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Automation Technician

Company: INFICON, Inc.
Location: Utica
Posted on: November 12, 2021

Job Description:

Company Overview

INFICON is a leading provider of innovative instrumentation, critical sensor technologies, and Smart Manufacturing/Industry 4.0 software solutions that enhance productivity and quality of tools, processes, and complete factories. These analysis, measurement and control products are essential for gas leak detection in air conditioning/refrigeration and automotive manufacturing. They are vital to equipment manufacturers and end-users in the complex fabrication of semiconductors and thin film coatings for optics, flat panel displays, solar cells and industrial vacuum coating applications. Other users of our vacuum-based processes include the life sciences, research, aerospace, packaging, heat treatment, laser cutting and many other industrial processes. We also leverage our expertise in vacuum technology to provide unique, toxic chemical analysis products for emergency response, security, and environmental health and safety.

Job Responsibilities

As a member of the Automation & Controls Engineering (ACE) group at INFICON, the Automation Technician is responsible for the fabrication and assembly of new automation equipment, maintenance and troubleshooting of existing production equipment, and participation in the commissioning of new equipment.  Responsibilities also include collaboration with process engineers to improve yield and repeatability of deployed production equipment.

Essential Job Functions

  • Maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of production equipment.
  • Coordinate the scheduling of planned maintenance, verification, and calibration of production equipment.
  • Installation and hookup of process gas, electrical, and cooling lines during the commissioning of new equipment.
  • Building and wiring of electrical control panels from schematics.
  • Assembly of mechanical and vacuum systems from engineering drawings.
  • Documentation of the electrical, mechanical, and vacuum systems of existing equipment where such documentation is absent.

Basic Job Skills:

  • Ability to generate reports, technical documentation, and analyses.
  • Understanding of and ability to troubleshoot and repair industrial vacuum system components, such as turbo molecular pumps, roughing pumps, high purity gas lines, leak valves, dosing valves, vacuum flanges & components.
  • Familiarity of industrial control equipment including B&R, Allen-Bradley ControlLogix and Siemens SIMATIC PLCs.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and repair industrial electrical system components such as motors, variable AC drives, PLCs, field wiring, and field sensors.
  • Exposure to Lean manufacturing principles.
  • Understanding of Agile framework with an emphasis on SCRUM methodology.

Behaviors - The Automation Technician position is mid-level and should have a proven record of accomplishment in production machine maintenance and repair. Successful employees in this role will demonstrate the following behaviors:

  • Seeks to take ownership, holding themselves accountable.
  • Continual effort to increase his/her technical abilities and education, focused on growth & learning our best practices.
  • Willingness to work independently, even when stepping outside of his/her comfort zone and working with new techniques or technologies.
  • Recognizes when aspects of a task exceed his/her abilities and seeks out the assistance (mentor, team lead, manager, etc.) for clarification and guidance.
  • Shows increasing maturity when interacting with others (such as the members of his/her team, internal/external customers, and other colleagues).


  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Approximately five years of industry experience, depending upon the ability of the job candidate to demonstrate the above behaviors.
  • Demonstrated success of production machine maintenance and repair.

Certifications/License None.

Leadership Responsibilities and Reporting Relationships

The Automation Technician is responsible for completing task and contributing to projects under the direction of Senior and Lead Automation Engineers and directly reports to the Automation & Controls Engineering Manager.

Physical Requirements

This role requires lifting, carrying, and/or pushing up to 30lbs occasionally (less than 5% of the time). 

 INFICON provides a dynamic work environment that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our employees experience on going green initiatives, flexible work hours, and a variety of health and wellness programs. 

INFICON’s forward thinking approach offers countless opportunities to design, support, and manufacture a diverse product portfolio that expands globally. Our Lean and Agile work environment offers a competitive salary, relocation assistance, a discretionary bonus and generous employee benefits; major medical, dental, health, vision, 401K, vacation and sick time, tuition reimbursement and more!



  • High School or better


  • Attention to detail
  • Troubleshooting
  • Testing
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to read and understand schematics


  • Functional Expert: Considered a thought leader on a subject
  • Enthusiastic: Shows intense and eager enjoyment and interest
  • Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well


  • Ability to Make an Impact: Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or the organization
  • Goal Completion: Inspired to perform well by the completion of tasks

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Keywords: INFICON, Inc., Utica , Automation Technician, Other , Utica, New York

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