Controls engineers work with rapidly evolving technologies and control systems; they can be involved in a wide number of projects from space flight to power grids. Responsibilities for this job can include developing and executing regular engineering processes, documenting work performed, working with program design and testing, and troubleshooting.
Controls engineers must be able to understand and use policies and procedures that are related to the field. In many positions, the controls engineer must be able to work well in a team setting; however, this position typically does not include supervisory responsibilities.
Controls engineers generally need a bachelor’s degree in engineering, as well as experience in a variety of programming languages and systems. A deep understanding of control logic and control processes is necessary, as is accuracy and attention to detail.
Controls Engineer Tasks
- Develop clear and concise operator instruction manuals.
- Plan and perform work requiring electronic and mechanical theories and principles, and writing specifications.
- Work with the maintenance planner to schedule electrical projects.
- Manage the design and installation of electrical equipment including electrical power distribution systems, PLC’s, instrumentation, variable speed AC and DC drives.
- Design calculations and prepare equipment or material specifications for electrical and electronic based systems.