Controls Engineer | Senior

South Elgin, IL 60177

Employment Type: Permanent Job Category: Controls Engineering Job Number: Cd8189361123 Compensation: 100000

Job Description

Title: Controls Engineer | Senior

Location: South Elgin, IL



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Hire Type:  Direct hire 95k-110k


Job Summary

The Controls Engineer II is responsible for creating electrical, pneumatic and software
designs that meet the objectives of the concept and the mechanical design specifications.
Mastery Level of Electrical software designs – both hardware & software.

Job Duties:
 Plans and performs a variety of duties requiring an expert degree of knowledge and skill with
equipment including: Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s), HMI control, instrumentation,
sensors, variable frequency drives, stepper/servo drives, motor control circuits, power
distribution systems up to 600 VAC. This position will provide electrical and controls support
for the Build and Test Departments.
 Creates clear and functional electrical, pneumatic and software designs that will meet the
concept requirements as defined by the Concept Group and the quality, cost, and delivery
needs of the end customer. Interfaces with Concept Engineering, Mechanical Design
Engineering, Build Dept. and the Project Manager to support the engineering design and part
delivery. Presents status and options as required to maintain budget and delivery schedule.
 Creates the documentation that is required to efficiently communicate designs for external and
internal use through the use of detail drawings, schematics, programming, bills of materials
and associated texts.
 Maintains a continuous improvement mindset and understands the estimated costs associated
with assignments.
 Communicates and works effectively with peers to develop designs that balance cost with
customer needs.
 Correctly identifies and communicates needed changes to tools (software, computers, and
workspace, etc.) that eliminate repetitive concept/design errors or inefficiencies.
 Fully understand and follow Standards and Procedures.
 Adhere to company policies and procedures.
 This position is at the team member level and does not supervise any staff.
Project Management & Scheduling:
 Strong time management skills. Ability to multi-task and have a strong sense of urgency.
 Informs manager and program manager when dates will not be met or are unrealistic.
 Effectively identifies high-risk areas of the machine to prioritize design or rework tasks.
Education & Experience:
 B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering or similar technology or 6-10 years of overall experience.
 6+ years of overall experience as an Electrical Controls Engineer.

 Ability to comprehend and apply principles of modern algebra, statistical theory and the
scientific method.
 Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and
practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations,
graphs, etc.) in its most difficult phases.
 Able to design highly complex control systems using PLC, HMI and AutoCAD Electrical. (i.e.
Panel layout, wiring and testing). Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete
 Understands LEAN and 6 Sigma concepts and tools. ISO experience a plus.
 Must have solid organizational skills with strong attention to detail.
Certification & Standards:
 Understand and apply pertinent regulatory and agency standards (OSHA, ANSI/PMMI, NFPA).

 Willingness to learn new skills and possessing a continuous improvement mindset. Ability to
learn from teammates and senior level staff.
 Demonstrable proficiency in the use of following software packages: MS Office, AutoCAD
Electrical, Rockwell Studio 5000, Rockwell FactoryTalk View Studio and similar industrial
software titles (Ex.: Siemens Portal, Step7/Wincc, Omron, Automation Direct - Direct Soft).
Communication Skills:
 Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to write reports, business
correspondence, and procedure manuals.
 Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers
and other staff.
 Active listening skills.
 Skilled at positively representing Engineering while servicing customer's machines.
 Experience working in a team environment.
 The ability to travel domestically or internationally, with short notice, up to 10% of time
Physical Requirements:
 Must be able to remain in a stationary position more than 50% of the time.
 Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals,
technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
 This position needs to occasionally move about the office and manufacturing floor.
 Constantly operates a computer and other office equipment.
 Requires frequent communication with teammates, staff, and customers.
 Must be able to read and interpret engineering drawings and 3D solid models.
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE):
 Safety glasses, Non-skid closed toe shoes.


Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information 

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