Posted: Jan 29, 2024

Machine Builder - Control Tech

Application Deadline: Feb 26, 2024
Manufacturing & Aviation

Dixon Automatic Tool, Inc. is a family-owned business founded in 1946. We design and build automated assembly machinery with a focus on automated screwdriving. Machines & Stations are designed around proven standard ‘Dixon’ mechanisms and constructed to assemble the customer’s parts to a defined specification.

We are looking for a Machine Builder with Control Technician capabilities (Machine Assembler) to fill a Full-Time position.

Dixon Automatic Tool, Inc. has a long history of designing and building equipment, stations, robotic end-effectors, and machinery for the automated assembly of products, focusing on processes such as part pressing, placing, screwdriving, and fastening applications. Markets served are electrical, electronic, automotive, construction products, medical, and the appliance industries.

Our company operates a first-shift, daytime, on-site, work schedule. We offer excellent benefits of Medical, Dental, Vision, Group Life Insurance, Disability, and 401K/Roth retirement program.


  • Read and Interpret Machine Layouts, Component Drawings, 2D & 3D
  • Safely operate forklift, paint booth processes, dial indexers, conveyors, x/y tables
  • Build/Assemble from machined components and purchased devices, industrial mechanisms, fixtures, automated assembly stations, and turn-key assembly systems
  • Build and wire control panels, HMI’s, push button stations, junction boxes
  • Perform field wiring and pneumatic plumbing on machines in progress
  • Perform programming of PLC’s (programmable logic controllers), smart relays, HMI's & torque controllers; as needed with our Controls Engineer. Able to make changes to programs. Will work with our Controls Engineer on projects so as to leverage resources.
  • Perform startup operational tests thru de-bug, and final demonstrations with the customer
  • Periodically travel to customer facilities to perform maintenance & repairs on delivered machinery
  • Manage direct and in-direct time efficiently
  • Keep work area clean and safe
  • Work with, train, and mentor upcoming Machine Assemblers
  • Follow & contribute to the ISO9001:2015 Quality Management program
  • Follow the safety policies of the company and work with an attitude of safety


  • Minimum of 4-5 years’ experience as a Machine Builder / Assembler
  • Excellent spatial-understanding, knowledge of mechanisms, fit and alignment
  • Excellent knowledge of GD&T ( Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing )
  • Proficient knowledge of the application of precision slides, pneumatic valves, servo mechanisms
  • Have medium capabilities in programming PLC’s (programmable logic controllers), smart relays, HMI's, torque controllers, etc.. Able to make changes to programs & document changes.
  • Proficient knowledge of the application of switches and sensors (fiber optics, LVDT, limit, proximity)
  • Able to communicate clearly (speak, read, write) in the English language
  • Personal Integrity, Attention to Detail, Pride of Workmanship, excellent work habits
  • Works with behavior and attitude of safety, and use of PPE (personal protection equipment)

Must own personal tools; hold current drivers license with clear driving record

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Expected hours: 40 – 55 per week


  • 401(k) / Roth
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account - HSA
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance

Supplemental pay types:

  • Bonus opportunities


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Overtime

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Rockford, IL 61104: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


  • Machine Building: 4 years (Required)
  • Mechanical knowledge: 4 years (Required)
  • PLC Programming: 2 years (Required)
  • Panel Building & Field Wiring: 3 years (Preferred)


  • Driver's License (Required)

Shift availability:

  • Day Shift (Required)

Willingness to travel:

  • 25% (Required)

Work Location: In person