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Baker Group Industrial Automation Technician in Ankeny, Iowa

Baker Group, the Midwest’s leading provider of critical building infrastructure systems, is expanding the team. Headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa with over 650 employees, Baker Group is the recognized leader in Mechanical, HVAC, Plumbing, Piping, Sheet Metal, Electrical, Automation, Access Control, Security Cameras, Parking Revenue Control and Fire Alarm design and construction of highly technical, special-use buildings such as; hospitals, educational facilities, corporate office buildings, data centers, industrial facilities, and research laboratories. Please visit our website at to learn more about our company and other open positions we may have available.


As a member of the Baker Group team, the Industrial Automation Engineer will report to the Industrial Automation Team Lead and will be responsible for supporting our Project Managers with designing, engineering, integrating, and commissioning of PLC/HMI based systems.

What we are proud to offer you:

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Flexible Spending Account

  • Paid Time Off

  • Paid Holidays

  • 401K Plan

  • ESOP

  • Life Insurance

  • Long Term Disability

  • Short Term Disability

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Financial Advisor


  • Paid Training

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Working collaboratively with design engineers, operation engineers, purchasers and other internal staff

  • Designing and developing distributed control systems (DCS) including PLC/HMI/SCADA programs, product selection for bill of material (BOM) based on customer specifications, creating sequence of operations (SOO), and creating Engineering Drawings.

  • Create Submittals and Operating and Maintenance (O&M) Manuals for projects

  • Attend project turnover meeting with project manager to gain knowledge of project estimate and scope and pointing out opportunities for items beyond contracted scope of work.

  • Potential to do project start up, program modification, and commission of new PLC/HMI/SCADA control systems

  • Work with other engineers, technicians, and electricians to develop and share technical solutions and standards

  • Actively participate in training to maintain technical expertise on new products, tools, and integration through continuing education initiatives

  • Accurate daily time and equipment reporting

  • Understanding and ensuring compliance with relevant health and safety regulations and quality standards


  • Minimum of three years of experience with PLC/HMI control systems or a Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field

  • Willing to travel and/or relocate

  • Must have good driving record.

  • A contingency for employment will require the successfully passing of a background investigation.

Mental and Physical Competencies required to perform essential functions:

  • Creative problem-solving and Excellent critical thinking skills

  • Strong team working skills, with an ability to motivate others with potential to lead or manage teams and projects

  • Willingness to accept responsibility and make decisions

  • Working knowledge of at least one PLC software (i.e. Rockwell RSLogix or Modicon Unity Pro)

  • Working knowledge of at least one HMI software (i.e. Rockwell FactoryTalk or Wonderware InTouch)

  • Knowledge of Microsoft SQL or other database applications preferred but not required

  • Knowledge of Ethernet and serial network communication formats and hardware configurations and device integration

  • Understanding of basic process controls (i.e. PID control loops, motor control, commissioning of digital and analog measurement devices)

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written

Environmental Adaptability:

At any given time, may be exposed to:

  • Normal office conditions

Equipment / Tools:

  • AutoCAD Electric

  • PLC Software (Allen-Bradley RSLogix 500, StudioLogix5000, or Modicon)

  • HMI Software (Wonderware or FactoryTalk View)

Baker Group offers a competitive compensation, excellent benefits, and a positive work environment. Wage is dependent on experience.