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Controls EngineerTuscaloosaAlabama.

Controls Engineer

Tuscaloosa | Alabama | United States

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HRU has teamed up with a global automotive supplier to find a Controls Engineer for its Tuscaloosa, AL location. This is a direct hire opportunity offering a competitive salary and plenty of room for advancement.

This is highly skilled and technical work managing automation and controls systems design, specification, programming, simulation and testing, and start-up assistance to include automation failure troubleshooting, PLC/HMI programming or updating/modification, PLC/HMI documentation creation/modification, quality gate modification, updating, troubleshooting, and Torque Control Box/Gun Programming/ Modification.

  • Creates panel designs and layouts, bill of materials, and wiring schematics.
  • Reads and red-lines electrical schematic drawings.
  • Provides support of manufacturing operations to both shifts.
  • Initiates, implements, and tests change controls to include devising the required corrective actions and process improvements, and manufacturing investigations to both the process and equipment.
  • Identifies potential automation issues and reports to the appropriate personnel.
  • Coordinates implementation and testing with relevant departments and personnel
  • Maintains automation documentation such as functional specifications, recipe parameter tables, and standard operating procedures.
  • Provides project level support when required.
  • Provides PLC/HMI programming support for equipment upgrade projects.
  • Assists in troubleshooting electrical problems on existing equipment.
  • Creates the electrical design for new equipment and infrastructure projects.
  • Assists Six Sigma team efforts with software and hardware support.
  • Manages projects of various scopes and sizes in order to design, install, and modify plant equipment, processes, and facilities.
  • Defines instrument and controls requirements and establishes control system design criteria based on engineering analysis and evaluation.
  • Provides electrical design of automation and control systems from field devices to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) platforms.
  • Ensures all designs conform to all applicable codes and regulations such as OSHA, NEC, NFPA, and GMP.
  • Participates in development, testing, and implementation of PLC/SCADA application software for manufacturing processes, equipment, and systems.
  • Provides control engineering support on all commissioning and validation initiatives.
  • Defines and generates system requirements and functional specifications.
  • Assists in developing control system standards and engineering procedures.
  • Participates on Factory Acceptance Tests of equipment and skids.
  • Provides supervision of electrical and mechanical trades and contractors during control system and manufacturing equipment installations.
  • Provides diagnostic assistance for control system and software problems in the field.
  • Works with customers and field service to configure, install, and troubleshoot new control system elements.
  • Documents potentially problematic areas, software defect alerts, troubleshooting tips.
  • Reviews diagnostic files and trouble reports regarding equipment.


  • Knowledge of regulatory codes and standards such as GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices), OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act), and NEC (National Electric Code), and NFPA (National Fire Protection Act).
  • Knowledge of Distribution Control System (DCS) Programming.
  • Knowledge of Electrical Engineering in order to understand system interactions, sizing of equipment, and fuses.
  • Knowledge of HMI/SCADA Configuration as needed to complete required tasks and assignments.
  • Knowledge of PLC Programming
  • Knowledge of Project Management
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and Access required.
  • Knowledge of Visual Basic required.
  • Knowledge of computers
  • Skill in using Rockwell Automation Software (e.g., RSLogix500, RSLogix5000, PanelBuilder32, RSView, RSLinx, etc.), Stanley Assembly software (i.e., Configuration Editor), Enterprise Manager (SQL)
  • Skill in using hands (i.e., screw driver, hammer, etc.) and power tools (i.e., drill press, band saw).


Requires a BS in an Engineering discipline, Electrical Engineering preferred, but others considered plus three years of demonstrated experience in designing and maintaining PLC/HMI based control systems, to include the implementation/validation/commissioning.

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