PLC Automation Controls Lead (ASRS)

Job Location US-IL-Rochelle
# of Openings
Direct Hire


Our dynamic client provides temperature-controlled warehousing and transportation to food producers, restaurants, schools and retail outlets such as grocery stores.


Primary Responsibility:

Work under limited supervision to lead maintaining, troubleshooting, and controls modifications of Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) in a cold storage warehouse environment, to ensure overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). Be the on-site technical point of contact for automation and controls. Essential Functions:

• Perform work in a safe manner, as well as, keeping equipment clean and in safe working condition. Comply with all job specific safety procedures and utilize PPE as required.

• Apply subject matter expertise in material handling and automation control systems to maximize the ASRS overall equipment effectiveness.

• Serve as the site subject matter expert in control and automation technology.

• Assist the Facility Service Manager in developing the maintenance team through mentoring, coaching, encouragement, and development of formalized training plans.

• Lead advanced troubleshooting of automation control systems, HMIs, VFDs, servo drives, motor control systems, PLCs, and electrical circuits of ASRS.

• Actively participate in all phases of automation systems life cycle including design, development, test, installation, startup and support.

• Act as first-level escalation for automation controls support for the site and appropriately escalate issues that negatively affect OEE.

• Perform controls systems assessments to maintain and improve equipment reliability.

• Safeguard change management methodology related to control systems.

• Capture and trend ASRS metrics to resolve mechatronics problems that create performance deficiencies.

• Proactively communicate the status of technical issues and potential variances to aligned upon timelines with leadership, ensuring resulting impacts to systems and OEE is understood.

• Maintains accurate maintenance records related to control systems.

• Technical liaison for site with Corporate Support Center.

• Networks with Lead Controls Technicians from other sites.

• Answer after hours “call backs” as needed.

• Keeps work area clean and performs housekeeping duties as required.

• Performs related work and other job assignments as required.




Qualifications & Experience:

• Demonstrate minimum 5 years of experience on industrial automation systems.

• Associates / Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical / Automation / Mechatronics is preferred.

• Advanced electrical and controls troubleshooting ability of automation control systems: PLC, HMI, hardware, software, their related equipment, and field devices.

• Rockwell Studio 5000 and Siemens TIA portal required. Knowledge & Employment Standards:

• Ability to set up, configure, and maintain automated systems (EtherNet, Profibus, Profinet, Modbus, DeviceNet, and ControlNet).

• Ability to understand, review, and analyze functional descriptions, instrumentation diagrams, blueprints, and interpret PLC ladder logic.

• Experience with low and medium voltage distribution systems (24VDC to 480VDC).

• Maintain excellent and positive working relationship with the team, with other departments, as well as with all outside vendors, suppliers, and contractors.

• Demonstrates strong interpersonal communications skills, written and verbal.

• Prioritization and organizational skills.

• Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.

• Demonstrates strong decision-making, analytical, troubleshooting, and problem-solving skills.

• Experience using computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS).

• Ability to work in cold conditions for extended periods of time.

• Ability to work at high elevations using fall protection.

• Proficiency with MS Windows, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project, etc.




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