Automation Controls Technician

Lift, Inc. is Central Pennsylvania’s exclusive material handling dealer for Toyota and Crown Forklift Trucks. We are a full-service material handling supplier; specializing in equipment sales and service, warehouse products, and fleet management. Starting as a forklift service company, we have evolved into a trusted partner for our warehousing and distribution customers across Central Pennsylvania.


  • 100% Employee Owned Company

  • Competitive salary

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance plans

  • 100% company paid short term and long-term disability coverage

  • 401(k) Plan with company match

  • Company paid life insurance with optional additional coverage

  • Paid holidays and Paid Time Off (PTO)

  • Professional work environment

Automation Controls Technician

We have an exciting opportunity for an Automation Controls Technician based out of our Carlisle branch. The Automation Controls Technician provides Subject Matter Expertise for Technical Controls support to all lines of the Automation Support business unit. Technical Support includes focusing on maintaining, troubleshooting, and modifying material handling control systems equipment to ensure operational performance of material handling equipment such as conveyors, sortation systems, ASRS, scanners, cameras, print and apply systems, devices, and programs. The Support Engineer must be familiar with a wide variety of the field’s concepts and be available on an as needed basis to address customer Controls Systems Support Services concerns at customer sites. The Automation Support Technician serves in the support capacity for all technicians as a resource for troubleshooting and onsite customer repairs in the Automation Support Business Unit.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provides Subject Matter Expertise as a Technical Controls Systems expert for the maintenance, troubleshooting, and modification of software programs and devices for material handling control systems, including PLC/PC controllers and industrial networks such as Ethernet, ControlNet, DeviceNet, Profibus, motor control systems, servo drives, frequency drives, and electrical distribution systems.

  • Provides Subject Matter Expertise as a Technical Controls System Resource for all controls system operational issues, training, or projects. Provides support during normal working hours and after hours as needed

  • Develops curriculum, leads, and provides all Control Systems training for Automation Support Technicians. Identifies and schedules all OEM Vendor related Controls System training.

  • Partners with equipment vendors and parts suppliers to plan and coordinate new technology installations or modifications. Provides on-site guidance to ensure specifications are adhered by services technicians.

  • Performs customer Asset Condition Assessments including creating reports for PSS Representatives, Customers and Automation Support Leadership

  • Communicates technical issues and project timelines with the Automation Directors.

  • Provides all necessary reports or Metrics on Controls System Services and research to Automation Directors as needed.

  • Performs all work in accordance with established safety procedures. Works with customers to make recommendations for Safety Compliance Improvements

  • Serves as the Controls and Electrical Systems Representative on the Safety Committee.

  • Performs other work as directed.

Required Qualifications:

  • A combination of a Minimum 5 years of related experience and/or formal training in Automation System Controls System Maintenance, Mechatronics or related Technology.

  • Experience with means to identify, maintain, and troubleshoot AB RS LOGIX 500/5000 PLC's, SCADA systems, along with PLC Programs, Robotics systems, HMI, and control network components including motor controls.

  • Requires a minimum of 3-5 years’ experience working in a Distribution Center or Manufacturing Environment

  • Journeyman level experience with 480V 3-Phase, 110 VAC, and 24VDC systems.

  • Project management experience with the installation and modification of new or existing equipment.

  • Ability to interpret and modify electrical or PLC logic schematics with tracked changes.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong organizational and analytical skills.

  • Strong Customer Service skills.

  • Ability to effectively present information.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and good driving record

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Formal Degree in Controls Systems, Mechatronics, Electrical or Electronics field of study

  • Certification in Rockwell Automation and Siemens Mechatronics

  • Knowledge of AutoCAD

  • Knowledge of CMMS Systems

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Applications

Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to lift or exert force up to 50 pounds.

  • Wearing steel or composite toe shoes or boots during work hours as needed

  • Ability to work in wet or humid conditions as well as extreme cold or heat as needed.

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