Automation Technician

Job title: Automation Technician
Department: Plant Engineering Department
Reports to: Manager Plant & Equipment
FLSA Status: Hourly



Under the direction of the Plant Engineering Supervisor, the Automation Technician supports robotic and automated processes as well as other Plant Engineering projects.


This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as management may deem necessary from time to time.

  • Develops robotic programs for forge lines and machine tending
  • Participates in cross-functional teams to identify, address and resolve problems associated with automated manufacturing
  • Develops PLC programs for automated processes
  • Communicates with other departments in order to determine and support their engineering needs
  • Identifies areas to improve automated design, reduce cost and better manufacturing processes
  • Aids in the development of project cost estimates
  • Work with electrical department to coordinate projects that involve wiring, power supply and installation
  • Act as a technical resource for automation projects
  • Initiate purchase order requests
  • Uses AutoCad Electrical to design and blueprint circuits, PLC layouts and cellular wiring packs
  • Serves as internal trainer for employee/robot interface
  • Keep up to date on new developments in the field of engineering and automation
  • Responsible for the research, support, & development of new and improved product and processes.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Requires an Associates Degree in engineering, automated manufacturing or related field and formal training in robotics and PLC programming. Previous experience in ABB robots and Allen Bradley controls a plus.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze and interpret electrical schematics, blue prints, PLC and robot programs and project directives. Ability to communicate effectively in both writing and orally with customers, vendors and other employees of the organization.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to define problems, collect data and draw reasonable conclusions.

Other Qualifications

Requires ability to operate and/or use various tools and equipment to include the company computer system and fork truck. Must also demonstrate the ability to work within a team environment.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects tools or controls. The employee is frequently required to walk, and talk, or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit; reach above shoulders; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and or move up to 50 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near heat treat furnaces and other moving mechanical parts.  The employee is occasionally exposed to high heat or hot working conditions, depending on the time of year.  The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.