Project Manager – Automation & Controls

Reno, NV, USA


$100K-$125K DOE

Working for a growing engineering firm that has built a team of talented engineers and technical professionals. They are an engineering and technical services firm specializing in industrial automation, controls, SCADA systems, business process engineering, and consulting for a wide array of industries. Their expertise spans all aspects of systems integration, including electrical design, instrumentation, control panel design/build, programming, and commissioning.

The ideal candidate for this position is experienced in planning and coordinating technical engineering and system development to make sure they conform to requirements and scope and within budget and schedule. The duties include self-performing and leading a small team in the development and programming process control systems. The candidate must implement control strategies, design control panels, specify instrumentation, and program common PLC/HMI packages. The candidate must be comfortable working in an office environment and field environment. The position requires some travel domestically.

Reasons to work here:

  • Employees care for and respect one another
  • The team and culture are genuine
  • They invest in their employees with competitive pay and benefits
  • They have a work hard, play hard culture and respect work/life balance
  • Opportunities for growth


Duties & Responsibilities

Solution Development and Delivery

  • Provides technical direction for the development, design, and system integration across multiple client engagements from the definition phase through implementation.
  • Applies knowledge of industry trends and developments to improve service to our clients.
  • Easily recognizes system deficiencies and implements effective solutions.
  • Suggests alternative technical solutions to meet client requirements more efficiently and/or with greater reusability and/or longer life.

    Technical Effort Management

  • Identifies reusable engineering and programming logic required for library and ensures the high-quality creation of deliverables.
  • Defines, communicates, and effectively applies our methodology and enforces engineering design and programming standards.
  • Manages multiple technical teams within budget and project schedule.
  • Consistently delivers high-quality services to our clients.
  • Reviews deliverables prepared by team before passing to client.
  • Prepares for engineering design reviews and acceptance testing.
  • Ensures project documents are complete, current, and stored appropriately.

    Project Management

  • Creates and executes project plans across multiple projects and revises as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements.
  • Keeps management well informed of status of development effort and serves as liaison between engineering team and/or client across multiple projects.
  • Identifies resources needed and assigns individual responsibilities.
  • Manages day-to-day operational aspects of a project and scope.
  • Minimizes our exposure and risk on project.
  • Tracks and reports team hours and expenses on a weekly basis.
  • Manages project budget.
  • Determines appropriate revenue recognition, ensures timely and accurate invoicing, and monitors receivables for assigned projects.
  • Follows up with clients, when necessary, regarding unpaid invoices.

    Business Development

  • Identifies business development and sales opportunities as they relate to a specific project.
  • Leads proposal efforts, including completing project scoping and estimating.
  • Effectively conveys our message in both written and verbal business development discussions.

    Internal Operations

  • Suggests areas for improvement in internal processes along with possible solutions.
  • Approves team members’ time and expense reports in a conscientious and timely manner.
  • Complies with and helps to enforce standard policies and procedures.
  • Trains other team members through both formal and informal training programs.

    Technical Expertise

  • Possess significant knowledge of complex process control and PLC programming and ensures project team effectively modifies or develops programs based on control strategies and specifications
  • Knowledgeable with HMI/SCADA programming from stand-alone to redundant distributed
  • Understands the benefits of the various programming languages and accurately suggests the use of the appropriate technology for the application .
  • Led the development of system specifications, sequence of operations, and control narratives based on client requirements
  • Possesses significant knowledge of client/server and virtualized systems architectures and accurately suggests the use of the appropriate technology for the application.
  • Understands the development of testing plans and conducting factory and site testing
  • Specify and configure instruments
  • Commissioning of systems (some remote travel required)
  • Perform, and lead, system commissioning, and field support functions


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering from an accredited school
  • Minimum 3 years as project technical lead
  • Minimum 2 years experience with project management processes
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Self-motivated, energetic individual with a can-do attitude
  • Strong problem solving and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

To comply with some state laws, the annual base salary range for this position has been provided. The range given is broad and should be considered as a guideline only. Our client will consider a candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, the salaries of current employees in similar roles, and other factors when extending an offer.