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Automation Controls Specialist I - SA Milk Plant



San Antonio, TX, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2024
Job Summary: The Automation Controls Specialist I serves as technical support to ensure a safe environment, producing safe-high quality products in a timely manner, at the best cost possible; responsible for installing, maintaining, testing, and troubleshooting of instrumentation, controls, and electrical / electronic systems at the facility.

Essential Functions / Process Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned as necessary):

Maintenance / Repair / Troubleshooting:

  • Calibrates, tests, maintains, troubleshoots, and installs all plant instrumentation, control systems, and electrical equipment
  • Performs basic maintenance on motor control centers, motor operated valves, programmable logic controllers, excitation equipment, human machine interface devices, and motors
  • Conducts equipment and system tagging according to company and plant rules and regulations
  • Troubleshoots and performs maintenance on AC and DC power equipment, process controls, programmable logic controls (PLC), and monitoring equipment
  • Identifies root causes, using precision measuring and testing instruments

Preventive Maintenance & Safety:

  • Ensures operation of machinery and mechanical equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements on engines, motors, pneumatic tools, conveyor systems, and production machines; following diagrams, sketches, operations manuals, manufacturer's instructions, and engineering specifications
  • Follows safe working practices at all times
  • Identifies safety hazards and recommends solutions
  • Follows environmental compliance work practices
  • Performs equipment safety inspections as required, and documents results as appropriate

Total Process Ownership (TPO) / Process Improvement:

  • Maintains the manufacturing process and equipment in optimum condition
  • Supports activities that integrate techniques focused on achieving high levels of overall process effectiveness
  • Uses knowledge and skills to pursue continuous improvements to drive shrink initiatives

Preferred Education And Experience

  • Associates degree, or comparable experience in a maintenance environment
  • 0-2 years of experience at basic levels in multiple disciplines
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of all aspects of the plant equipment maintenance operation, including equipment troubleshooting, electrical, refrigeration, machine shop operation, welding, brazing soldering
  • Working knowledge of either electrical or mechanical repairs, and conducting basic equipment repairs for building and process equipment
  • Knowledge of instrumentation, controls, low- / medium- / high-voltage switchgear, transformers, programmable logic controllers, protective relays and motor control centers

Preferred Key Competencies

  • Industrial plant, mechanical, electrical aptitude and abilities
  • Ability to disassemble process equipment, repair or improve, and reassemble for use
  • Ability to use voltmeters, ammeters, meggers, calipers, dial indicators, refrigeration test instrument micrometers, electronic test equipment including programmers, machinist equipment and tools, hydraulic test equipment, hand/industrial power tools

Physical And Other Requirements

  • Lift up to 20 lbs on a regular basis
  • Lift 20 lbs or more on an occasional basis
  • Work extended hours and / or rotating schedules
  • Ability to maneuver through the facility and perform the functions of the job, with or without accommodation (standing, stooping, bending, etc.)
  • Ability to work in wet, cold or hot environments; depending on the Plant location, temperatures are:
  • Snacks: Temperature-controlled environment that ranges from 80 to 100 degrees F
  • Floral: Temperature-controlled environment that ranges from 32 to 42 degrees F
  • Meat: Routinely 30 - 45 Degrees F in a cold, wet environment, occasionally (-) 20 or 85 degrees F in certain areas
  • Milk: Routinely 60 - 80 degrees F in a wet environment, occasionally 38 degrees F in certain areas or 110 Degrees in other areas
  • Ice Cream: (-) 40 to 80 Degrees F; certain areas in a wet environment
  • Bakery: 80 to 100 Degrees F
  • Tortilla: 80 to 100 Degrees F