Apprentice Instrument Controls Technician

Work Location (HCM): Woodland Plant


Pacific Coast Producers is one of the nation’s top food packaging companies and has full-time job openings for Apprentice Instrument / Controls Technicians at facilities in beautiful Northern California.  We offer competitive pay and excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, pension, and 401(k).

These are full-time, bargaining unit (union) positions requiring work on various shifts with potential for a great deal of overtime in the summer months.  Individuals will perform maintenance, repair, design and/or modification of the plant’s control network and control/electrical systems.  Positions will gradually assume responsibility under a head technician or supervisor for the efficient operation, maintenance, repair, and safety of all plant instruments, controls, PLC/HMI programming; electrical circuits, plant floor networking, and related equipment.

 To be considered, applicants must have:

  1. Satisfactorily completed a two year program relative to this field (instrumentation/controls); or
  2. Comparable work experience, plus one year of formal training in this area; and
  3. Must possess a fundamental understanding of instruments, controls, PLC/HMI programming, electrical circuits, and related equipment, which may be evaluated by passing assessments.

 Key Competencies/Qualifications:

  • PLC and HMI troubleshooting skills; including a minimum of minor logic editing skills.
  • Understanding of plant floor hardware and software, as well as networking and domain structure admin. 
  • Knowledge of SQL server development and administration.
  • Process control systems trouble shooting skills.
  • AutoCAD experience for creating electrical drawings.
  • Ability to work independently, performing related maintenance, repair, planning, and design.
  • Proficient at interpreting and developing electrical one line and logic schematics, along with P&ID drawings, and process flow drawings.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Troubleshooting, calibration and installation of our pneumatic and electromechanical components, programmable logic controllers, printers, level and temperature devices, control valves, chart recorders and similar components, and other technology and equipment.
  • Assist in complex troubleshooting and control strategy.
  • Read blueprints, charts, sketches and operating instructions and proceed accordingly.
  • Keep maintenance records.  Obtain and maintain an adequate supply of parts.
  • Responsible for work and layout, requisitioning necessary equipment.
  • Observe, support and enforce all regulatory standards; Company safety and food safety, quality initiatives and standards including housekeeping of personal storage areas and tool box.      

 Note – Pacific Coast Producers offers equal employment opportunity to all applicants including females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans.

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