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Lead Controls Technician - 1st Shift


Computer Technician


Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States

Eaton’s ES AMER ESS division is currently seeking a Lead Controls Technician - 1st Shift to join our team on Badger Dr. in Waukesha, WI!

The hourly rate for this position is $32.30 per hour. The core hours are 7 am - 3 pm.

Please note the salary information shown above is a general guideline only. Salaries are based upon candidate skills, experience, and qualifications, as well as market and business considerations.

Why work at Eaton? Below are a few of the outstanding benefits we offer:

  • Health benefits and vacation time - available to use on day one of your employment!
  • Paid holidays - up to 12!
  • Weekly pay
  • Shift premiums - $2.50/hr
  • Career progression opportunities to cross-train in different departments and increase compensation.
  • Overtime opportunities
  • Retirement benefits
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Educational Assistance Program, Wellness Reimbursement, and more!

What you’ll do:

The primary function of the Lead Controls & Automation Technician is to support the Controls Engineering Team by acting as the lead troubleshooter for down equipment. When not troubleshooting the Controls & Automation Technician will assist Controls Engineers with capital projects tasks and lead small/medium projects.

In this function, you will:

  • Support the Controls Engineering Team by acting as the first responder for troubleshooting requests on down equipment. Use electrical, mechanical, and software-based tools to assist maintenance with troubleshooting tasks and evaluate if the problem is significant enough to require further intervention from controls or design engineering.
  • Assist Controls Engineers with the completion of large capital projects. Tasks may involve setup of new PLC and drive systems, procurement of materials needed for the project, and assistance with creating or reviewing electrical and mechanical drawings.
  • Participate in or lead deep dive investigations to determine the root cause of persistent issues with plant equipment. Investigations will often involve multifunctional teams and utilize common problem-solving tools such as 5-Why, 8D, and fish bone charts.
  • Drive to completion of small equipment and software upgrade projects by utilizing time and project management skills.
  • Manage the Controls Team troubleshooting supplies and spare parts inventory. This includes working with controls engineers to ensure all necessary tools, cables, spare parts and safety equipment is in good working order and readily available.
  • Other duties as assigned


Required (Basic) Qualifications

  • Associate's Degree in Automated Systems Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Controls, and/or related field from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience with PLC, HMI programming, safety systems design, Rockwell Software, RSLogix 5, RSLogix 500, RSLogix 5000, Studio 5000, FactoryTalk View ME, FactoryTalk SE, VB6.
  • Must be able to work in the United States without corporate sponsorship now and in the future.
  • No relocation benefit is being offered for this position. Only candidates within a 50-mile radius of the work location will be considered. Active-Duty Military Service member candidates are exempt from the geographical area limitation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in many computer programming software such as Visual Basic/studio, SQL, and other Microsoft applications
  • Minimum of 7 years of controls technician experience
  • NI LabVIEW and NI TestStand experience


  • Understanding of problem-solving methodologies used in determining root cause and formulating corrective action(s) - i.e. thought maps, 8D, root cause analysis, Process Failure Mode Effect Analysis, control charts, Pareto charts, A3s, etc
  • Experience in electrical testing procedures and protocols.
  • Fundamental knowledge of electrical equipment at component and integrated system levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret regulations and standards, and implement Electrical Safe Work practices such NFPA 70E.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and troubleshoot electrical control, protection, instrumentation, and metering schematics and wiring diagrams
  • Demonstrated ability to work with little direction and effectively operate in a team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to assist manufacturing operations and product designers/engineering personnel to resolve electrical design and build production issues.
  • Ability to interpret, suggest, and resolve equipment or installation issues with multiple and varied electrical contractors.
  • Ability to work overtime when required.



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