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Working As A Senior Control Systems Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $108,117

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Control Systems Engineer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become A Senior Control Systems Engineer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Average Length of Employment
Senior Engineer 4.2 years
Controls Engineer 3.4 years
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 3.3%
Consultant 3.3%
Top Employers After
Engineer 4.8%
Consultant 4.8%

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Senior Control Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

89.1%

Female

7.6%

Unknown

3.3%
Ethnicity

White

55.3%

Asian

15.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Black or African American

10.1%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.6%

Turkish

10.5%

French

10.5%

Greek

10.5%

Arabic

10.5%

Chinese

5.3%

German

5.3%

Dutch

5.3%

Malay

5.3%

Mandarin

5.3%
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Senior Control Systems Engineer Education

Schools

Rochester Institute of Technology

8.1%

University of Houston

8.1%

University of Akron

6.5%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

4.8%

University of Connecticut

4.8%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

4.8%

Oregon State University

4.8%

Community College of the Air Force

4.8%

Drexel University

4.8%

University of New Hampshire

4.8%

Iowa State University

4.8%

Stanford University

4.8%

Lamar University

4.8%

University of Phoenix

4.8%

The Academy

4.8%

Northeastern University

4.8%

University of Texas at Austin

4.8%

Syracuse University

3.2%

University of St. Thomas (Texas)

3.2%

Louisiana Tech University

3.2%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

42.3%

Mechanical Engineering

10.5%

Business

7.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.0%

Chemical Engineering

3.6%

Engineering

3.6%

Information Technology

3.2%

Computer Engineering

3.2%

Computer Science

3.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.7%

Management

2.3%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.8%

Systems Engineering

1.4%

Music

1.4%

General Studies

1.4%

Industrial Technology

1.4%

Aerospace Engineering

1.4%

Education

1.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.4%

Project Management

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.7%

Masters

26.4%

Other

17.1%

Doctorate

5.7%

Associate

1.8%

Diploma

1.8%

Certificate

1.4%
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Real Senior Control Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior MPD Control Systems Engineer at Balance Americas, LLC Houston, TX Apr 25, 2011 $141,278
Senior (MPD) Control System Engineer at Balance Americas, LLC Houston, TX Sep 29, 2010 $141,278
Senior (MPD) Control Systems Engineer at Balance Americas, LLC Houston, TX Sep 29, 2010 $141,278
Senior Control Systems Engineer Praxair Inc. The Woodlands, TX Apr 09, 2014 $134,864
Senior Control Systems Engineer Clement Control Systems Harahan, LA Sep 30, 2013 $130,270
Senior Control Systems Engineer Pas, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 20, 2016 $130,000
Senior Controls Systems Engineer Bechtel Power Corporation Frederick, MD Mar 31, 2015 $129,100 -
$136,596
Senior Controls Systems Engineer Bechtel Infrastructure and Power Corporation Frederick, MD Mar 31, 2015 $129,100 -
$142,740
Senior Control Systems Engineer Tesoro Companies, Inc. CA Oct 01, 2009 $123,600
Senior Chassis Controls System Design Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 10, 2016 $122,517 -
$134,000
Senior Control Systems Engineer Drake Controls, LLC Houston, TX Jan 09, 2016 $122,000
Senior Control Systems Engineer CSE W-Industries, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 25, 2016 $121,115
Senior Control System Engineer Foster Wheeler USA Corporation Houston, TX Sep 24, 2010 $121,000
Senior Control Systems Engineer Plant Automation Services, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 15, 2016 $118,976
SR. Advanced Control Systems Engineering Praxair, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Oct 17, 2015 $108,125
SR. Control Systems Engineer Govind Development LLC Corpus Christi, TX Mar 29, 2010 $107,481
Senior Engineer, Chassis Control Systems Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Oct 25, 2014 $107,000 -
$120,000
Senior Controls System Engineer Leprino Foods Company Denver, CO Oct 26, 2016 $105,060
Senior Controls System Engineer Leprino Foods Company Denver, CO Aug 22, 2016 $105,060
Senior Control System Engineer Feed Forward Marietta, GA Dec 05, 2011 $105,000
Senior Control System Engineer Feedforward, Inc. Marietta, GA Sep 12, 2016 $105,000
Senior Driveline Controls System Engineer General Motors Company Milford, MI Mar 10, 2016 $104,004
Senior Engineer I/Control Systems Engineer Bechtel Power Corporation Bedford, KY Sep 14, 2010 $96,480
Senior Control Systems Engineer W-Industries Houston, TX Jun 26, 2013 $95,400
Senior Control Systems Diagnostics Engineer Deere & Company Cedar Falls, IA May 16, 2015 $95,000 -
$105,000
Senior Engineer-Electrical Controls Systems Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 05, 2014 $95,000 -
$115,000
SR Control Systems Engineer Parker Hannifin Corporation Charlotte, NC Aug 08, 2011 $95,000 -
$105,000
SR. Advanced Control Systems Engineering Praxair, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Apr 18, 2011 $94,000
SR Controls Systems Engineer Innovative Engineering Systems, Inc. Bakersfield, CA Sep 03, 2014 $93,915
Senior Instrumentation and Control Systems Enginee EDG, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 15, 2011 $93,915

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Top Skills for A Senior Control Systems Engineer

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  1. Control System Design
  2. PLC
  3. DCS
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  • Led control system design for flow battery prototype system and SOFC auxiliary power units.
  • Participated in the successful FAT of all PLC controlled systems.
  • Executed Commissioning activities for the first of a kind $2.2 billion 392MW Solar Thermal Power Plant utilizing Siemens T3000 DCS.
  • Designed training plans, presented classroom lectures and conducted computer simulated contingency instruction.
  • Defined control system philosophies, I/O lists, site network diagrams, approved SWD, created logic and HMI code.

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