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  • Automation Technician

    City US-IN-Lebanon
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    The Automation Technician is an hourly position which supports the operation of an automated material handling system. Focuses on ensuring that the ASRS and associated automated components are operating efficiently.  This position will diagnose and resolve errors, both physical and IT related.  Will use various computer applications to ensure that Warehouse Management System (WMS), Warehouse Control System (WCS), and Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) communication and positioning of inventory is accurate in the system. 


    Key Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


     Include the following. Other duties as assigned.

      • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures
      • Monitor Warehouse Control System (WCS) interface for potential faults created in automation and follow SOP’s to clear machine faults in a timely and efficient manner. May need to physically move product (up to 100#) to resolve machine faults.
      • Utilize the Warehouse Management System (WMS) and Warehouse Control System (WCS) to troubleshoot errors related to the automated warehouse.
      • Monitor Warehouse Control System (WCS) for inventory comingling and initiate routines to consolidate pallets as appropriate to achieve required levels of pallet storage.
      • Monitor number of missions created by release of work to the system to ensure ability to complete required workload in automation, and advise shift supervisor of potential conflicts.
      • Escalates errors and system outages acting as key liaison between operations, automation provider and USCS specialist to help resolve.
      • Ensure data integrity on information utilized in Warehouse Management System (WMS) and Warehouse Control System (WCS) for operational execution.
      • Perform PM (preventative maintenance) as assigned on automation equipment.
      • Participate in continuous improvement teams on warehouse automation.
      • Follow Automated Processes to support successful execution of warehousing processes.




    • Maintain a professional manner in appearance and communications at all times.
    • Participate in staff and/or customer meetings if required.


    Safety, Housekeeping, Security

    • Safety glasses, seat belts, and ID badges must be worn if associates are on forklifts.
    • Follow posted security procedures at all times while in the building.
    • Maintain a clean, neat and orderly work/lunch room area.
    • Safety, Sanitation, and  Security : Maintain a clean, neat and orderly area. Assist in maintaining the security of the warehouse. Conduct operations in a manner, which promotes safety.
    • Required to attend Ammonia Training Class yearly.


    Responsibility and Authority

    • Initiate action to prevent the occurrence of any non-conformities relating to product, process, and quality systems.      
    • Identify and record any issues relating to product, processes and/or quality.
    • Initiate, recommend, or provide solutions through appropriate channels.
    • Verify the implementation of solutions.
    • Responsible to substitute for Maintenance Supervisor when not available with respect to routine maintenance, operations and emergency response under direction of facility management.


    The knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below are representative of the qualifications required to successfully perform each essential duty. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

    Education:                               -High School degree, prefer some advanced technical training


                                                  -Knowledge and working experience with computer systems (prefer WMS and WCS experience)

    - Practical aptitude, a good technical understanding and experience with basic computer operation

               - Flexibility to work all shifts including weekends

               - Prefer understanding of Distribution Center processes

               - Ability to communicate clearly

    - Ability to schedule own tasks and handle all facets of assigned tasks independently and with minimal supervision

               - Ability to multi-task while maintaining attention to detail and deadlines

               - Team-oriented and collaborative

               - Creative-thinking and problem-solving skills

               - Ability to learn new technologies

               - Self-motivated


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