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Controls Technician

Controls technician works within the technical team and with engineering and production to develop controls strategies, implement them and provide...

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Job Description

Controls technician works within the technical team and with engineering and production to develop controls strategies, implement them and provide ongoing support and training. This role is key for our facility by maintaining the Site controls and E&I infrastructure.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the maintenance and troubleshooting of electrical and control systems equipment down to the component level, including 480V electrical power distribution, instrumentation, motor controls, VFD’s, Servo’s, I/O devices/modules, PLC’s, HMI’s, and control networks.
  • Troubleshoot machine breakdowns and malfunctions utilizing a working knowledge of control system programs and tools required to troubleshoot PLC’s, HMI’s, and VFD/servo systems including electrical schematics, programming software, meters, and other electrical test equipment.
  • Train and assist technicians to troubleshoot, repair, replace and calibrate all electrical sensing devices, instrumentation including photoelectric, inductive, capacitive, pressure, temperature, weight, position sensors, flow, and analytical instruments.
  • Train and assist technicians to troubleshoot, repair, replace and commission all electrical control devices including: AC drives, DC drives, Servo Controllers, contactors, motors, breakers, solenoids power supplies and indicator lights. All PLC/HMI hardware including processors, discrete and analog I/O cards, power supplies, network adapters, I/O hardware, operator interfaces such as Panel view, PC based interfaces, and message displays.
  • Manage and troubleshoot control system applications, include PLC programs, HMI applications, SCADA applications, data collection system, and MES systems.
  • Identify and recommend changes to improve plant performance utilizing existing or new control systems. Make program modifications in PLC’s logic, HMI’s programs and servo controller logic to improve equipment performance.
  • Manage and support factory controls infrastructure including PCs, servers, control networks, and network switches, including implementing patches and other vendor updates.
  • Coordinate the electrical preventative maintenance program by identifying items that need regular inspection and replacement, scheduling the tasks and task frequencies required, and following up to ensure the completion and effectiveness of each task.
  • Manage all PLC, Servo and HMI programs and changes as well as electrical documentation. Ensure that they are all accurate, updated, and available to the technicians and archived at regular intervals.
  • Act as technical resource to operations, maintenance on controls related issues. Assist operations and maintenance associates to meet daily priorities, coverage, and special projects.
  • Provide support during machine installations and upgrades including interfacing auxiliary equipment, identifying and correcting errors in programming and wiring and ensuring vendors and contractors are meeting our needs and expectations.
  • Support the introduction to the plant of new control technologies
  • Direct the work activities of outside contractors, maintenance technicians, and other associates in the installation of instrumentation, PLC based control systems, and PC based operator interfaces.
  • Train and support non-technical users on the use of plant floor automation systems.
  • Lead the implementation of small scope projects in assigned area.
  • Make improvements as required to electrical PM’s on various manufacturing and packaging equipment, electrical panels, and document activities using computerized maintenance management system (SAP Plant Maintenance).
  • Observe all OSHA and company safety rules and use the proper safety equipment at all times. Notify supervisor of potentially dangerous electrical hazards and takes immediate corrective action. Demonstrate basic National Electrical Code understanding.
  • Effectively communicate with peers, supervisors, and upper management on a daily basis, and be willing to provide support where needed and complete other duties as assigned by Team Leader.
  • Maintains a clean and orderly work area.

What can you expect from Mars?

  • Work with over 130,000 like-minded and talented Associates, all guided by The Five Principles.
  • Join a purpose driven company, where we’re striving to build the world we want tomorrow, today.
  • Best-in-class learning and development support from day one, including access to our in-house Mars University.
  • An industry competitive salary and benefits package, including company bonus.

Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity

Job Requirements


  • Minimum of 5 years control experience
  • Minimum of 2 years controls experience in food production environment
  • Must have a thorough understanding of manufacturing facility electrical and machine control systems and their applications.
  • Working knowledge of troubleshooting, testing, and repairing electrical power equipment, motor controls (including VFD’s and servo’s), and instrumentation.
  • Working knowledge of RSLogix 5, RSLogix 500, RSLogix 5000, Studio 5000, Wonderware, FactoryTalk View Studio ME, and Panelbuilder.
  • Good understanding of control system server, PC, and networking hardware including Microsoft Windows operating systems.
  • Understanding of networks including Ethernet, Ethernet/IP, DeviceNet, and ControlNet.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and to take direction from multiple sources.
  • Ability to analyze system problems and correct them.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal for working with operations and maintenance team members.

Technical Skills:

  • Familiarity with Rockwell Allen Bradley control tools
  • Ability to read and understand mechanical and electrical schematics and wiring diagrams
  • Experience In high-speed production environment where food safety and human safety are more Important than production output
  • Good troubleshooting skills
  • Mechanical and electrical skills
  • TPM experience

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