Automation Technician 2 

LOCATION: Hanover / Pennsylvania (US-PA), United States | BRAND: Sheppard | REQUISITION ID: 5782 | JOB GRADE: 12

| ON-SITE/REMOTE: On-site 


Founded in 1937, R.H. Sheppard Co. Inc. has a rich history of innovative design and American manufacturing excellence. Headquartered in Hanover, Pa., our dedicated team of over 700 employees supply components for the trucking and transportation industry worldwide. We are a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and a proud member of Knorr-Bremse.

Whatever your career path – whether it’s product innovation through engineering, working directly with our customers, manufacturing quality products or supporting our business in some other way, Sheppard – a Bendix CVS Company – delivers. Visit us online at



The primary responsibility of this position is to design, build, install and maintain machinery and machining systems.  Typically, the Automation Technician II completes tasks of a higher degree of scope and/or complexity compared to the Automation I.  The incumbent must be able to follow general machine shop practices while working under moderate supervision.  In addition to the duties of the Automation I, this position may:    Responsibilities cited below are considered essential job functions.

  • 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


  • 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

In addition to the knowledge, skills and abilities of the Automation Technician I:

  • Communication skills, ability to read, write and comprehend instruction
  • Ability to stand, stoop, bend, walk, reach
  • Ability to lift items up to 50lbs without assistance
  • Manual dexterity and problem solving skills
  • Knowledge of JIC, NEC, NFPA, standards and codes
  • Ability to produce sketches and perform basic board drafting
  • Knowledge of electronics, PLC’s, hydraulic and pneumatic valves, and cylinder operation and repair
  • Knowledge of light and heavy manufacturing machine repair methods and technology
  • Knowledge of shop mathematics
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to drive vehicles such as pick-up truck and forklift

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.


H.S. Diploma or equivalent, Technical Degree, Five years automation technician experience, including moderate to complex repairs on various types of manufacturing equipment preferred

What does Sheppard have to offer you? 

  • Work/life balance that includes Paid Vacation & Holiday Paid Time Off 
  • 401k Plan with Company matching 
  • Retirement Savings Plan
  • Educational Assistance Program (Tuition Reimbursement)
  • Wellness Program and incentives
  • On-site Health Clinic/Healthcare
  • Health and Welfare Insurance Benefits that start on your 1st day of employment:
    • Company-Paid Benefits:
      • Basic Life Insurance
      • Basic Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
      • Short Term Disability
      • Business Travel Accident Insurance
      • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    • Voluntary Employee-Paid Benefits:
      • Medical and Prescription insurance
      • Dental insurance
      • Vision insurance
      • Supplemental Life Insurance Plans
      • Supplemental AD&D insurance for Employee and Family
      • Long Term Disability
      • Accident Plan
      • Critical Illness Plan
      • Hospital Indemnity Plan
      • Legal
      • Identity Theft and Fraud Protection

R.H. Sheppard Co. Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.