Controls Technician

Location: Saint Helena, CA, US, 94574

Date: Nov 20, 2023

Company: E. & J. Gallo

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Located at The Ranch Winery in Saint Helena, The Controls Technician responsible for maintaining, installing and troubleshooting all plant control systems, instrumentation, and electrical equipment to all applicable codes and standards. Applies knowledge and understanding of programmable logic controllers (PLC); their function, programming, and troubleshooting. Makes recommendations to improve the process controls and/or the processes themselves. Supports the maintenance of all plant equipment to ensure minimal downtime.



  • Hiring Salary Range Posted: $43.61 / hr - $58.89 / hr + sign-on bonus!
  • Actual compensation paid within the range will be determined by factors such as the education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.


Perks & Benefits:

  • This position includes a competitive benefits package.
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What You Will Do:

  • Troubleshoots process controls, process instrumentation and electrical equipment using test instruments including an ammeter, megger, and multimeters.
  • Troubleshoots control loop malfunctions; participates in the maintenance and calibration of instrumentation and control devices.
  • Configures parameters and troubleshoots variable frequency drives (VFD).
  • Isolates and corrects defective valves, broken diaphragms, contaminated systems, improperly working electronic units, and other malfunctions or inefficient processes.
  • Installs and maintains the process control instruments; electric, pneumatic, hydraulic, and digital.
  • Creates basic programs and program logic changes for programmable logic controllers; installs and troubleshoots programmable logic controllers. Navigates the programs to troubleshoot process upsets.
  • Creates projects for stand-alone and networked HMIs; installs and troubleshoots stand-alone and networked HMIs.
  • Recommends hardware/component changes and/or replacement devices for more efficient and accurate process measurement and control.
  • Prepares various reports and maintains historical records of problems and causes for specified preventive maintenance or troubleshooting assignments.


What You Will Need:

  • High school diploma or State-issued equivalency certificate plus 5 years of experience working with PLC controls, logic circuits, pneumatic and electrical equipment.
  • Required to climb stairs and ladders; required to conduct work at heights.
  • Knowledgeable of Electrical Safety procedures.
  • Required to work weekends and overtime when necessary.
  • Required to work 24-hour on-call shifts.
  • Experience maintaining and troubleshooting Allen-Bradley electrical systems and control components as well as systems and components from other manufacturers.
  • Skilled in reading, comprehending, interpreting and executing simple instructions, short correspondence and memos.
  • Skilled in writing simple correspondence.
  • Skilled in adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing using whole numbers.
  • Required to travel to company offices, sites, and/or meeting locations for onboarding, training, meetings, and events for development, department needs, and business delivery up to 5% of the time, with or without reasonable accommodation. This may be in addition to travel requirements, if applicable, as listed in this job description.
  • Required to be 18 years or older. This may be in addition to other age requirements, if applicable, as listed in this job description.


What Will Set You Apart:

  • 2 year technical degree in electrical technology plus 3 years of experience working with PLC controls, logic circuits, pneumatic and electrical equipment.
  • Skilled in the use of Windows 7 OS; experience imaging/restoring images of hard drive.
  • Knowledge of pneumatics and hydraulics.
  • Knowledge of motion control and servo drive technology (software and hardware).
  • Understanding of the basic principles of EtherNet networks and addressing.
  • Knowledge of programmable logic controllers, MicroLogix, SLC500, PLC5, ControlLogix, CompactLogix, and FlexLogix.
  • Proficient in the maintenance and troubleshooting of Allen-Bradley HMI hardware and software, 
  • PanelView, PanelView+,FactoryTalk Studio ME,PanelBuilder 32.
  • Proficient in the maintenance and troubleshooting of PanelView and PanelView + HMI terminals.
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of process control and 4-20 ma current loop architecture.
  • Knowledge of Allen-Bradley variable frequency drives in standalone and networked configurations.
  • Experience developing FactoryTalkView applications for ME Station (PanelView+).
  • Experience configuring, maintaining, troubleshooting FactoryTalkDirectory (local) and RSLinx Professional.
  • Experience working with RSNetworx, able to configure industrial networks (ControlNet, DeviceNet, and EtherNet),
  • Knowledge of motor control and automated control circuits.
  • Skilled in MS Excel, MS Word and MS PowerPoint at a basic level.
  • Knowledge of HMI, SCADA and computer network communication systems.


Gallo does not sponsor for employment based visas for this position now or in the future.
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Requisition ID: 102933



Gallo’s policy is to afford equal employment opportunity to all applicants and employees and not to discriminate on the basis of race, traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles (such as braids, locks, and twists), color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition as defined by applicable state law (including cancer and predisposing genetic characteristics), genetic information, marital status, familial status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation (actual or perceived), transgender status, sex stereotyping, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, reproductive health decision making, age, military or veteran status, domestic violence or sexual assault victim status, or any other basis protected by applicable law. Nor will Gallo discriminate based on a perception that an individual has any of the foregoing characteristics or is associated with a person who has, or is perceived to have, any of those characteristics.


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