Senior Control Engineer

Chicago, IL, USA



This engineering firm has been in business for over 40 years! The key to their longevity and success is due to the depth of their experienced, talented engineers. They have been recognized by Control Engineering as one of the Top Ten System Integrator Giants. Working in one of their 30+ USA facilities you will be part of a highly skilled and talented team of engineers.

Reasons to work for this company:

  • Opportunity to get involved with challenging projects across many different industries
  • Comprehensive medical/dental insurance
  • 401K match and Employee Stock Ownership Plan (Employee owned)
  • They have a great reputation in the industry and with their customers

You will provide project management and hardware engineering leadership in delivering automation systems for a wide variety of industries.

This position requires demonstrated technical proficiency in implementing automation solutions with PLC, DCS, HMI, and SCADA platforms. The Senior Control Engineer will interact directly with the customer and lead a company team of engineers in identifying requirements, developing specifications, and shepherding automation solutions through the production process.

This position is a leadership role within the business unit and requires strong problem-solving ability, well-balanced people skills, an aptitude for business efficiency, and an interest in creating partnerships. The Senior Control Engineer demonstrates success by securing repeat work with both new and existing customers.

Major Responsibilities

  • This position requires the ability to deliver innovative automation solutions and design standards either self-directed or as a leader of a team. The candidate must have the ability to conceptualize, detail and implement control systems for industrial processes and machinery that meet our customers’ requirements. This involves the development of a control system architecture, selecting the components to be used, detailing schematic diagrams and system documentation, and functional knowledge of PLC/HMI/SCADA systems.
  • This position requires in-depth knowledge of Controls hardware including Control Panel design, UL508A familiarity, Motor Control Centers, Hazardous area panel design, and industrial instrumentation. Engineering experience with multiple different voltage levels required.
  • For larger systems, experience with industrial networking used to connect control system components and instrumentation is preferred. The Project Engineer would design, detail, and implement a variety of fiber, wired and wireless systems using industrial protocols (Ethernet/IP, ProfiNET, Modbus, etc.)
  • The ideal candidate must have a diverse engineering skillset with the ability to work independently. Will act as technical lead on projects and guide lower-level engineers and technicians.
  • This position also requires performing the Project management role on some projects, instead of hardware engineering or in addition to. This will involve:
    • developing project execution plans, work breakdown structures and associated budgets
    • task prioritization and scheduling, task ordering, time tracking and reporting
    • financial tracking and reporting, early problem identification
    • conflict management/resolution, leading and supporting a team, and attending project status meetings.
    • Overseeing daily operations and activities of projects up to $1.5M.
  • This position is often responsible for ensuring the overall profitability of the project.


Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical/Control Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Computer Science is required.


Greater than 10 years with capabilities in below areas is preferred:

  • Extensive experience in design of electrical schematics, including power distribution of 480VAC, 230VAC, 208VAC, 240VAC,120VAC, and 24VDC
  • Background in Hazardous Location Control System Design including Intrinsically Safe Circuits, Purged Panels, Explosion Proof Panels, and Division 2 Panel Design
  • Experience with Surge Protection for Power Distribution and IO Protection
  • Ability to perform Control Panel FLA, Heating/Cooling, and SCCR Calculations
  • In-depth understanding of Control Panel production process
  • Functional understanding of PLC hardware/software platforms such as Rockwell Automation, Siemens, and Modicon
  • Familiarity with HMI/SCADA hardware/software platforms such as Wonderware, GE iFIX, Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk View, Schneider, and Siemens
  • Understanding of DCS hardware/software platforms such as Emerson DeltaV or similar
  • Experience in industries such as Water/Wastewater Treatment, Life Sciences, Building Automation, Food and Beverage, Oil & Gas, and Mining
  • Experience leading a team of engineers/technicians to provide control system solutions
  • Experience mentoring less experienced engineers
  • Professional references, preferably one from each of the following: a subordinate, a peer, and a manager
  • Ability to travel up to 10%

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.