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Industrial Controls / PLC Programmer

by Formet Industries

Reference #: 63452
Location: St. Thomas, Ontario
Date Posted: Jun 20, 2024
Formet Industries

Job Description



Job Number: 63452 
Group: Cosma International  
Division: Formet Industries 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: ST. THOMAS 
Work Style:  


About us

We see a future where everyone can live and move without limitations. That’s why we are developing technologies, systems and concepts that make vehicles safer and cleaner, while serving our communities, the planet and, above all, people.


Forward. For all.


Group Summary

Cosma provides a comprehensive range of body, chassis and engineering solutions to global customers. Through our robust product engineering, outstanding tooling capabilities and diverse process expertise, we continue to bring lightweight and innovative products to market.

What we offer

At Magna, you can expect an engaging and dynamic environment where you can help to develop industry-leading automotive technologies. We invest in our employees, providing them with the support and resources they need to succeed. As a member of our global team, you can expect exciting, varied responsibilities as well as a wide range of development prospects. Because we believe that your career path should be as unique as you are.


At Formet, one of the largest manufacturing employers in Southwestern Ontario producing body and chassis components for assembly plants across North America, we take care of each other and live by the motto “One Team. One Formet.”

About the Role

PLC programming and troubleshooting to increase uptime, throughput, efficiency and quality. Maintaining, designing, developing and continuously improving our equipment and the utilization of technology to ensure the best quality frames are produced. 

Who we are looking for

•    Completion of an Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technician course or equivalent from a community or recognized college program consisting of two years or more 
•    Certificate of Qualification in a Formet recognized trade 


Your Responsibilities

•    Perform all duties and promote themselves in a manner that reflects Formet Expectations and Formet’s Visions/Values through Magna’s Employee Charter.
•    Follow and abide by all government, Legal, Magna and Formet rules and regulations.
•    Contribute to continuous improvement and cost reduction activities.
•    Maintain safety standards of equipment and work area and perform all duties in a safe manner in accordance with the safety policies of Formet.
•    PLC troubleshooting and programming for large automation production lines, both on shop floor and remote interaction.
•    Navigating and creating Standard PLC structures, programming for Rockwell PLC’s.
•    PLC interfacing and programming control for integration of FANUC material handling, MIG welding, laser cutting robotic applications and Vision assisted handling.
•    Integrate safe machine control using safety PLC structure and architectural design.
•    Utilize AutoCAD to design, and provide support for reading, modifying, and understanding machine design content.
•    Network interfacing for on-machine and plant communication using Ethernet, IO link, Profibus and Profinet.
•    Programming data collection flow and archiving of historian data for analysis.
•    HMI programming for machine interface via Ignition and Rockwell software.
•    Data Matrix code reading for product traceability.
•    Machine vision inspection for part certification during processing.
•    Programming and troubleshooting motion control and VFD applications using Rockwell integrated control.
•    Mechanical, pneumatic support as it relates to a controls process.
•    Use conventional and servo hydraulic systems for piercing, riveting and forming processes.
•    Co-ordinate activities of apprentices, helpers and assigned contractors.
•    Assists in developing and/or updating preventive maintenance procedures.
•    Conduct all activities in a professional manner and positive attitude with emphasis on personal responsibility.  
•    Interact with the team members running the line to look for improvements or ideas to improve your/their job/task and improve line Safety, Quality and Productivity.
•    Preventative maintenance on Equipment – identify weakness in design and implement improvements. Take pride in workmanship and when performing skilled work develop procedures to educate and train other team members performing the same work. 
•    Evaluate and improve our processes for uptime and repeatability.
•    Evaluate downtime situations for root cause and suggest/implement improvements in conjunction with Production Team Members. (Resolve the issue once root cause has been established / Joint decision production and maintenance)
•    Evaluate potential risks to similar processes and develop work orders and plans to resolve issue.
•    Perform other duties as designated.

Site Benefits

•    Pay rage $31.50-$45.42
•    Shifts rotate every 2 weeks between Days, Afternoons and Midnights
•    Shift Premiums of $0.85/hour (afternoons) and $1.35/hour (midnights)
•    Signing bonus of $2000 ($1000 paid after 4 months working; $1000 paid after 1 year working)
•    Annual Tool allowance of $500
•    Weekly pay via direct deposit
•    Overtime (1.5x) after 40 hours worked (hourly) 
•    Vacation entitlement
o    2 weeks of paid vacation (3 weeks after 3 years) + 4 company paid holidays + 2x ½ days = 15 days annually
o    Option to bank your overtime to earn up to an extra 5 days of paid time off (approved in the same manner as vacation time) (27 hours x 1.5 = 40 hours)
•    Skilled Trades referral bonus of $500 following successful hire of candidate
•    Medical and Dental Benefits after 1 month of employment.
•    Magna will contribute an amount equal to 3% of regular earnings every week to your retirement savings (MBC program)
•    Profit sharing paid in the second quarter of every year (EEPPP Program)
•    Matched GRRSP
•    Company Paid Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D)
•    Optional group Life Insurance and Critical Illness Insurance for self and spouse 
•    Safety Shoe, prescription Safety Glasses and Custom Molded Earplug allowance
•    Company paid uniforms (if you choose to use)
•    Company BBQ, Holiday Parties and Company Events
•    Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives - 6k for Water Walk, Support Local Charities (Hospice of Elgin, Adopt a Family (12 in total), STEGH), Children’s Health Foundation and many more)
•    Magna Service Award Program
•    Roger’s and Bell cellphone data plan available – as low as $50/month! 
•    Subsidized cafeteria with daily specials including hot vegetarian options – we are known for our amazing cafeteria! Free coffee, juice and tea
•    Educational Assistance Program
•    Employee Discounts: new vehicles, amusement parks, etc. 
•    Plant-Wide Continuous Improvement Program: 2023 bonus = $1680
•    You get to work with a FANTASTIC Team! One Team, One Formet!


Your preferred qualifications

Accommodations for disabilities in relation to the job selection process are available upon request.


Awareness. Unity. Empowerment.

At Magna, we believe that a diverse workforce is critical to our success. That’s why we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We hire on the basis of experience and qualifications, and in consideration of job requirements, regardless of, in particular, color, ancestry, religion, gender, origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability or gender identity. Magna takes the privacy of your personal information seriously. We discourage you from sending applications via email to comply with GDPR requirements and your local Data Privacy Law.

Application Contact Information

Company Name:   Formet Industries
Application URL: Click here to apply online