Automation Specialist

Date: Jul 3, 2024

Location: Leola, PA, US

Company: Dart Container

Install, maintain, and repair automated machinery and computer-controlled mechanical systems.

Day-to-Day Role:

  • Follow federal, state, local, and company regulations and policies regarding safety and a safe working environment.
  • Follow and commit to safety and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices)
  • Support automation projects to install, maintain, repair, test, and troubleshoot complex automated equipment
  • Lead process improvement initiatives and/or cross functional team projects
  • Diagnose and repair complex mechanical, pneumatic, electrical, and controls problems including non-routine issues
  • Use Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) including basic and ladder logic to read/write basic wiring diagrams, schematics, and blueprints to diagnosis problems
  • Compile documents, analyze test data, and perform calculations to determine root cause of problems and the corrective action to take
  • Read, understand, interpret, draw, and update mechanical, pneumatic, and electrical schematics and drawings
  • Plan equipment utilities layout and install power supply, pneumatic, and data services
  • Serve as a technical resource for less experienced technicians and maintenance staff
  • Train other technicians
  • Use SAP for Preventive Maintenance (PM) and Work Order Process

Core Skills and Qualifications:
The ideal candidate must possess all of the following:

  • Requires one of the following:
    • Associate’s degree with an emphasis in automation or related area and three (3) years of automated manufacturing equipment installation and maintenance experience, OR
    • High school diploma or equivalent and five (5) years of equipment installation and maintenance experience with preferred automated manufacturing experience.
  • Ability to read, write, interpret, and draw mechanical and electrical diagrams, schematics and blueprints.
  • Thorough understanding of the NFPA 70 Electrical Code
  • Advanced knowledge of mechanical, electrical, pneumatic systems
  • Advanced knowledge of industrial controls and instrumentation
  • Advanced mechanical aptitude and ability to troubleshoot complex problems
  • Ability to make changes to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) using advanced ladder logic, read/write wiring diagrams, schematics and blueprints
  • Good verbal and written English language skills necessary to communicate intricate job-related information
  • Math skills to include decimals, fractions, algebra, and geometry
  • Familiarity with, or ability to learn various statistical and quality methodologies including but not limited to Statistical Process Control (SPC), Statistical Quality Control (SQC), 5S, 8D, Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Root Cause Analysis, Gage Repeatability and Reproducibility (R&R), and Design of Experiments (DOE)
  • Proficiency with Multi-meter, scope, basic hand tools, and portable power tools
  • Ability to obtain and maintain powered industrial truck (PIT) license


Overview: Dart makes everyday products that give people the freedom to enjoy the food & drinks they love, wherever they are. From to-go containers and dinnerware to tamper-evident food packaging and even the red Solo cup, Dart products have been keeping people on the go and having fun for more than 50 years. Dart is a family-owned, family-focused company of 13,000 employees united by a shared set of values. Headquartered in Mason, MI, Dart has 30 locations in four countries.

Benefits: Dart Container full-time employees enjoy great benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) with company matching contributions, paid vacation, paid holidays, short-term disability, tuition assistance, product discounts and more.

Dart Container is a drug-free workplace.  Candidates are subject to a drug test (excluding THC*/marijuana/cannabis) and background check at the time of offer.

*THC testing ONLY when such testing is required by law.

Dart Container is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all candidates for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you have a disability and need an accommodation to access this website or for the application process, you should call Dart at (800) 545-3278 Ext 3370 or email us at Relay calls can be made by dialing 711 or the relay number for your state.

If you experience difficulty applying online, you may call (800) 545-3278 Ext 3390 or email us at for assistance.

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