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Job Title:  Automation Controls Engineer -PLC

Req ID:  32711
Job Category:  Maintenance

Chester, NY, US, 10918


At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.

The Role



We are growing and have just opened an Automation Controls Engineer - PLC position in our Chester, NY (Hudson Valley) location! 


As an Automation Controls Engineer, you will provide training and support for a team of 15 maintenance technicians on our PLC controlled manufacturing machines (Allen Bradley, Siemens PLC or pneumatic / hydraulic systems), and troubleshoot preventative maintenance of the PLC controls for electromechanical equipment. 


Our Chester, NY facility has a new opening for an Industrial Automation Engineer for our Programmable Logic Circuit (PLC) machine control systems (Mevex, Nordion, Konnexis). In this role you will establish preventative and corrective maintenance procedures and provide training for the maintenance technicians on the procedures. 


As the first response for troubleshooting control systems onsite, this role will reduce remote/offsite vendor intervention and the downtime associated with the remote troubleshooting process. You will use your proficiency in technical writing to create work instructions for preventive and corrective maintenance, and train technicians on the work instruction, providing documentation to ensure tasks are completed in a timely and consistent manner.  This role will determine root cause analysis, conduct post-mortems on extended downtime, and develop strategies to avoid incident recurrence and implement processes to quickly identify/solve issues.


Travel:  Minimal travel (up to 10%) to vendor locations 

The salary range for this opportunity is $73,500 to $ 96,500 annually. 

What You Will Do

  • Troubleshoot industrial electromechanical systems and machinery independently and collaboratively, operating within the maintenance department. Identify potential root causes using a systematic logic-based approach (30%)
  • Develop and implement root cause mitigation and countermeasure options. Independently step through and deploy short- and long-term solutions to minimize machine downtime (30%)
  • Responsible for creating, updating, and maintaining work instructions and supporting documentation using logical and efficient organization, notation of thought processes and troubleshooting methodology (25%)
  • Work with maintenance technicians to determine if the problem is electrical or mechanical and assist with mechanical work, if necessary. Replace or repair damaged electrical components (e.g., contactors, breakers, fuses, drives) as necessary (15%)
  • Complete all work in compliance with Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), OSHA, and FDA regulations

What You Need to Be Successful

  • BS/BA in relevant technical or related field, preferred. In lieu of a four-year degree, you must have an Associate degree plus 4 years of relevant experience; or a Technical Certification plus 8 years of relevant experience. 
  • 3+ years of experience using measuring equipment such as oscilloscopes and Digital Multimeter (DMM) test equipment.
  • Understanding of Programmer Logic Circuit (PLC) functionality, required.
  • Must have mechanical knowledge and experience using hand tools.
  • 3+ years of experience troubleshooting mechanical, electrical and control systems.
  • Proficiency in Windows applications such as MS Word and MS Excel.

Preferred Experience

  • Allen Bradley and Siemens PLC experience.
  • Experience with pneumatic and hydraulic systems.

What STERIS Will Offer You


The opportunity to join a company that will invest in you for the long-term. STERIS couldn’t be where it is today without our incredible people. That’s why we share in our success together by rewarding you for your hard work. Hiring people who are in it for the long run with STERIS is our ultimate goal. We do this by providing competitive salaries, healthcare benefits, tuition assistance, paid time off, holidays, matching 401(k), annual merit, and incentive plans.  Join us and help write our next chapter.




Compensation Data

 Salary Range: $73,500 to $96,500 with a bonus potential of 7.5% 


STERIS is a leading provider of products and services that meet the needs of growth areas within Healthcare: procedures, devices, vaccines and biologics.  We exist to fulfill our MISSION TO HELP OUR CUSTOMERS CREATE A HEALTHIER AND SAFER WORLD. STERIS is a $3B, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) company with approximately 16,000 associates and Customers in more than 100 countries.

If you need assistance completing the application process, please call 1 (440) 392.7047. This contact information is for accommodation inquiries only and cannot be used to check application status.

STERIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity and the use of affirmative action programs to ensure that persons are recruited, hired, trained, transferred and promoted in all job groups regardless of race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal, state or local law.  We are not only committed to this policy by our status as a federal government contractor, but also we are strongly bound by the principle of equal employment opportunity.

The full affirmative action program, absent the data metrics required by § 60-741.44(k), shall be available to all employees and applicants for employment for inspection upon request. The program may be obtained at your location’s HR Office during normal business hours.

Req ID:  32711
Job Category:  Maintenance

Chester, NY, US, 10918

Nearest Major Market: Middletown
Nearest Secondary Market: Poughkeepsie

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