Position: Production Controls & Automation Technician
Department: Maintenance
Reports to: Facilities Manager


This position provides project controls support to all areas of the plant facilities. Assists in identifying, evaluating and selecting the Automation hardware and software necessary to meet current and future production requirements. Assists in managing the controls and automation interface, testing, quality control, data retrieval, and training for all packaging and processing equipment, but not limited too. Determines the effectiveness and maintainability of new automation systems and manages the automation change process for existing equipment. Supports and promotes food safety and quality program indicatives within the plant environment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Provide process controls support for the plant facilities.

  • Assist with the implementation of facility control system standardization and process improvement tasks.

  • Support operations with information reporting tools useful in analyzing and interpreting control system data.

  • Develop and maintain control system documentation and documentation change control procedures.

  • Assist in identifying, evaluating and selecting process controls hardware and software necessary to meet current and future manufacturing requirements.

  • Develop and manage controls related capital projects.

  • Provide process controls support to Electricians as needed.

  • Utilize computerized maintenance databases to support Corrective and Preventative maintenance program.

  • Troubleshoot and maintain Allen-Bradley PLC-5, SLC-500, Micro-Logix and Control-Logix hardware.

  • Perform Allen-Bradley PLC programming implementing RSLogix5, RSLogix500 and RSLogix5000 software.

  • Perform Allen-Bradley all Power-Flex Series, variable frequency drive programming.

  • Troubleshoot and maintain Ethernet, Allen-Bradley Remote I/O and Device-Net communication networks.

  • Perform HMI/SCADA system programming.

  • Troubleshoot and maintain Allen-Bradley Panel-View (or equivalent) operator interface hardware.

  • Perform Allen-Bradley Panel-View (or equivalent) operator interface programming.

  • Install and maintain servo controllers, transmitters, and sensors.

  • Perform computer aided-design and drafting tasks implementing AutoCAD (or equivalent).

  • Read electrical schematics, Process & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID’s) and Process Flow Diagrams (PFD’s)

  • Perform basic electrical troubleshooting techniques.

  • Possess general knowledge of the National Electrical Code (pertinent to industry), a plus.

  • Manage and execute the training of team members.

  • Ensure employees work in a safe manner, that equipment is properly maintained to operate safely, and that hazards are promptly identified and corrected.

Minimum Knowledge, Skill, and Ability Requirements:
Education and/or Experience
Required: Associates degree or Master Electricians Certification. Required: 2 years or more experience in facilities and Maintenance Management Repair within a produce processing plant or related manufacturer. Preferred: 5 or more years as an electrician in a produce processing plant.

Computer Skills

Computer skills – Microsoft Office skills (Excel, Word, Outlook).
Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) a plus.

Other Qualifications

A minimum of three (3-5) years of manufacturing equipment maintenance experience with increasing levels of responsibility and authority experience desired.
Experienced with ammonia refrigeration systems, VFFS packaging machines, industrial electronics and controls, hydraulic and pneumatic systems and associated plant support equipment.
Strong analytical, problem solving and project management skills.
Ability to write reports, business correspondence and standard operating procedures.
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) certification strongly preferred.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to communicate with multi-level audiences; bilingual (English/Spanish) strongly preferred.
Able to travel/relocate as required

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is exposed to a cold (34-36 degrees F) and wet manufacturing environment, the smell of chlorine, outside weather conditions, uneven walking surfaces, heavy machinery, forklift traffic and loud noise.




Sales & Main Office

19065 Portola Drive
Salinas, CA 93908

Processing Plant

1275 San Justo Road
San Juan Bautista, CA 95045

Processing Plant 

(Winter Season)

2955 S Avenue 2½ E
Yuma, AZ 85365


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