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Working As A Controls Designer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $70,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Controls Designer Do At Ch2M

* Has I&C discipline focus and demonstrates ability to apply technical skills to discipline designs to develop: o Instrumentation location plans o Elementary wiring diagrams o Single line diagrams o Control panels o P&IDs o Instrument loop diagrams
* Accesses and applies design principles at the intermediate level specific to instrumentation and control design.
* Gather and help evaluate technical information such as cut-sheet, vendor drawings and specifications.
* Checks own work, coordinates work with related disciplines.
* Develops proficiency in discipline-specific 3D modeling tools.
* Takes responsibility for their portion of the discipline's scope, schedule and budget where appropriate.
* Participate in design package reviews and attend project meetings
* Ability to support work for/in other offices (including Temporary Duty
* TDY).
* Visit client site/facility’s to perform field activities such as, but not limited to, observation of construction activities, site walks, take field measurements.
* The minimum qualifications for this position are:
* High School Diploma/GED and 4 years of equivalent experience
* Demonstrate proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite
* Demonstrate proficiency using AutoCAD

What Does A Controls Designer Do At Stantec

* Design wiring drawings for IFR, IFC on 4kV, 13kV, 26kV,69kV, 138kV & 230kV AIS and GIS stations.
* Preparing cable schedule, cable list for Bidding, IFR and IFC packages
* Design Panel layout as per client’s standards & specs
* Experience of working on Green & brown filed P&C design
* Hands on experience of working on MicroStation and AutoCAD
* Preparing BOM for P&C racks and panels & coordination with procurement for purchase of P&C materials
* Preparing BOM for P&C Relays and other equipment and coordination with procurement from material procurement.
* Understanding of AC/DC studies and preparing Station Lighting & Power design from study
* Your Capabilities and Credentials
* Degree in Engineering Technology with Min Four (4) years of experience in Substation (AIS/GIS) P&C design OR Diploma in Electrical Technology with Min six (6) years of experience in Substation (AIS/GIS) P&C design.
* Strong knowledge on P&C equipment
* Hands on experience on AutoCAD and MicroStation software
* Knowledge of operation and design of substation SCADA and Telecom systems
* Effective interpersonal skills (written, verbal) and ability to successfully work in a team-oriented environment
* Must have a valid US driver's license and good driving record
* Ability to multi-task from project to project

What Does A Controls Designer Do At Black & Veatch

* Applies knowledge of standards, systems, document control, departmental guides, applicable codes and B&V policies and procedures.
* Quality / Continuous Improvement:
* Proactively applies knowledge of the B&V Quality Program relative to deliverables.
* Demonstrates personal accuracy and supports continuous improvement and change management efforts.
* Reviews design inputs in order to ensure consistency.
* Assists to ensure deliverables are in compliance with the specific codes and standards suitable for the project.
* Engineering Production:
* Broadening the use of applications to continuously evaluate and improve methods, processes and procedures used to accomplish deliverables.
* Create and develop deliverables based on a variety of design inputs.
* May develop less complex design concepts and create project design deliverables based on a variety of design inputs.
* May perform computations such as development of detailed material quantities and estimates.
* Project Coordination:
* Coordinate deliverables with other groups involved on the same project to minimize interference or errors.
* May support field activities.
* May be responsible for support of project finalization including for example consolidation of records for as-built drawings or information to take off as-built quantities.
* Client Focus:
* Focuses on the needs of internal clients while gaining an understanding of external client's main interests and drivers.
* Knowledge Sharing, Innovation and Technology:
* Proactively seeks and shares knowledge of latest technologies and processes.
* May apply judgment and makes decisions with respect to deliverables and input interpretation.
* People Management - (supervision - career development - developing professionals, mentoring):
* May provide work direction and guidance to others

What Does A Controls Designer Do At ITA International

* Train and lead establishment and operation of Exercise White Cell, to include fusion and synchronization of Exercise Control (EXCON) and Simulation Control Cell (SIMCON), which includes High Control Cell (HICON) and Low Control Cells (LOCON).
* Lead various exercise planning meetings and/or working groups in accordance with the clients’ requests and contract requirements.
* Train and lead Exercise Design and Control personnel in the development of products essential for design, control, and execution of Vigilant Guard Full Scale Exercise program.
* Train and lead Exercise Design and Control personnel in the construction of MSEL injects and consolidation to form a complete MSEL in the design of an exercise
* Train and lead Exercise Design and Control personnel in the control of an exercise through the flexible management of a MSEL
* Train and lead Exercise Design and Control personnel in the development of training support packages (TSPs) that may include briefings, training schedules, training outlines, and practical exercises
* Train and lead Exercise Design and Control personnel in the development of exercise products for clients including those occurring at various levels of defense and government agencies in accordance with national preparedness / defense related doctrine (DoD JTS & HSEEP); products to include but not limited to exercise scenarios, ground truth statements, MSEL’s, EEGs, SITMANs, ExPLANs, CE/OCT Manuals, read-ahead materials, and all other required exercise planning/conduct documentation.
* Lead training and integration of Data Collector/Controllers.
* Train and lead Exercise Design and Control personnel in the development of products for clients’ exercise planning briefings and exercise delivery at all level of leadership/stakeholders
* Train and lead Exercise Design and Control personnel in the development, production and facilitation of both operational and leadership-level After Action Reviews (AAR)
* Train and lead Exercise Design and Control personnel in the development of communications and coordination materials for distribution by the client
* Train and lead Exercise Design and Control personnel in the development of plans for communications across a large diverse team of professionals
* Train and lead Exercise Design and Control personnel in the development of various memorandum and administrative requirements as needed
* Train and lead Exercise Design and Control personnel in the communication of exercise design and control issues affecting simulation with Modeling and Simulation team
* Manage the full range of ED&C development/execution and all assigned personnel
* Train and lead Exercise Design and Control personnel in the improvement planning processes and tracking corrective action program(s) status in accordance with the client’s expectations and contract requirements
* Ensure Team understands ITA’s Quality, Health, Safety, Environmental Management Systems (QHSEMS) policy
* Perform other duties as appointed or assigned
* Master’s Degree (or Bachelor degree with equivalent experience)
* DHS FEMA Independent Study Courses: IS
* IS-100.b, IS
* b, IS
* a, IS
* b, IS
* a, IS
* IS-201, IS-230.d, IS
* IS-701.a, IS
* a, IS
* a, ICS
* ICS 400, DSCA Phase I
* Mastery-level knowledge of the National Incident Management System (NIMS)
* Prior Military service, with ability to understand and write Military Operations Orders, ability to use the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP) and/or Joint Operation Planning Process (JOPP), and the ability to train and evaluate individuals
* Mastery-level knowledge of National Guard CS and DOD DSCA capabilities and operations, to include those of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Response Enterprise (CRE)
* Prior Civil Support (CS)/Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) experience
* HSEEP trained and demonstrate the ability to design a Full Scale Exercise
* Minimum 7 years’ experience in the management and design of exercises for a variety of clients (DHS/FEMA/NED and other Federal Agencies; FEMA Regions, States, Territories, Tribal Nations and other local government entities; private sector, volunteer, faith-based and other NGOs)
* Experience working with FEMA, as well as State and local Emergency Management Agencies
* Ability to use and train others on the use of MS Office products (Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint)
* Must be a US citizen with a Secret or higher security clearance
* Excellent oral and written communications skills
* Ability to effectively deliver presentations to large audiences, ranging from new employees to senior leadership
* Excellent interpersonal skills
* Able to lift at least 30 lbs.
* Must be willing to travel outside of Duty Location 10
* times/year varying in length from 3 days to 2 weeks (approximately 50% of the year)
* Preferred)
* MEP certified
* Experience using a wide range of systems and processes that include the Joint Training Information Management System (JTIMS), Defense Readiness Reporting System (DRRS), Joint Lessons Learned Information System (JLLIS), Lessons Learned Information System (LLIS), Joint Master Scenario Events List (JMSEL), All Partner Access Network (APAN), and Emergency Management Assistance Compact virtual dynamic training environment (EMAC Sandbox) databases.
* ITA International is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
* We are committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status or any status protected by applicable federal, state, or local discrimination laws.
* Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans
* ID: 2017

What Does A Controls Designer Do At Job Juncture

* As a senior Controls Hardware Engineer you will start a project at the beginning and follow it through final customer acceptance.
* You will review customer specifications, standards / past projects, and lead a team of other hardware engineers in designing the complete controls portion of the machine (electrical, fluids, and pneumatics).
* You will be responsible for producing a quality design on schedule, getting customer acceptance, reviewing panel build, and assisting as required while the machine is being built and debugged.
* Some short duration travel is possible for customer meetings, field checks, or installation support

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How To Become A Controls Designer

Electrical and electronics engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value practical experience, so participation in cooperative engineering programs, in which students earn academic credit for structured work experience. Having a Professional Engineer (PE) license may improve an engineer’s chances of finding employment.


High school students interested in studying electrical or electronics engineering benefit from taking courses in physics and mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Courses in drafting are also helpful, because electrical and electronics engineers often are required to prepare technical drawings.

In order to enter the occupation, prospective electrical and electronics engineers need a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology. Programs include classroom, laboratory, and field studies. Courses include digital systems design, differential equations, and electrical circuit theory. Programs in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology should be accredited by ABET.

Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education. Cooperative programs combine classroom study with practical work. Internships provide similar experience and are growing in number.

At some universities, students can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some universities, or in research and development.

Important Qualities

Concentration. Electrical and electronics engineers design and develop complex electrical systems and electronic components and products. They must be able to keep track of multiple design elements and technical characteristics when performing these tasks.

Initiative. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to apply their knowledge to new tasks in every project they undertake. In addition, they must engage in continuing education to keep up with changes in technology.

Interpersonal skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to work with others during the manufacturing process to ensure that their plans are implemented correctly. This collaboration includes monitoring technicians and devising remedies to problems as they arise.

Math skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to use the principles of calculus and other advanced math in order to analyze, design, and troubleshoot equipment.

Speaking skills. Electrical and electronics engineers work closely with other engineers and technicians. They must be able to explain their designs and reasoning clearly and to relay instructions during product development and production. They also may need to explain complex issues to customers who have little or no technical expertise.

Writing skills. Electrical and electronics engineers develop technical publications related to equipment they develop, including maintenance manuals, operation manuals, parts lists, product proposals, and design methods documents.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as electrical and electronics engineers. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam can be taken right after graduation from a college or university. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After getting work experience, EITs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education courses to keep their license. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements.


Electrical and electronic engineers may advance to supervisory positions in which they lead a team of engineers and technicians. Some may move to management positions, working as engineering or program managers. Preparation for managerial positions usually requires working under the guidance of a more experienced engineer. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

For sales work, an engineering background enables engineers to discuss a product's technical aspects and assist in product planning and use. For more information, see the profile on sales engineers.

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Controls Designer Career Paths

Controls Designer
Project Engineer Program Manager General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Managed Services
8 Yearsyrs
Design Drafter Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Controls Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Electrical Designer Electrical Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Mechanical Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Construction Manager
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Design Engineer Process Engineer
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Electrical Designer Lead Designer Design Engineer
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Project Engineer Operations Manager
Operations Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Controls Engineer Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Design Drafter Engineering Technician Product Development Engineer
Project Management Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Electrical Designer Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Electrical Designer Senior Designer Design Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Controls Designer Demographics


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  • Hispanic or Latino

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Hindi

  • Cantonese

  • Japanese

  • French

  • Gujarati

  • Urdu

  • Arabic

  • Italian

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Real Controls Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Instrumentation & Controls Designer The Global Edge Consultants, LLC Houston, TX Sep 17, 2015 $130,000 -
Electrical/Controls Designer 4 (Electrical Enginee Kiewit Offshore Services, Ltd. Ingleside, TX Jul 15, 2014 $96,200
Controls Designer Magneti Marelli Powertrain USA, LLC Auburn Hills, MI Dec 02, 2014 $89,211
Manager, Electrical and Controls Design Carrier Corporation Charlotte, NC Mar 25, 2011 $88,660
Manager, Electrical and Controls Design Carrier Corporation Charlotte, NC Mar 30, 2011 $88,660
Controls Design-PLC Debug Senior Level Spectrum Engineering Solutions Bessemer, AL Nov 20, 2015 $82,930
Controls Designer Magneti Marelli Powertrain USA, LLC Auburn Hills, MI Jan 01, 2015 $82,400
Controls Designer Magneti Marelli Powertrain USA, LLC Auburn Hills, MI Sep 29, 2012 $82,400
Controls Designer Magneti Marelli Powertrain USA, LLC Auburn Hills, MI Oct 01, 2012 $82,400
Engineer II-Protection & Control Design Duke Energy Florida Lake Mary, FL Nov 05, 2016 $79,199 -
Engineer, Protection & Control Design HDR Engineering, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Mar 18, 2016 $77,730
Senior Engineer-Protection and Control Design Duke Energy Florida, Inc. Lake Mary, FL May 15, 2015 $76,300
Interactive Control Designer General Electric Company Louisville, KY Nov 01, 2013 $73,500
Interactive Control Designer General Electric Company (GE Home & Business Solut Louisville, KY Nov 01, 2010 $70,000
Controls Designer POM Group, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Feb 17, 2010 $69,915
Controls Designer Magneti Marelli Powertrain USA, LLC Auburn Hills, MI Feb 09, 2016 $66,394
Project Controls Designer AEC Engineering, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Apr 06, 2015 $65,000
Controls Designer The Cookson Company, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Nov 29, 2013 $65,000
Controls Designer Automotive Lighting LLC Farmington Hills, MI Oct 01, 2009 $59,000
Controls Designer Magneti Marelli Powertrain USA, LLC Farmington Hills, MI Oct 01, 2009 $59,000

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Top Skills for A Controls Designer


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Top Controls Designer Skills

  1. Electrical Schematics
  2. Autocad Electrical
  3. P
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created Electrical Schematics, panel layout fabrication diagrams.
  • Updated As Constructed drawings with Autocad Electrical.
  • Performed scalar read and write on the Denali memory module.
  • Create control Designs on Auto CADD system.
  • Maintained update ladder logic diagrams, entered logic programs into machine control systems.

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