The controls engineer develops concepts and design approaches for new and existing products on services for internal and production use. In this role, the person applies the full engineering development lifecycle as necessary to complete a wide-range of electrical engineering tasks.
- Works as a member of the engineering team.
- Perform tasks involving full engineering lifecycle from requirements review, design, implementation, documentation, peer reviews, as well as test and integration in either simulation or target processor/lab environment.
- Designs and commissions industrial automation control systems, for internal and external customers that are made up of:
- Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)
- Industrial Communication Networks (Ethernet/IP, DeviceNet, Profibus)
- Input/Output Interfaces (I/O)
- Variable Speed Motor Controls (AC / DC Drives)
- Fixed Speed Motor Controls (Starters, Soft starters)
- Human-Machine Interfaces (HMIs)
- Designs and manages detailed content of assembly drawings and specification control drawings associated with electronic designs.
- Generates Engineering reports, system interconnect drawings, and other documentation.
- Selects, evaluates, and approves components and peripherals targeted for replacement and new applications.
- Works closely with equipment and component manufacturers, their representatives, and their distributors to resolve product issues and obtain current and future product data.
- Coordinates and oversees product safety and emissions compliance testing.
- Designs modifications to equipment to achieve compliance with testing requirements.
- Acts as a liaison with vendors to solicit, recommend, approve and oversee work performed by subcontractors and outside vendors.
- Finds, recreates and proposes solutions for anomalies in the operation of deliverable and internal software systems.
- Documents, tracks, and analyzes these anomalies for use in quality analysis.
- Creates and collects metric data that will help monitor stability and effectiveness of software systems.
- Helps to minimize cost of software development through the use of automated tools and by providing suggestions on procedural changes.
- Follows and provides feedback on procedures used within the engineering and other internal organizations related to controls development, problem resolution, system setup or other processes.
- Maintains a thorough understanding of all existing engineering related processes and procedures. Examples include, having the ability to:
- Analyze and solve problems
- Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
- Create, compose, and edit written materials
- Develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures
- Supports and maintains a fundamental understanding of, other organizations in capacities that may extend outside electrical engineering and provides support as required.
- Provides escalation support for customer issues and questions on an as needed basis.
- Other duties assigned.
- Requires degree with a focus in Electrical Engineering or related discipline.
- Requires 2-4 years of experience in the field or in a related area.
- Has 2-4 years developing functional specifications for PLC programming.
- Has 2-4 years experience developing electrical drawings/schematics utilizing AutoCAD.
- Has 2-4 years experience with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
- Possesses and maintains a technical understanding of:
- Motor control theory
- Control loop programming and tuning
- Hardware design standards (NFPA 79, UL 508)
- Industrial network configuration
- Industrial control system troubleshooting
- Understanding of control wiring, three phase motors, analog, and digital circuits
- Manufacturing, testing, and product service issues
- Manufacturing, quality, customer service and counting technology
- Adjustments to requirements will be made for those with comparative experience.
- Has a certain degree of creativity and latitude.
- Have excellent written and communication skills.
- Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
- Driven and motivated to learn new technology and practices quickly.
- Demonstrates troubleshooting abilities with ability to prioritize.
- Would rather automate than perform the same action manually many times.
- Is self-directed, and can identify potential problem areas proactively.
- Can adapt quickly to changing requirements and short schedules.
- Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within electrical engineering and software development.
- Has worked with Omron PLC’s and/or FlexLink Conveyors.
- Has utilized CX-Programmer and/or RX Logix.
- Has worked in the healthcare industry.
The controls engineer does not have any supervisory responsibilities but will instruct and oversee technicians.
Physical Activities and Requirements
- Ability to reach, sit, push, pull, use fingers, talk, hear, and perform repetitive motions.
- Ability to exert up to 40 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
- None: There is no exposure to adverse environmental conditions (such as in a typical office or administrative work).