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Controls Technologist

Posted on feb 3, 2023 Full time R16508
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At Polaris Inc., we have fun doing what we love by driving change and innovation. We empower employees to take on challenging assignments and roles with an elevated level of responsibility in our agile working environment. Our people make us who we are, and we create incredible products and experiences that empower us to THINK OUTSIDE.


The Controls Technologist is responsible for design, installation, and technical support for industrial controls utilized in the manufacturing process.

This role will support the 1st shift assembly operations.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop standards for specific configuration and controls for new equipment.
  • Develop and maintain required documentation to support controls applications including manuals, drawings, and program backups.
  • Oversee installation of control systems on new equipment installations.
  • Oversee installation of current control systems during modification due to machine upgrades, and FY model changes.
  • Ability to analyze and recommend process changes to improve operation of equipment.
  • Maintain compliance with company polices, quality standards, safety standards, and be OSHA compliant.
  • Maintain Variable Frequency Drives including setup, programming, and troubleshooting.  Allen Bradley PowerFlex 525 and 753 preferred.
  • PLC programming and troubleshooting.  Rockwell Automation ControlLogix and CompactLogix preferred.
  • HMI programming and troubleshooting. FactoryTalk View Studio ME and PanelView Plus preferred.
  • Add/remove tags from OPC servers such as Kepware.
  • Troubleshoot motion-controlled applications including servo motors and linear actuators. Ability to program motion a plus.
  • Troubleshoot and commission Ethernet/IP Fieldbus connections.
  • Create and modify schematics with AutoCAD or equivalent software package.
  • Integrate with other systems such as Pinpoint, SQL, AS400, FactoryTalk Transaction Manager, and Ignition.
  • Train maintenance and operators on new equipment installs, or existing equipment modifications.


  • BA/BS in Math, Computer Science, Engineering, or related technical field or Strong Electrical and Controls background.
  • 2+ years of experience in completing software or data analysis and visualization projects.
  • 2-5 years of experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Good working knowledge of various power distribution systems including single phase systems of 120/240V, and three phase systems up to 480V.
  • Strong background in PLC programming and troubleshooting.
  • Strong background in HMI programming and troubleshooting.
  • Strong background in Variable Frequency Drive programming and troubleshooting.
  • Ability to work with various systems including cameras, badge scanners, barcode scanners, and RFID scanners.
  • Strong organizational, communication and leadership skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills required.
  • Proficiency with Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to trouble-shoot and solve problems.
  • Strong Project Management skills.
  • Adherence to and understanding of data science ethics.
  • Ability to work alone or with a team.
  • Ability to multitask jobs.
  • Lean Manufacturing knowledge is desirable and strongly preferred.


  • Fast-paced manufacturing environment with high technology driven processes.

We are an ambitious, resourceful, and driven workforce, which empowers us to THINK OUTSIDE.  Apply today!

At Polaris we put our employees first, by offering a holistic approach to their health and financial wellbeing.  Polaris is proud to offer competitive compensation, including a market-leading profit-sharing plan that is fundamental to our pay-for-performance culture. At Polaris, employees are owners of the company through company contributions to our Employee Stock Ownership Plan and discounted employee stock purchases plan. Employees receive a generous matching contribution to 401(k), financial wellness education and consultation to plan for their financial future. In addition to competitive pay, Polaris provides a comprehensive suite of benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance, wellness programs, paid time off, gym & personal training reimbursement, life insurance and disability offerings.  Through the Polaris Foundation and our Polaris Gives paid volunteer time off, we support employees who actively volunteer their time, efforts, and passions to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities in which they live, play and work. Employees at Polaris drive our success and are rewarded for their commitment.

About Polaris

As the global leader in powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. Polaris' high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman® all-terrain off-road vehicles; military and commercial off-road vehicles; snowmobiles; Indian Motorcycle® mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; Aixam quadricycles; Goupil electric vehicles; and pontoon and deck boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a robust portfolio of parts, garments, and accessories. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.  

EEO Statement

Polaris is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.