Automation Technician/Coordinator

Automation technicians are responsible for the installation, operation and maintenance of computer and robotic systems used in a variety of agricultural sectors. Automation technicians work closely with manufacturing staff helping to improve efficiency, safety and troubleshooting. They must have a strong understanding of topics and skills related to electricity and electronics, fluid power, mechanical systems and manufacturing processes.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Assist engineering and manufacturing staff with the specification, installation and modification of systems
  • Program and modify computer programming
  • Provide status updates, manage expectations and resolve issues with production staff
  • Work with team members, site customers and leadership on assigned projects
  • Provide expertise to continue the advancement of automated systems throughout a site
  • Install, maintain and inspect workstation and control-system installations throughout a facility
  • Inspect and review manufacturing equipment installations for design and troubleshooting purposes
  • Ensure machines are properly calibrated
  • Coordinate personnel schedules and duties as required to accomplish departmental goals
  • Provide technical and business guidance and mentoring for automation technicians and automation engineers
  • Provide training on equipment software
  • Undertake emergency troubleshooting to determine problems associated with the machines
  • Adhere to health and safety standards

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • computer skills
  • mathematics
  • physics

Education/Training Required:

A bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics technology, bioengineering, process control, mechanics, computer science or a related field is a requirement to be an automation technician/coordinator. There are also industry certifications you can obtain.