Industrial Controls Technician

Advancing Alternatives | Lancaster, PA, United States

Posted Date 1/14/2022

Industrial Controls Technician


Job Description

Are you looking to join a motivated team? Are you eager to learn? Are you punctual? If you answered yes to these questions, please send us your resume so we can get to know you!


The primary duties of this position include; perform electrical, mechanical or communications/networking troubleshooting to determine problems and resolution. Provide support for all electronic format data, process parameters, hardware and systems such as Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s), servo motion controllers, robotics, intelligent sensors and devices, PC based systems, production data networks, and SCADA level systems. Assist in the development of electrical and controls system design solutions based on engineering principles and involvement in presentation of the solution to the customer. You will perform electrical hardware and software design of customized solutions including manufacturing automation and safety systems and create HMI screens.


Our ideal candidate:
Education and Experience

  • 4+ years of electrical experience and 2+ years of PLC/ Controls programming/ troubleshooting experience
  • Proven ability to repair and maintain machinery - electrical, mechanical and controls.
  • A strong mechanical aptitude and background in mechanical maintenance troubleshooting and repair is required.
  • Must be able to read and understand electrical and mechanical blueprints, assembly drawings, bills of material, equipment and device manuals, and ladder logic.
  • Must have an understanding of 24VDC and 120VAC digital control circuits, 0-10V and 4-20mA analog circuits, 90VDC and 120/208/480VAC motor circuits.
  • Must be able to recommend, select and install various sensors including photoelectric, proximity, pressure, flow, level, temperature, load cells, etc., with minimum direction.
  • Above average mathematical/analytical skills to perform calculations.
  • Must be able to install electrical enclosures, motors, other devices.
  • Must be able to troubleshoot, maintain and replace mechanical components of equipment such at gearboxes, pumps, conveyors, bearings, power transmission including sprockets, chains, belts, gears, servo motors, vfd’s.

Primary Duties


  • Work independent or with others on a project, including but limited to running a circuit for a 20-amp 120 volt receptacle, or install an 1800 amp primary service.
  • Transformer and switch gear, design, build and install a PLC based control panel
  • PLC programming or install high efficiency lighting
  • Interfacing with HMI’s
  • PLC programmer and developer utilizing platforms such as Allen-Bradley (A/B) RS Logix, Koyo, Modicon, Siemens, etc
  • Troubleshooting various types of machinery with different controllers and relay logic
  • Reading Electrical Schematics and designing control panels. Skilled at installing conduit and wire
  • Interfacing with HMI’s
  • Determine machine sequence of operations and program given control system Replacing or repairing faulty components
  • Preparing written reports detailing test results
  • Selecting and installing circuitry and instrumentation
  • Performing preventative maintenance of instrumentation
  • Calibrating and checking instrumentation
  • Modifying instruments as needed
  • Communicating frequently with Maintenance staff and all necessary departments
  • Reading and interpreting wiring diagrams, mechanical drawings, and specifications in making installations or performing major repair work.
  • Serving as a technical resource to others
  • Troubleshooting PLC software and hardware
  • Making recommendations and performing software changes
  • Maintaining documentation of changes to the software and hardware


Required Qualifications


  • High school degree or GED required
  • Knowledge of: The safe use of a wide variety of hand and power tools, electronic and electric test equipment as related to field and shop work; and safe work practices.
  • Knowledge of: theory of programmable logic controllers and human machine interface software and hardware (Unitronics)
  • Vocational/Technical 2-year electro/mechanical certificate or electrical or mechanical union apprenticeship with 5-8 years’ experience in an automated manufacturing environment. Extensive relevant experience may be considered in lieu of certificate.
  • The ideal candidate would have experience in PLC/HMI programming, vision, robotics, and Ethernet communications.
  • Proven diagnostics and troubleshooting skills are a must.
  • Experience w/data loggers, temperature/humidity monitoring systems is a plus.
  • Minimum of (2) years’ experience of electrical/mechanical troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance in a high-speed automation environment.
  • 1-2 years’ experience in high-volume lean manufacturing/continuous flow operations.
  • Strong ability to analyze and interpret data and demonstrate excellent problem solving skills.
  • Knowledge of basic computer operations and Windows based applications is required.
  • Must have a demonstrated working knowledge of electrical, mechanical, and controls aspect of factory automation systems and the integration of devices used.
  • Skilled electrician working in high-power to 480 volts 3 phase and control circuits of 24 volts and 200 volt, 4 to 20 milliamp and 0 to 10 volts.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to read and interpret complicated equipment manuals.
  • Ability to use hand tools and measuring devices in the proper manner.
  • Works productively with others in a team environment.
  • Solid understanding in the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s).
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a discipline structured work environment.
  • Works with integrity and respect displaying a high degree of tact and diplomacy


Knowledge Required:

  • HMI’s
  • PLC’s
  • Capacitors
  • Diodes
  • Resistors
  • Traces
  • SMPS
  • Relays
  • Transistors
  • Optocouplers
  • IGBT's
  • Blocks
  • Thermistors
  • Amperage
  • Voltage
  • Thru-hole
  • Surface Mount.



Ability to communicate orally with management and peers is extremely important. Exertion/Heavy lifting of up to 100 lbs. of force is occasionally required.



The job is performed indoors on a warehousing floor and behind a desk. Protective (safety) equipment, including appropriate clothing, shoes, gloves, earplugs, and safety goggles, are required while doing certain projects.


Job Type: Full-time

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