Electrical Instrument Technician

Job Location US-GA-Fairburn
# of Openings
Direct Hire


The Instrument Technician (EIT) is an hourly position and reports to the IT Supervisor. The IT acts as a process expert for this multi-functional craft dealing with electrical, electronic and instrument specialist responsibilities. This includes reacting to process equipment issues, preventive and predictive maintenance as well as elimination of special cause variation while driving safety & quality and optimizing plant efficiency.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities: Follows all safety policies and procedures. Works together in Safety & Housekeeping to build and maintain a safe, accident-free work environment for themselves and others, changing the culture to place safety in the forefront of all activities. Assists in analyzing, trouble shooting, installing, and repairing any electrical equipment, instruments, controls, machinery and/or systems Performs precision work utilizing machines, equipment and measuring instruments of this multi-functional job. Insures availability of required items &/or inventory. Utilizes journeyman multi-functional electrical, electronic, instrument functional skills and light mechanical assembly in order to preserve and optimize plant assets and to meet the needs of manufacturing. Provides support and leadership to other craft and non-craft employees in the performance of maintenance tasks, especially during breakdown scenarios. Cooperates with others, plans and performs operational maintenance to machinery and equipment associated with plant operations. Works from information obtained from simple or complex electrical diagrams, engineering drawings, sketches, equipment manuals, and also written or verbal instructions needed to perform assigned duties. Performs the job of trainer for production, apprentice, and other craft personnel as related to craft work. Includes participation in the execution of training plans, providing input for training records and input in to the determination of certification status for each employee. Acts as a liason to management, suppliers and customers. Assists with developmental and/or experimental projects. Utilizes computer expertise to complete records and reports and manage data (includes SAP, work orders, inventory, failure & trend analysis sheets, checklists, requisitions, audit sheets, etc.) Develops & maintains skills and knowledge of the job classification on a continuing basis by participating in formal and informal training situations related to the position. Modifies and updates schematics, catalogs, and etc. Maintains and calibrates Ph probe. Lighting Repairs – lamp/ballast replacement, socket replacement, wiring repair in shops and utility areas such as chiller rooms, HVAC rooms, & storage rooms. Make process equipment mechanical repairs where:

a. Solenoid replacement is necessary – disconnecting and re-connecting solenoids.
b. Preventative Maintenance routines result in identifying a need to repair, replace, or adjust limit switch arms, proximity switches (for position), pushbuttons, etc. Example: An auto bagger stacking gate fails and damages the gate proximity
switch or cord. Or during the process of replacing the gate the switch or cord is damaged. An Electro Mechanic already working on the gate would be expected to carry out repairs to the damaged switch and/or cord.
c. Vertical pump rebuild or replacement is necessary – locking out the motor controller, disconnecting motor, reconnecting the motor after pump re-installation, performing insulation test to ensure insulating system integrity (wiring, connections, and motor windings) and replacement of flexible conduit if needed. Boundaries where work is to be performed by ITs:

a. Any work on equipment rated higher than 110 volts.
b. Circuit or logic modifications.
c. Power distribution system maintenance – switchgear, transformers, medium voltage motor starters, motor control center (MCC) structures (main breaker & bus), interlocked armour cables, large circuit breakers, main disconnects, furnace power regulators, furnace firing transformers, 480/270 volt lighting distribution panels, etc.
d. Conduit, wiring, or electrical equipment installation.
e. Removal of motor starter modules from an energized MCC.
f. Repair, replacement, checkout, or troubleshooting of burner control systems including ANY system requiring flame safety supervisory controls such as asphalt booster heater, HVAC boiler, oven zone burners, incinerator burners, large Hartzell heaters.
g. Instrumentation Maintenance – such as thermocouples, pressure transmitters, process controllers, high-temperature limit controllers, nuclear gauges, level transmitters, digital displays, digital tachometers, bar code scanners, pull cameras, pressure switches, analog circuits, analog feedback systems, digital feedback systems, video operator interface panels, recorders, valve petitioners, differential pressure transmitters, hot slug detectors, video cameras, thickness gauges, laser devices, furnace electrode monitoring equipment, bushing controllers, alarm panels (Panalarms), displacement gauges (hoodwall/oven bridge).
h. Variable speed motor drive electronics such as used in Line Drive, Belt Rollup Drives, Stretch Wrap tension drives, fiberizer drives, over wrap decline conveyor, raw material unloading screw, oven circulation fan drives, exhaust fan drives, batch charger screw drives, and auto bagger feed conveyor drives.
i. Repair or replacement of High-Bay lighting fixtures, outdoor road lighting, main office lighting.
j. Repair, replacement, or troubleshooting on or in PLCs (programmable logic controllers), operator interface panels, communications highways, input/output modules, central processors, power supplies, programs, programming equipment, etc. Uses fork lift and other related mobile & material handling equipment. Maintains housekeeping in the area and follow good safety practices. Applies protective coatings to equipment, floors, and buildings. Ensures clean and orderly housekeeping in all assigned areas at all times. Performs other related duties consistent with the nature of the job as directed by the supervisor.


The employee should hold the following abilities: Must be able to read, write, and speak English Must be able to understand verbal and written instructions Must possess strong communication and organizational skills Must have the ability to multi-task Must have strong internal and external customer service skills Must work well in team environment Must be able to work independently Must have to ability to do basic mathematical calculations Must possess PC operational skills Must possess the skill level and experience of an Instrument Technician. Must be able to secure and maintain fork lift drivers license
**Special criteria bid job; requires records review and interview, & job awarded based on seniority
COMPUTER AND SOFTWARE COMPENTENCIES The employee must be able to: Operate a computer or other keyboard instrument


The employee should have the following: Related experience and/or training in an industrial environment Must be 18 years or older
This position requires: The ability to work varying or rotating shifts Wearing respirator protection – frequently Exposure to hot/cold temperature- continuously Exposure to noise- continuously Lifting/carrying/moving up to 50 pounds Standing- continuously Ascending/descending stairs - frequently Hand/Eye Coordination– continuously Walking – continuously Twisting- continuously Ascending/descending ladders- continuously Kneeling- frequently
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employee(s) will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.
A review of this position has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents(s) will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, and abilities.




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