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Automation Technician II

Company: Brambles
Location: Colton
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Brambles companies, including CHEP, help move more goods to more people, in more places than any other organisation on earth. Our 330 million pallets, crates and containers are continuously in motion, forming the invisible backbone of the global supply chain and the world's biggest brands trust us to help them transport their goods more efficiently, sustainably and safely. As pioneers of the sharing economy, Brambles created one of the world's most sustainable logistics businesses through the share and reuse of its platforms under a model known as 'pooling'. Brambles primarily serves the fast-moving consumer goods (e.g. dry food, grocery, and health and personal care), fresh produce, beverage, retail and general manufacturing industries. The Group employs more than 10,000 people and operates in over 60 countries with its largest operations in North America and Western Europe. For further information, please visit

Job Description

Position Purpose

As a proactive team member, working varying shifts, the Automation Technician II is responsible for performing and managing plant maintenance programs under the direction of the Plant Manager. The Automation Technician II has compliance oversight over multiple plants. They also lead equipment assessments, installation, refurbishment and optimization projects. Maintenance activities must ensure that employee health and safety, product safety, and the protection of the environment are never compromised, and that all maintenance activities enhance product quality, plant performance and business priorities. The Automation Technician II will adhere to all health and safety policies and directives and maintain a clean safe work area. This position partners with internal and external engineering services and local parts vendors to ensure automated equipment operates at the highest level of efficiencies and will advocate improvement projects as assigned.

Major/Key Accountabilities

  • Responsible for hands on maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of all plant pneumatics, hydraulics, and electric systems including program logic control (PLC) systems controls machine network devices (EthernetIP Network). The Automation Technician II will diagnose and repair mechanical and electrical failures in all plant manufacturing equipment. This includes, but is not limited to, conveyers, process pallet handling machines, dismantling, painting and stenciling systems.
  • Responsible for hands on maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of all process hand tools, such as pneumatic or electric reciprocating saws and nail guns
  • Performs minor unscheduled maintenance and repair on trucking equipment such as forklifts and yard shuttle trucks
  • The Automation Technician II is responsible for accurate and timely documentation of performance and processes as required by local and regional leadership. The Automation Technician II will schedule, execute and properly document work orders within the corporate Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
  • The Automation Technician II will accurately complete additional scheduling and repair material documentation and reporting as required. Active participation in machine process and design improvement forums is required. The Automation Technician II will identify and drive equipment process optimization. The Automation Technician II will provide training, coaching and mentoring on use and repair of industrial production equipment.
  • Automation Technician II will participate in health and safety programs including council or committee meetings, OSHA and corporate mandated training, certification and recertification.
  • Basic use of welding/cutting equipment
  • Any other duties as assigned


  • Mechanically inclined - Knowledge of and demonstrable ability to use common mechanics tools
  • Willing to work non-traditional hours including nights, weekends and holidays with on-call availability
  • Associates Degree preferred
  • Ability to stand and walk on concrete floors for up to 12 hours and lift 75 pounds
  • Advanced skills in reading and using mechanical and electrical schematics for troubleshooting
  • Ability to use an electrical Multimeter for troubleshooting
  • Understanding of and ability to troubleshoot and repair industrial pneumatic and hydraulic system components, such as pumps, valves, cylinders, motors and solenoids
  • Understanding of and ability to troubleshoot and repair industrial electrical system components such as motors, variable AC drives, PLCs, and field sensors
  • Advanced PLC skills including use of programming techniques
  • Understanding of industrial air compressors and peripheral components such as, dryers, water separators and automatic bleed off
  • Willing to travel up to 35% of the time


This position requires demonstrated experience in maintaining, repairing and optimizing plant production equipment. Specific areas of expertise include:

  • 5-7 years of experience in industrial machine maintenance
  • Knowledge of HMI operation and troubleshooting
  • Proven track record of production machine maintenance and repair success
  • History of effectively leading teams
  • Demonstrated success handling multiple high priority projects, in addition to normal responsibilities.

Skills and Knowledge

This position requires knowledge in maintaining, repairing and optimizing plant production equipment. Specific areas of expertise include:


  • Control panels and power cabinets
  • Ability to read electrical drawings
  • 3 phase 480-volt power systems
  • Electrical Motors
  • Variable Frequency Drives
  • Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) systems and troubleshooting
  • Rockwell Automation Compact Logic (RSLogix 5000)
  • Ethernet IP networks, EthernetIP on machine devices and VFDs
  • Yaskawa, Fanuc or Kuka robot experience

Mechanical Knowledge:

  • Chain Drive Live Roller Conveyor systems
  • Chain Conveyors
  • Belt Conveyors
  • Hydraulics pumps and circuits
  • Air compressors
  • Pneumatic circuits valves


  • Ability to use and navigate MS office and internet applications
  • Knowledge of OSHA and Control of Hazardous Energy procedures and regulations
  • NEC 70E electrical Safety
  • Ability to use Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Audit maintenance effectiveness processes.



  • English


  • Spanish

Preferred Education

Associates - Electrical Engineering

Preferred Level of Work Experience

5 - 7 years

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and we are committed to developing a diverse workforce in which everyone is treated fairly, with respect, and has the opportunity to contribute to business success while realizing his or her potential. This means harnessing the unique skills and experience that each individual brings and we do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class.

Individuals fraudulently misrepresenting themselves as Brambles or CHEP representatives have scheduled interviews and offered fraudulent employment opportunities with the intent to commit identity theft or solicit money. Brambles and CHEP never conduct interviews via online chat or request money as a term of employment. If you have a question as to the legitimacy of an interview or job offer, please contact us at

Keywords: Brambles, Colton , Automation Technician II, Other , Colton, California

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