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James Hardie | Sparks, Nevada
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Job Description

As a member of the Reno Manufacturing Team, reporting to the Engineering Department, the Automation Specialist is responsible for using their experience to improve or develop controls systems for manufacturing or material handling lines within the flat sheet building products industry.  The improvements are generally to improve process sequencing through programming,hardware changes and/or Capital Improvements. The ideal candidate will be an individual contributor to the team with 3-10 years’ experience inside a continuous manufacturing environment with PLCs, Instrumentation, Drives, and related equipment.


Position Responsibilities


A day in the life of an Automation Specialist may include at least one or more of the following:

  • Safety comes first for yourself and others for all activities
  • Making or managing control/electrical system changes as requested by Safety, production, R&D, Environmental, or other departments and engineers, for process modifications, improvements, production trials, and etc., may include programming and/or hardware changes
  • PLC Programming for line sequence or troubleshooting
  • Commission or tune VFD’s, Servos, and/or Process Loops
  • Historian and SQL server work for data collection, monitoring, and reporting
  • Participate and contribute to problem solving efforts related to both new and existing control systems.

The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.


Position Requirements


Typical skills include design, configuration, installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of the following:

  • Systematic and effective Troubleshooting Ability
  • PLCs with local and remote I/O, Allen Bradley (ControlLogix, CompactLogix, SLC500, PLC5), Siemens (Simatic S7, ET)
  • Safety systems for plant equipment (Includes Safety-Rated Relays, PLCs, Sensors, Switches, etc)
  • Control communication networks including Devicenet, Controlnet, and Ethernet/IP
  • AB and Siemens AC and DC drives, also some Square D and others
  • Motor control systems Including low voltage and medium voltage starters and soft starters
  • Ancillary equipment including lighting, air compressors, boilers, ovens, and others
  • Servo drives, Allen Bradley Kinetix, Siemens Master, and Siemens Sinamics platforms.
  • HMIs, including Wonderware Intouch and Historian, Allen Bradley Panelview, and other standalone HMIs
  • Plant power distribution systems, Square D switch gear, transformers, and relays
  • Process control systems, including a wide variety of instrumentation and control valves
  • Pneumatic and Hydraulic control systems
  • Microsoft servers and SQL a plus
  • Scripting languages a plus (VB, Java, C, etc)






3 or more years’ experience in a continuous operating (24/7) manufacturing environment.

Significant experience with PLC’s, Wonderware, VFDs, Servos, ControlNet, and DeviceNet

About James Hardie

James Hardie Industries N.V. manufactures and sells fibre cement building products for interior and exterior building construction applications primarily in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines and Europe. Its fiber cement products are used in a number of markets, including new residential construction (single and multi-family housing), manufactured housing (mobile and pre-fabricated homes), repair and remodeling and a variety of commercial and industrial applications (stores, warehouses, offices, hotels, motels, schools, libraries, museums, dormitories, hospitals, detention facilities, religious buildings and gymnasiums). The Company manufactures numerous types of fiber cement products with a variety of patterned profiles and surface finishes for a range of applications, including external siding and soffit lining, internal linings, facades, fencing and floor and tile underlayments. (Source: 20-F)

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