Automation and Controls Engineer

La Verne, CA, USA


$80k - $100k DOE

Controls and Automation Engineer is needed in the Southern California area for programming PLC controls systems for some of the largest food, beverage and cold storage customers in the world.

Why work for this employer?

* Established controls systems integration firm with multiple offices

* Projects completed with many Fortune 500 Food and Beverage companies

*Provides the food & beverage and cold storage industries the most advanced industrial refrigeration control systems

* Full benefits


Position: Control Engineer or Senior Control Engineer based on experience

Compensation for Control Engineer will be between $80,000 and $100,000.  Compensation for Senior Control Engineer will be between $100,000 and $130,000.


The position offered includes multiple responsibilities that will change over time, based on business growth, personal ability, and other factors. The initial areas of responsibility include:

Perform duties related to industrial control system programming and energy efficiency projects:

  • Perform control system programming (PLC and HMI) including planning, logic development, programming, testing and verification, for both standard programs and project specific applications. Working efficiently and effectively with little error.
  • Configuration of communication platforms using TCP/IP, Modbus RTU, Profinet and Ethernet/IP.
  • Perform testing of programs and testing of control systems before shipping.
  • Produce documentation and manuals for controls projects and standard programs, including functional descriptions, engineering level summaries and program level detailed documentation.
  • Provide or assist with hardware selection and circuit design, sensor engineering, and networking for controls and data.
  • Assist with project start up, commissioning and training either remotely or at the project site.
  • Respond to service requests from existing customers through remote support or at the customer site when determined.
  • Able to generate device list, IO list and sensor ranges from P&ID’s.

In addition to our control systems, develop a high level of proficiency in integration with related equipment, such as screw compressor microprocessor panels, and overall refrigeration system operations, using various communication protocols.

The primary industrial platforms are Allen Bradley (Rockwell), GE, Wonderware, and Opto22, with other systems as required on a job specific basis. Projects typically include variable speed drives and communications with other equipment and devices, as well as enterprise networking. Project scope often includes large industrial and commercial refrigeration systems and related controls, as well as other energy using systems, such as air compression, lighting, HVAC, pumping systems, boilers, etc.


Position Requirements:

Computer skills:

Strong spreadsheet skills and word document preparation (e.g. documentation, manuals, and proposals) and other PC programs. Programming of control and HMI software including Allen Bradley, GE, Opto 22, FactoryTalk, Wonderware and similar programs. Server knowledge as well as server configuration and set-up. New skills will be gained through a combination of the company’s training, self-study and outside classes.

Technical knowledge:

Strong mathematical, mechanical, electrical and electronic system fundamentals required, along with power and control theory understanding. Ability to trouble shoot electromechanical systems. Gain or expand knowledge of custom refrigeration applications and other energy processes.

Physical Requirements:

Able to walk, stand and sit for extended periods. Able to kneel when needed. Able to climb vertical ladders. Able to work effectively in noisy environments. Able to work effectively in environments with extreme temperatures (freezers, rooftops).

Work hours:

Work hours vary based on meeting workload requirements. Some travel will be required. Some work can be performed from home when appropriate. Self-study to maintain ongoing industry awareness and technical proficiency is expected.

Key success issues:

Technical proficiency, ability to communicate with others inside and outside company, ability to learn new systems by applying fundamental knowledge.

Effective written and verbal communications, in particular writing professionally organized and readable technical reports, as well as through programming and process documentation.

Paperwork & communication expectations:

Standard set of weekly paperwork, completed on schedule including project reports, timesheet.

Initial Training and Expectations:

Gain proficiency with refrigeration system theory, operation and safety, through study of the company’s provided materials and classes.

Gain proficiency with the company’s industrial refrigeration control systems, including reasons for control methods as well as how control is implemented from logic to the controlled equipment and devices.



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