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Do you want to shape a sustainable future?

We are Hydro, a global family of 30,000 people, present in a broad range of market segments for aluminium and metal recycling, and energy and renewables, offering a unique wealth of knowledge and competence.

We have a proud history and are committed to leading the way in shaping a sustainable future by developing natural resources into innovative products and solutions. In doing so, we truly believe that our people matter the most to make the difference.

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PLC Technician

Hydro  Extrusions is a world-leading aluminium extrusion business counting around 100 production sites in 40 countries and employing 20,000 people. Through our unique combination of local expertise, global network, and unmatched R&D capabilities, we can offer everything from standards profiles, to advanced development and manufacturing for most industries.  Since 1905, Hydro has turned natural resources into valuable products for people and businesses with focus on a safe and good workplace for our 30,000 employees in more than 140 locations.

Hydro is committed to leading the way in shaping a sustainable future and in doing so, creating more viable societies by developing natural resources into products and solutions in innovative and efficient ways to industries that matter.

Job Location: Yankton, SD


Hydro employees can enjoy several benefits including:

  • Medical, Rx, Dental, Disability, Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Retirement Savings Plans with Company Match/Contributions
  • Education Assistance
  • Bonus Plan Eligibility
  • Monthly Profit Sharing
  • Parental Leave


Shifts Available and Hours: DayShift 

                                     4x4 (4 on, 4 off) or Monday through Friday 

                                     Shift is optional upon hire 


Shift Premium:           Night shift - $1.00/hour extra


Job Summary:

Apply PLC and technical knowledge to install, repair, write, maintain and troubleshoot a variety of electrical and electronic equipment and controls related to production and building equipment, including motors, servos, steppers, relays, circuit breakers, pic’s, proximity sensors, machine and process controls, circuits, alarms and communication systems.  


Education and Experience Requirements

  • 2-year Technical Degree or Certification in Electronics or Automation/Programming functions. 
  • Ability to draw out PLC/Electrical circuits. 
  • Knowledge of industrial electrical, including advanced electrical (three phase 460 volt and higher) design, sizing of components and installations, etc.  
  • Knowledge of electrical systems including motors, air compressors, pumps, AC, DC, drive troubleshooting, etc.  


 Preferred Skills/Qualifications

  • Maintain PLC systems by ensuring backups of all programs are available and spare parts are available for the existing systems. 
  • Extensive experience in troubleshooting, interpreting, modifying, and programming PLCs. 
  • Working knowledge of Allen Bradley PLCs. 
  • Experience using Control logic and ladder logic. 


Job Responsibilities:

  • Completes projects with guidance from PLC and Senior PLC Technicians, showing a proactive attitude to design and installations.
  • Troubleshoots electrical devices in operation. Dismantles and examines devices to gain access to and remove defective parts. Adjusts functional parts of devices and control instruments, repairs or replaces defective parts.
  • Entry level experience in troubleshooting, interpreting, modifying and programming PLCs.
  • Troubleshoots, designs, upgrades and installs electrical equipment, circuits, and systems.
  • Troubleshoots, repairs/replace electrical components at the component level.
  • Improves reliability and uptime of all equipment. Takes a proactive approach to equipment issues with a preventive maintenance mentality.
  • Research supplies, parts, and machines needed to complete work orders.
  • Assists in organizing and maintaining an accurate inventory of parts.
  • Performs and documents work orders and preventative maintenance tasks as assigned.
  • Documents work completed. Contributes to upkeep and updating of required paperwork such as records, maintenance logs, documents, manuals, drawings, PM logs, etc.Work with Senior PLC Technician to maintain PLC systems by ensuring backups of all programs are available and spare parts are available for the existing systems.
  • Work with maintenance technicians to troubleshoot instrument and PLC problems.
  • Work with engineering personnel in determining routine changes to programming on the PLCs and HMIs.
  • Support projects involving PLCs by overseeing contractors.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. Strong organization skills and self-starter motivation. Prioritization skills in alignment with Plant priorities. Continuous Improvement mindset and results oriented.
  • Must have mathematical skill to add, subtract, multiply, and divide and the ability to perform these operations using units of weight measurement, volume, and distance. Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.)
  • Must have ability to reason and address problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.



Care, Courage, & Collaboration

At Hydro We care about our People!

We care about Safety

Hydro is heading in a new and exciting direction, and we depend on different perspectives to solve our tasks and meet customer needs. Building on our three core values – Care, Courage and Collaboration – we target a high performing and sustainable work environment based on inclusion of our differences.  Hydro in North America is an Equal Opportunity Employer where all phases of employment are based strictly upon the qualifications of the individual as related to the work requirements of the position. This policy is applied without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or any other category protected by law.   


If you need an accommodation in order to complete the application, please let us know by completing the form below or by calling +1 (412) 643-3602.





Posted on:  Nov 20, 2023

Yankton, SD, US, 57078

Department:  Maint Hourly Crew
Business Area:  Hydro Extrusions(EXSO)
Legal Entity:  Hydro Extrusion USA LLC
Job Type:  Permanent

Nearest Major Market: Sioux Falls

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