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Control systems specialists maintain the hardware and software systems in a facility. You will find solutions and look for ways to improve processes. You will also work with electrical and electronics engineers to design, plan, research, evaluate and test electrical and electronic equipment and systems. Other duties include preparing material cost and timing estimates, reports, and design specifications for electrical and electronic systems and equipment.
Control systems specialists are responsible for recommending methods to improve safety, quality, throughput and uptime. They make sure the systems and equipment associated with this work are maintained and backed up, and they provide support for electrical personnel on shift.
Control systems specialists do their jobs in a variety of workspaces. You may spend most of your time in a control room, or your role could involve more time maintaining computer and electrical systems on a mill floor.
A high school diploma is an essential part of your plan to become a control systems specialist. From there you will need a technologist diploma or equivalent journeyman’s certificate.
Industrial electricians install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair industrial electrical equipment and associated electrical and electronic controls. In the forest products industry they play a variety of roles but are typically found working in mills and other industrial settings like pellet plants and planer facilities.
Industrial electricians troubleshoot and diagnose electrical and failures in manufacturing processes. To be good at troubleshooting means you need a broad understanding of electrical systems so you can isolate and repair faults and failures. A day in the life of an industrial electrician might involve repairing a critical electrical fault fast enough to prevent an entire mill operation from shutting down.
Electrical technology and equipment also changes rapidly, so you need to stay on top of what’s happening in your industry.
Increasing use of robotics and other computerized control equipment is creating more work for industrial electricians, because they are the ones who install and maintain the equipment. Technological change usually results in a greater demand for industrial electricians.