Technical Specialist - Drives & Motors

Gulfport, MS

Posted: 09/11/2019 Industry: Manufacturing Job Number: BJO-TSDM Pay Rate: $75,000 - $85,000

Technical Specialist – PLC and Drives


WorldBridge Partners, an Executive Recruitment firm, is currently working with a client in Mississippi that is seeking a Technical Specialist – PLC and Drives for its Gulf Coast plant.   This plant produces Steel Pipe for the Oil & Gas/Water Industries.  This plant is very busy these days with a full order book.  Due to the increased business the plant needs to strengthen its Maintenance Organization by adding additional talent.


PURPOSE: To support plant operations by providing PLC and Drives expertise to make effective use of company resources.


SCOPE: Directly responsible for PLC, Drives, and automation equipment throughout the plant.


STATUS: Report directly to the Manager Electrical Maintenance. There are no direct reports to this position.




  • Lead electrical troubleshooting, especially PLC and Drives.
  • Supports routine PM, PdM, and repair work on all automation and electrical systems.
  • Directly trains electrical technicians.
  • Leads and participates in failure analysis along with the Fluid Power specialist.
  • Supports and conducts regular analysis of the electrical maintenance process concerning technical issues.
  • Supports and participates in the development of improvement programs, prepares investment evaluations, and installation of improvement measures.
  • Supports management in optimizing quality, cost, availability and performance (six-sigma).
  • Ensures spare part availability and completeness of technical documentation.
  • Responsible for improving equipment.
  • Analyze condition trends through condition monitoring and equipment history and initiate work orders as indicated.
  • Monitor shift reports and initiate work orders as indicated.




Education and QUALIFICATIONS FOR Technical Specialist- PLC & Drives:


  • Expert level Knowledge of PLC and drive systems.
  • Minimum 6 years of experience in PLC, Drive, and automation system maintenance in a heavy industrial environment.

B.S. degree in relevant related area, or equivalent education, training, and experience.

• Expert level Reading and understanding electrical drawings.
• Proficient with Microsoft Office
• Experience with computerized maintenance management system, preferably SAP  
• Knowledge of instrumentation, electrical measurement, sensor technology, basic electrical technology.

  • Basic knowledge of hydraulic and mechanical components. 




  • Electrical failures will continually decrease.
  • Electrical troubleshooting ability of each electrical technician will increase to high level.
  • Reliability of electrical components will reach high levels.
  • SAP electrical spare parts list is comprehensive for each machine.
  • Electrical Storeroom stock levels will reach zero stockout without over stocking.
  • PM compliance will reach 95%.
  • Assist to see that Each planned job will be assembled to include WO, parts, tool list, special instructions, technical information:drawings, tech sheets, SDS…
  • Each machine failure will be analyzed to see if different PM or PdM will eliminate it.
  • Establish electronic technical library for electrical equipment.
  • Comprehensive job plans will be created for each machine
  • Delay rates will continuously improve.
  • Work order backlog will be current.
  • Job list used in planning will be kept current daily.
  • Microsoft Project will be used for work planning.



Keywords:  Steel, Pipe, Tube, Manufacturing, Maintenance, Breakdown, Engineering, Electrical, Electrical Maintenance, production, lean, continuous improvement, safety, PLCs, Drives, Motors,  Automation, HMI, troubleshooting, preventative maintenace





Brian Opalenik
Project Manager

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