Instrumentation & Electrical Technician

POET   Fairmont, NE   Full-time     Mechanic/Technician
Posted on September 10, 2021
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The Instrumentation & Electrical Technician is responsible for troubleshooting and identifying root-cause issues, repairing or replacing parts and rewiring and installing related instrument/electrical goods at the bioprocessing facility. The Instrumentation & Electrical Technician ensures that all work performed follows electrical codes and tests and inspects and repairs issues when they occur. Team members in this position will communicate any problems or concerns to the management team. This role is also responsible for reviewing all electrical procedures for the bioprocessing facility, assisting in developing pertinent electrical programs and training team members. Continuous plant operation includes 24/7 schedules. Team member must be able to meet call-in requirements as needed.

At POET, it is our mission to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible. For over thirty years our drive and passion to change the world has enabled us to become the largest producer and marketer of bioethanol and leader in biobased products in the world. Beyond our world-class culture, POET team members enjoy competitive pay and benefits including;

Health, dental, & vision insurance
401K with company match
Premium pay for qualifying positions
Quarterly profit sharing
Paid time off and paid holidays
Tuition reimbursement
Onsite fitness centers or fitness reimbursements
Safety and cold weather gear, and more!

Our 33 biorefining facilities produce 3 billion gallons of bioethanol, 14 billion pounds of Dakota Gold distillers grain animal feed and nearly 1 billion pounds of our Voila corn oil. That’s a lot of product! We also provide plant-based products like CO2 for the food and beverage industry and purified alcohol for use in products ranging from food and beverage ingredients and personal care products to cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and industrial bioethanol. POET also produces JIVE, a product that contributes to more sustainable roadways by using plant-based ingredients to help recycle old asphalt. We also buy over 930 million bushels of corn per year from local producers. It is our role at POET Biorefining to ensure safe, efficient, and profitable operations at each facility.


Troubleshoot and identify a root cause, repair, or replace parts, rewire and install related instrument/electrical goods including conduit and/or wiring.
Ensure that all work performed is completed by following all local electrical codes. Including 4160V, 480V, 220V, 110V, 24V DC and 4-20 mA loops and circuits as applicable to the location.
Troubleshoot PLC/DCS I/O including 4-20mA loops, 120V/24DC I/O.
Responsible for all preventative and proactive electrical maintenance and compliance procedures.
Assist with emergency and scheduled shutdowns while performing regular mechanical duties as directed.
Calibrate, configure, and repair of measurement/control instruments for flow, level, pressure, temperature, and pH including associated valves and valve actuators.
Understand electrical and instrumentation equipment associated with plant processing equipment.
Possess a strong understanding of motor control circuits and electric motors.
Inform management of any instrument/electrical parts needed and assist with maintaining the required instrument/electronic/electrical parts inventories.
Document and record: utilizing inventory control systems, maintaining calibration records, ordering parts, work with outside contractors, etc.
Work with the management team and all staff daily to ensure the operation and all facilities are operating to standards.
Understand how equipment and instrument/electronic controls operate and are utilized to operate the plant.
Maintain work area to include cleanliness, serviceability, and accountability of all tools and supplies.
Accomplish all other tasks, work orders, cleaning assignments or other duties as assigned by the management team.
Assist in developing, training, and reviewing all pertinent instrument/electrical programs and procedures including Arc Flash Hazards and electrical integrity.
Maintain licensing by attending state required code classes as required by location/leader.
Be expected to receive calls after hours, including weekends and holidays, in the event of an emergency bioprocessing situation that would require electronic or instrument/electrical expertise.
Foster a culture of safe behavior and environmental compliance at all times.
Always maintain a team environment and champion POET in the community.
Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to a lot of other uses!


Associate’s degree in an electrical training program or equivalent is required.
Journeyman or Master License preferred but may be required based on location.
Thorough knowledge of standard electrical equipment and work practices is required.
Ability to troubleshoot, maintain, and install 4160V, 480V, 220V, 110V motors and breakers, protective relays, PLC’s, transformers, motor control centers, lights, breakers, panels, and other miscellaneous electrical equipment as applicable to the work location.
Troubleshoot PLC/DCS I/O including 4-20mA loops, 120V/24DC I/O.
Excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills as well as the ability to embrace change.
You know the basics of Microsoft Office Suite. You’re capable of learning new programs.
Preferable experience in working with:

Read and translate the information found within all: PLC code, Schematic wiring, and Ladder and P&ID’S process diagrams.
Industrial network experience.
Minimum of 1-3 year(s) of related work experience.
Experience with 3 phase electrical systems up to 4160V 3 phase.


At POET we believe in developing our team members to their highest potential and recognizing contributions that add value to the organization. Each new team member’s position and compensation are carefully determined by considering
their unique qualifications and skillset.


Culture is king at POET. We’re all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s the way we do things at POET.
This position is largely self-directed and requires a thorough understanding of company policy, procedures, and values. Team members will be required to adhere to all safety requirements at all times and in all work environments. This position is exposed to work in multiple environments, including plant, laboratory, as well as an office environment. The team member may be exposed to high noise levels, moving mechanical parts, dusty conditions, internal and external temperature/weather conditions, and chemicals.
Specific physical requirements may include:
Occasionally lifting weight up to sixty (60) pounds.
Climbing several flights of stairs and ladders.
Opening valves.
Occasionally bending, twisting and turning while lifting weight of less than fifty (50) pounds.
Data entry while seated for greater than one (1) hour.
Walking up to two (2) or more miles per day.
Pushing brooms, shovels, etc.
Working at heights, in confined spaces and at temperatures from -20 to +100 degrees.
Standing for extended periods of time.
Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Using hand and power tools.

POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.





1214 Road G
Fairmont , NE