Senior Controls Engineer

Location: North Billerica, MA

Job summary

Performs complicated control system engineering work of major complexity that requires a high degree of technical competence. Conducts independent technical investigations involving the application of a wide variety of engineering principles. Leads large development projects and will direct engineers, designers, technicians and other cross-functional support staff.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Work with customers, Sales and Marketing, and other engineers to develop specifications for control systems.
  • Select both hardware and software control system components for furnace and automation equipment.
  • Design, document and program algorithms using PLC’s, smart controllers, and similar devices for the control of furnace and automation equipment.
  • Design and program User Interface applications that provide equipment users easy to use control interface to furnace and automation equipment.
  • Recommends electrical hardware, instrumentation, sensors and controls for inclusion in design specifications based on past experience and on catalogue reference data.
  • Design electrical systems both power and control to support furnace and automation equipment
  • Duties include full technical responsibility for planning, organizing and conducting full product development projects within the design, fabrication, modification and evaluation of industrial equipment.
  • Will interact with other Engineers, Designers, Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing, and Purchasing personnel to complete design projects quickly and cost effectively.
  • Will travel globally to solve complex problems with equipment in the field, provide technical expertise to the Sales organization, work with and develop suppliers, interact and direct engineering activities.
  • Makes complex alterations to drawings/models and bills of material that may involve the redesign of equipment, mechanisms or circuits.
  • Study industry standards and ensure that designs are safe and meet applicable industry safety requirements
  • Actively Participate in Design Reviews. Review designs with other Engineering, Manufacturing, Sales, and Marketing personnel as well as equipment users to ensure that designs meet all requirements.
  • Prepare and present written, oral visual material to support proposals, presentations, design reviews and written reports.
  • Develop cost estimates for proposed projects which include labor and material costs
  • Maintain project folders and report project status to Manager, Engineers and others on a regular basis.
  • Plan, perform or direct and document experiments to prove design performance
  • Coordinate project tasks and schedules, delegate work to programmers, designers / drafters and support staff as required.
  • Interact with customers and support groups, affected by design development, to obtain and communicate pertinent project information.
  • Duties are performed with little supervision by more senior engineering staff.
  • Strictly adhere to all BTU safety policies.

Skills and knowledge

  • Able to create and apply advanced control algorithms
  • VB, C, C++, PLC Ladder
  • Good technical writing skills
  • Good verbal communication
  • Ability to work with and direct others in an effective manner
  • Electrical Engineering for machine control circuits, motors, drives, sensors and instrumentation
  • Microsoft Office proficiency.
  • Planning skills and ability to work to a schedule

Education and experience

  • BS or MS in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science
  • Minimum 10 years engineering experience
  • Project Management


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