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Controls Systems Engineer - Web Handling



Under supervision of the Control Systems Engineering Manager, the Control Systems Engineer performs electrical design of controls and power distribution writes and tests PLC software, tests control hardware and systems. Demonstrate creativity and ingenuity when applying engineering principals to design custom machining projects involving automation principals. The CSE-III works 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, test and troubleshoot PLC code using company standard methods and conventions.

  •  Robot programming, safety systems, and interconnect.

  •  Performs in-house testing on control components and systems. Performs equipment tests at customer site as requested.

  •  Investigate equipment failures and difficulties 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. The Automation Controls Engineer position requires a minimum of 3 to 5 (or more) years of Electrical Controls Engineering experience within a machine design or electrical integration environment.

  •  Experience selecting, programming, and integrating PLCs and HMIs; experience with Siemens or Allen Bradley PLCs required.

  •  Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Technology, Automation Engineering, or a related field (or equivalent experience).

  •  Ability to travel up to 20% of the time; some international travel may be required.

  •  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.

  •  Ladder logic PLCs (Allen Bradley ControlLogix, CompactLogix and RSLogix 5000)

  •  Safety PLCs (Allen Bradley ControlLogix, SmartGuard)

  •  Human Machine Interface (HMI / GUI - AB Panelview, FactoryTalk, LabView, Ignition)

  •  Field bus Networks (AB DeviceNet, Ethernet IP, Safety rated field bus networks)

  •   Ethernet communications between machine PLCs and database systems

  •   Exposure to a wide variety of production machinery, industrial sensors, and equipment (LVDT and pressure transducers, dispense systems, temperature controllers, DC nutrunner torque controllers, current and power meters, etc)


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 
  • Associates Degree in related field or equivalent combination of education, training and experience

  • 5+ years experience in control systems activities; including familiarity with hardware design, PLC, HMI, 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.

Language Skills 

Ability to read, analyze and interpret documents such as 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.  Professionally to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.  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.

Technology Skills
  • Requires the ability to operate a wide variety of standard office equipment, such as a computer and keyboard, a calculator, telephone, FAX, photocopier, etc. 

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite programs including Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook 

  • Exposure to a variety of engineering software including Solidworks Electrical



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 25 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.


Follow all company policies and procedures as outlined in the employee handbook

The above statements reflect the general details necessary to describe the principle functions of the occupation described and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the occupation.


Midwest Engineered Systems

W238N1800 Rockwood Drive
Waukesha, WI 53188
Call: 414-327-0000
Email: info@mwes.com

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