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Instrumentation Technician / Process Control Technician (Helm, CA)


Helm, CA, US, 93627

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. The J.R. Simplot Company is a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.


The Maintenance A (Instrument Tech) is responsible for maintaining all process instrumentation and controls throughout the facility to ensure safe operating practices. This individual wires, troubleshoots, repairs, calibrates, and maintains equipment to minimize downtime. The Instrument Tech frequently collaborates with engineers and electricians to complete work assignments accurately. This person may also perform work involving the skills of several trades including, but not limited to electrical, instrumentation, fabrication, machining, etc. to keep machines, mechanical equipment, and structure in repair. This individual completes preventative maintenance (PM), repairs, overhauls, and special projects to ensure successful and efficient production. The Maintenance A has verifiable certification or Journeyperson status in two maintenance trades or, at the minimum, as an Instrument Tech. The Maintenance A may also train less experienced employees on the job as required.

Key Responsibilities

  • Inspects instruments periodically and adjusts calibration to ensure functioning within specified standards.
  • Troubleshoots systems including, but not limited to instrument air dryer systems, electrical interlock systems, boiler controls, etc.
  • Selects, installs, calibrates, and checks sensing, telemetering, recording instrumentation and circuitry; develops specifications for nonstandard apparatus, characteristics of equipment under test, and capabilities.
  • Verifies accuracy of gauges and measuring instruments such as pressure, pH, flow, temperature, and valves; documents failure rates on specified equipment
  • Runs conduit, installs instruments, and bends stainless steel tubing as needed.
  • Develops preventative maintenance (PM) documentation; performs PM and corrective maintenance on test apparatus and peripheral equipment.
  • Operates test apparatus during test cycle to produce, regulate, and record effects of actual or simulated conditions such as vibration, stress, temperature, humidity, pressure, acceleration, etc; prepares graphs and/or written reports to communicate test results.
  • Repairs, tests, adjusts, or installs electronic equipment such as industrial controls, transmitters, variable frequency drives, and programmable logic controllers. Assembles, installs or repairs wiring, electrical and electronic components. Reads schematics and mechanical, electrical blueprints.
  • Dismantles, repairs, and re-assembles mechanical regulating and controlling devices including, but not limited to electric meters, gas regulators, thermostats, safety and flow valves, and any other mechanical governors. Operates electrical test equipment including, but not limited to voltmeter, ohmmeter, megger, transistor, etc.
  • Maintains safe working environment by complying with all rules and regulations, and continuously practices safety while performing duties. Responsible for lock out/tag out procedures associated with energy sources to include, but not limited to electrical, chemical, compressed gas, gravity, and thermal.
  • Wears the appropriate PPE including, but not limited to assigned uniform, steel-toed boots, safety glasses, hard hat, hearing protection, respirator, acid gear and gloves when entering specified plant areas at all times. Additional PPE may be required based on specific job duties.

Typical Education

Associate's Degree (A.A. or equivalent)

Relevant Experience

5+ years related experience and/or training

Required Qualifications

  • Two-year certificate or degree from a trade school or college; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Certification in at least two trades (electrical, welding, instrumentation, etc.) required.
  • Minimum of five to eight (5-8) years’ experience and/or training in a manufacturing or chemical plant required.
  • Required to have the knowledge, skill, and ability to maintain all of the plant equipment and tools without supervision/instruction.
  • Ability to prepare basic written and/or computer reports; working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications to include, but not limited to Excel, Word, etc. Prior experience using JD Edwards.
  • Ability to use tools and equipment including, but not limited to power (electric, hydraulic, and pneumatic) tools, presses, lathes, various measuring tools, basic hand tools, calibrators, etc. Knowledge of machines and tools including their designs, uses, repair and maintenance.
  • Ability to read and comprehend safety regulations and policies, and to implement safe operating practices; intermediate shop math skills and ability to read blueprints and schematics.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills; ability to work independently or under minimal supervision; a team player, and ability to work with multiple disciplines.
  • Must be assertive, enthusiastic, accurate, and detail-oriented; excellent attendance record and punctual.
  • Required to operate a front-end loader, fork lift, and/or other equipment as needed; valid driver’s license required.
  • Required to maintain reliable, regular attendance.

Other Information

Pay: $37.36/hr.

This job requires the ability to work in excess of eight hours per day to include weekends and off-duty hours to reach operational goals and compliance requirements. Job duties may require the ability to climb stairs, climb ladders, bend, stoop, reach, lift, grip, push, pull, move and/or carry tools and/or equipment which may be in excess of 50 pounds. In order to perform the duties of this job, the incumbent may be required to walk in excess of 350 yards to reach areas across the facility. Finger dexterity may be required to operate various hand tools and/or calculator, etc. This individual uses frequent repetitive motions with hands and/or feet to complete job duties; may be required to walk on uneven or slippery surfaces and stand for extended periods of time. The incumbent may perform job duties from a ladder, scaffolding, or elevated place as necessary.
Working in this plant operations environment requires the use of safety equipment to include, but not limited to safety glasses, hearing protection, steel-toed boots, hard hat, respirator, face shield, welding hood/gloves, acid gear, fire-retardant clothing, and company issued uniforms in designated areas. This individual may be subject to variations in noise levels and temperature changes due to weather conditions. While performing the duties of this job, this individual is frequently exposed to an outdoor environment, moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals. Loose fitting clothing, open toe/heel shoes and the wearing of contact lenses are not permitted.

Job Requisition ID: 6417

Travel Required: None

Location(s): AB Plant - Helm 

Country: United States

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.**

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