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Instrumentation Technician / Process Control Technician (Lathrop, CA)

Location: 

Lathrop, CA, US, 95330-9777

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.

Summary

The Instrument Technician 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 Technician frequently collaborates with engineers and electricians to complete work assignments accurately.

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
  • Controls parameters in processes and/or systems by using a programmable logic controller (PLC).
  • 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 written reports to communicate test results.
  • Maintains a safe working environment by complying with all rules and regulations, and continuously practices safety while performing duties.  Actively participates in the Respirator Program.
  • Wears the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) including, but not limited to steel-toed boots, safety glasses, hard hat, hearing protection, respirator, fire-retardant clothing, gloves, etc. as required.  May be required to wear additional PPE based on specific job duties.

Typical Education

  • Associate's Degree (A.A. or equivalent)
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience
    • 2 years in an industrial manufacturing environment

 

Relevant Experience

4+ years related experience and/or training

 

  • Knowledge of intermediate math skills with the ability to accurately measure and take readings.
  • Knowledge of industrial processing equipment including, but not limited to process control, motors, final control elements, electronics, industrial networks, signaling standards, fluid dynamics, etc.
  • Knowledge of:
    • 4-20mA control signals;
    • Ability to read and interpret proportional, integral, derivative (PID) controller.
    • Pressure Loops
    • Pressure Transmitter
    • Flow Loops
    • Flow Transmitter
    • Level Loops
    • Level Transmitter
    • Temperature Loops
    • Temperature Transmitter
    • pH
    • Conductivity
    • HART
    • Emerson 475
    • Emerson TREX
    • Rosemount
    • Foxboro
    • Vega
    • Endress+Hausser
    • Ametek
  • Ability to work independently or under minimal supervision; a team player, and ability to work with multiple disciplines.
  • Ability to read and understand equipment and machinery manuals; ability to conduct research as needed.
  • Required to maintain reliable, regular attendance.

Other Information

Pay: 35.71/hr.  Day shift M-F

Knowledge of basic physics and chemistry; intermediate math skills with the ability to accurately measure and take readings. Knowledge of entire pieces of equipment including, but not limited to process control, motors, final control elements, electronics, industrial networks, signaling standards, fluid dynamics, etc. Knowledge of 4-20mA control signals; ability to read and interpret proportional, integral, derivative (PID) controller. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications to include, but not limited to Excel, Word, etc.
 
Skills: Must demonstrate initiative; be assertive, enthusiastic, accurate, and detail-oriented.  Excellent attendance record and punctual. Required to operate a fork lift, and/or other equipment as needed;
Abilities: Ability to prepare basic written and/or computer reports. Ability to work independently or under minimal supervisor; a team player, and ability to work with multiple disciplines.  Ability to read and understand all equipment and machinery manuals; ability to conduct research as needed.

 

Physical Requirements: This job requires the ability to work in excess of eight hours per day, off-duty hours, and weekends to reach operational goals and compliance requirements. This individual must have the ability to operate a front-end loader, forklift, and/or other motorized equipment. Job duties may require the ability to climb stairs, climb ladders, bend, stoop, reach, lift, grip, push, pull, move and/or carry equipment which may be in excess of 50 pounds. 

Job Requisition ID: 4580

Travel Required: None

Location(s): AB Plant - Lathrop 

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.**

If you require technical assistance, please email us at careers.contact@simplot.com.