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Controls Technician - Aurora, NE

  • Mars, Inc
  • 07/03/20
  • Aurora, NE
  • 68818
  • 26.67 / Hourly
  • Full-Time
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The Controls Technicians role is to provide leadership in PM capability, WO completion, breakdown elimination, and technical support for delivering the teams operational targets such as safety, quality and efficiency results. The Controls TR will have a focus on WOs and issues related to controls, instrumentation, or electrical systems; but will be expected to support mechanical WOs and issues as needed. This role must proactively identify and action risks to safety, food safety, quality and production losses. Must also lead and coach root cause problem solving with the Make and Pack Technicians on team, effectively communicate priorities, and escalate issues within their area and across shifts. The controls TR will also take technical direction from the controls leader to assist them in execution of controls specific support work.

Technical Resources have thorough understanding and mastery of Manufacturing Reliability Fundamentals such as Integrated Work Systems (IWS) and the Factory Mars Operating System (FMOS/Daily Direction Setting DDS). This role will support the development and execution of Clean, Inspect, Lubricate (CIL), Center Line (CL) and Defect Management for their assigned area in Make or Pack. The Technical Resource is responsible for maintaining standard running conditions of operating equipment in their area plus the repair or replacement of failed components, the ability to troubleshoot unknown equipment issues, and recommend adjustments to center lines.

Principal Accountabilities

Rotate on shift with assigned operating team
Lead and support the culture development of Mars, 5 Principles and Engagement
Coach Mars safety standards, tools and techniques
Identify, evaluate and eliminate safety risks using behavior based safety program and near miss reporting
Perform mechanical and electrical preventative maintenance on various manufacturing equipment, PLCs, control networks, instrumentation, drives/servos, and electrical system
Complete work orders as assigned and proactively look at work orders to complete as time permits
Document preventative maintenance and work orders using SAP
Troubleshoot and repair routine and advanced electrical issues, and mechanical issues as needed to support other TRs
Conduct equipment breakdown analysis
Participate and sometimes lead Focused Improvement Teams to eliminate losses within functional area
Develop/train Make and Pack Technicians to: grow functional/technical skills, learn troubleshooting and repair skills to operate equipment more efficiently, understand Autonomous Maintenance activities
Train other TRs on shift in areas of controls to grow their capability
Drive delivery at or above target of following metrics: TRS, production reliability, stops reduction, mean time between failure, defects found and fixed, work order/PM completion rate
Uses IWS tools to achieve zero losses, ensure follow up to outages and root cause identification
Provide technical support to eliminate line top losses and teams equipment ownership improvements
90% of time on production floor working with technicians to deliver results, assisting in equipment setup and changeover
Achieve and maintain a high level of technical competency.
The ability to handle multiple priorities and complexity
Member of the Emergency Response Team (ERT)
Flow to work as needed to meet the business need
Other job duties as assigned by site leadership

Key Functional Skills & Knowledge

Understand and adhere to LOTO, confined space, and all other plant safety/GMP requirements
Strong operational knowledge of manufacturing processes & equipment
Mastery of technical skills and equipment within main area of responsibility
Effective written and oral communication
Ability to teach and develop TRs and operators
Advanced computer skills to include Word, Excel, Outlook Email, SAP, Internet
Proficiency in WOs, PMs, and maintenance activities of a manufacturing plant
Advanced electrical, controls, instrumentation, and mechanical skills
Advanced understanding of electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and mechanical schematics/diagrams
Ability to use EPDM software to find and use electrical drawings in troubleshooting
Strong troubleshooting and problems solving skills
Proven ability to analyze data, determine root cause, and eliminate losses using IWS tools
Demonstrated ability to develop self and continue to learn/grow

Critical Mars Leadership Capabilities

Delivers Consistent Results
Creates Collaborative Relationships

Key Supporting Competencies

Functional/Technical Skills
Integrity and Trust
Peer Relationships
Drive for Results
Action Oriented
Problem Solving
Managing and Measuring Work

Minimum Qualifications

3+ years of experience in maintenance/reliability at Mars or equivalent
Advanced controls and electrical skills
High school diploma or GED
Working knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices
Ability to convey communications clearly and concisely
Understanding of major functions within the plant and the ability to work directly with all levels and functions
Able to deal with ambiguity effectively
Successful completion of a drug and background screen
Ability to work rotating shifts under stressful conditions such as heat, cold, heights, and/or confined spaces
Have full mobility with the ability to climb ladders and stairs
Ability to lift 50 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications

5+ years of in maintenance at Mars
Previous maintenance/TR experience at NEA factory
Technical degree in industrial electrical/controls or related degree
3 to 5 years of experience in a TPM/technical, manufacturing environment
Demonstrated experience working in quality and safety.
Functional knowledge and understanding of HACCP concepts

Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

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