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  • Automation Controls Supervisor

    City US-IN-Lebanon
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  • Overview

    The Automation supervisor is an intermediate level position which focuses on ensuring maintenance practices are implemented, troubleshooting electro-mechanical issues to resolution, and developing continuous improvement optimization for one distribution center in USCS network. This position primarily involves three areas of automation systems: Automated Systems SME (Subject Matter Expert), Maintenance Execution, and Execution of Automation Systems. This individual will be expected to assist with all reasonable requests and are also expected to maintain a professional, helpful, and cooperative demeanor toward all individuals they contact during the execution of their duties.

    Key Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Knowledge to troubleshoot Electro Mechanical Controls
    • Understanding of WMS, WCS and IT integration as impact to operation of automated systems
    • Primary local expert on automated equipment, lead outage resolutions.
    • Involved in on-site commissioning to understand operation and setup of automation equipment
    • Optimize existing automated material handling equipment
    • Optimize/troubleshoot and understand (PLC) Programmable Logic Controller programs.
    • Work closely with vendors to investigate/integrate solutions.
    • Provide guidance/direction to train and guide Automation Technicians and maintenance staff for facility.
    • Assist in resolving emergency breakdowns with minimal downtime.
    • Assist Chief Engineer in developing a staff of mechanics and coordinating vendors to provide adequate Preventative Maintenance (PM) and emergency repair to support operations.
    • Work with vendors and USCS automation subject matter experts to ensure successful operation of automated systems to meet or exceed customer requirements
    • Ensure SOP’s are followed by site staff.


     Include the following. Other duties as assigned.


    • Provide leadership to the efficient coordination and execution of workflow throughout the automation, consistently keeping safety, sanitation, cost controls, productivity, accuracy, team environment, and customer satisfaction in line with facility goals.
    • Participate in the hiring process of new automation employees, ensuring the positions are filled with competent, high performing staff.
    • Provide hands-on leadership to the ongoing development of the assigned personnel and teams.
    • Develop good working relationships at all levels within the USCS team environment, leading and communicating as needed to maximize individual and team performance.
    • Attend or Conduct plant, customer or training meetings when asked.
    • Work with Management and Customer Service personnel to ensure that all requirements and requests are responded to in the highest professional manner
    • Ensure proper documentation, and test the control systems, process controls, system integration, and automation controls in updates to facility solution.
    • Maintain comprehensive technical subject matter expertise (SME) of automated material handling systems IT systems for facility.
    • Setup, program, modify, and maintain a variety of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), SCADA (Supervisor Control and Data Acquisition) systems and Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) .
    • Implement projects and modifications to improve thru-put of automation equipment.
    • Evaluates situations to minimize downtime and maximize efficiency.
    • Assess and modify systems where system performance does not meet operational expectations and design specifications in close partnership with vendors and USCS subject matter experts.
    • Perform and monitor troubleshooting of defective equipment and systems to determine root cause analysis to correct problems.
    • Trouble-shoot automated material handling equipment (i.e., motors, scanners, VFDs, photoeyes, encoders, etc.) and other electrical control equipment.
    • Identify spare parts needed for field requirements.
    • Utilize the Computerize Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) to manage and improve Preventive Maintenance (PM’s) and spare parts usage.
    • Improve and develop maintenance SOP’s, maintenance procedures, and safety procedures.
    • Train and develop mechanics and control technicians working in the automated warehouse.
    • Serve as the Distribution network's troubleshooting expert and technical resource during equipment escalations. Coordinate resources to quickly resolve equipment downtime.
    • Maintains a high focus on providing excellent customer service to our internal and external customers.



    • 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 requirements  that  an  individual  must  absolutely  posses  to  perform  the  essential  functions  of  the  job :

    • Knowledge of in hydraulicspneumaticsprogrammable logic controllerselectrical circuits, electrical machinery and human-machine interfaces.
    • Capable of operating forklifts and their attachments.
    • Have good arithmetic skills.
    • Be able to read.
    • Capable of following verbal and written instructions.
    • Available to work various shifts.
    • Capable of standing and walking extended periods of time.
    • Pass written and driving forklift exam.
    • Understand and follow company policy as stated in the employee handbook.


    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: BS degree preferred, in Electrical, Mechanical, Industrial and/or Technology Engineering




    Experience: -PLC, VFD, HMI, AGV, VGV, AC Motor Controls, Robotics knowledge, including programming and configuration.

    -Prefer Proficiency in Design/Drafting/Simulation tools.  AutoCAD, SketchUp FlexSim, Simio, Simcad or other tools.

    -Three or more years engineering experience supporting, commissioning and troubleshooting PLC/PC industrial control systems (Siemens, Allen Bradley)

               -Ability to communicate clearly, both written and orally

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

    -Have experience with Allen Bradley /Siemens PLC HW/SW platforms.

               -Hands-on experience with industrial networks.

               -Familiar with various motion controllers and actuators.

    -Experience and skill in analyzing control systems and troubleshooting issues.

               -Root cause analysis / problem-solving skills.



    PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described below are representative of those required of an individual performing the essential duties of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties. 

    • Stand, walk; use hands and feet to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; talk or hear.
    • Use of scanners, telephones, and warehouse machinery.
    • The employee must be capable of occasionally lifting a minimum of 100 lbs.
    • Work longer hours as needed to satisfy customer and USCS daily and seasonal requirements.
    • Drive a registered motor vehicle to satisfy daily requirements.
    • Able to lift and move product above head.
    • Have acceptable and / or correctable vision.

    WORKING ENVIRONMENT: The characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

    • Work in an atmosphere range of + 50 to - 30 degrees F.
    • The noise level in the work area is usually moderate to high.
    • Personal interaction and communication required to and from other people is extremely high.
    • Daily workflow is fast paced, dependent on daily and seasonal customer and USCS company requirements.



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