Controls Technician
W/S Packaging Group, Inc.
 Mason, OH

Position Objective:

The Controls Technician will assist with the development of Programmable Logic Controls (PLC) logic that controls Multi-Color Corporation (MCC) labeling machines.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Make necessary Human-Machine Interface (HMI) user changes to communication links to the PLC
  • Create specifications for appropriate communications hardware to connect the control elements with input and output devices, programming device, HMI, and if appropriate, networks
  • Develop or assist in development of motion control systems.
  • Provide field support for equipment in customer's facilities either in person, or via phone (including during off hours).
  • Field service requires mechanical repairs and evaluation of label application problems and making appropriate process changes.
  • New installs and customer training.
  • Integrate line control from customer's equipment to MCC.
  • Create and maintain documentation for the above programs.
  • Assist in the creation of the description of the machine operation (DMO) for each product. Using this description, writes the PLC program to enable the machine to function as outlined in the DMO.
  • Conduct controls-related training classes.
  • Work with engineers and vendors to evaluate the communication requirements for the machine.
  • Write code developing motion control logic and machine control logic, and be able to effectively troubleshoot problems with the motion control in the field..
  • When not in the field, will report to the plant to assist with in-house work, including assembly, wiring and programming of MCC equipment.
  • Perform other tasks as directed by management.

Duties may be changed or additional duties assigned. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Qualifications and Education Requirements:

  • Associate's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Engineering Technology; or at least 10 years' industry experience writing Motion and PLC code.
  • Must be experienced in working with electric power panels up to 480V.
  • Must have experience in programming and specifying Motion, PLC, & Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) systems.
  • Must be proficient in writing technical documentation.
  • Must have experience in creating electrical schematics and prints using AutoCAD.
  • Must be proficient using Microsoft Office software.
  • Must be able to physically negotiate a manufacturing environment, including:
  • conveyor crossover steps, and raised platforms
  • small aisles (28“ wide)
  • standing for long periods of time
  • Must have reasonable mechanical aptitude and experience with the use of common maintenance tools.

Physical Demands:

  • Works in a manufacturing environment and will be required to wear hearing, foot, and/or other personal protective equipment while performing duties in a manufacturing setting.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle , or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk and hear. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually medium to loud.
  • Must be flexible to work varying schedules and hours as needed. Must be able to work overtime as required by workload and customer-mandated deadlines.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.