Automation Technician

Job Title: Automation Technician
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Salary: £16 - £22 per hour + LTD Company
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 1801-49_1516981973
Contact Name: Ashley Henson MIRP
Contact Email:
Job Published: January 26, 2018 15:52

Job Description

Sitec has a requirement for an Automation Technician for our client Perkins Engines. This is a contract role for an estimated 12 months and will be based in Peterborough.

This role would suit somebody who has some/ all of the attributes within this requirement spec and a good basis of understanding for software integration and how systems work collaboratively - but would not be expected to be an expert.

Whilst the position is a support role, the role offers an interesting variety of duties as well as the opportunity to potentially grow within the organisation.

The position of Automation Technician may suit a candidate who has an outside interest, for example in robotics or in telematics. An underlying interest in the field, perhaps even an extra curricular interest,would be highly desirable.

The Automation and Information Management team is part of Facilities Engineering within GED - UK which supports Global Engine Development (GED). The Automation Team is responsible for installing, licensing, administering, developing, adapting and maintaining automated test software and other associated applications for the whole of GED consisting of over 40 test cells with differing testing requirements.

Additionally, it is the sole responsibility of the team to ensure the best quality data is available on the Caterpillar network when required by the customer groups that rely on it.

Reporting directly to the Automation Team Leader, the individual will complete proposed changes or additions to systems, programs, or infrastructure components including hardware, software, or network. Assist more experienced team members in infrastructure or system development and support team in developing solutions to customer related requests and/or systems problems.

Customers may include internal Caterpillar organizations, suppliers and users of Caterpillar product. Responsibilities of the incumbents are along functional lines with individual Engineers assigned new program development and/or maintenance of existing systems, PC's, Data Acquisition software, measurement instruments and any tailored bespoke software.

* Specifies, sources, builds test cell PC based systems
* Monitoring of OEE metrics, highlighting any concerns to Automation Engineers to be able to tackle root causes of reoccurring lost time and drive quantity of breakdowns down
* Continue to increase velocity of breakdown resolution improving uptime of test cells
* When required, installation, license management and maintenance of internal and external supplied/design software (e.g CANape, CAT ET, Perkins EST, Morphee, Test Launcher etc)
* Support to daily Operations meeting as well as part of the call-out rota for out of hours support
* Process and flow chart creation for standard working practices that are in remit (LWI's, COP's etc)
* Under direction of more senior team members, assists in the development or integration of major system & software modules and programs
* Prepare test cell data acquisition software for engine installations and test work
* Attend to Automation Breakdowns quickly and efficiently giving excellent closing comments within the work order system
* Knowledgeable of current operating environment, logic diagrams, testing, debugging and documentation

All team members must manage their own development; continuously learning through training & experience and staying abreast of technology. The individual should look to increase his/her technical expertise and responsibility, striving for the next level of seniority, in this case Automation Engineer.

Ideally, this job role requires a relevant degree with up to 12 months relevant experience, or non-degree educated with 1-3 Years relevant experience. The incumbent should be knowledgeable of current technology including one or more of the following: programming languages, computing hardware and software environments, system integration processes, system administration processes and tools, and current development processes and tools.

* Self-starter (initiative and sense of urgency in work)
* Excellent planning and organizing skills
* Good people / interpersonal skills
* Excellent analytical (data analysis and data extraction) skills
* Ability to learn quickly and retain pertinent information
* Ability to concisely and accurately communicate technical information
* Ability to work independently and as a team member
* Good PC Administration skills
* Good knowledge of PC hardware & software and of LAN & wireless networks
* Computer application skills to support job requirements (Email, MS Excel, MS Word, etc.)
* Demonstrated experience with automated industrial test equipment used within a development or production environment
* Maintenance of equipment, fault finding/diagnosis & breakdown expertise
* Demonstrated knowledge and use of test cell data acquisition software & systems (e.g Morphee)
* Working knowledge of software tools, packages and facilities such as CANape, RS232/485, MCD3 etc

* Demonstrated software programming skills (, C, C++, Java etc)
* Automated Test Equipment maintenance & commissioning
* Basic knowledge of high speed data capture systems (D2t Osiris)

This vacancy is being advertised by Sitec.