Automation Technician III - DS

Hanover, PA posted on September 27

Come Grow With Us

Since its beginnings in 1937, R.H. Sheppard Co., Inc. has grown to be one of the largest employers in South Central Pennsylvania. Today, the company operates 400,000 square foot manufacturing facilities and two state‐of‐the art foundries in Hanover, Pennsylvania, and an additional 69,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Wytheville, Virginia. While our number of employees, facilities and processing equipment has grown over the years, our basic philosophy has remained the same.

Our employees are committed to providing our customers with the best possible product in design, quality, cost and service.

Employees of Sheppard are provided the opportunity to learn and develop new skills to reach their full potential. Our culture is to promote the advancement of employees who achieve results. This environment has helped the company retain many of our employees for the majority of their working careers, creating an overall average length of service that is among the highest in our industry.

Position Overview:

The primary responsibility of this position is to design, build, install and maintain complex machinery and machining system projects from conception to final completion.  Typically, the Automation III completes tasks of a higher degree of scope and/or complexity compared to the Automation II.  The incumbent must be able to follow general machine shop practices while working under minimal supervision.  In addition to the duties of the Automation II, this position may:  

Responsibilities cited below are considered essential job functions.


  • Ability to utilize computerized drafting equipment to draw machine components and systems
  • Ability to convey electrical, electronic and mechanical logic as well as complex drawings, specifications and formulas
  • Ability to use a wide variety of precision and complex instruments

Responsibilities cited below are considered essential job functions.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Design, build, install, and repair complete automation package (electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical and gage systems) for control of machine or process that will provide desired operation from verbal or written description of how machine or system should operate. Works closely with manufacturing management and engineering to create machinery and machine
  • Order all machine components, checks all parts when received to ensure all are on hand in time to complete project by required date
  • Lead, train and develop employees, as necessary.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing equipment repair methods and technology
  • Complex control programming skills
  • Ability to plan and complete complex assignments and integrations
  • Design all circuits (electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, communication) by using a computer-aided drafting equipment
  • Recommend operating software or write simple programs for devices used, i.e. relay ladder logic, stepper motor commands, analog scaling, etc.
  • Order all machine components with supervisory approval; check all parts upon arrival to ensure all are on hand and in time to complete project by required date
  • Fabricate simple parts/fixtures, as needed and/or design pieces to be made by tool room
  • Assemble, interconnect and install components, sensors, actuators, motors and all associated wiring, tubing, etc, on and around machine or system
  • Other duties as assigned

Working Conditions/ Physical Requirements:

General shop and machine tool noise, dirt, grease, chips and coolants from the operation of machine tools and the assembly of machines and equipment.  Normal working position is standing or walking through the plant.  Some repetitive lifting/moving is required, depending on the daily assignment or tasks being performed. May work from a ladder, platform, scaffold inside or outside of the plant, in confined areas or in wide temperature extremes.  The weight can range up to 100 lbs therefore proper lifting/moving techniques, i.e. use of a crane, are required in excess of 50 lbs. 

Tools Required:  Standard machine tools are required to perform most of the daily responsibilities.  Any specialized tools or measuring equipment will be provided by the company as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Process or Manufacturing Engineering or equivalent experience. 

  • Five years automation technician experience, including moderate to complex repairs on various types of manufacturing equipment

  • Communication skills, ability to read, write and comprehend instructions

  • PC, analytical and problem solving skills

  • Ability to stand, stoop, bend, walk, reach

  • Ability to lift items up to 50lbs without assistance

  • Ability to convey electrical, electronic and mechanical logic as well as complex drawings, specifications and formulas

  • Ability to use a wide variety of precision and complex instruments

Standard Shift Hours:

Mon - Thurs:  6am-4pm


Paid Time-Off

Paid Holidays

Uniform Rentals

Employee Discounts/Social Activities

Medical Insurance with Flexible Spending Account

Free Medical Clinic for Employees and Dependents

Dental & Vision Insurance

Life, STD & LTD

Life Assistance Program