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Automation Technician

Date: 15-Jun-2022

Location: Shotton, North West including North Wales, GB

Company: Tata Steel

Job Description


Job Title:          Automation Technician

Business:         Tata Steel Colors

Salary Band:   £35,000- £40,000

Location:          Shotton, North Wales ( 10 miles from Chester )

Work Pattern:   Day and shift working patterns available

Closing Date:   11:00pm on 5th July 2022


The Role

As part of our succession planning strategy we are currently seeking applications to fill a number of Automation Technician positions within our Engineering Department at the Shotton Works site which is 10 miles from Chester City centre.

We are seeking applicants who are able to work as part of a multi-disciplined team, have good communication skills and are self-motivated and enthusiastic.

Within the role, you duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Working as part of a team you will be required to provide specialist engineering support to the manufacturing production lines.
  • You will be required to respond to plant breakdowns, methodically diagnosing faults to ensure the line is running again as soon as possible.
  • You will be required to carry out some design , software modifications and improvements to the plant equipment whilst adhering to onsite software management systems.
  • You will use your skills to identify solutions to problems, you will be methodical in your approach and use the sites supporting diagnostics to identify root cause of problems
  • Design and implementation of PLC code
  • Commissioning support for major line improvements
  • Writing/maintaining onsite Electrical procedures
  • Executing new projects
  • Conducting investigations into plant issues

The Candidate

Ideally you will have undertaken a time served apprenticeship and educated to a HNC level or above  in an Electrical/ Electronic/ Instrumentation discipline.

You will have a minimum of significant experience working in a similar role or manufacturing environment.

Key Skills Required:

  • Experience of working with Allen Bradley Control/Compact Logix OR Siemens S7 PLC’s is essential
  • Experience of AC or DC Invertor drives, fault finding, commissioning and programming
  • Thorough understanding of relay logic and the ability to fault find from Engineering drawings -  P&ID’S, Electrical Schematics and control loop diagrams
  • Instrumentation knowledge, maintaining and fault finding control loops
  • Some knowledge of industrial communication protocols I.e. DeviceNet / Profibus / Profinet / TCP/IP
  • Experience of system testing and commissioning equipment
  • SCADA and HMI development experience
  • Methodical fault finding skills are essential
  • Good knowledge of health and safety
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative


This is an excellent career opportunity to join an Engineering Department with a multi-disciplined and highly skilled team, which has achieved World Class benchmark results for reducing levels of unplanned losses and optimum planned downtime. The business is committed to investing in the ongoing training and development of its staff. You will receive regular specialist training on existing and emerging technology in the automation field. Career progression opportunities are also available within this role

Tata Steel UK offers their employees significant benefits packages. For this role, you will benefit from:

  • A market competitive salary .
  • Quarterly Bonus – subject to business performance (up to 14%)
  • One of the UK’s leading defined contribution pension schemes (10% employer contribution / 6% employee contribution)
  • Annual Pay Review
  • Employee discount scheme for companies including Vodafone, Nissan, Jaguar Land Rover and also various local services

You may be also interested to know that we have an extensive list of lifestyle benefits including gym membership, free onsite parking at all of our sites, an employee assistance programme as well as discounts with local and national retailers and services.

The Business

Tata Steel is one of the world’s top ten steel producers. The combined group has an aggregate crude steel capacity of more than 28 million ton and approximately 80,000 employees across four continents. We’re part of the Tata Group, one of the largest, most diverse conglomerates in the world with businesses in the UK including Tata Steel, Jaguar Land Rover and Tetley Tea.

Steel has been successfully processed on the Tata Steel site at Shotton in North Wales for more than 120 years. The profitable and cash generative plant produces a wide range of world-class galvanised and pre-finished (painted) steel building systems, which supplies the construction, domestic appliance and manufactured goods markets amongst others.  Shotton has developed a number of unique, technically advanced and high value products and services for customers in the UK and throughout Europe.


To learn more about who we are and what we can offer our future employees, please click on the link to watch the following video:

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