PLC Automation Technician
at Dayton Superior Corporation

Date Posted: 4/26/2021

Job Description

The PLC/Automation Technician is responsible to apply electronic theory, principles of electrical circuits, electrical testing procedures, engineering mathematics, physics, and related knowledge to lay out, build, test, troubleshoot, and repair production equipment.  The Technician designs, specifies, installs, and maintains HMI & PLC Systems on Manufacturing Equipment at multiple DSC facilities.


• Design, install, program and troubleshoot (PLC) Programmable Logic Controllers.

• Analyzes manufacturing equipment to detect hazards, problems, and the need for service, repair and/or replacement of electrical, electronic and mechanical components.

• Takes positive and corrective action to reduce safety risks, maintenance problems, and operational waste. 

• Recommends changes in circuitry of installation specifications to simplify

assembly and maintenance. 

• Able to read and understand electronic and electrical schematics.  Can draw sketches of design ideas and functional criteria of electronic units. 

• Current working knowledge of electronic systems and components and their functions. 

• Assemble experimental circuitry of complete prototype models according to engineering instructions, technical manuals. 

• Sets up standard test apparatus to verify equipment and circuity; conducts

functional and operational tests to evaluate performance and reliability of

prototype or production models.

• Analyzes and interprets data from solid-state motor drives and controllers, scope

meters, and other troubleshooting equipment. Trouble-shoot and repair solid-state motor drives, solid-state temperature controllers, and computer-based controllers

• Maintain backups of programs from all electrical devices across all DSC plants.

• Design programs for HMI’s, interfaces and installs into production equipment, maintenance and maintains interfaces. 

• Must be able to check newly installed equipment to evaluate systems

performance under actual operating conditions. Adjusts, calibrates and aligns circuitry and components and records effects on unit performance.

• Works under minimum of technical supervision.


• Associates degree in Electronics Technology or equivalent work experience.

• Over five (5) years of experience within the electronics field.

• Completion of an accredited apprenticeship program.

• Experience in high-speed continuous motion production line and automated assembly operations.


• Bi-lingual, English/Spanish.

• Experience with vision systems.

• Experience with robotics and/or automation.

• Experience on Safety Committee preferred.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below 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.

• Must be able to read, write, and comprehend the English language (i.e. the language of all plant directives) for required document controls, equipment operation, and supervisor/peer instructions.

• Documented proficient working knowledge of Allen Bradley, Omron, Automation Direct, and Siemens PLC’s/controls/protocols platforms is required.

• Must be able to work other shifts and overtime to complete work as needed.

• Must be willing to travel up to 50% of time. Travel will require overnight stay.

• Will be on call to support production needs.

• Must have computer skills, with the capability to use email, compile reports and spreadsheets for parts and project tracking.

• Must be able to prepare technical reports for documenting issue/changes to equipment.

• Must be able to manage projects and Capex for implementing changes and improvements


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by

an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable

accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the

essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to:

• Stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear.

• Walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, and climb or balance.

• Must be able to handle physical heavy lifting of materials/tools up to 75 pounds. Heavier materials may require assistance.

• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and color vision.

• The employee will be required to operate a lift truck and work on aerial lift platforms up to 80 feet on a limited basis, 30 feet on average.


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.

• Occasional exposure to moving mechanical parts, fumes, airborne particles, and

• chemicals.

• The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud and requires

hearing protection.

• Must comply with company safety procedures. Safety shoes and eye protection

are also required.

EOE, including Disability/Vets


If you want to join a growing company, that feels like family, look no further! At Dayton Superior, full-time employees are eligible for benefits on the 1st of the month following their start date including Medical, RX, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability and Retirement. Our generous paid time off benefits support our belief in family-life balance. Additional perks include, Tuition Reimbursement Program and Wellness Benefits.

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