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Controls Technician at UL

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

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Location: Northbrook, Illinois

Job Description:

UL is seeking an Electronics Technician to join our Appliances, HVAC, and Lighting (AHL) Division in Northbrook, IL!

Contribute to a Safer, More Secure, and More Sustainable World.
At UL, we know why we come to work. Thousands of us around the world wake up every day with one common purpose - to make the world a safer, more secure, and more sustainable place to live. We clear the way for our customers to introduce the latest products, technological advances, and systems in an increasingly complex world so they can provide peace of mind to the market. Our integrity is woven throughout our company and shapes the way we approach and deliver our solutions. We are proud that the work we do every day has a meaningful contribution to society. We continue to build upon our legacy of trusted expertise and partnership to keep our communities safe and secure as we march forward into the future. This helps us to sleep better at night, and we are confident that the millions of people we touch rest easier too.


Responsible for the setup and performance of a variety of tests within areas of responsibility where working knowledge of the underlying scientific and engineering fundamentals is required. Provides feedback regarding laboratory procedures and testing issues. May initiate recommendations for new equipment designs and recommends solutions to observed test problems. May train staff in specific test methods. Performs other duties as directed.
  • Examines test samples and reads measuring instruments, blueprints, schematics, wiring diagrams, and operational instructions.
  • Evaluates test performance, provides feedback regarding issues and/or problems with test and data sheets and reviews test and construction data with supervisor.
  • Directs, builds and/or adapts setup and test equipment to new situations, based on data sheets and instructions from engineering department personnel.
  • Operates designated machines that may include furnaces, ovens, hydraulic equipment, electrical test equipment, temperature indicating devices, tensile testers, analytical balances, meters, hand tools, personal computer, and special laboratory equipment such as oscilloscopes, spectrometers, environmental chambers with consoles, and radiation measuring devices. Performs routine maintenance of designated test equipment and laboratory area.
  • Receives instructions from and reports data to engineers and other laboratory personnel. May communicate with clients during the setup and performance of a test to demonstrate or otherwise illustrate equipment test methods and/or to discuss test results.
  • Communicates with UL field representatives to discuss additional follow-up tests, samples, equipment, methods and/or results.
  • Records observed or calculated data on appropriate UL forms and prepares data sheets and reports, as directed.
  • Integrates continuous improvement concepts and techniques into all aspects of the job.
  • May train staff in specific test methods.
  • Performs other duties as directed.


  • Associates degree required (Electronics Engineering Technology degree preferred).
  • Systems controls knowledge and PLC troubleshooting experience required.
  • Working knowledge of ladder logic and PLC software required.
  • Experience with household appliances preferred.
  • Ability to lift 50+ lbs assisted and unassisted.
  • Basic fundamental knowledge of Electrical/Electronic circuits.
  • Basic knowledge and use of workshop tools.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to interact with customers.
  • Basic computer skills including MS Word, Excel, and Outlook.