Electrical & Controls Technician


Portland, OR, US, 97210-1322

Function:  Manufacturing
Audience:  Hourly
Work Arrangement:  On Site
Requisition ID:  61878
Job Band:                  
Hiring Manager:       Joseph Benjamin Smith 
HR Rep:                    Jennifer Nichole Cook

Location: Portland, Oregon - United States

Job Title:  Electrical & Controls Technician

Department:  Maintenance    

FLSA Status: Non-exempt



The Electrical Maintenance Technician coordinates and executes maintenance electrical functions safely in the facility so the plant equipment and services perform at maximum levels and minimize unscheduled interruption of the plant operation.  This position also trains, coaches, teaches and counsels others on electrical maintenance procedures and best practices. Strong skills in planning and organizing are required.  Knowledge of programmable logic controllers, electrical systems, and process control systems is required. 


The Electrical & Controls Technician is a key contributor to the continuous improvements of critical plant performance metrics in the areas of safety, quality and productivity.  This role is essential to the successful operations of the Portland Roofing plant. The Electrical & Controls Technician is an hourly position reporting to Maintenance Leader.


JOB RESPONSIBILITIES                                                                                                                               


  • Follows the plant safety process and ensures that good safety habits are instilled in the craft labor.
  • 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.


Maintenance & 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
  • Supports the Maintenance department by defining who can use PLC and computer interfaces for troubleshooting
  • Uses the manufacturing communications network effectively
  • Performs other tasks as assigned by leader


Work Supervisor & Training Others

  • Instructs crafts persons in proper electrical installation and repair techniques as appropriate
  • Recommends qualified contractors to the Maintenance Leader for performing electrical work at the site.
  • Responsible for insuring contractors follow NEC and OC standards when doing electrical work at the Site.
  • 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 counsel others on electrical maintenance procedures and best practices
  • Maintains technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing technical publications; establishing professional and intercompany networks


Maintenance Project Management

  • Accountable for keeping the Maintenance Leader 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
  • Insures electrical drawings are kept up to date.
  • Other duties that are reasonably associated with the above functions of the job.




  • Two-year associates degree in electrical technologies or equivalent preferred
  • 3 years relevant industrial electrical maintenance experience preferred



  • 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: Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Equipment Selection: Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Systems Analysis: Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Installation: Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
  • Equipment Maintenance: Determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed. Performing routine maintenance on equipment.
  • Decision Making: Gathers, analyzes and interprets information to understand problems and identify and opportunities; draw conclusions and generates alternatives; chooses a course of action based on facts; and ensures buy-in and understanding of the resulting decisions.
  • Self-Knowledge: Demonstrates a strong self-awareness of one’s strengths, development needs and the impact of one’s own behavior on others; and consistently takes action to be better.
  • Teamwork: Works effectively and cooperatively with others; establishes and maintains good working relationships.
  • Problem Recognition: To tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem
  • Stress Tolerance: Accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Independence: Guiding oneself with little or no supervision and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Mathematical Reasoning: To choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • Adaptability: Being open to change and to considerable variety in the workplace.



  • All annual safety and role specific training, as required by the nature of this position



The employee should possess the ability to:

  • Industrial manufacturing environment with temperature variation
  • Exposure to sounds or noise levels that maybe uncomfortable (hearing protection is provided; required in certain areas of the plant)
  • Bending and twisting; repetitive movements
  • Be able to climb up to a three floors or stairs, use full upper body movement for process; stand up to 12 hours with breaks.


This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position.  Employee(s) will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.


A review of this position has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties.  All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.  To perform this job successfully, the incumbents(s) will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently.  Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others.  The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, and abilities.


This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

About Owens Corning  

Owens Corning is a global building and construction materials leader committed to building a sustainable future through material innovation. Our three integrated businesses – Composites, Insulation, and Roofing – provide durable, sustainable, energy-efficient solutions that leverage our unique material science, manufacturing, and market knowledge to help our customers win and grow. We are global in scope, human in scale with approximately 19,000 employees in 31 countries dedicated to generating value for our customers and shareholders, and making a difference in the communities where we work and live. Founded in 1938 and based in Toledo, Ohio, USA, Owens Corning posted 2022 sales of $9.8 billion. For more information, visit www.owenscorning.com.

Owens Corning is an equal opportunity employer.