The average salary for a Controls Engineer with Distributed Control Systems (DCS) skills is $82,594.
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Job Description for Controls Engineer
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 engin…Read more
Controls Engineer Tasks
- Plan and perform work requiring electronic and mechanical theories and principles, and writing specifications.
- 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.
- Work with the maintenance planner to schedule electrical projects.
- Develop clear and concise operator instruction manuals.
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Popular Skills for Controls Engineer
Skills that pay less than market rate include Electronic Troubleshooting, Engineering Design, Human-Machine Interface (HMI), Controls and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation.
Pay by Experience Level for Controls Engineer
An entry-level Controls Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $62,888 based on 10 salaries. An early career Controls Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $74,501 based on 138 salaries. A mid-career Controls Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $84,569 based on 95 salaries. An experienced Controls Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $90,454 based on 64 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $93,265.
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Employees with Controls Engineer in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 13.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (3.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Grand Rapids, Michigan (24.9% less), Phoenix, Arizona (21.9% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (18.5% less).
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