Automation and Controls Lead

Preston Refrigeration is seeking a Full Time Automation and Controls Lead position for our sites across the U.S. 

Location: Kansas City, MO & U.S.

Travel Required: Yes

Summary: The Automation and Controls lead position Lead position ensures and oversees projects in the Controls/Programming department along with the programming duties of all PLC Equipment and any troubleshooting issues that arise.


  • Oversees a team of programmers and oversees the programming duties of various PLC equipment.

  • Possess ability to read and interpret PLC and electrical diagrams and schematics.

  • Reviews drawings and documents to assure compliance with company design and production standards are being met.

  • Possess working knowledge of ammonia refrigeration system functionality and operations.

  • Assists in mentoring programmers in their daily job duties.

  • Designs and troubleshoots control/signal wiring circuits.

  • Performs direct customer coordination and onsite visits to develop scope of work.

  • Serves as point of contact for troubleshooting, technical support, and customer training.

  • Establishes and tracks project milestones and submits monthly reports to Senior Management.

  • Performs installation of new and retrofit control systems.

  • Modify existing PLC and HMI (Human Machine Interface) for upgrades and changes by using Wonderware and other various programs.

  • Troubleshoot panel issues using appropriate of testing devices.

  • Interprets federal, state, and local statutes and regulations.

  • Willingness to travel as needed throughout the continental US with overnight stay.

  • Ensures that proper safety and incident reporting procedures are followed, brings problems to the attention of the Safety Director.

  • Adheres to Preston Refrigeration guidelines for expense reports and submits to Payroll Specialist in a timely manner.

  • Maintain a neat and clean appearance and motivated, positive attitude.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree; or 3 years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience with ammonia refrigeration systems preferred.

  • Experience with PLC programming required including, Allen Bradley and Opto 22 PLC controls, including systems by Frick and AAIM.

  • Ability to develop working relationships with existing and new customers.

  • Experience managing employees and multiple large projects simultaneously.

  • Knowledge of building materials, engineering standards, and codes.

  • Proficient in Word, Outlook and Excel.

  • Possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel.

  • Ability to travel 75% of the time with overnight stays when required.

  • Effective communication skills.


How to Apply:

Interested candidates should email their resume to

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