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Matalco- Controls Technician

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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The Controls Technician ensures that all automation throughout the plant performs as expected and automation maintenance issues are resolved efficiently and effectively in order to support maintenance and production. Individual programmers may have specialization areas (IT, electrical, etc).



  • Minimum: High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Preferred: Some post-secondary education; Associates or Bachelor’s degree; or equivalent experience


  • 2-3 years programming knowledge; Microsoft Office Suite and other applicable programs
  • Knowledge of Allen Bradley 5000 series PLC software; Connected components

Job Specific Knowledge and Skills

  • Willing to work overtime
  • Answer calls and work on other shifts as necessary
  • Excellent understanding/knowledge of PLC’s, HMI’s Ladder logic software/programming and SCADA systems
  • Familiar with hydraulic, pneumatic, combustion, electrical and mechanical systems
  • Meticulous attention to detail and strong research and problem solving abilities
  • Good math, reading and blueprint reading skills
  • Excellent communication, customer service and interaction skills
  • High energy level and the ability to handle several urgent tasks at once

Key Responsibilities 

  • Develop and maintain automation programs, systems and processes, according to company expectations to ensure safe, fast and efficient completion of finished customer product
  • Develop, maintain, report and display key indicators and metrics, according to Production needs to ensure accurate information is correct and available to the stakeholders
  • Develop, maintain and apply speciality knowledge in required and applicable areas such as IT interfacing (servers, technical infrastructure, PC’s), report analyzing and/or industrial maintenance projects, according to company expectations to ensure processes are improved and maintained to a high standard
  • Foster an environment where employees will willingly make extra effort to exceed goals and look for opportunities to improve our processes and develop a lean, responsive and knowledgeable workforce
  • Respond to and resolve breakdowns, discrepancies or non-conforming machine performance based on departmental procedure in order for the Production or Maintenance teams to make corrections or adjustments to processes appropriately
  • Apply and provide accountability of all safety rules, participation in safety practices, LOTO procedures and wearing of PPE according to company standards and government regulations in order to facility a safe working environment. Assist management with communication and compliance of company strategic initiatives

Physical and Sensory Effort 

  • Normal office environment approximately 50% of the time
  • Low frequency lifting up to 50 lbs
  • Physical demands including low frequency lifting, bending, pushing, pulling, walking and reaching into/working in tight areas.
  • High frequency of visual and audio monitoring of processes.
  • Frequent climbing over 4 feet.
  • High frequency of visual monitoring of HMI panels and PLC driven panels.
  • Frequent data entry of necessary maintenance information.
  • Low frequent use of raised maintenance platform over 4 feet

Working Conditions 

  • Normal office environment up to 50% of time.
  • Could be exposed to outside conditions year round
  • Low frequent exposure to molten metal at temperatures reaching 1300 degrees F.
  • Low frequent exposure to extreme ambient temperatures depending on the season.
  • Low frequent exposure to overhead loads, loud noise and possible pinch points

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