Automation Engineering Technician A

Tamko Building Products, Inc.

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Frederick, MD

Job Description

As posted by the hiring company

Job Overview:

Summary of essential job functions

A successful candidate must have the motivation to excel in each essential function described herein.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform these essential functions.

  • Analyzes data to identify where quantifiable improvements will have the most impact in a rapidly changing manufacturing environment and manage those identified improvements at a multi production line, high speed asphalt roofing manufacturing facility.
  • Identifies gaps in automation deployment and makes necessary modifications in PLC programs to fill gaps to drive results; report results up the chain of command as high as executive leadership.
  • Facilitates change management and sustainment documentation such as engineering drawings, manuals, process flow diagrams, and spare parts lists.
  • Works cooperatively with a cross functional team of Engineers, Operations, and Maintenance personnel, understanding the needs of each department’s primary focus
  • Leads or participates as a Subject Matter Expert on teams both locally to our manufacturing facility, and as company-wide representation across manufacturing facilities.
  • Drives toward results and manages changes of varying customer focus such as evaluating and improving current manufacturing systems and reliability of electrical, controls systems on machinery which is exposed to abrasive materials.
  • Manages multiple simultaneous projects, utilizing TAMKO’s Project Management Process and Tracking System for all assignments:
    • Writes project specifications for vendor bids, including project scope development
    • Communicates and train on all changes and improvements to the customer
    • Facilitates change management and documentation of all improvements
  • Flexible and adaptive, able to thrive in a fast changing environment, constantly re-prioritizing and rapidly executing with integrity.



  • Minimum 10 years of professional experience OR
  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience with an associates degree OR
  • Minimum 2 year of professional experience with a 4 year degree
  • Expert in PLC Programming (Siemens preferred)
  • Expert in Servo and Variable Frequency Drives programming and tuning experience (Siemens preferred)
    • Proficient user of Siemens Starter program
  • Knowledgeable and driven to implement company Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning initiative as part of all projects and improvements
  • Knowledgeable in reading, updating and creating electrical drawings using AutoCAD Electrical
  • Knowledgeable user of Microsoft Office.
  • Empowered, self-directed individual who is capable of prioritizing work load and resources to provide the most benefit to the production process.


Preferred Experience – Not required for application but will benefit consideration:

  • Experience with process control and PID tuning
  • HMI programming experience (Wonderware preferred)
  • Experience in roofing manufacturing or web process handling
  • Machine Vision or Vision Inspection Systems installation and programming experience
  • Experience with IIOT Devices
  • Field service technician background preferred
  • NEC, and Electrical Distribution Knowledge and Experience


Physical Requirements/Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work duties will be divided between an office environment and the production floor. Employee will be required to wear all plant-mandatory PPE when on production floor, including: hard hat, safety glasses, steel toe boots, ear protection, and face covering as per CDC and State guidelines.
  • Safety is a Top Priority – Employee is responsible not only for his/her safety but also for the safety of peers.
  • Production facility is a 24/7 operation, and as such, the role may require occasional extended-hour days to aide in troubleshooting, project implementation and/or training. Plant management works with employees to ensure adequate comp time is provided when the situation arises.
  • Production facility is prone to temperature fluctuations according to ambient seasonal changes.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to position himself/herself to operate, inspect, troubleshoot, repair, and/or or maintain heavy plant equipment. This may require climbing stairs/ladders, bending, kneeling, crawling, and/or stooping. The employee must be able to inspect equipment and detect equipment malfunctions, as well as utilize tools to repair and maintain equipment.
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • This job is subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes, odors or airborne particles. The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions, extreme heat, vibration and confined spaces.  The employee is occasionally exposed to acidic or caustic chemicals.  A respirator may be required at times.  The noise level in the work environment is usually loud, with hearing protection provided.


In addition to an attractive wage, this position offers a competitive benefits package including Group Health and Life Insurance, Vision and Dental Insurance, a Flexible Benefits Plan, a 401(k) Retirement Plan with a company match, a Profit Sharing Retirement Plan and other benefits.


TAMKO® Building Products, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest independent manufacturers of residential and commercial roofing products (including MetalWorks® Steel Shingles), decking and railing products, waterproofing, cements and coatings.  With more than 70 years in the industry, TAMKO’s success is the direct result of teamwork and enduring relationships with customers, suppliers and employees.  Privately owned, TAMKO is committed to producing quality products with superior product support.