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Automation Technician

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Job Description: 
Sun Pacific began in 1969 with the purchase of 72 acres of oranges in Exeter, California. Today Sun Pacific owns more than 40,000 acres in California and ships 35 million boxes of fresh fruit annually. As the acreage has grown, so has our expertise and attention to detail in farming and packing the highest quality product. Today, with over 3,000 employees, Sun Pacific is the largest grower/shipper of navel oranges in the world, and the largest grower/shipper of table grapes, mandarins, and kiwi in North America. 
 
JOB SUMMARY: The Automation Technician will be responsible for assisting the farming team in scoping, installing, programming,  maintaining, and troubleshooting the automated irrigation systems. The technician is also responsible for routinely auditing and  monitoring the systems and assisting with the evaluation of new technology and hardware. 
 
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: The Automation Technician will directly report to and work under the supervision of the Operations  Director and alongside the Farm Area Directors. 
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The essential job duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 
  • Performing routine inspections of the automated irrigation systems across the company (From Marysville to Maricopa).
  • Performing routine audits and updates of the ArcGIS maps. 
  • Training & monitoring routine operation of the automation systems. 
  • Work with management to design, review, install, and test automation systems.  
  • Inspect and perform simple repairs to irrigation systems, filter stations, and automation systems. 
  • Check and report acid, sulfur, fertilizer tank levels. 
  • Routinely sample pH & EC of irrigation water to test the calibration of sensors. 
  • Assist in the programming and monitoring of advanced irrigation/fertility automation systems. 
  • Routinely meet with irrigators, managers, and directors to review weekly operation issues and reach solutions. 
  • Travel daily and work on the road across the company 
  • All other tasks, projects, duties and responsibilities, as assigned by the Company and/or the Operations Director.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 
  • Experience with irrigation systems design and/or automated systems; 
  • Experience with commercial citrus/kiwi production; 
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental resources, water resources, or agricultural field of study, or equivalent experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new software, techniques, and functionalities quickly and efficiently; 
  • Intermediate computer skills including the Microsoft Office suite with heavy emphasis in Excel and ARC-GIS; 
  • Bilingual, English/Spanish, preferred 
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES: 
  • Detailed understanding of commercial irrigation components 
  • Proficiency in app-based navigation and programs; 
  • Proficiency/comfortability of ATV operation, loading and unloading; 
  • Intermediate skill in Microsoft Excel; 
  • Intermediate skill in Microsoft Office; 
  • Proficiency in app-based navigation and programs; 
  • Attention to detail and a deep understanding of methods to ensure data integrity; 
  • Effective reporting and communication skills; and 
  • Ability to prioritize, adapt and multi-task in a fast paced, changing environment.
PLEASE NOTE: This job description is to be used as an overview of your job responsibilities and duties, and is subject to change or revision as  determined by management. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job, at  any time. This job description is not and does not imply a contract of employment in any way. Either the employee or the company may terminate the  employment relationship at-will, at any time, with or without prior notice and without cause. 


Our company is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law.

This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.




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