Controls Technician

Job Overview

This position is great for a technician or junior engineer with experience building, wiring, and installing industrial controls systems who also enjoys investigating and resolving issues in PLC and controls systems. You'll work under the direction of our engineers to assemble, modify, and test controls systems for a range of brewery equipment, including brewhouses and keg washers. You will also travel onsite for the installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of various controls equipment, often playing a significant role in the startup of a new craft brewery.

Job Tasks

  1. assemble/build, wire, and modify electrical controls systems or prototypes, using hand tools. measuring instruments, etc.
  2. evaluate engineering proposals, shop drawings, or design comments for sound electrical engineering practice or conformance with established safety or design criteria
  3. run conduit and connect equipment, cables, tubes, wiring, etc.
  4. inspect or test wiring installations, assemblies, or circuits for resistance factors or for operation and record results for quality control and assurance
  5. identify solutions to on-site technical design problems involving electrical systems equipment
  6. collaborate with engineers or other personnel to identify, define, or solve developmental problems
  7. set up or operate test equipment to evaluate the performance of developmental parts, assemblies, or systems under simulated operating conditions
  8. review electrical engineering criteria to identify necessary revisions, deletions, or amendments to outdated material
  9. write procedures for the commissioning of electrical installations
  10. update and occasionally draft schematics using CAD software
  11. travel to job sites for installation and repair

Job Requirements

Must-Have

  1. advanced understanding of industrial controls systems, PLCs, wiring standards, and electrical requirements 
  2. technical degree or certification or higher
  3. ability to troubleshoot, test, repair, and service technical equipment
  4. ability to understand and interpret blueprints, specifications, or diagrams to inform the installation, development, and operation activities
  5. basic understanding of electrical engineering and/or technical work 

*** If you do not have all of the “must-haves” above but feel you are uniquely qualified for this position, please still apply.

Nice-to-Have

  1. forklift, rigging, osha safety, first aid / cpr, welding, hazmat, confined space entry, electrician, steam, plumbing, plc programming, quality assurance, or other certifications
  2. knowledge of brewing and/or packaging processes
  3. commercial brewing experience or experience in a relevant engineering role
  4. bachelor’s degree from a four-year college/university or higher
  5. BS in engineering or related technical degree or equivalent experience
  6. relevant engineering experience or significant education related to industrial controls systems
  7. PLC fault finding experience
  8. experience drafting electrical schematics

Job-Specific Competencies 

  1. Job Knowledge/Technical Knowledge: Demonstrates knowledge of techniques, skills, equipment, procedures, and materials. Applies knowledge to identify issues and internal problems; works to develop additional technical knowledge and skills.
  2. Individual Effectiveness: Works independently, solves problems using good judgment, is organized and prioritizes work tasks, has strong verbal and written communication/presentation skills, is persuasive, able to translate technical information into layperson terms, completes work in a timely manner, strong attention to detail, and stays abreast of regulatory changes/trends.
  3. High Work Standards / Attention to Detail: Sets and maintains high performance standards; pays close attention to detail, accuracy, and completeness; shows concern for all aspects of the job and follows up on work outputs; develops detailed procedures and ensure accuracy in documentation and data; carefully monitors gauges, instruments or processes; concentrates on routine work details; organizes and maintains a system of records.
  4. Flexibility: Remains open-minded and changes opinions on the basis of new information; performs a wide variety of tasks and changes focus quickly as demands change; manages transitions from task to task effectively; adapts to varying customer needs.
  5. Problem Solving: Anticipates problems; sees how a problem and its solution will affect other units; gathers information before making decisions; weighs alternatives against objectives and arrives at reasonable decisions; adapts well to changing priorities, deadlines and directions; works to eliminate all processes which do not add value; is willing to take action, even under pressure, criticism or tight deadlines; takes informed risks; recognizes and accurately evaluates the signs of a problem; analyzes current procedures for possible improvements; notifies supervisor of problems in a timely manner.
  6. Reliability: Personally responsible; completes work in a timely, consistent manner; works hours necessary to complete assigned work; is regularly present and punctual; arrives prepared for work; is committed to doing the best job possible; keeps commitments.
  7. Commitment to Safety: Understands, encourages and carries out the principles of integrated safety management; complies with or oversees the compliance with Laboratory safety policies and procedures; completes all required ES&H training; takes personal responsibility for safety.

    Work Content

    1. Physical Demands: This position requires occasionally sitting, standing, walking, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, use of his or her hands and fingers, reaching with hands and arms, and talking/listening; the employee will occasionally lift up to 50 pounds.
    2. Vision: Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
    3. Work Environment: The work environment is occasionally wet or humid (non-weather); includes working near moving mechanical parts, in high/precarious places; there may be potential fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic cleaning chemicals; occasional outdoor weather conditions; there is a potential risk of electrical shock.

    Craft Kettle Core Values

    1. People Matter: We value relationships and people. We operate with humility, with a customer-service focus, and with respect for all.
    2. Team First: We achieve results as an interdependent team. We are supportive, responsive, flexible, and considerate in our interactions with one another. We partner with others both inside and outside of our organization because we share accountability for results and want to identify opportunities to learn from each other.
    3. Long-term Thinkers: We analyze problems and potential solutions with a view for long-term growth and sustainability. We recognize the overall efficiency of all the organizations we work with is paramount in the long-term, and we prioritize the efficiency and effectiveness of the aggregate group over the short-term profit motives of our individual organization. We seek to add value to ensure the long-term viability of our organization.
    4. Problem Solvers: We strive to correct and learn from our mistakes. We respond to problems in a timely fashion and seek to erase the impact of our mistakes. We track our past actions and prevent future repetition.
    5. Bold Thinking: We act with an entrepreneurial spirit and promote effective and transformative ideas. We seek out new ways to solve old problems.

    Compensation

    1. Starting salary between $30,000 and $45,000
    2. Compensation commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience
    3. Access to the company's benefits packages, which currently include medical, vision, and dental insurance (50% EE / 25% FAM); 4% 1:1 401k match; holidays, paid time off; sick leave, company cell phone and computer.
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