- Do you have a strong mechanical aptitude?
- Do you prefer variety in workplace locale, and would you enjoy traveling to different client sites?
- Are you inquisitive and hands-on?
If you’ve answered “yes” to the above questions, you may wish to consider a career as a Field Service Technician in the woodworking machinery industry!
Field Service Technicians (“Techs”) travel to customer sites to perform installation and start-up of new and used woodworking machines. In addition, Field Service Techs may be asked to train the operators of the machinery. Troubleshooting is a big part of the job as fixing broken machines is one of the primary responsibilities of the position. This requires strong problem solving skills along with mechanical and electrical knowledge such as the ability to read and interpret wiring drawings, schematics, and mechanical drawings. Many repairs involve adjusting, aligning, repairing, or replacing defective components. Performing preventive maintenance of instrumentation, controls, breakers, motors, drives (electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic), circuit boards, PLCs, and other associated equipment according to the manufacturer’s recommended schedules is a standard requirement of the position. Many times, this involves testing of equipment to determine operating condition. To complete the lifecycle of the machines, Field Service Techs may be involved in dismantling of machines for refurbishment. As a Field Service Tech, you can take pride in caring for “your” machines, from introducing them to their new owners, to seeing that they keep their dignity after their useful life comes to an end.
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