardware (electrical and Process & Instrumentation prints).
  • Training, Education & Experience

  • Technical degree in a related field, AAM graduation, or equivalent experience
  • Strong experience with automation software, controls, PLCs
  • Strong overall electrical knowledge and experience with control systems.
  • Excellent communication skills and effective team-building skills are a must
  • Experience in a food processing plant is a plus
  • High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • Technical school, course work, or degree, considered a plus
  • Requirements

    Technicians must provide their own hand tools; large and specialty tools will be provided by the company

  • Some mechanical or electrical aptitude, with a desire to increase their knowledge.
  • Training for the position will consist of the same training that new hires receive i.e. HACCP, Retort, Safety, and Food Safety.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the retort process by earning a Better Food Processing School Certificate
  • Flexibility in working hours to support the needs of the maintenance and operations of Berner Foods
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

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