The controls engineer develops new concepts and designs approaches for new products and applications, including proof of concept testing, prototyping, and firmware development.
- 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)
- Responsible for 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
- Provides technical support to Manufacturing, Quality, and Customer Service on electrically-related manufacturing, testing, and product service issues. Supports Purchasing on procurement issues and supports Counting Technology with special hardware testing platforms and dispenser support.
- Serves as a liaison with vendors to solicit, recommend, approve and oversee work performed by subcontractors and outside vendors.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Ability to analyze and solve problems.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials.
- Related experience in state of the art control systems and automation.
- PLC’s and other control systems.
- Develop functional specifications for PLC programming working with project engineers.
- Develop electrical drawings/schematics using AutoCAD, with the understanding of control wiring, three phase motors, analog, and digital circuits.
- 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
- Requires a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering and three to five years of experience. Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.
The controls engineer does not have any supervisory responsibilities but will instruct and oversee technicians.