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Controls Technician

Mars Incorporated
Yorkville, IL 60560
  • Job Code
    1179641
Job Overview

The Site Controls Technician primary responsibility is the day to day support of the site Instrumentation & Electrical equipment, and Factory Controls & IT systems. Additionally, they will help execute the strategy for Factory Controls & IT Asset Health Check Program.

Responsibilities include supporting the Controls Lead and Senior Controls Technicians on Capital projects and the development of Area Coverage Technicians. Key concepts of the role includes, but not limited to, developing control concepts, program design, coding and implementation, instrumentation selection and operator interface development.

Additionally, the Controls Technician also executes the modification and installation of control systems utilizing the Change Control process for assigned areas; transfers knowledge of control systems and electrical projects; supports and maintains controls networks for assigned areas, web servers, data historian and operator interface systems.

Key Responsibilities

Delivery of Control & IT Solutions related Services

  • Accountable for problem resolution for Instrumentation and Electrical equipment within assigned area
  • Accountable for problem resolution for Factory Controls & IT systems within assigned area
  • Interact with Maintenance department in order to solve problems and define improvements
  • Supports the Automation Roadmap Strategy & Cyber Security Compliance
  • Support for Ops, IE's, and Engineering Teams responsible for delivery of Factory Controls & IT Initiatives
  • Support as directed, Engineering Projects by participating the design and check out of control systems
  • Support the work activities of outside contractors, controls technicians, and other associates with the installation of instrumentation, PLC based control systems, and PC based operator interfaces
  • Prepare job aids, user documentation, systems documentation, standard operating procedures, and training materials for plant automation systems
  • Identify opportunities and recommend changes to improve plant performance
  • Provide input into site engineering standards for programming and systems design
  • Assist in performing programming, testing, and debugging for new systems as well as for the enhancement of existing systems
  • Modify systems including, but not limited to, Wonderware, Rockwell, Siemens, Iconics, and Traksys applications to support engineering projects
  • Support the plant with control technologies for Level I, Level II, Level III, and Factory IT control systems

Provide Strategy for Factory Control & IT Asset Health Check Program
  • Recognize current phase of lifecycle for each Infrastructure Solution and Service and prepare appropriate action plan

Business Engagement and Communication (for assigned areas)

  • Support all topics related to Factory Controls & IT Infrastructure
  • Provide the communication and marketing of Factory Controls & IT Infrastructure Solution and Services to engineering, maintenance, and production
  • Proficient in Factory Controls & IT, demonstrating clear understanding of the problems and opportunities for business change
  • Proficient in Instrumentation and Electrical equipment
  • Collaborate with shift based production and maintenance teams to understand any breakdown or reliability issues
  • Achieve and maintain a high level of technical competency
  • Train and support non-technical users on the use of plant floor automation systems

Minimum Qualifications

  • 2 year Technical Degree/Certificate (Electrical/Electronic/Controls/Automation) or equivalent experience
  • 1 -2 years Instrumentation & Electrical, Electronics, or Factory Controls & IT experience, including production system troubleshooting and problem resolution
  • Possess or is able to obtain Operational Electrical Qualification Certificate (must be able to work independently on live electrical panels)

Preferred Qualifications
  • 2 year Technical Degree (Electrical/Electronic/Controls/Automation)
  • 2 - 3 years Instrumentation & Electrical, Electronics, or Factory Controls & IT experience, including production system troubleshooting and problem resolution
  • Server Administration, Virtual Infrastructure Administration, & Database Administration knowledge
  • Cisco Equipment Architecture knowledge

Technical Skills Required

    • In-depth contact with users must be maintained to gather information processing on problems or requirements
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and test applications for Factory Control & IT systems
  • Good understanding of Operating Systems environments including Microsoft Windows PC and Server Operating systems, Active Directory, other Microsoft technologies, and thin-client technologies
  • Basic knowledge of AutoCAD and SolidWorks PDM
  • Ability to work well with user departments to provide operational support in the use of HMI terminals, including thin-client, along with software applications on Control Systems
  • Basic knowledge of databases such as Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server, and database connectivity using ODBC and Wonderware automation software
  • Basic knowledge of web application development including basic web design, web connectivity, and database access
  • Understanding of networks including, but not limited to, Modbus +, Ethernet, Devicenet, and/or Profibus
  • Ability to troubleshoot programs residing in, but not limited to, Modicon, Siemens, and/or Rockwell Automation PLC Control Systems in the plant
  • Must have a good understanding of interfacing with PLC's, scales, display devices, and other Instrumentation & Electrical related devices






Posted: 2021-06-08 Expires: 2021-07-07
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