Controls Engineer

Application ends: March 28, 2025

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Summary of Responsibilities:

Provides support, leadership and direction to the Engineering Team in the development of standards and specifications as it pertains to new equipment and to Maintenance Technicians on the controls function for the Maintenance Department. Designs, develops, deploys and enhances process control systems and optimization of equipment for improving quality and capacity.


Maintains a safe working environment by complying with all Business Unit safety and environmental policies

Supports engineering in the development of standards and specifications as it is related to controls systems

Provides technical support for controls systems during the introduction of new equipment. Assembles and installs new equipment and supervises equipment assembly and installation

Ensures proper controls-specific documentation delivery from the Original Equipment Manufacturer(s) and maintains documents (e.g., electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic schematics, panel layouts, PLC, operator display, operator interface, robot programs, and machine power distribution) throughout equipment life cycle and documents any changes during that time

Plans the updates, modifications, and continuous improvement of existing controls systems including robotic programs, ladder logic programs, relay logic, electrical distribution, motor controls, operator interface, hydraulics, and pneumatics distribution and control

Designs and writes advanced electrical controls programs as required

Provides technical support to the plant for resolving PLC, weld controls and robotic systems

Documents equipment breakdown/activity in database and provides reports as requested. Analyze opportunities for improvement

Schedules and completes back-ups of all electronic machine control and robotic programs on a set schedule

Inspects equipment conditions utilizing established preventative maintenance procedures

Plans and leads cross-functional project teams supporting activities related to controls issues

Provides leadership and direction to maintenance personnel during equipment downtime situations, and coordinates with the production management team

Responsible for the development of training material and the technical training of all Maintenance personnel in the area of controls systems

Complies with relevant Quality and Environmental programs (e.g. TS16949, ISO14001)

  • Works with equipment to reduce downtime and increase efficiencies

Assists in troubleshooting, diagnosing and repairing production equipment

Work with process/product engineering to make necessary changes to equipment for improvements, product changes and new product launches

Develops programming and equipment standards for PLC and automated systems

Designs new process control systems as needed. This can be driven by new product development for the plant as well as modifications to existing processes



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Performs system upgrades to keep current with hardware and software that is still supported by the manufacturer or developer

Manages system configuration, version control, testing, and integration of software changes across multiple platforms

Maintains the upkeep of process control computers, software licensing agreements, and backups of software files to minimize the downtime of manufacturing equipment

Solves quality problems associated with process control systems and develops software to diagnose quality problems

Develops and upgrades electrical controls for manufacturing equipment

Designs, troubleshoots and assists in repairing of electrical controls

Develops and debugs PLC/PC programs for new equipment and upgrades

Work with process engineers, production and maintenance to evaluate controls requirements for production line improvements and modifications

Manages projects including cost estimation, timing, and scheduling to improve equipment productivity and capability


Selection Criteria:

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering required preferably electrical or mechanical

Proven experience as an Instrument and Control engineer in an engineering firm, process or power plant, or some combination thereof required

Experienced and knowledgeable of various DCS & PLC systems, I/O list required

Strong experience in all design aspects inclusive of P&IDs, instrument ISA data sheets, instrument installation details, low voltage wiring, physical conduit routing and cable tray design, loop diagrams, wiring diagrams and schematics including motor control

Experience in preparation of purchase specifications for instrumentation and controls

Experience with three phase power engineering including development of single line diagrams, selection / specification of electrical equipment

Experienced in system operating descriptions

Experience with distributed I/O

Experience with plant control system DCS network architecture/communication protocols

Experience performing vendor data sheets, drawing reviews and identification and implementation of tie-in points

Ability to work both independently and as part of a larger group is a must

Solid understanding of computer programming and software development

Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot equipment problems and perform complex system tests

Experience in HMI, PLC, SQL, Vision Systems, and Microsoft office computer and software

Can demonstrate a full understanding of electrical, pneumatic, P&ID diagrams, tags and symbols

Understands electrical schematics, including motor control, and can perform markups

Prior work experience with Rockwell RSLogix/Studio 5000, Siemens Step7 and TIA Portal, Fanuc, and other Ethernet controls systems

Experienced in creating, reading, understanding and modifying electrical prints and specifications

Your benefits

Beyond the competitive benefits and compensation packages, Bilstein of America proudly offers a rich history, steeped in innovation and a lasting commitment to our customers, employees and communities. We invite you to learn more about our culture and company at

Benefits offered on the first of the month after your employment date:

  • Medical, Dental and Optical
  • 401(k) with 5% company match (after 90 days of employment)
  • Company paid short-term disability (after 6 months employment)
  • Paid personal time off
  • Annual Company bonus





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