Process Automation Technician

MAC Incorporated

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Process Automation Technician Lucerne Valley, California
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The pay range is $35/hr – $40/hr depending on experience. The regular schedule would be 7 am – 3 pm Mon-Fri but if there was a plant need you would need to come in/be available after hours. Not an “on-call” role, but as an example, if the plant failed Friday night, you would be expected (within reason) to be there Saturday to try to help control the operation.
Job Summary

The Process Automation Technician, under limited supervision, is responsible to improve and integrate programming that improves safety, quality, production and ease-of-use of processes throughout the plant and perform varied maintenance duties necessary to ensure continuous operation of the production facilities.  Must be skilled in multi-trades to handle emergencies and perform routine maintenance work.  Skills may include electrical work, instrumentation repair, mechanical work, etc.  Works safely and actively promotes the safety culture and philosophy of MTI in all work activities.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Reads and interprets equipment manuals and electrical/instrumentation schematics to perform required maintenance and service.
  2. Inspects, diagnoses, and troubleshoots problems associated with processes.
  3. Resolves issues between operators and processes.
  4. Makes changes in programs to solve process problems and resolve issues with new equipment.
  5. Installs instrumentation devices and calibrates.
  6. Troubleshoots computer hardware and interface problems.
  7. Identifies required parts from equipment drawings.
  8. Performs advanced electrical/instrumentation skills and basic mechanical skills including, but not limited to, process control, computer automation systems analysis, electrical control, and troubleshoots and repairs plant equipment/systems as needed.
  9. Communicates with others internal and external to the organization to obtain/provide information regarding equipment/system issues as needed.
  10. Leads major repair projects to be completed by maintenance team, ensuring successful completion.
  11. Assumes a leadership role by promoting a positive work environment/attitude. 

Other Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Trains others in job duties/skills.
  2. Coordinates improvement opportunities with Production and Maintenance Departments.
  3. Performs other duties as assigned.


1.   Actively participates in the implementation of sustainable improvement processes, such as 5S, Kaizen, Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Daily Management Control, Standard Work and Problem Solving.


The requirements listed in the sections that follow are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required to perform the duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions (primary duties) of the job.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Knowledge of the English language, electrical/instrumentation skills, industrial equipment/systems, and basic mechanical skills are required.  Knowledge of computer components including circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware/software applications and programming required. Must have the ability to learn all of the processes in the plant.

Must be able to diagnose, troubleshoot, and repair electrical/instrumentation/computer automation systems effectively, read wiring schematics/diagrams while leading a crew.  Must have the ability to acquire and use electrical and mechanical skill/knowledge such as use of pipe threading machines, bandsaw, drill press, and hand tools.

Being under general supervision, the employee is expected to be self-directed, take initiative and be persistent when appropriate to accomplish necessary duties and complete required work without prompting from the supervisor.  Additionally, the employee is expected to be adaptable/flexible to changing work assignments, perform multiple tasks at once, have a high level of integrity, dependability and self control to maintain composure, learn and memorize procedures, prioritize work, manage time effectively and efficiently, meet established deadlines, display a cooperative attitude, read, understand and follow all company, job specific and safety policies/procedures, and attend/use all required training.

Education: High School Diploma required. Incumbent should possess a thorough knowledge of electrical/instrumentation trades and formal, specialized, process control/computer training beyond four years of high school.

Experience:  A minimum of 5 years experience in Process Automation is required.  Additional years of progressive experience with industrial equipment and processes may be considered as a substitute.

Work Hours:  Must have ability to work the shift/number of hours in which duties need to be accomplished, including overtime, holidays and weekends, as necessary.  Call-ins may occur as needed.

Working Conditions:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly conducting work in a controlled office environment, sitting at a desk.  On a frequent basis, there may be exposure to plant areas, which include exposure to outside weather conditions as well as loud noise from equipment and dust from production processes.  Primarily works alone but may work as part of a team working in close proximity to others and works in close proximity with equipment and electricity.

Safety Equipment:  Safety equipment typically required while performing the duties of this job includes a personal lockout/tagout lock, ANSI approved hardhat and safety glasses with sideshields, FR clothing, safety shoes/boots with steel toe protection.  Additional safety equipment is available for use if a situation arises where it becomes required depending on the assignment or if it is simply desired by the employee.

Safety Training:  A new employee hired to perform the duties of this position is to be provided New Employee Training by a qualified individual, which consists of eight hours of classroom training and 16 hours of on the job training.  It will include, but is not limited to, the following: forklift/mobile equipment operation and certification/licensing, hazard communication, hearing conservation, respiratory protection, electrical safety, ARC Flash, lock out/tag out, personal protective equipment, blood borne pathogens, fire fighting/extinguishers, machine safety, confined spaces, reporting of hazardous conditions, accidents, injuries, near-miss and property damage incidents, evacuation/emergency procedures, first aid, back injury prevention, and job/work area procedures. 

Upon transferring to perform the duties of this position for the first time an employee is to be provided New Task Training by a qualified individual until the employee adequately understands the contents of the training, which include job/work area procedures and related topics.  Additionally, an employee must be provided further training if a job duty/task has changes that will affect the health and safety aspects of that employee’s position.

Additional refresher safety training will be required as management deems appropriate or as dictated by MSHA regulations and company requirements.

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