Controls Engineer

Wood Dale, IL 60191

Employment Type: Permanent Job Category: Controls Engineering Job Number: Cd687123525 Compensation: $95000-110000 / year

Job Description

Job Posting: Controls Engineer II

Location: Wood Dale, IL

Are you a talented Controls Engineer with a strong background in PLC, Motion Control, Robotics, and Conveyor systems? Do you have a passion for designing, programming, and troubleshooting electrical systems? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!

Company Overview:  Located in a brand-new facility in Wood Dale, we are committed to innovation, excellence, and delivering cutting-edge automation solutions to our clients. We are currently seeking a Controls Engineer II to join our dynamic team.

Position Summary: As a Controls Engineer II, you will be responsible for the start to finish execution of projects, including electrical design, programming, field installation, troubleshooting, and technical support. You will work closely with a team of Controls Engineers and Mechanical Engineers to develop and enhance programming, design, and documentation standards. Your expertise in PLCs, servo drives, motion controls, and other related component technology will be essential to ensure optimal machine control and performance.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work independently with some oversight from higher-level Controls Engineers or Controls Engineering Manager.
  • Accountable for project execution related to controls/electrical engineering, meeting technical, schedule, and budget objectives.
  • Provide progressive and innovative electrical solutions to control requirements of machines and systems.
  • Collaborate with the Controls Engineer team to develop and enhance programming, design, and documentation standards for improved department efficiency.
  • Collaborate with Mechanical Engineers to formulate the electrical design concept and sequence of machine operation, ensuring optimal machine control and performance.
  • Refine customized control concepts and specifications by working with customers.
  • Develop PLC, HMI, Robot, Barcode, Machine Vision, Motion Control, Conveyor System, and HMI programs to ensure proper machine operation and performance.
  • Program automation and control systems involving PLCs, HMI's, servo controllers, motion controls, and other electrical components.
  • Design and develop electrical drawing packages using current electrical CAD software, working with mechanical layout drawings and system-wide wire runs.
  • Prepare electrical Bills of Materials (BOM) for machines and document them within the current ERP system and Electrical Engineering CAD tools.
  • Attend project kickoff meetings, capture necessary information, and understand project requirements.
  • Provide guidance and assistance to the Electrical/Mechanical Assembly Department to ensure compliance with standards and customer requirements.
  • Set up, test, and debug systems and machines.
  • Redline electrical drawings during initial build and field installation, implementing all changes and updating the drawing package.
  • Explain and document controls concepts and designs to customers, adhering to project scope and specifications.
  • Stay updated with industry-leading programming techniques and tools.
  • Provide copies of schematics, BOMs, and PLC Ladder Logic program listings for inclusion in Operation and Maintenance Manuals.
  • Maintain detailed records of drawings and programs and archive reference information on shipped machine files and programs.
  • Provide technical support and assistance to other departments.
  • Travel to customer sites for system installation, technical support, or project site visits (up to 25% estimated travel).

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering desired (equivalent industry experience considered).
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in programming and electrical design in a related industry.
  • Proven competency using Microsoft Office (Word & Excel).
  • System integration and Robotic programming experience.
  • Background in designing industrial electrical circuits, including component sizing and selection.
  • Knowledge of current standards such as NFPA 79, RIA 15.06, UL508A is a plus.

Physical Requirements:

  • Frequently required to sit, stand, walk, talk, or hear; uses hands to finger, handle, or touch objects or controls.
  • Occasional climbing and working in high places, stooping, bending, or reaching above the shoulders.
  • Occasional lifting, pushing, or pulling up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required, including close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

This position is primarily office-based with occasional visits to the manufacturing area. In the manufacturing area, employees may be exposed to moving mechanical parts and occasional fumes and/or airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud at times.

Meet Your Recruiter

Alejandra (Aly) Mora

Aly Mora is a devoted Technical Recruiter specializing in the dynamic Automation Division. With a rewarding 2-year tenure at Sterling, Aly’s passion for shaping people's careers and adeptness at navigating the competitive recruitment landscape make her a standout professional.

As a Technical Recruiter within the Automation Division, Aly brings a deep understanding of the industry's particulars, enabling her to expertly match skilled professionals with positions that align with their talents and aspirations. Her commitment to finding the perfect fit drives her to facilitate transformative career moves.

What Aly enjoys most about recruiting is the opportunity to shape people's careers positively. She takes pride in matching candidates' skills with the right job - witnessing their growth and success as they navigate their professional journeys. Aly is fueled by knowing she plays a pivotal role in her candidates' achievements.

In addition to her dedication to candidates, Aly extends her expertise to advising job seekers. Her advice is rooted in thorough research, urging candidates to invest time in understanding the company they're applying to, its values, culture, and industry presence. She believes informed candidates can ask insightful questions during interviews, showcasing their genuine interest and proactive attitude.

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