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Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Instrument/PLC Specialist

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Job ID 54898

The Instrument/PLC Specialist coordinates and executes maintenance electrical functions safely in the facility to ensure that plant equipment and services perform at maximum levels while minimizing unscheduled interruption of the plant operation.  Additionally, this individual is also responsible for training, coaching, teaching and counseling others on electrical maintenance procedures and best practices. Strong skills in planning, organizing, knowledge of programmable logic controllers, electrical systems, and process control systems is required.  This position reports to the plant Maintenance Leader.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES                                                                                                             


  • Lives the Owens Corning Safety Stand and meets all safety requirements. Safety is a condition of employment.
  • Follows the plant safety process and ensures that good safety habits are instilled in the maintenance team.
  • Maintains an awareness of all safety issues within area of responsibility, and responds with appropriate urgency to correct safety issues identified.
  • Designs program safety into the electrical systems.
  • Partners with key stakeholders on capital projects to understand and educate others on the safety of equipment
  • Complies with all plant rules, safety regulations and job hazard analysis (JHA) requirements.

    Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Ensures operation of machinery and electrical equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements on drives, backup power systems, motors, pneumatic tools, conveyor systems, and other electrical related systems; following diagrams, sketches, operations manuals, manufacturer's instructions, and engineering specifications
  • Maintains electrical control software in support of programming for the facility
  • Programs HMIs, PLCs, Servos, and other electrical systems
  • Makes timely and appropriate decisions when an emergency or breakdown occurs so that production interruption is minimized
  • For equipment or processes where maintenance costs are high, where reliability is low, or where chronic problems exist, performs additional analysis to identify appropriate maintenance practices (e.g., Root Cause Failure Analysis, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, Reliability-centered maintenance analysis).
  • Diagnoses electrical problems and determines how to correct them, checking schematics, repair manuals, and parts catalogs as necessary
  • Uses PLC, computer interfaces for troubleshooting as needed
  • Uses the manufacturing communications network effectively
  • Proactively makes suggestions/proposals to strive for continuous improvement of plant performance.
  • Demonstrates flexibility to perform various job roles within the maintenance department as assigned. 
  • Responds to emergency maintenance service requests accordingly
  • Performs other tasks as assigned by leader

    Educating Self and Others
  • Instructs maintenance team members on proper electrical installation and repair techniques as appropriate
  • Coordinates contract electrical installations or repairs in the facility
  • Inspects electrical work in progress to ensure correct labor utilization and evaluate electrical training requirements
  • Provides direction for downtime and shop work for electrical activities with respect to work requests, downtime lists and assigned projects
  • Trains, coaches, and counsels others on electrical maintenance procedures, required trainings and best practices
  • Recommends to the Maintenance Leader/Electrical Lead training and development of others in support of plant electrical power and control equipment
  • Maintains technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing technical publications; establishing professional and intercompany networks
  • Sets high performance standards for self, team and others; assumes accountability for delivering all performance expectations; always knows and adjusts to what’s expected; and monitors status of performance delivery against expectations

    Maintenance Project Management
  • Accountable for keeping the Maintenance Leader and or Electrical Lead appraised of electrical equipment conditions so that situations of major significance can be planned for to avoid major production downtime
  • Prepares electrical maintenance reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends
  • Coordinates and executes maintenance electrical functions in the facility so the plant equipment and services perform at maximum levels and minimize unscheduled interruption of the plant operation
  • Provides technical information to support planned electrical preventive maintenance to minimize production downtime
  • Tracks electrical maintenance costs and failures
  • Specifies electrical parts, supplies, and equipment from catalogs and suppliers, or obtains them from storerooms
  • Defines electrical spare parts needs, such that inventories are maintained at appropriate levels
  • Plans and lays out repair work, using diagrams, drawings, maintenance manuals, and schematic diagrams
  • For planned new equipment purchases and installations where no maintenance history exists, applies maintenance and repair “best practices” to assure maximum reliability
  • Designs and installs electrical and process control systems
  • Proactively assesses and identifies obsolete parts on critical equipment and identifies optimal solutions to correct issues.



  • HS Diploma or GED required
  • 3 years or more of relevant industrial electrical maintenance experience preferred
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be a US citizen or have the right to work in the US
  • Must be drug and alcohol free

  • Must read, write, and speak English
  • Must understand verbal and written instructions
  • Must possess strong communication and organizational skills
  • Must secure and maintain job related qualifications and certifications as required by the nature of this position
  • Programmable Logic Controllers:  PLC components, I/O Systems, instructions, PLC programming, communication protocols, drivers, power supplies, expansion/retrofits, and system development (Allen Bradley Suite preferred)
  • Electrical Systems: servos, variable frequency drives, measuring systems, DC circuits, batteries, transformers, AC circuits, DC equipment/controls, three-phase systems, wiring, DC shunt motors, control relays, across-the-line starters, limit switches, electronic switching and electrical energy and power relationships
  • Process Control Systems: speed and rotation sensors, human machine interfaces, control loop operations, data transmission, PID controller/loop tuning, final control elements, process modeling, instrumentation, measurement level detectors, and transducers
  • Electrical Maintenance: voltmeters, ammeters, wattmeters, digital meters; schematics and symbols; short circuits, reversible motors, current probes, and relays
  • Safety:  First aid for shock victims, National Electrical Code, static electricity, grounding, double-insulated tools, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) - 70e, and hazardous electrical locations
  • Electronics:  Analog and digital devices
  • Mechanical Systems:  Pneumatic control systems, air-piloted valves, and hydraulics
  • Troubleshooting/Equipment Selection: Determine causes of operating errors and determine appropriate course of action
  • Complex Problem Solving: Identify complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solution.
  • Systems Analysis: Determine how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes
  • Installation: Install equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications

                                              ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Stand for extended, prolonged periods
  • Work overtime as needed
  • Meet the physical demands of the work environment

About Owens Corning  

Owens Corning is a global building and industrial materials leader. The company's three integrated businesses are dedicated to the manufacture and advancement of a broad range of insulation, roofing and fiberglass composite materials. Leveraging the talents of 19,000 employees in 33 countries, Owens Corning provides innovative products, manufacturing technologies, and sustainable solutions that address energy efficiency, product safety, renewable energy, durable infrastructure, and labor productivity. These solutions provide a material difference to the company's customers and make the world a better place. Based in Toledo, Ohio, USA, the company posted 2019 sales of $7.2 billion. Founded in 1938, it has been a Fortune 500® company for 65 consecutive years. For more information, please visit

Owens Corning is an equal opportunity employer.

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