Control/automation technicians are in charge of providing technical solutions to automation-related tasks for their organization. They are responsible for designing programs for logic controllers, as well as providing maintenance for programmable devices used in production equipment. Control/automation technicians also ensure correct performance of motion controllers and human machine interfaces. They repair and debug control devices to avoid production loss, as well as create documentation based on the schematics and wiring plans for each device. Additionally, control/automation technicians create sketches of electrical circuits using specialized computer programs. Control/automation technicians also label circuit wiring, test and monitor equipment for compliance with engineering specifications, and identify operational problems. Technicians also must follow electrical regulations and inspect controllers to ensure code compliance.
Control / Automation Technician Tasks
Create and audit maintenance tasks, procedures, and logs, and maintain documentation of downtime and repairs.
Build and implement improvements and fixes.
Diagnose, test, and debug complex equipment, and include recommendations for operation.
Program, modify, and audit programmable logic controllers (PLCs).