Controls Technician

Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY: The Controls Technician provides electrical and technical support to the facility with an emphasis on troubleshooting existing electrical theory, as well as be proficient in programming and troubleshooting PLC and related systems. The controls technician will also be an ongoing part of the design and upgrading of new and existing equipment for continuous improvement.


  • Provide technical assistance to maintenance personnel on electrical hardware and software to maintain and keep the plant in operation when breakdown occurs.
  • Locate electrical/electric problem areas and design systems to improve operations of plant machinery.
  • Redesign existing electrical systems when the present components are obsolete and no longer available.
  • Coordinate the wiring of electrical equipment and components, maintain documentation to include all back up disks, electrical equipment manuals and updates the plant's specifications of usable electrical components.
  • Assist in the training of plant personnel through empowerment of electrical personnel to ensure that they are capable of maintaining systems with minimum supervision, downtime and loss of productivity.
  • Develops new control concepts as required. Has responsibility for all control system designs.


  • Act as first line of production support for electrical systems.
  • Work as part of Project Teams.
  • Control System Hardware design and configuration.
  • Program, commission, and debug PLC programs.
  • Acquire knowledge of existing systems and remain current with systems' upgrades.
  • Identify opportunities to reduce cost, increase efficiency, and improve quality.
  • Assist Maintenance and Production employees with troubleshooting and problem solving.
  • Follow Environmental, Quality and Safety Manage.



  • Associate's Degree in Technical Field or combination of education and experience.
  • Three plus years' relevant experience in maintenance or production.
  • Familiarity with PLC programming.
  • Working knowledge in AutoCAD or SolidWorks.
  • Working knowledge of programming languages.
  • Must be MS Office literate, with Allen Bradley working knowledge.
  • Prefer AB experience with VFD's Servos, and motion control.
  • Must be open to learning new processes and skills.
  • Flexibility to work additional hours as needed.


  • PLC certification required.
  • Must have 5 years industrial PLC programming and troubleshooting experience
  • Prefer 2 years Industrial Electrical Degree.


Ability to work cooperatively with others in a team setting, confer with co-workers, management, as well as, vendors and contractors who supply materials, equipment and/or services for the operations. The ability to maintain a high level of self-management and motivation is essential to success in the role.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, walk, bend, stoop and lift weights in excess of 10 lbs. Employee must be able to maneuver in tight places such as between equipment, climb ladders, step over obstacles, step on and off machinery, etc. Work may include operation of a motor vehicle. The employee must be able to visually inspect work. The employee must concentrate for long periods of time. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms and grip objects. The employees must reach overhead. The employee may be required to work more than 8 hours in a shift.


Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologists and Technicians


Associate's Degree


3 to 20+ years

Job type

Full time

Kaiser Aluminum
Salary Range
$48,000.00 - 72,000.00
per Year
Salary range estimated by
Richmond, VA 23173, US
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