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.
In all of their tasks, control/automation technicians must follow strict company standards and established safety regulations.These technicians generally work in a plant environment and report their progress to the control or automation manager in their department. They should have working knowledge of electrical controls and system, as well as a solid knowledge of motion control,and pneumatics. Control/automation technicians should be able to identify wiring principles and panel layout, in addition to hydraulics control troubleshooting.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required for this position. Previous experience working with electronics are preferred, and additional training in machine automation may be helpful. They must possess strong interpersonal skills to communicate with colleagues about issues as they arise. They should work well in a team setting with other technicians, but also work effectively on their own.
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).