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  • Maintenance Automation Specialist

    City US-IN-Lebanon
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    PRIMARY FUNCTIONS: The Maintenance – Automation Specialist is an intermediate level position which focuses on ensuring maintenance practices are implemented, troubleshooting electro-mechanical issues to resolution, and developing continuous improvement optimization within automated distribution center for USCS. This position is primarily involved in Electro Mechanical Controls and Maintenance Execution.


    Key Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Assist commissioning of automated material handling equipment and warehouse control systems.
    • Provide guidance/direction to train Automation Controls Technicians and maintenance.
    • Review system layouts, schematics, field wiring, control devices and other automation components.
    • Assist Chief Engineer in developing a staff of mechanics and coordinating vendors to provide adequate Preventative Maintenance (PM) and emergency repair to support operations.
    • Expert on site regarding PLC logic, SCADA systems, and HMDI.



     Include the following. Other duties as assigned.

    • Coordinates with automation supervisor to setup, program, modify, and maintain a variety of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), SCADA (Supervisor Control and Data Acquisition) systems and Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) .
    • Evaluates situations to minimize downtime and maximize efficiency.
    • Perform and monitor troubleshooting of defective equipment and systems to determine root cause analysis to correct problems.
    • Trouble-shoot automated and material handling equipment (i.e., motors, scanners, PLC components, power supplies, VFDs, photoeyes, encoders, etc.) and other electrical control equipment.
    • Use Savanna WCS to read I/O status and PLC fault codes
    • Troubleshoot, replace, and align sensors including photoeyes and proximity switches
    • 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.
    • Assist with the development of maintenance SOP’s, maintenance procedures, and safety procedures.
    • Serve as the Distribution network's troubleshooting expert and technical resource during equipment escalations. Coordinate resources to quickly resolve equipment downtime.
    • Provide ongoing support to plants and management.
    • Maintains a high focus on providing excellent customer service to our internal and external customers.
    • Safety in accessing/operating heavy automated machinery as well as rigging, climbing, and working with high voltage and controls circuits.



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


    Safety, Housekeeping, Security

    • Follow posted security procedures at all times while in the building.
    • 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.
    • Follow and enforce company GMP, HACCP, and other food safety policies.


    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.



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



    QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: 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:                               Technical Associates Degree



    Experience:                             -3+ years of project management experience, preferably within automated material handling and logistics applications.

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

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

    -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.

    -Safety orientation with high voltage power supplies

    -Hands-on experience with industrial networks.

    -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 75 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. 



    The above job description may not include all tasks necessary to complete the job.  The job description is a listing of the most common tasks the associate will be required to perform in that job area.  The administrator will be required to perform all of the above listed tasks.     


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