PLC Technician

Primary Purpose of Position: PLC technicians install and repair industrial electronic equipment (including input/output networks, data highways, variable speed drives and process control equipment) and write PLC programs for a wide variety of automated control systems, ranging from simple on–off controls to robotics. 

Key Responsibilities: The following statements describe the key responsibilities to be performed by the position.  Key responsibilities are those the individual must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation.

  • Reads and understands electronic and electrical schematics.
  • Carryout troubleshooting activities and undertake timely repair of equipment in the following areas: PLC's, Electrical Control Systems, Mechanics, Hydraulics and Pneumatics.
  • Answers, evaluates, and prioritizes incoming telephone, voice mail, e-mail, and in-person requests for assistance from operators.
  • Work directly with production operators and management to problem-solve and correct production issues that will ensure maximum production efficiencies.
  • Must be able to research parts that are needed for new projects as well as servicing older equipment.
  • Maintain records of daily data communication transactions, problems and remedial actions taken, or installation activities. 
  • Read technical manuals, confer with users, or conduct diagnostics to investigate and resolve problems or to provide technical assistance and support.
  • Respond to evening/weekend issues as needed to support production departments.
  • Responsible for food safety and quality.
  • Lifeline Foods’ philosophy is to maintain a flexible, cooperative, and collaborating work environment; in that regard, this position will be expected to perform duties outside the key responsibilities. 

Minimum Requirements: The following is the requisite education and/or work experience for this position.

  • At least (2) years of experience within electronics field.
  • Must have a strong mechanical aptitude.
  • Allen Bradley PLC experience is a plus.
  • Basic math skills are required.
  • Ability to read, write, and speak fluently in English is required.
  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, safety files, and operating/maintenance instructions/procedures.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical, diagram, written and/or verbal form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Professional written and communication skills, including the ability to write informative reports and business correspondence that can be effective to all levels of personnel, including external contractors and vendors. 

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here a representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Regularly required to walk and move about the facility.
  • Required to sit; use hands to finger; handle, feel/hold objects; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; speak; hear, taste and smell.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus, as well as the ability to distinguish letters, numbers and symbols.
  • Must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 40 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to safely work at heights over 20’, including manlifts, ladders, platforms, equipment tops and scaffolding.
  • Must be able to climb ladders and platforms, enter confined spaces and wear all safety equipment.
  • Must be able to speak on the phone, make field visits to industrial areas when necessary, and to remain on feet for extended periods of time. 

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The work environment is manufacturing.
  • Frequently exposed to airborne particles (dust) and/or toxic or caustic chemicals.
  • Occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.
  • Frequently exposed to hot/cold and/or humid conditions.
  • Frequently works near machinery with moving parts.
  • Occasionally exposed to high, precarious places.
  • Frequently exposed to fumes and risk of electrical shock and vibration.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.