Engineering Technician

We are looking for an enthusiastic and talented individual to join our organization!  You will have the opportunity work with the acknowledged leader in the field of liquid food packaging and consumer goods, Krones, Inc., via their subsidiary provider for these services, Process and Data Automation.  We are looking for a motivated professional to work in these market segments which would include any manufacturers who embrace software in a manufacturing setting.


The Engineering Technician serves as a member of a cross-functional project team and has responsibility to independently execute tasks on Projects, Professional Service Contracts and Service Calls.  This position is responsible for the engineering, design, integration, programming, and troubleshooting of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Human Machine Interfaces (HMI), and Industrial Networks for systems to support productivity and/or quality improvements for our clients.

Essential Functions

  1. Interpret detailed specifications for automation and control systems
  2. Research, understand, and specify/apply commercially available components for use in a total system
  3. Troubleshooting
    1. Systems troubleshooting 480V and below
    2. Instruments troubleshooting & calibration support
  4. Develop detailed system documentation for the construction and installation of key system equipment
  5. Understand fundamentals of drawing set documentation including but not limited to I/O layout (both digital and analog), identifying AC and DC sections of the electrical design, wire numbering per PDA specs, fusing, grounding, and I/O device types (both digital and analog).
  6. Specifically, be able to identify components that appear on Process and Data Automation’s standard equipment lists including how, where, and why those particular part numbers are used
  7. Edit existing drawing sets at the direction of the Electrical Manager, Technicians, or Engineers
  8. Develop drawing sets from scratch using existing company templates
  9. Ability to take I/O spreadsheets to I/O drawings
  10. Edit existing and develop new company templates at the direction of the Electrical Manger
  11. Write operations manuals at the direction of Electrical Manager and/or Project Engineer(s)
  12. Support equipment and system submittal efforts
  13. Program many different types of high level industrial control equipment such as PLCs, PACs, and DCS controllers
    1. Configure local PLC I/O systems
    2. Insert standard PLC code sections and/or UDIs as directed by Project Engineer including understanding how to take standard code, duplicate and test it, and understand how it works
    3. Understanding how to make and test simple PLC changes (remapping I/O, adding or removing an interlock to auto logic, etc.)
    4. HOA controls write/address/modifications, data collection blocks insertion/config, and scaling
    5. Assist Project Engineers and Management with the development of standard code blocks and/or UDIs
    6. Program many different types of operator interface devices from simple, embedded controllers to multi-node, intense PC based human-machine interface systems
      1. Fully develop simple and complex HMI screens
      2. Read PLC code to correctly address HMI screen data
      3. Commission simple PLC-OIT communication networks, initially single node and later larger-scale
      4. Support the Commissioning of automation projects including main controller(s), operator interface(s), and all related field devices
        1. Review system final design with project engineer and commence project
        2. Inspect field wiring, matched to print sets
        3. Responsible for I/O checkout including verification of proper operation of limit switches, photo eyes, prox switches, solenoids and actuators, lamps, etc.
        4. Commissioning of control networks at the direction of a Project Engineer (DNet, CNet, Ethernet, etc)
        5. Configure field devices, complete device checkout forms (Instruments)
        6. Commissioning of motor control panels and VFDs
        7. Red-line field drawings
        8. Verification of as-built drawing sets
        9. Responsible for the assembly of final system & project documentation including files, electronic files & folders, physical media, and manuals where required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Two-year technical degree or equivalent experience preferred
  2. Work effectively and dependably with others to meet team objectives
  3. Demonstrate strong responsibility toward personal assignments
  4. Demonstrate proficiency with PCs, operating systems, and MS Office applications
  5. Demonstrate customer focused attitude
  6. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations
  7. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals
  8. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups
  9. Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems
  10. Ability to anticipate problems
  11. Demonstrate conflict resolution skills and ability to solve problems

Attributes for Success:

  1. Executes: Action orientated, efficient, sets clear goals, follows through, and focuses on results
  2. Self-starter: Self-motivated with energy and drive; willing to make decisions and take action
  3. Is flexible and adapts quickly
  4. Thinks Broadly: Insightful and looks for ways to incorporate new, improved thinking
  5. Strong problem solving and analytical skills, including a qualitative and quantitative skill set

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Travel required, domestic and international (10-30%)
  2. Must have valid driver’s license
  3. Must have or be eligible to obtain a passport
  4. Legally authorized to work in the United States
  5. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

Benefits include:  competitive compensation packages, medical coverage, FSA/DSA plan, dental, LT/ST disability coverage, life insurance, vacation, paid holidays, 401 (k), profit sharing, numerous continuing education opportunities, and an enthusiastic and collaborative work environment

About Process and Data Automation

Process and Data Automation is a full service, CSIA Certified industrial control systems integration firmOur Controls Engineering group specializes in physical automation system design, programming, and commissioning. Our dedicated Data Services Group connects automated equipment and systems to the business environment including protected recipe systems, data collection and reporting, and data historian implementation.

About the Krones Group

Krones designs, develops, manufactures, and installs both machines and complete packaging lines. Krones has become one of the leading system suppliers for breweries and beverage producers as well as for the food, chemical, and cosmetics industries. Our 16,000 employees worldwide strive for innovation and detail and ensure that each customer receives the best quality in product and service.

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