Careers in Compressed Air Distribution and Automation Industry

John Henry Foster (JHF) is a compressed air system and automation distributor in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota & northern Iowa providing service, maintenance & electro-pneumatic design.

For over 75 years, John Henry Foster has been the Midwest’s leading air compressor systems distributor and service provider. Our teams of experts bring customized client solutions in consistency, reliability and profitability by demonstrating the latest trends in compressed air, automation, air compressors and electrical motion controls. We promote a progressive culture by seeking opportunities for technology and searching for exceptional value. Dedication in taking care of our 95+ employees and providing clients with first class service has been part of John Henry Foster since 1938. John Henry Foster offers a competitive benefits package, along with a 401(k) program.


Field Service Technician/Mechanic

General Purpose of the Job:
This position will work on-site at customer locations to repair compressed air issues including air compressors, blowers and vacuum pumps. Strong mechanical background desired with the ability to properly diagnose and solve problems on a variety of compressor systems; some electrical experience helpful.  Good organizational skills, with the ability to work closely with customers to resolve issues in a timely manner; exceeding customer expectations and increasing overall customer satisfaction.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Communicate effectively with customers to resolve compressed air issues
  • Maintain up-to-date information related to compressor technology, on-going focus on sharpening mechanical and diagnostic abilities to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure to resolve issues
  • Ability to assemble and disassemble compressors in order to fully understand repair issues
  • Understand and abide by safety procedures and policies
  • Ability to quickly resource information/individuals when needing assistance to complete service call
  • Proactively promote John Henry Foster products including parts and services
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor or management

Qualifications, Skills and Education:

  • 2+ years of service repair experience in a related field helpful but not required
  • Professionally trained in compressed air mechanics helpful but not required
  • Ability to multi-task and work well under pressure or deadlines
  • Good driving record

For over 75 years, John Henry Foster has been a leading distributor of Industrial Air Compression Systems and Pneumatic Automation. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits, including medical, dental, and a 401(k) program. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email your cover letter and resume to hr@jhfoster.com.


Electrical Automation Controls Specialist

General Purpose of the Job:
John Henry Foster (Eagan, MN) is hiring an Electrical Engineer for its Eagan location. This position will work closely with our Fluid Power Department customers to interface electrical systems with pneumatic circuits and design control circuits for small machinery. The Electrical Engineer requires a highly self-motivated individual with the ability to multi-task and work well under pressure to build and maintain customer expectations both internal and external. Ability to work as a team, but also be able to work independently.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Application design and programming
  • Responsible for design, development, implementation of electrical and control systems
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication and customer relations/service skills
  • Provide customer follow-up and communication to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Customer sales calls with Account Managers
  • Contribute to internal marketing communications
  • Ability to look for ways to improve and promote quality
  • Recognize customer concerns; addressing proactively
  • Good organizational ability and detail orientated

Qualifications, Skills and Education:

  • Minimum 5-year experience of electrical applications
  • Ability to program Allen Bradley Programmable Logic Controls
  • Capable of independently developing complex machine or machine system controls including hardware layouts and specifications, operational descriptions and specifications and programming to satisfy these specifications, testing and implementation (start-up)
  • Strong PLC knowledge to include familiarity with Pico Control, Micrologix, Control Logic
  • Pneumatic valves and Field Bus Technology
  • Process control and instrumentation
  • High degree of mechanical aptitude
  • Proficient at designing, specifying, setting up VFD’s and integrating them into the control system
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects to meet production schedule/project requirements
  • Machine vision control systems
  • Experience with motion control
  • Experience with specifying, configuring, and programming servo drive applications
  • Good problem solving skills with the ability to evaluate options and implement solutions
  • Knowledge of Infor Enterprise Software and Goldmine a plus
  • Experienced in Microsoft Word and Excel

For over 75 years, John Henry Foster has been a leading distributor of Industrial Air Compression Systems and Pneumatic Automation. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits, including medical, dental, and a 401(k) program. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email your cover letter and resume to hr@jhfoster.com.


Parts Coordinator 

General Purpose of the Job:

Process part orders, provide pricing, inventory, order fulfillment and handle customer inquiries. The Parts Coordinator will create and develop on-going business relationships with customers via phone. This professional will also provide excellent customer service including phone sales and pricing, processing customer orders via phone, fax and email, expediting customer orders, follow-up on sales leads, crossing over product to increase product sales, and assist outside sales team with parts information. Strong attention to detail and coordinating skills vital as this position establishes quality assurance for the Capital Parts Department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as key contact for Company product and pricing information
  • Process customer orders and expedite deliveries
  • Quote parts requests for the Service Department
  • Coordinate Service Contracts – enter data, billing and reporting
  • Coordinate transfers, returns, credits and receiving of capital parts
  • Facilitate entering, pulling and shipping orders – includes “piping”
  • Assist with truck shipments, inbound and outbound
  • Enter blanket releases and billing for rental units
  • Expedite parts for Service orders and contacting Vendors for delivery dates
  • Assist Parts Manager in handling of all JHF customer inquiries; supporting on-going communications and sales. Runs reports on as needed basis
  • Focus on increased “add-on” business with customer calls; increasing revenue per call/per customer
  • Knowledgeable on all Company products, parts and services including strong technical background on all capital part product offerings
  • Maintain inventory
  • Good understanding of competition and offerings
  • Ability to successfully sell the JHF “value-added” proposition and crossing over product on an as needed basis
  • Build and maintain excellent customer relations (internal and external)
  • Ability to look for ways to improve and promote quality
  • Recognize customer concerns; addressing proactively
  • Maintain vendor/factory processing updates when needed
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor or management

Qualifications, Skills and Education:

  • Excellent communication and customer relations/service skills
  • Knowledge on capital and/or equipment parts; computer experience with parts a plus
  • Mechanically oriented/technical background preferred
  • Ability to multi-task and work well under pressure or deadlines to meet customer expectations in fast-paced environment
  • Self starter, enthusiastic, high energy individual
  • Ability to demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness
  • 1-2 year experience in technical phone sales – preferably working with parts

For over 75 years, John Henry Foster has been a leading distributor of Industrial Air Compression Systems and Pneumatic Automation. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits, including medical, dental, and a 401(k) program. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email your cover letter and resume to hr@jhfoster.com.


Automation Specialist/Inside Sales Specialist

General Purpose of the Job:

John Henry Foster (Eagan, Minnesota) is hiring an Automation Specialist/Inside Sales Specialist. This position will have an emphasis on creating and developing on-going business relationships with customers via phone. Additionally, this position will focus on providing excellent customer service including; technical support, phone sales and pricing, processing customer orders via phone, fax and email, expediting customer orders, follow-up on sales leads, and crossing over product to increase automation sales. Assisting our outside sales team on an as-needed basis may also be assigned.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a contact for JHF product and pricing information
  • Work with list of target accounts along with other customer inquiries; supporting on-going communications and sales
  • Focus on increased “add-on” business with customers calling in; increasing revenue per call/per customer
  • Knowledgeable on all JHF products, parts and services including strong technical background on all fluid power product offerings
  • Good understanding of competition and offerings
  • Ability to successfully sell the JHF “value-add” proposition and cross over product on an as-needed basis
  • Build and maintain excellent customer relations (internal and external)
  • Recognize customer concerns; addressing proactively
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor or management

Qualifications, Skills and Education:

  • Two year degree in fluid power
  • Professionally trained in fluid power systems
  • Knowledge of Infor Enterprise Software a plus
  • Team player, but also must be able to work independently
  • Excellent communication and customer relations/service skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work well under pressure or deadlines to meet customer expectations

For over 75 years, John Henry Foster has been a leading distributor of Industrial Air Compression Systems and Pneumatic Automation. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits, including medical, dental, and a 401(k) program. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email your cover letter and resume to hr@jhfoster.com.


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