Lead Control Technician

Adecco is assisting a local client in Irving, TX in their search for a Lead Control Technician. This is a Direct Hire opportunity. Please apply now if you meet the qualifications below. 

This position pays between $37-$42 hourly.


The primary role of the Controls Technician is to support PLC, HMI, Motor Control, Control Network, and peripheral related automated industrial control systems and instrumentation, including all hardware, software, programming and field devices.  This support will include Programming, Troubleshooting, Calibration, Project Implementation and Network Integration.  The Controls Technician will keep abreast of developments that affect controls and ensure that necessary changes are made to keep the automated industrial control systems current.  Performs maintenance support duties, leads and instructs fellow controls team members in support of the plant initiatives, work order process and work summary reporting.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following, other duties may be assigned:

  1. Performing all work in a safe manner at all times.  This is to include following all basic electrical safety rules, all company safety rules and constantly evaluating work being performed and eliminating the risks associated with it.  Further, correct any unsafe conditions that exist in the equipment under his/her care.
  2. Must have a thorough understanding of industrial control systems and PLC’s, as well as proven skill and experience in programming, hardware networking and communication, troubleshooting, determining causes of failure, perform corrective actions, and full industrial control system project implementation on both hardware and/or software problems in the following areas:
  • Basic electrical problems throughout plans
  • Motor and Motor Control Problems including VFD’s, Servo and Stepper technology
  • PLC’s and all associated automated machine control systems
  • HMI’s
  • Control Network and IP addressing including Ethernet, and database systems such as Downtime Tracking
  • Field devices such as meters, pressure transmitters, photo eyes, scaling systems, etc.
  • Other automated machine control systems such as but not limited to those included in metal detectors, printing and labeling equipment
  • Determine all the parts needed for the systems assigned, determine their criticality and ensure needed parts are in stock.
  • Provide support to capital and internal projects. Drive upgrades to the control systems in the plant.
  • Assigns work daily to fellow controls technicians.
  • Assists fellow controls technicians when needed.
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state and Safety Standards, sanitation and housekeeping.
  • Ensure compliance with the Controls Change Management System where non-emergency changes are approved and documented prior to the change being made.
  • Work with the management team to train mechanics as needed on all shifts to handle rudimentary electrical and control problems on the floor.
  • All paperwork must be completed, entered on the computer and turned in as required.
  • Clean the work area after each job (no oily rags, loose nuts and bolts, metal shavings, pieces of wire, sweeping, placing trash in receptacles, etc.).  Also clean your workstation daily.
  • Maintain proper tools in good working condition - order new items as needed with approval.
  • Perform mechanical and electrical or other job functions as assigned.  Occasionally assists in moving equipment and furniture. 
  • Ensure that safety needs are given a top priority in all work performed.
  • Attend meetings with department and participate in the overall plant safety & behavior safety training and policies. Select and complete safety goals annually.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours, including off shifts and weekends, when the equipment to be worked on is down or available.  Schedule will be determined based on business needs.
  • Responsible for contributing ideas and suggestions to improve reliability of the overall operation, participates in focus teams and selecting goals annually.


Qualification requirement: 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 required.

  1. Strong knowledge of the following: Electrical Safe Work Practices; AC and DC Electrical Theory; Reading/Creating Electrical Prints and Control Schematics; Motor Control; PC Hardware and Software; Computer Networks; KDT HMI Systems; Pneumatic and Hydraulic Valves; Photo Eyes; Proximity Sensors; Limit Switches; Breakers; Fuses.
  2. Knowledge and ability to troubleshoot and calibrate the following systems properly and safely:   Control Panels Using Relay Logic; Cam Driven Switch Boxes; Heat and Humidity Control Systems; Process control valves; Pneumatic Control Systems; Hydraulic Control Systems; Metal Detection Systems; Ink Jet Coding Systems, Electronic Scaling Systems, Electronic Meters.
  3. Knowledge and ability to interface with and troubleshoot the following motor control equipment properly and safely.  Such items include, but are not restricted to:   Motor Starters; Run Relays; Variable Frequency Drives; Servo Motors and Controls;
  4. Knowledge and ability to interface with and troubleshoot Allen Bradley PLC’s or other plant designated PLC’s to include the following;  Connecting to the PLC; Reading Ladder Logic; Programming; Diagnosing Hardware Problems; Diagnosing Software Problems.
  5. PLC and HMI Programming Experience.
  6. Experience with full Industrial Control System Project Implementation.
  7. Familiarity with other brands of PLC hardware and software desirable.
  8. Ability to deal professionally with people during times of equipment breakdown. 
  9. Individual production – efficiency of working habits.
  10. Knowledge of equipment nomenclature, spare parts identification and the location of same.
  11. Ability to understand and evaluate the operation of the equipment; detect or anticipate malfunctions.
  12. Initiative – demonstrated pride of workmanship, neatness of work and in personal dress.
  13. Responsibility – fulfilling obligations of job assignments and reporting to work in a dependable manner.  Reporting in to the department when unable to come to work in sufficient time to cover his / her scheduled work time.
  14. Desire and willingness to improve himself / herself in the skills and techniques of the profession and in personal areas.
  15. Communication – ability to accurately relay information, request information or describe a problem.
  16. Willingness to handle paperwork and data entry.
  17. Able to read and write English.


Education and/or experience:

High school diploma or general education degree (GED).  The individual must pass a standard Maintenance Mechanic “A” test to demonstrate strong knowledge of maintenance skill competencies.

Language skills: Ability to read and interpret work orders, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.  Ability to fill out routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively and convey information to other employees.

Mathematical skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure using whole numbers.

Reasoning ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.  Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

Physical demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

  1. Standing and walking on concrete floors, while operating a machine and disposing of waste.  Estimated hours is 8 hr and maximum continuous time is 2 ½ hours.
  2. Lifting and carrying lids, ends, cardboard, and cases.  Average weight is 20lbs. and maximum weight 50lbs.
  3. Pushing and Pulling brooms, squeegees, and mops.
  4. Climbing stairs to reach operating platform of some machines.
  5. Bending, Squatting, and kneeling to pick up raw materials and to clean up area.
  6. Reaching for raw materials, to clear jams, and while hand stacking.


Work environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an associate encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

  1. Regularly works near moving mechanical equipment
  2. Occasionally works in high places
  3. Is exposed to wet and humid conditions. Concrete Floors
  4. Requires eye and steel toe boot protection to be worn at all times.
  5. The noise level in the work environment requires hearing protection to be worn at all times.

Work schedules: The work week could vary depending upon maintenance & production requirements.  It may include Saturday, Sundays, or Holidays with a specific weekday or rotating day off.

Quality Control:

  1. Will follow established programs, policies and practices to produce safe quality foods that meet regulatory and company requirements.
  2. Will support the development, implementation, maintenance, and ongoing improvement of the SQF 2000 Systems. 
  3. Will be accountable to the Manufacturing Food Safety and Quality Principles.
  4. Actively support the production of quality products on all production lines.
Adecco is an equal opportunity employer.

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