Sr Controls Engineer

Senior Controls Engineer

Reports to Director of Engineering



A Senior Controls Engineer uses their knowledge of custom automation and precision machining as a member of a team of sales professionals, managers, designers and builders to develop world-class automation systems. These machines are uniquely designed assembly, inspection, and test systems for industries that demand precision assembly for their components. Some of the industries we serve include automotive, aerospace, defense, medical equipment, pharmaceutical, and industrial component manufacturers.

Job Duties

  • A Senior Controls Engineer will take responsibility for the design effort on assigned projects
  • under the direction of the Director of Engineering. It shall typically include, but not be limited to
  • the following:
  • Prepare control systems designs and utilizing AutoCAD prepare drawings which include power
  • distribution, PLC, main and station panel layouts, console layouts, pneumatics, hydraulics, and
  • instrumentation.
  • Write and document software.
  • Review and take ownership of budgets and schedules. Work with the Project Manager to
  • develop cost to completes and release dates.
  • Coordinate with the Controls Assembly Department during the build phases of the project to
  • provide efficient and timely solutions to problems.
  • Lead and develop the Controls Design Department through mentorship of Level I and Level II
  • Controls Engineers. This includes facilitating formal and informal training on products and
  • software
  • Develop preliminary projects schedules
  • After power-up, debug software to develop the machine into a “production worthy” system.
  • Participate as a team member during the installation phase of the project.

Desired Hardware Competency

  • PLC – Allen Bradley: CompactLogix, ControlLogix, SLC 500, PLC 5, MicroLogix. Siemens: 416 Square D: Symax 50.
  • HMI – Allen Bradley: Panelview, Panelview Plus. Siemens: TP, OP Series.
  • Communications – Allen Bradley Ethernet I/P, ControlNet, DeviceNet. Siemens: Profibus.
  • Variable Frequency Drives – Allen Bradley Powerflex, SEW Eurodrive.
  • Robotics – Denso, Epson, FANUC, Kuka, Kawasaki.
  • Linear Actuators – Intelligent Actuator, Festo, Tolomatic, Rexroth.
  • Servos – Allen Bradley: Kenetics 6000, SERCOS Servo Drive Interface, Yaskawa: SGDV, SGDH.
  • Vision – Keyence / Panasonic / Cognex / DVT.
  • Data Acquistion – Keithley: DAS-1400, DAS-1600, PIO-120

Desired Software Competency

  • PLC – Allen Bradley: RSLogix 5000, RSLogix 500. Siemens: Step 7. Square D. • HMI – Allen Bradley: FactoryTalk View Studio, RSView, PanelBuilder. Siemens: ProTool. • Communications – Allen Bradley: RSNetworks, RSLinx, Ethernet, ControlNet, DeviceNet.
  • Siemens: Profibus. • Robotics – Adept V+, QuickBasic, Python, C++ • Servos – Allen Bradley: Kinetics 6000, SEW: Motion Studio. • Application Development – Visual Basic v4.0, v5.0, v6.0, National Instruments LabWindows


Required Education and Experience

  • An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
  • Bachelors’ degree in engineering desired but not required.
  • 7+ years’ experience in controls engineering related to custom automation.
  • At least 3 years of design experience utilizing AutoCAD software required.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position will lead and develop Level I and Level II Controls Engineers in their group or department on a day-to-day basis.