Automation Technician

Illinois Tool Works
Feb 04, 2018
Mar 04, 2018
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Description

ITW Powertrain Metals Division serves major tier suppliers with tightly toleranced and innovative components for the automotive and industrial markets totaling approximately $300M in revenues globally. The Division holds a leadership position in North America, a growing presence in Europe and also supports ITW initatives for our facility in China. The division drives profitability by leveraging its innovative solutions, design engineering and global footprint.

The Automation Technician will apply Automation skills along with related knowledge in electronics, mechanics, pneumatics, and hydraulics to install, program, troubleshoot, repair, maintain and modify automated electrical components, circuitry, control systems and machinery.

* Identify and resolve equipment malfunctions using knowledge of microprocessors, programmable controllers, circuit analysis, electronics, hydraulics and pneumatics; work with manufacturers or field representatives to procure replacement parts. Maintain inventory and related documentation.

* Perform high-level machine and systems troubleshooting and repair, assist engineering and plant staff with the specification, installation and modification of integrated systems, and provide technical support for all phases of the operation.

* Perform diagnostic checks on automated equipment; isolate problems, disassemble, and repair defective circuit boards, sensors, controllers, encoders, servomotors, and/or servo valves.

* Maintain automated systems, including peripheral equipment; maintain system logs or manuals to document testing or operation of equipment.

* Design, program and troubleshoot PLC, Industrial Control systems and relay control circuits to include panel layouts, wiring diagrams and interfaces and integration into work cells with regard to poke-yoke/mistake proofing. Perform testing, start-up, and troubleshooting of same.

* Assemble, test or maintain electronic units, circuitry, or electric components; analyze results to evaluate performance and determine need for adjustment.

* Provide support and education, working with users to identify needs, determine sources of problems, or to provide information on product use. Prepare in-house training documents, reports, flow diagrams, charts, specifications and standard operating instructions for processes and equipment.

* Perform equipment failure analysis, repairs and scheduled preventive maintenance on automated equipment.

* Research equipment or component needs, sources, competitive prices, delivery times, or ongoing operational costs.

* Write reports or record data on testing techniques, laboratory equipment, or specifications to assist engineers.

* Fabricate prototypes and/or parts from rough sketches or plans.

* Determine proper cell layout/placement, including peripheral equipment.

* Work on AC and DC systems up to 480 volts.

Job Requirements

Requirements include:

* Proficiency in multiple skill clusters, including electricity and electronics, fluid power, mechanical systems and manufacturing processes.

* Experience in the troubleshooting and operation of PLC systems and microprocessors.

* Knowledge of tools and components used in the maintenance and repair of mechanical systems.

* Knowledge and experience in troubleshooting simple to complex motor control relays, contactors, jog circuits, and PLC systems. E-2 license a plus.

* Minimum of 5 years of experience in a manufacturing environment.

ITW is an equal opportunity, equal employment, affirmative action employer. We strive to create a diverse and inclusive work environment where everyone is welcome to contribute their unique talents and ideas. We encourage applications from females, males, disabled/protected or other veterans, persons with disabilities, all races and ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender identities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and are unable or limited in your ability to use or access the online application system process, please e-mail '' to request assistance. No other requests will be acknowledged. SDL2017