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Instrumentation Controls Technician

Schenectady, NY
Great opportunity to expand your controls knowledge as an Instrumentation Controls Technician for a food manufacturer near Schenectady, NY. Be involved and hands-on in the operation, set-up, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of machines and systems in a high-speed manufacturing environment. 

Why work here? Well, you will...
  • Be part of a company that has a clearly stated and inspiring purpose; their mission is to make food that tastes great and is as close to homemade as possible. They use non-GMO verified, natural, or organic ingredients in almost all of their products.
  • Work on cutting edge product innovations
  • Receive competitive pay and benefits package (including: dental, health & vision coverage, 401K w/ max 4% match, and more)
  • Enjoy an on-site cafeteria and fitness center (with a group classes, locker rooms, and showers!)
  • Be 30 minutes’ northwest of Albany, NY (the state capital) and 40 minutes southwest of Saratoga Springs. Near major cultural events, outside recreation and places to have fun throughout the year. Go see the ballet, listen to great bands at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), boat on beautiful Lake George, hike the famous trails of the Adirondacks, or ski at Lake Placid. There is plenty to keep you and/or your family busy. And, if you want the occasional big city attraction, it is a short drive to Boston, Montreal, and New York City.

Instrumentation Controls Technician Responsibilities: 
  • Support the software and hardware aspects of electrical/electronic requirements of a high speed manufacturing environment. This includes process instrumentation, computer network, PLCs, motor control, HMIs, Variable Frequency Drives, Servo systems and distribute networks such as Ethernet, ControlNet and DeviceNet.   
  • Understand and calibrate instrumentation such as flow meters, temperature transmitters, weigh scales, level sensors, RTD’s, pressure transmitters, conductivity transmitters etc.
  • Conduct searches of new technologies, processes, equipment and materials to enhance product quality, plant safety and operational efficiency.
  • Assist in establishing training programs for plant electrical and mechanical specialists.
  • Assist on teams and in the development of work instructions for equipment operations.
  • Perform necessary troubleshooting, testing, and repair maintenance on hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical & electronic control systems and instrumentation along with ensuring safe operations.
  • Make/perform timely inspections of all equipment/assets in the plant/facility.
  • Testing/troubleshooting/root cause analysis of all systems.
  • Handle implementation of design changes and maintenance activities in support of quality systems.
  • Create accurate, complete and relevant Preventive Maintenance (PM) and Predictive Maintenance (PdM) schedules in the plant CMMS system. Complete preventative maintenance to all facility equipment as required.
  • Program modifications and perform instrumentation calibration.
  • Interpretation and understanding of electrical drawings.
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD and ability to create electrical drawings.
  • Recommends changes in methods and procedures, always work with continuous improvement in mind. 
  • Capable of design and selection of electrical hardware systems. Respond to work orders/calls in a timely and courteous manner.
  • Maintain cooperative working relationships with team and customers.
  • Provide support to other maintenance functions of the organization should conditions arise which need immediate attention, such as emergency or urgent work orders
  • Implementation and/or follows safety guidelines and ensure all machinery standards are met. Has general understanding of NFPA 79 and ANSI standards. 
  • Keep management updated on status of electrical/mechanical equipment when downtime is expected.
  • Collect data and analyze for process improvements/preventive Maintenance.
  • Write and execute software validation
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field with 1 year experience working in an industrial controls environment OR Associates degree in related field with 3+ years’ experience working in an industrial controls environment.
  • Ability to work within highly complex and dynamic manufacturing environment.
  • Understanding and experience in industrial electrical control systems, servos, machine and systems architecture. and troubleshooting and calibrating equipment.
  • Experience troubleshooting and/or modifying Rockwell/Allen Bradley PLCs. Other software packages a plus.
  • Experience with HMI development, configuration and implementation of Rockwell software is preferred.
  • Understanding of controls architecture and controls networking (ControlNet, DeviceNet, Ethernet)
    • Communication experience including RS232, RS485, fiber optic, serial & Ethernet networking (IP addressing schemes, subnets) is preferred. 
  • Understanding of process controls.
  • General knowledge of design, specification and implementation of software and/or hardware systems.
  • General understanding and experience for applicable NFPA, NEC, ANSI and GMP standards. Ex: NFPA 79, NFPA 70
  • CPG experience preferred.
  • Skills in Microsoft Office required (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Lean Certification is a plus! 
  • Ability to be on call or work weekends if required. 

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