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Automation Technician ($29.68/hr)

Company: Sonoco
Location: Hartselle
Posted on: August 6, 2022

Job Description:

Over the past 5 years, the Reels & Plugs Division of Sonoco Products Company has placed special emphasis on developing our technical team and ramping up our Automation Strategy. Over this period annual capital investment has more than tripled. Our Automation Team supports 5 manufacturing locations with three of them in the Hartselle, AL including the largest and most advanced Nailwood Reel manufacturing plant in the US. In 2020 we manufactured 907 unique products at this plant. Due to the complexity needed to manufacture this many unique products and the need to internalize our Intellectual Property, we have moved most of our equipment development and integration in-house. We have recently built an Automation and Training Center dedicated to the development of new technology.The Automation Technician will be based in Hartselle, AL with the rest of our Automation Team. This role will play a critical role fabricating parts, assembling equipment, assembling electrical panels, testing, and supporting the startup of advanced manufacturing equipment. Unlike a typical OEM, we do not just make equipment. We are part of the organization that uses the equipment to manufacture a product. This puts us in a uniquely qualified position for continuous improvement. This role will be expected to make observations to identify opportunities for improvement in our processes and equipment (both old and new). They will be expected to develop positive working relationships with production personnel to be able to effectively solicit feedback on projects, collaborate to come up with new ideas, and provide training during equipment startup. The Automation Technician will also be expected to troubleshooting support on complicated breakdowns.ResponsibilitiesDrive Continuous Improvement by assessing plant processes and identify opportunity for process and automation opportunities to drive down unit costFabricated simple and complex mechanical componentsAssemble machineryBuild and test electrical control systemsSupport maintenance team with advanced mechanical troubleshooting opportunities and identifying opportunities for value adding improvements.Identify improvements to make parts easier to manufacture and provide feedback to engineersCollaborate with Operations and Maintenance teams to ensure equipment is properly operated and maintained.Required SkillsSolid understanding and experience with fabrication methods like drilling, tapping, welding, grinding cutting & machining,Proficient with powered and manual hand toolsExperience and/or proven ability to learn how to use shop equipment like plasma cutters, drills, mills, lathes, CNC, brake press, etc.Ability to troubleshoot equipment problems and perform complex system testsCreative thinking skillsDetail-oriented personalityContinuous Improvement mindsetAbility to define problems, collect data when necessary, establish facts, and draw valid conclusionsAbility to communicate well and build strong professional relationships with othersThrive under pressureEducational RequirementsAssociates or Bachelors in a hands-on technical related field. Advanced Manufacturing Technician or similar.LocationSonoco - Hartselle CampusAutomation & Training Center1901 John D Long Dr SEHartselle, AL 35 Why You ll Like Working With US: We care about YOU through employee development, providing excellent benefits, investing in your future and valuing diversity and inclusion.We are an equal opportunity employer, and we strictly prohibit and do not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any legally protected characteristic.Job Type: Full-timeSchedule: 8 hour shiftAbility to commute/relocate: Hartselle, AL: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)Experience: Manufacturing : 3 years (Preferred)Work Location: One location

Keywords: Sonoco, Huntsville , Automation Technician ($29.68/hr), Human Resources , Hartselle, Alabama

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