Key responsibilities are outlined below:
The Control Systems Engineer will develop, program, test, and commission industrial electrical control systems. In today’s environment there are numerous control strategies in both program design and hardware selection. The Control Systems Engineer’s principal duties involve the design of hardware and program structure for such systems intended to be used in the industrial environment. Designs shall consider industry best practices, customer standard practices, safety and compliance to all applicable codes.
The Control Systems Engineer may find him (her) self involved in projects at a variety of levels and is expected to adapt to the level of his (her) participation. A Control Systems Engineer is expected to have the skills to handle a project individually or integrate into a team. A Control Systems Engineer may be involved in a project in the following manners:
- Project Manager
- Lead Hardware Designer
- Lead Software Designer
- PAC/PLC Programmer
- HMI/OIT Programmer
- Field Service Engineer
The technical duties of a Control Systems Engineer are varied and diverse. The duties required shall be identified and assigned on a per project basis. It is understood that all individuals may not have the highest proficiency in all listed areas. Attempts will be made to schedule the Control Systems Engineer with high proficiency in the skills most relevant to the project. All Control Systems Engineers are expected to continue developing their technical skills both individually and through group training provided by the company.
Key skills necessary to be successful are outlined below:
A CSE is required to have a working knowledge of PLC, HMI, motion control, robotics, and components used in process and machine control. Desired skills are listed below (not all are required):
- PLC Programming – Rockwell Automaton/Allen Bradley is required. Other platforms are a plus.
- HMI - PanelView Plus, FactoryTalk View ME/SE, Wonderware System platform
- Ability to calculate and analyze power requirements, fuse and overload sizes
- Managing a project to a successful completion
- Ability to Implement industrial networks with devices such as VFDs, load cells, printers, and cameras
- Designing, developing and troubleshooting multi-axis drive systems
- Query and write reports for databases
- Knowledge of NFPA, UL, IEC codes and ISA standards pertaining to electrical panels and control systems
- Knowledge of industry specific regulations such as 21 CFR part 11, validation procedures, safety requirements, area classifications
- Configure computers, VMs and networks
- Developing S88 batch models, creating KPI reports and interfacing with ERP systemsField service is also required of a Control Systems
Field service is also required of a Control Systems Engineer including the following disciplines:
- IO testing
- Electrical safety practices.
- Arc Flash requirements
- Program testing
- System validation
- Equipment troubleshooting
- Process troubleshooting
Educational Requirements for a Control Systems Engineer is generally a Bachelor of Science in an Engineering discipline, Electrical, Mechanical or Chemical preferred. The educational requirement may be satisfied by a minimum of 5 years work experience in a related field and a demonstrated proficiency in Industrial Control System Design and Programming.
A Control Systems Engineer reports directly to his (her) assigned Engineering Manager or delegate
Working time requirements are varied. Due to the nature of the controls business, a Control Systems Engineer will be asked to work extra hours, weekend, holidays, or off shifts. Travel is expected to be as high as 30%.