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James Hardie | Fontana, California
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Job Description




 PLC Programmer

Position Summary


This is a great time to become a  PLC Programmer that 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. This truly is a position where you can determine your own career success. What’s next? Come Home to Hardie!


Position Responsibilities


A day in the life of an PLC Programmer 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
  • Managing and/or supporting capital and plant projects for new or existing equipment including getting bids, hiring and managing contractor personnel and engineering firms, quoting, selecting, and purchasing electrical and process equipment and controls, programing for new systems, equipment commissioning and start up, projects may include some travel for new equipment purchases and acceptance testing, seeing equipment in other JH plants, etc.
  • 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)






  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or Mechatronics (preferred) or equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • 3 or more years’ experience in a continuous operating (24/7) manufacturing environment.
  • Significant experience with PLC’s, Wonderware, VFDs, Servos, ControlNet, and DeviceNet




Performance Profile


Specifics of the Role:

  • What this role requires specifically that may differentiate it from other roles with the same title?
    • This role is for an electrical engineer or industrial PLC programmer to work with the Fontana, CA location.  This role will entail significant travel (50-70%).  The core skillset is PLC programming for material handling line sequencing.
  • What is the specific context of the role?
    • Working with a group to expand manufacturing capacity without significant capital expenditure, this engineer would help improve the programming/sequencing of existing lines to achieve that goal.



Position Overview:


  • What separates an average performer and a top performer in this role?
    • Top performers in the role are given a broad goal of improving line capacity with a few notable issues highlighted.  They are able to work through those with a combination of timing calculations, PLC program changes, and small hardware modifications (new photo eyes or motor drive tuning).  Their experience across a wide electrical background allows them to troubleshoot tricky electrical problems that may not have been solved with shift electricians.  More complex functions such as control loops may need to be established.
  • Why would a top performer who is not looking for a job want this job? (list out all the reasons – this is the Employee Value Proposition – EVP)
    • Competitive Pay
    • Great Benefits
    • Career Advancement Opportunity
    • Successful and Profitable Company
    • Mentoring from Two Excellent Programmers
  • Why are the years of experience listed above necessary? What should they have accomplished during the experience and what will they do with it at JH?
    • We need several years before someone has adequate knowledge of PLC programming and related electrical hardware.  It is expected that they will have been a facility electrician, staff engineer, or contract programmer.  At JH, they will apply their experience as well as learn from a pair of truly top-notch programmers to further their own skills.


Performance Objectives:


  • List the 3-5 key objectives this role will be responsible for or will be expected to accomplish over the first 6 months and 1st year. (NOTE: can be objectives from above but should be detailed out for specific location or need within first year)
    • On-Boarding – Establish Internal Network of Contacts, Visit Key Sites, Learn James Hardie Programming Standards (month 0-3)
    • Pulaski Finishing Line Sequencing – Working with mentors and local Pulaski staff, improve the throughput of the Pulaski finishing lines to meet demand.  Note that a plan does exist with several opportunity areas known. (month 1-4)
    • Reno Sheet Machine Programming – Working with mentors and local Reno staff, improve the throughput of the Reno sheet machine to improve throughput.  Note that a plan does exist with several opportunity areas known. (month 5-8)
    • Peru Color Plus Step-Up – Work with mentors and local Peru staff to re-start a mothballed coatings line with new controls and improved programming. (month 9-12)

James Hardie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, among other things, or as a qualified individual with a disability. Equal Employment Opportunity is the law.

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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