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5 Jan 2023

Full-Time Automation Manager

MyNiceJob – Posted by mynicejob Kennewick, WA

Job Description

 Mid Level (5-8 yrs exp.)
 5 Years
 High school or equivalent
 View salary



In this role, the employee will supervise and lead a team of automation technicians to accomplish installation projects. The supervisor facilitates the installation, operation, monitoring, and maintenance of computer-controlled irrigation and hydraulic systems. They will work regularly with low-voltage electrical components, hydraulic controls, and other electro-mechanical devices (valves, pumps, filters, chemical injectors, etc).

About Phytech:

Phytech is helping the world’s leading growers optimize production by connecting them to their plants. Phytech’s IoT platform offers direct sensing, data analytics, and machine learning recommendations to improve irrigation efficiency as well as crop health, yield, and quality. Our global team of passionate industry professionals is dedicated to one goal: making our farmers successful. Agriculture is facing a big opportunity as technology quickly penetrates the market, this is a unique moment to accelerate your career with a fast-growing AgTech firm leading the way in innovation.

Automation Technician Responsibilities:

  • Install irrigation and other hydraulic controllers including radios, solar panels, antennas, antenna masts, valve solenoids, pump relays, critter guards
  • Install (trench when necessary) conduit and run wire to interconnect devices
  • Troubleshoot components and processes and if needed, replace the defective hardware and test functionality before leaving a site
  • Calibrate sensors and ensure water meters, switches, and other devices are reporting accurate values
  • Test valves, pumps, and other outputs for proper functionality
  • Provide remote and on-site support, in rare cases, respond to emergency support calls on Saturday
  • Train customers on the system once it is automated

Supervisor responsibilities:

  • Recruit, train, and guide automation technicians
  • Manage work schedules and timecards
  • Provide troubleshooting
  • Train customers on the use of automation software and automation systems, including manual overrides, simple troubleshooting, etc.
  • Work closely with the Operations Manager on equipment needs, priorities, ongoing projects, and real-time issues
  • Consult with the Director of Automation to resolve complex issues
  • Oversee automation projects and report daily status to the operations manager
  • Ensure pickup trucks and equipment are maintained as required
  • Ensure that safety policies are strictly adhered to
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Management capabilities – leading a team for high performance
  • Strong communication skills – written and oral
  • Must have a passion for customer satisfaction
  • Must have the desire to work outdoors year-round and travel frequently
  • Must have a High School diploma or equivalent, Associates Degree preferred
  • MS & Google computer skills. NetSuite and FSL are preferred but not required, training will be provided
  • Technical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to complete assigned tasks under time requirements and seasonal picks
  • May be required to lift/move items in excess of 75 lbs.
  • Full-time job


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • Company-paid life insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account & Dependent Daycare Spending Account – HSA Account
  • 401K (starts after 90-day waiting period), with company match up to 4%
  • Discretionary Vacation Policy, 10 company observed Holidays

Preferred Skills:

  • NetSuite and FSL experience
  • Associates Degree

Must Haves:

  • Automation Technician experience
  • Installation experience – irrigation and other hydraulic controllers
  • Management experience
  • Ability to work outdoors year-round
  • Microsoft and Google computer skills
  • High School Diploma

Job Categories: Engineering And Architecture. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Automation Technician, Hydraulic controls, Irrigation, and Management. Salaries: Open to discuss.


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