The Industrial Controls Technician reports to the Plant Maintenance Controls Supervisor.
The environment at the Fort Morgan plant is a production-focused operation using highly technical, constantly changing state-of-the-art equipment and methods. The facility is expected to operate at maximum efficiency 350+ run days per year and 18-20 hours of production time per day. This challenges the incumbent to complete scheduled work within tight time deadlines and troubleshoot, identify and solve real time problems on demand.
The Industrial Controls Technician is responsible for assisting the Controls Supervisor in the selection, installation, programming, documentation, training and knowledge of all plant industrial controls. They are also responsible for all computer integration of PLC’s, HMI’s and process controls within the facility. The Industrial Controls Technician is responsible for training of end users on the operations of newly installed or modified process or control systems. They are responsible for standardization of control systems and control logic designs, documentation of operational procedures and as-built drawings and logic. They will be the plant liaison for new system start up and commissioning by all outside controls contractors and system integrators to insure proper transfer of documented PLC programs changes and adequate training on the installation/changes that have been completed.
The Industrial Controls Technician is responsible for following up on control work that has been done by Maintenance Technicians. He will assist in troubleshooting of control and instrumentation equipment problems, and make repairs to equipment that is at fault and not part of the control system.
Some of the challenges in this position include reducing downtime with the updating of PLC logic and developing diagnostic tools with the data available through the controls; understanding the systems and keeping abreast of new technology to recommend upgrades that will reduce or eliminate problems; monitor and recommend adequate controls spare parts inventory; keeping control documentation up to date, and being available for off shift support.
Performance in this position can be measured by the timely completion of work, minimizing of machine downtime, development and utilization of diagnostic data for preventative maintenance, and thoroughness of new system designs and installations.
Knowledge and skills required to perform this position include general knowledge of industrial operations, working knowledge of various equipment and plant processes to understand, interpret and schedule work orders; strong technical and electrical aptitude (i.e., electronic controls, process controls, instrumentation, data networks, HMI systems, control and HMI software). The incumbent will be required to assess hardware and software and time requirements necessary for capital projects commissioning
The Industrials Technician will be required to interface with the following personnel for proper completion of his daily duties.
1. Act as a resource to production and maintenance in problem solving and troubleshooting operational activities to reduce downtime related to control problems.
2. Calibrate all plant instrumentation in a wide variety of makes and types of specifications (i.e., temperature, flow, pH, vacuum, pressure, Foxboro, Honeywell, Taylor, Endress Hauser, Anderson, etc.).
3. Work with industrial electricity (motor controls) to troubleshoot and repair electrical components and machinery including 480 VAC,
4. Complete preventive maintenance work orders.
5. Program/design P.C. programs for existing plant systems and capability of reconstruction and/or updating programs.
Minimum Qualifications: Two-year electrical/electronic technical degree or two years of experience in industrial control system development and troubleshooting. Must be able to work all shifts/Holidays/Weekends.
Basic knowledge of process equipment and operations. Computer proficiency in email, internet, Microsoft Office software, experience in AC frequency drives and experience in instrumentation, data networks, HMI systems, schematic reading and PLC programming/troubleshooting.