Robotics and Automation Technician

 Aspire Food Group

Aspire Food Group

London, ON, Canada
Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2023

At ASPIRE we are pioneers in the field of precision insect farming, optimizing the growth and harvesting of an underutilized natural resource in order to meet global demand for sustainable ingredients and materials. Our vision is A WORLD TRANSFORMED BY INSECT TECHNOLOGY.

We are currently seeking an experienced and dedicated Robotics and Automation Technician who will work within our maintenance team to provide technical support and facilitate operation of Aspire’s automated systems. They will work closely with all technical team members to facilitate operation of the plant's automation systems.


This role will work a shift structure of a 2-3-2, 2 weeks days, 2 weeks nights, 12 hour shift rotation.


  • Promote a Health and Safety, Food Safety and GMP Culture by adhering to company standards at all times.

  • Assist with day-to-day operation, troubleshooting and preventative maintenance of automation

  • systems.

  • Assist with CI improvement initiatives.

  • Disassemble and reassemble robots or peripheral equipment to make repairs such as

  • replacement of defective circuit boards, sensors, controllers, encoders, and servomotors

  • Troubleshoot robotic systems, using knowledge of microprocessors, programmable controllers,

  • electronics, circuit analysis, mechanics, sensor or feedback systems, hydraulics, or pneumatics

  • Determine causes of operational problems or failures

  • Install, program, or repair programmable controllers, robot controllers, end-of-arm tools, or

  • conveyors

  • Maintain a Project/Activity Database.

  • Knowledge, experience, and troubleshooting with machine automation (design and programming)

  • Understanding of electrical/electronic schematic diagrams, blueprints, and pneumatic/hydraulic

  • systems

  • Other related duties and required or assigned.


  • 1 -3 years work experience in a similar role.

  • Solid understanding of the technical fundamental of programming of Allen Bradley PLCs and HMIs.

  • Electrical trades certification or Electrical engineering degree/diploma.

  • Experience with Allen Bradley PLC’s, Fanuc and/or other industrial robots an asset.

  • Understanding Fanuc Robots an asset.

  • Willingness to learn database programming and development.

  • Excellent computer skills; Proficient in Google suite an asset.

  • Continuous improvement mindset; willingness to be training in different levels of Lean Manufacturing.

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a diverse team, in a fast paced environment; collaboration skills, as well as the ability to influence others.

  • Solid time management capabilities with the ability to effectively prioritize and execute deliverables.


  • Aspire has assembled the largest body of research on cricket biology and production in the world.

  • We are pioneering the industry by customizing, synthesizing and integrating cutting-edge technologies, including an Advanced Automation ASRS, IoT-Enabled Data Accumulation, Artificial Intelligence and Selective Breeding and Biological Optimization processes.

  • We offer a competitive compensation package that includes paid time off, medical benefits, Maternity/Parental leave top-up, STD/LTD, RRSP and Stock Option plans.

Aspire welcomes all applicants and is committed to a diverse workforce. If you require accommodation, please advise the Human Resources Department of any required accommodation needs.