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Maintenance Automation Technician
Dakota, IL

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The Automation Technician is responsible for the PLC programming, setup, repair, and troubleshooting related to machine operations on the production floor. Automation Technicians will have a thorough understanding of automation controls including PLCs; VFD, and logic-based control systems. They work cross-functionally with other maintenance mechanical technicians, facilities technicians, and production personnel.

Food manufacturer of the brands you know – coffees, energy drinks, and cheese products!


  • Full benefits
  • Work only 14 days per month!
  • Relocation assistance is provided by the company!
  • State-of-the-art automated facilities

Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products
  • Proficiency in Allen-Bradley PLC programming, Setup, and troubleshooting.
  • Proficient with Allen-Bradley PLCs, VFDs, and machine vision (Cognex / Keyence)
  • Firm understanding of HMI screen development. Configure and program remote I/O devices such as Ethernet IP, Modbus, or similar.
  • Implement and validate automation changes to the existing control system hardware and software.
  • Ability to read process diagrams, mechanical drawings, and electrical schematics.
  • Ability to apply sound engineering solutions while considering the budget, schedule, and operational performance.
  • Ability to troubleshoot various automation systems and provide training to operations and other maintenance personnel on automated processes.
  • Sound understanding of control components and wiring up to 480 Volts

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Understand and align with policies, safety standards, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), and Food Safety. Identify and report Food Safety issues to management.
  • Support, mentor, and lead efforts for controls system repairs and validate proper function to obtain throughput.
  • Obtains and executes work orders and preventive maintenance tickets with little or no guidance.
  • Assist in maintaining a library for all device back-ups and updates.
  • Document changes made to software and hardware (Electrical and Process & Instrumentation prints).
  • Work in conjunction with the Network administrator to maintain the Facility Controls Network (hardware and software)
  • Review (with upper management) key plant metrics/KPIs and equipment data to identify potential areas for continuous improvement.
  • Work closely with production and maintenance supervisors to provide effective support production throughout the shift.
  • Ensure equipment in the area is maintained, guarded, and operated in accordance with defined safety regulations and procedures.

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, is considered a plus

Working Conditions:

  • Indoors
  • Walking on wet and slippery floors
  • Standing/Walking for 12 Hours
  • 12-hour night shifts – 5:40 pm till 6 am (2-2-3 every other weekend Schedule)

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