PLC Programmer

Job Title: Programmable Logic Controller Programmer

Employment Status: Full-Time

Classification: Non-Exempt

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday with occasional weekends

Travel: Required for training and execution of job duties

Reports to: Engineering Manager

Supervisory Responsibilities: None


Position Summary:  The primary responsibilities of this position are to create design schematics and write and install Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) programs for automation and industrial equipment.  Responsibilities also include testing the efficiency of installed program, improving the performances of programs, and troubleshooting any issues that may arise with installed programs.


Essential Functions

  • Works as system integrator, programs all machines in a manufacturing cell or line to interface with other control systems.
  • Utilize automation software to write PLC programs for automation and industrial equipment to ensure they function properly.
  • Perform routine maintenance on installed programs to ensure plant equipment’s operations and efficiency.
  • Understand ladder logic and able to troubleshoot any issues when necessary.
  • Install, troubleshoot, and repair all aspects of motors, drives, and control systems to minimize the impact to operations.
  • Understand and read wiring diagrams.
  • Respond to the needs and questions of machine users concerning their accesses and use of PLC applications, issues, and training needs.
  • Develop and execute training programs for equipment for other technical users.


Other Duties

  • Perform other duties assigned by the Engineering Manager.
  • Work with engineering, maintenance, and production staff to outline programming standards and requirements.


This is not meant to be a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, and responsibilities.  These items may change or new items may be assigned with or without notice.


Experience and Education Requirements

  • Associates in Computer Engineering, Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering, or Industrial Technology required.
  • Knowledge of software design principles and database implementation and maintenance required.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA’s) Required

  • Working knowledge in electrical panels and electrical troubleshooting.
  • Knowledgeable in robot motion control and servo motion controls systems.
  • Skilled in standard wiring and labeling practices.
  • Thorough understanding of control schematics.
  • Strong communication and people skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize work accordingly.
  • Self-motivated and ability to work without direct supervision.


Other Qualifications

  • Valid Driver’s license with acceptable driving record.
  • Covid-19 vaccination: Because business travel is an essential function of this position, Gusmer requires that any individual holding this position is up to date with their vaccinations for Covid-19 and can show proof of same prior to commencing employment. This requirement is based on travel guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is consistent with Gusmer’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and to safeguard the health of Gusmer’s employees and their families, its customers and visitors, and the community at large.


Physical Requirements

The physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully

perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified

individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Modified “light duty” restrictions may be arranged

as needed and when available for job-related injuries or illnesses.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk on normal and uneven surfaces and sit; use hands for writing and keyboarding; lift and/or move up to 35 pounds.

The employee is occasionally required to lift, carry, and push over 100 pounds in a team; stand, stoop, and bend; hand grip up to 20 pounds; and pinch up to 15 pounds. The employee is required to use a ladder to reach high areas for performing work. The employee may occasionally encounter uneven and/or slippery surfaces when in warehouse.

Specific vision abilities required by this job includes close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Acute hearing is necessary for telephone and in-person communication with customers and fellow employees, and visual acuity sufficient to read a computer screen and paper documents.


Working Conditions

This position typically functions in a plant environment; hot and cold conditions may exist depending on external weather conditions.  There may be exposure to wet/high humidity conditions during product testing.  There may also be exposure to dust from die cutting/material handling and plastic fumes from injection molding operations.  There is minimal exposure to production chemicals.


EEO Policy Statement:

Gusmer Enterprises, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.  Gusmer will also consider requests for reasonable accommodations made by applicants and employees on an individualized basis, including those based on disabilities and sincerely-held religious beliefs, where such accommodations do not impose an undue burden on the business. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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