Automation and Controls Technician

Engineering Broomfield, Colorado


Position at Hunter Douglas Inc.

Automation and Controls Technician

The Role

In an average week you will work with engineers to design controls (some motions systems), troubleshoot on calls with maintenance,  identify network issues and work with IT, wire in test PLC’s, work with mechanical process engineers on commissioned projects, help order parts and get quotes, and see projects through from inception to implementation. You will get to work on a variety of projects and design electrical controls. There is never a dull moment and the projects you work on will keep you challenged, learning and engaged. As our automations and controls tech you will get to manage your own time on projects, work collaboratively with other techs and departments, and play an integral role in improving our equipment and processes.

About You

You enjoy variety and can manage your time well. You thrive when you are troubleshooting, solving problems and collaborating with others. You have a strong customer service mindset and are a true professional.  You have mechanical aptitude and can design and build electrical panels. You have a desire to continue to learn and increase your skills.

Acceptable Training and Experience 

  • Some college level or trade school work or certification in the area of electrical control systems/electronics is highly desirable.
  • Previous work experience with electrical/mechanical control systems in a manufacturing environment is highly desirable.

Job Summary

The person in this role is responsible for the specification and implementation of automated control systems for production equipment. We run on 90% OMRON PLC controls with some Beckoff an Allen Bradley as well.

Job Details

  • Works closely with Automation & Controls Engineers in the development, implementation and testing of automated control systems for production equipment.
  • Wires control system enclosures following both internal Hunter Douglas HDMSC wiring standards and external NFPA standards. Configures all control system hardware to meet system needs. Works closely with Maintenance and Facilities electricians on the field wiring installation and testing of enclosures and control systems on equipment.
  • Specifies, sources and procures control system components and equipment wiring materials.
  • When assigned, creates plc and HMI programs for new equipment builds or upgrades of existing equipment. Tests all programs to ensure compliance to engineering machine specifications and required functionality as well as all required safety standards.
  • Documents control systems per department standards. This includes: Control system components & BOM’s, electrical schematics, hardware configurations and plc & HMI programs,
  • Provides troubleshooting and technical assistance to engineering, maintenance and operations personnel to resolve control system and machine issues.

Level II requirements to also include, but not be limited to:

  • 5 years demonstrable experience in application of automated control systems on manufacturing equipment/systems.                       
  • Must exhibit an understanding of integrated motion control, instrumentation, plc & HMI development, and have working knowledge of programming languages identified in the IEC 61131-3 PLC programming standard.
  • Must be able to design and implement control systems on manufacturing equipment. This would require the ability to independently review and implement reliable machine control based on outcomes expected by Engineering.
  • Ability to research and evaluate automation and control technology to solve technical process problems. When required attends workshops, seminars or supplier classes to gain technical training.

Qualifications and KSA’s

Solid knowledge of programming PLC’s, HMI’s, and motion control systems.

Solid knowledge of the NEC (National Electrical Code), NFPA, and SCCR Regulations.

Solid knowledge of and experience with electrical wiring and panel layout.

Solid knowledge of developing documentation for equipment wiring and machine controls. Uses CAD software and PLC/Control software for documentation.

Solid knowledge of the principles of wiring and AC/DC electrical circuits.

Solid knowledge of AC/DC, servo, stepper and vector motors.

Solid knowledge of computers. Experience with Windows, MS Office, etc.

Skill in working with electrical measurement equipment and hand tools such as drills, saws, punches, crimpers, etc.

Skill in developing and maintaining effective work relationships.

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About the Window Fashions Division:
Hunter Douglas Window Fashions Division is located in Broomfield, Colorado, midway between Boulder and Denver with outstanding views of the Rockies. The campus encompasses 756,000 square feet of office and manufacturing space.  Roughly 1000 employees work at this location to produce proprietary and upscale products such as Duette® Honeycomb Shades, 

Benefits of working for Hunter Douglas Window Fashions include:

  • Generous paid time off that accrues immediately; 11 paid holidays, new parent and family care time off and 12 hours of paid volunteer work.
  • Medical, dental, vision plan, life, STD, LTD, AD&D, dependent life, flexible spending accounts, pre-paid legal, and pet insurance.
  • 401(k) with 6% company match and annual retirement contribution, college investment savings program.
  • Employee development including education tuition assistance, and on-site development through Hunter Douglas University.
  • Robust wellness program; on-site managed fitness center free to employees.
  • Generous discount on window coverings.
  • Charitable contribution match, employee assistance program, adoption assistance, dependent scholarships, on-site physical therapists and more!