Controls Systems Engineer

Posted on August 2022


Under supervision of the Control Systems Engineering Manager, the Control Systems Engineer analyzes customer requirements and specifications, performs electrical design of controls and power distribution, writes and tests PLC and HMI programs, and tests control hardware and systems. Demonstrate creativity and ingenuity when applying engineering principals to design custom machining projects involving automation principals. Work as a member of a project team and coordinates work with others, while achieving on-time completion of the project within budgetary constraints.


This list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as management may deem necessary from time to time.

  • Plan, write, comment, test and troubleshoot PLC and HMI programs using company standard methods and conventions.
  • Design and integrate machine safety and industrial network infrastructures.
  • Performs in-house testing on control components and systems. Performs equipment tests at customer site as requested.
  • Investigate equipment failures and difficulties in order to diagnose faulty operation, and to make recommendations to manufacturing staff.
  • May act as Lead Controls Systems Engineer as requested by the Engineering Manager.
  • Provide Project Manager (PM) with timely status reports of assignments.
  • Complete all necessary Project Development paperwork and produce meaningful project control documentation.
  • Travels as required to complete project tasks.
  • Maintains a strong company presence and positive working relationship with customers, subcontractors, vendors and co-workers to accomplish smooth system start-ups.
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time; international travel may be required. Travel is project based.
  • Program all controls components such as PLC, safety devices, HMI, servo drives, process hardware and robots from power-on to debug, and finally to process fine tuning and validation.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Technology, Automation Engineering, or a related field (or equivalent experience).
  • 5+ years of experience in control systems activities; including familiarity with hardware design, PLC, HMI, Vision Systems and Robot programs.
  • Working knowledge of current programmable controllers and related technologies.
  • Knowledge of common control and computer architecture, networking, and interfacing with higher level computer systems.
  • Experience selecting, programming, and integrating industrial control devices, sensors, PLCs, and HMIs; experience with Siemens or Allen Bradley PLCs required.
  • Familiarity with a wide variety of production machinery, and equipment (Robots, LVDT and pressure transducers, dispense systems, temperature controllers, DC nutrunner torque controllers, current and power meters, induction heating systems, box erectors, labelers, laser markers, dot peen pin stampers, etc).

Language Skills

  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret documents such as customer machine specifications, general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or government regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondences, and instruction/procedure manuals. Ability to write correspondences and routine reports. Ability to effectively communicate and present information one on one and in group situations to customers, clients, vendors and other employees within the organization.

Mathematical Skills

  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plan and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, rations and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Skills

  • Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Efficiently interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Interpersonal Skills

  • Ability to project a competent and likable impression of yourself and the company to customers and vendors. Ability to interface with company employees (including managers, colleagues, and shop personnel); verbally, in writing, and in person; in a positive and helpful way. Professional written and verbal communication skills.

Technology Skills

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite programs including Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook. Proficiency using Windows-based personal computers including common apps such as internet browsers, photo and video viewers, PDF file viewers, online meeting software, etc.
  • Exposure to a variety of engineering software including but not limited to Solidworks Electrical, Studio 5000, FactoryTalk, Wonderware, and Ignition.


The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach above shoulders; and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move drawings, files, parts, and manuals weighing up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Diversity Statement

Our people are the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and company’s achievement as well.

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

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