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PLC Programmer/Controls Specialist

Title:  PLC Programmer/Controls Specialist

Location:  Taunton, MA 

Summary:  The associate will be responsible for programming automation and controls systems involving PLC’s, Code assist, HMI’s, Servo drives and Network systems.  Proven experience in PLC logic to assist field service technicians in programming & configuration of Allen-Bradley, SLC, Control Logix, Compact Logix and Micro Logix.  On-site hands-on assistance at customer sites will be required. This job requires that the applicant live in the posted State.

Time Utilization:  This position will require travel up to 40% - 50% of the time for technical support.  Schedule needs to be flexible to accommodate customer needs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):

  1. Associate will maintain and modify programs for various high-speed packaging equipment. Update electrical schematics using AutoCAD and adobe PDF. Follow hardware/software updates and changes, and make sure technicians have all necessary software, cables and basic knowledge to communicate with equipment. Provide up-to-date documentation of control systems to enable future modifications by Field Service Technicians. 
  1. Associate will work with field service technicians via the telephone and computer remote access to trouble-shoot mechanical/electrical issues with various packaging equipment machines [e.g., tray sealers, fillers, dosers, form/fill/seal equipment, case erecting, automatic loading, sleeving, cartoning, closing, flow wrap, shrink wrap, vertical and horizontal thermoforming.]  As needed, on-site hands-on customer assistance will be required. 
  1. Associate will utilize his/her expertize with Allen Bradley, ProFace, Lenze, Compact Logix, Ethernet, Devicenet, and PLC Programming to solve mechanical/electrical issues with customer machinery.  Work may be completed through a Field Service Technician via instructions over the telephone or in-person on-site at customer locations. Metrics of retention and ability will be evaluated in our onboarding process. 
  1. Associate must be adept in working with others to resolve issues.  He/she must be a self-starter and comfortable working with people in trouble-shooting and problem solving situations. 
  1. Must provide excellent communication and customer service skills. Must be team oriented, have a “Can Do” approach to all challenges and possess a strong commitment to quality. 

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, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. AutoCad a plus. 

Associate must be capable of Allen Bradley PLC programming and trouble-shooting.  B&R and Lenze programming experience a plus.  Experience with Compact Logic, Micro Logic, SLC500 and RS View.

Electrical and mechanical knowledge is required in trouble-shooting problems. Must be able to learn and research new software/ hardware for implementation. 


High school diploma or GED required.  Technical schooling or equivalent training in electricity, electronics or equipment maintenance desired.  A minimum of 5 years’ experience in field service or equipment maintenance in a related industry is preferred.  

Language Ability: 
Excellent interpersonal skills required to effectively work with Company and Client personnel.  Ability to read and interpret documents including mechanical blueprints and electrical schematics.

Math Ability:

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as package geometry, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability:
Ability to assess and define problems, interpret instruction and act accordingly.  

Computer Skills:  Must have familiarity with MS Office Suite and Windows platform. 

Certificates and Licenses:  Current valid driver’s license and the ability to obtain a passport for travel. 

Supervisory Responsibilities: 

Work Environment: 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an associate encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Work is performed in a combination of shop/warehouse environments. Exposure to fluctuating hot and cold temperatures. Exposure to warehouse elements such as noise, dust, odors, fumes, oils.

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 this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

The ability to lift and/or move up to 75 lbs.  Ability to sit for an extended duration when traveling by car or airplane. Regularly required to sit, stand, bend, reach, stoop, squat and move about a facility. Keen hearing and sight ability (close and distance vision) for detecting any abnormalities with the machines.  Proper use of safety devices as required for the safe operation of all machinery, tools and equipment.

Interested and qualified applicants should send a resume to:  

Human Resources
Harpak-ULMA Packaging, LLC
175 John Quincy Adams Road
Taunton, MA 02780