Senior Controls Specialist

Location: Greenville, SC, US
Job Description:
Under general supervision, ensures the effective operation and maintenance of factory automation systems and other electronic equipment. Instructions may be oral or written, and in accordance with industry practice, performs skilled electronics work in the installation, alteration, maintenance, calibration, testing and repair of electronic systems, equipment, and fixtures. Considerable latitude is allowed in determining methods of work procedures. Work is performed independently or under the general supervision of the Facility Manager and is reviewed through inspection of work in progress and upon completion.
Reports To:
Facility Manager
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Reads and interprets schematics, user manuals, software programs, and related documentation to determine component location and configuration. Ensures that equipment components are operating properly and that malfunctions are identified and repaired which include troubleshooting, calibration, adjustment, or replacement of both hardware and software components.
  • Determines source of complex electrical or electronic problems; troubleshoots and repairs electronic equipment using requisite testing devices and tools.
  • Understands automation communication protocols and how components exchange or store information. Understands how to resolve both logic and electrical malfunctions. Using the same skills, understands operation, interaction, and communication of plant machine and equipment operating systems and sub systems.
  • Installs new or replacement/substitute/upgrade parts or software in automated equipment or fixtures and makes adjustments, changes or modifications as necessary.
  • Responsible for acquiring knowledge of error origination and resolution. This includes understanding of how individual pieces of the equipment function, both independently and in relation to other components in a process.
  • Knowledge of standard practice to specify, design, fabricate or modify automated process equipment, control systems, interfaces, data capture, vision systems, etc. This includes understanding operating criteria, component specification, selection and installation along with startup and debugging.
  • Utilizes hand and small power tools or test equipment to perform wiring and repair of electrical or electronic equipment, as well as general maintenance duties.
  • Operates various company vehicles such as automobiles, fork-lifts, etc., for which licenses must be maintained.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by supervisor.
Job Requirements:
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints and schematics and understand shop mathematics and electronic principles at a level normally acquired in two years of technical training beyond high school. Oral and written expression skills sufficient to receive and respond to verbal instructions, maintain production and equipment maintenance documentation.
  • Five to seven years experience in electronics or industrial automation required to understand industrial automated systems, machinery, and equipment as well as remaining fluent in technology advances and methodologies. Approximately one year's experience is needed to understand AVX facility and production equipment.
  • Ability to travel up to 10% of time and occasionally flex the work schedule as necessary to oversee project work or engage various work shifts, or to respond to emergency events.
  • Technical writing including development of technical documents, procedures, sampling plans, hazard/job analyses, and training presentations.
  • Intermediate level of knowledge using standard Microsoft desktop applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, & Outlook) and design packages (SolidEdge).
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