Automation and Controls Tech I

Orange City, IA posted on August 28

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General Position Summary:

This is an entry level automation and controls technician position located in the Orange City Facility.  Position will learn the basics of setting up communications between manufacturing and Mes systems.


Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:

  • Setup communication between manufacturing equipment and MES system
  • Proposes innovated solutions to manufacturing challenges leveraging automation
  • Program SCADA system (XML, Java, & Python)
  • Track products through all phases of production
  • Program Industrial PLCs (IEC 1131-3, ladder logic)
  • Debug industrial networking
  • Robot programming and communication
  • Database querying (SQL)
  • Ensure that all equipment is compliant to standard safety practices and regulatory organizations (OSHA, ANSI, UL, NFPA), customer processing spec (BAC, RPS) qualification requirements, and aerospace industry accredited organization (nadcap, ncamp) requirements.
  • Provide accurate time estimates to production management on automation installation functions.
  • Install and startup equipment at manufacturing location
  • Up to 20% travel may be required.
  • Physical factors—Ability to climb ladders, operate hand & power tools, drive fork lift, assemble heavy mechanisms, Physical Demands (standing, sitting, lifting, bending, and climbing), Frequency (random throughout shift).
  • Flexibility to alter work schedule to occasionally work around production schedules.


Specific Job Skills:

  • Proficiency with structured programming languages and scripting such as C++, Java, VB, Python, et
  • Database knowledge
  • Familiarity with industrial control systems
  • Ability to read and understand electrical schematics
  • Exposure to CNC machining, 3D printing and/or G-code
  • Some exposure to industrial manufacturing a plus
  • Understanding of industrial robots
  • Knowledge of debug instruments (digital multi-meter, oscilloscope, megger, etc).
  • Familiarity with hydraulics, pneumatics, and electrical systems
  • Proficient computer skills


Education and/or Experience:

  • Education and experience—Four year engineering degree with some related experience / internship, two year technical degree with 2 years related experience, or 5 years’ experience servicing automation equipment preferred.
  • Completed training in proper software structure and techniques


Job Schedule:

Day shift hours: Fri, mandatory overtime as needed on weekends, possibility to be called in after normal shift time.



  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Rx, Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Company Sponsored 401k
  • Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Gym Reimbursement 


AIM Aerospace, Inc. is a Drug Free workplace.

Pre-employment drug screen required. 

Applicants must meet ITAR Requirements 

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