Senior PLC Programmer

Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the engineering, design, and manufacturing of advanced arc welding solutions, automated joining, assembly and cutting systems, plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment, and has a leading global position in brazing and soldering alloys. Lincoln is recognized as the Welding Expert™ for its leading materials science, software development, automation engineering, and application expertise, which advance customers' fabrication capabilities to help them build a better world. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln Electric is a $4.2B publicly traded company (NASDAQ:LECO) with over 11,000 employees around the world, with operations in 71 manufacturing and automation system integration locations across 21 countries and maintains a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices serving customers in over 160 countries.


Location: Chattanooga - Chattanooga, TNUnited States (US)
Employment Status: Hourly Full-Time
Function: Manufacturing
Target Bonus: 5.0%
Req ID: 24896



Position Summary: Provides technical support, creates new programs, and researches new avenues of technological improvement and advancement for all automated systems. The PLC programmer will also test and debug source code, provide onsite technical support and field service for customers.


Role qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechatronics, Electro-Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or equivalent. 
  • Associate’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent with experience will be considered
  • 2+ years’ experience in PLC Programming or as an associate PLC programmer



Position responsibilities:

  • Program PLCs, HMIs, and other control devices to ensure optimal performance
  • Troubleshoot and resolve issues with control systems in a timely manner
  • Collaborate with engineers and technicians to ensure seamless integration of control systems
  • Provide technical support and training to plant personnel on control systems
  • Stay current on industry trends and advancements in control system technology
  • Write and debug effective and safe control programs that meet the requirements of the end user and the expectations of Tennessee Rand.
  • Maintain the quality of equipment shipped.
  • Follow LEA Build Standards and guidelines, including deviation lists that may be provided to allow for customer specifications or requirements.
  • Ensure control programming of equipment and tooling is complete, safe, and functional.
  • Provide training and guidance to less experienced PLC technicians and programmers.
  • Meet requirements for internal runoffs, safety inspections, and other quality control procedures.
  • Clear communications with Project Management staff and supervisors on issues that may come up.
  • Design effective and detailed HMI screens that are neatly arranged for ease in understanding by end user operators and technical staff.
  • Debugging of low voltage electrical systems as needed for operation of all machines.
  • Communicating with robot programmers on what is needed from them to make a project run smoothly.
  • Travel 40%+ including overnight.



Essential skills and experience:

  • Superior communications skills
  • Highly proficient in all Allen Bradley software
  • Able to adapt to other PLC and HMI programs (ie. Siemens, Automation Direct, Mitsubishi, Omron)
  • Experience with RSLogix 500, RSLogix 5000, Studio 5000 and Factory Talkview
  • Advanced PC Based Computer Skills
  • Some level of experience with Motoman, Fanuc, Panasonic, and/or ABB programming structure
  • Electrical Debug Skills
  • Machine Vision



Nonessential skills and preferred experience:

  • Experienced in integration and custom equipment building
  • MES integration
  • Automated welding
  • Material Handling
  • Automated inspection processes



Reporting to this position:  None



Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S)

  • Understand the Company’s EHS Policy and how it relates to this job.
  • Be aware of OSHA & EPA laws and regulations as well as the Company’s Plant Rules and Regulations that pertain to this job.
  • Work in a safe and environmentally friendly manner and observe all company EHS procedures.
  • Immediately notify the Supervisor if there is any safety hazard, any equipment not operating correctly, or if there are any questions regarding EHS procedures.
  • Attend required EHS training



Physical demands and 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.

  • Physical demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is required frequently to work from ladders and scaffolds. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.


  • Work environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to risk of electrical shock. The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and high voltages. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Lincoln Electric is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to promoting equal employment opportunity for applicants, without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, including, but not limited to, lactation), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

Nearest Major Market: Chattanooga

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