Careers in Compressed Air Distribution and Automation Industry

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

For 80 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 100+ 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.


Automation Specialist

General Purpose of the Job:

John Henry Foster (Eagan, Minnesota) is hiring an Automation Specialist. This position will have an emphasis on creating and developing on-going business relationships with our customers. Additionally, this position will focus on providing excellent customer service including; technical support, pricing, processing customer orders via phone, fax and email, expediting customer orders, follow-up on leads, crossing over product to increase automation business, as well as assisting our Account Managers.

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 automation 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 Automation/Fluid Power/Mechatronics
  • Professionally trained in automation 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 80 years, John Henry Foster has been a leading distributor of Industrial Air Compressor Systems and Electrical, Robotic and Pneumatic Automation solutions. Our cultural emphasis is on creating contemporary leadership that is focused on serving/coaching, empowering employees to be successful, and generating an open and healthy environment. 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 mark.augustin@jhfoster.com.


Controls/Automation Engineer

Summary:

JH Foster is a UL 508A & 698A panel shop seeking an Electrical Engineer to join our rapidly growing organization. This position will assist customers in achieving their safety, quality, productivity and automation needs. Job duties will include generating layouts, bills of materials, and schematics using AutoCAD. The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of PLC and HMI programming and strong problem-solving skills. In this position you will also be working with a range of industrial robots. This is a fantastic opportunity to join our team that provides innovative automation solutions to meet our customer’s needs.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the design, development and implementation of electrical control systems
  • Responsible for PLC, HMI, VFD programming and modifications
  • Develop all project related documentation including schematics, bill of materials, instructions, etc.
  • Maintaining and growing key client relationships
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills to be applied in design, installation, commissioning and troubleshooting of automation systems
  • Recognize customer concerns and address proactively
  • Work simultaneously on multiple projects
  • Possess excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.

Qualifications:

  • BS in Electrical Engineering or related field
  • 3-5 years of industry-relevant experience
  • Capable of independently developing complex machine system controls including hardware layouts and specifications, operational descriptions and specifications and programming to satisfy these specifications, testing and implementation.
  • AutoCAD experience
  • Experience with machine vision systems and motion control systems
  • Computer experience with general business software including Microsoft Word and Excel is required.
  • Robotic programming experience a plus
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects to meet production schedule/project requirements.
  • Valid driver’s license and insurable

John Henry Foster offers a competitive benefits package. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email your resume to hr@jhfoster.com or fax to 651-681-9368.


Electrical Panel Assembly Specialist

Summary:

This position will work closely with our Automation Department to interface electrical systems with pneumatic circuits for small machinery.  This position 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 to independently accomplish department goals.

Responsibilities:

  • Measure, layout and use hand and power tools to cut control panel enclosure holes to mount devices
  • Layout and install electrical components in control panel enclosures and wire them to the schematics provided.
  • Label all wire circuits per electrical schematics
  • Perform tasks with safe and proper use of hand and power tools
  • Maintain a safe, clean and well-organized work environment
  • Ability to look for ways to improve and promote quality
  • Good organizational ability and detail orientated

Qualifications:

  • High degree of mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to read electrical schematics required
  • Wiring experience required
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects to meet production schedule/project requirements
  • Good problem-solving skills with the ability to evaluate options and implement solutions

John Henry Foster offers a competitive benefits package. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email your resume to hr@jhfoster.com or fax to 651-681-9368.


Electrical Panel Assembly

Summary:

John Henry Foster (Eagan, MN) is hiring an Electrical Panel Assembly position. This position will work closely with our Electrical Automation Department to build industrial control panels.  This position requires a highly self-motivated individual with the ability to multi-task, work as a team or independently, to accomplish department goals.

 Responsibilities:

  • Install electrical components in control panel enclosures
  • Cut, label, crimp and install wires per drawings
  • Perform tasks with safe and proper use of hand tools
  • Maintain a safe, clean and well-organized work environment
  • Ability to look for ways to improve and promote quality
  • Good organizational ability
  • Detail orientated

Qualifications:

  • A degree of mechanical aptitude preferred
  • Ability to read electrical schematics a plus
  • Wiring experience preferred
  • Enjoy working with your hands
  • Will train as needed

John Henry Foster offers a competitive benefits package. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email your resume to hr@jhfoster.com or fax to 651-681-9368.


Installation & Piping Specialist

Summary:

The Installation and Piping Specialist will work on-site at customer locations to install compressed air and coolant piping. Mechanical background is helpful but will train as needed; able to diagnose and solve problems on a variety of piping systems. Excellent communication and 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.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Strong work ethic
  • Communicate effectively with customers/supervisors to ensure proper installation of all equipment and piping projects
  • Ability to multi-task and work to resolve issues to meet project deadlines
  • Work with customer to ensure calls meet customer expectations
  • Understands safety procedures/policies
  • Good driving record
  • Ability to work alone or with a team
  • Previous experience with maintenance, installation, plumbing and/or a technician is helpful.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor or management

Qualifications:

  • HS diploma or equivalent
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Previous experience within the industry is a plus

John Henry Foster offers a competitive benefits package. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email your resume to hr@jhfoster.com or fax to 651-681-9368.

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