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Controls Engineer

Marion, IN · Manufacturing · 125000
  • Salary in the $100-125,000 range
  • Comprehensive Benefit and Retirement Programs.
  • A global leader in the production and packaging of this salty snack food. The “Gold Standard” in their product line. 90-plus years in business. 

As a Controls Engineer, your core duty revolves around crafting, refining, and implementing control systems for industrial machinery and processes. Collaborating closely with interdisciplinary teams, your aim is to ensure the smooth and safe functioning of equipment and operations. Your scope encompasses devising control strategies, coding software, troubleshooting complexities, and furnishing technical support for these systems.


Control System Design: Devise and refine control systems tailored for industrial processes and machinery. This entails scrutinizing system prerequisites, delineating control objectives, and cherry-picking suitable control elements and hardware.

Control System Programming: Craft and refine control software for PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers), HMIs (Human Machine Interfaces), SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems, and assorted control apparatus. You'll engage in scripting code, crafting and adapting control logic, and ladder logic.

System Integration: Seamlessly mesh control systems with an array of hardware components, spanning sensors, actuators, motor drives, and communication networks. Ensuring flawless communication and data interchange between these systems and other devices is paramount.

Control System Testing and Commissioning: Undertake comprehensive testing and commissioning endeavors to validate the efficacy and performance of control systems. From system simulations to functional tests, your goal is to troubleshoot and rectify any issues hindering optimal operation.

Process Optimization: Optimize control systems to bolster process efficiency, output, and quality. By scrutinizing system data, monitoring performance metrics, and pinpointing areas for enhancement, you'll implement system refinements and fine-tune parameters to elevate process performance.

Troubleshooting and Issue Resolution: Identify and rectify control system glitches, encompassing equipment malfunctions, communication hiccups, and software anomalies. By diagnosing problems and executing root cause analyses, you'll implement corrective measures to curtail downtime and disruptions.

System Maintenance and Upgrades: Execute routine maintenance tasks, encompassing system backups, software upgrades, and calibration of control apparatus. Remaining abreast of cutting-edge technological advancements and industry benchmarks, you'll advocate and execute system upgrades as necessitated.

Documentation and Reporting: Draft and uphold documentation, spanning control system blueprints, wiring diagrams, technical guides, and operational protocols. Additionally, you'll compile reports and furnish status updates on control system projects and activities.

Compliance and Safety: Guarantee adherence to pertinent safety regulations, industry benchmarks, and best practices governing control systems. Identifying and mitigating safety hazards linked with these systems, you'll collaborate with safety and compliance cohorts to enforce suitable safety protocols.

Collaboration and Support: Foster synergy with cross-functional teams, comprising process engineers, electrical specialists, and maintenance personnel, to ensure seamless integration and operation of control systems. Rendering technical support, training, and troubleshooting assistance to end-users and maintenance teams is integral.

Who Will Be a Great Fit?  

  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, automation, or a cognate field.
  • Demonstrable experience as a Controls Engineer or akin role, preferably within an industrial or manufacturing milieu.
  • Robust comprehension of control system design fundamentals, industrial automation, and instrumentation.
  • Proficiency in PLC programming (e.g., Siemens, Allen-Bradley, or Schneider Electric) and HMI/SCADA systems.
  • Familiarity with control system networks, communication protocols (e.g., Ethernet/IP, Modbus, Profibus), and I/O devices.
  • Proficiency with control system software tools, including ladder logic programming, structured text, and function block diagrams.
  • Sound grasp of electrical circuits, motor controls, and electrical panel design.
  • Skilled with process control concepts, PID (Proportional-Integral-Derivative) control, and data analysis.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving acumen for diagnosing and resolving control system intricacies.
  • Superlative documentation and communication prowess for articulating technical concepts and directives.
  • Ability to operate effectively in cross-functional teams while juggling multiple priorities.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and an unwavering dedication to quality in control system conception and execution.

As recruiters, we are skilled in our field and understand how to match an opportunity with the individual. If you choose to send us your resume, be advised we will not share it with any employer without your permission. 

If this isn't the right position for you, please share it with someone who might be interested. In the meantime, please look at our website – we have other openings that may suit your needs!

Thank you,

Brian Hughes

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