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Instrumentation PLC Technician 1

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 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

  • Troubleshoots, removes, repairs and reinstalls various types of control loops, controllers, transmitters, automated valves and switches
  • Troubleshoots and repairs instrumentation controlled by programmable logic controllers (PLC) and HMIs
  • Effectively utilize test equipment, such as multi-meters, temperature and pressure calibrators and signal generators
  • Generates and maintains documentation associated with control systems such as ladder logic, Operating Procedures and wiring diagrams
  • Reads and interprets drawing and wiring schematics
  • Assists the Electrical Technicians as needed
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Typical Education

  • 2 year technical or trade school with AAS or certificate of completion or High School Diploma or GED with 5 year experience with PLC/HMI Maintenance/Repair

Relevant Experience

  • Two years of plant maintenance experience
  • Ability to balance multiple tasks, be flexible and work well under pressure
  • Solid background in PLC programming, troubleshooting and control panel systems design
  • Knowledge of food Safety and GMP to protect from food contamination
  • Must be familiar with automated control systems and be able to read, understand and maintain electrical drawings and manuals
  • Experience with Allen Bradley Control Logix and Factory Talk View is preferred
  • An understanding of Ethernet networks, IP addressing, wiring and cable patching
  • Understanding of DC and AC drive systems experience with Power Flex drives is preferred
  • Electrical experience desired
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to read and write in English
  • Ability to work any shift, weekend and overtime if required
  • Ability to work independently or with minimal supervision and exercise good judgment

Other Information

Pay: $33.43/HR

Job Requisition ID: 8578

Travel Required: None

Location(s): FG Plant - Pasco 

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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