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Working As A Senior Controls Engineer

  • 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

  • $105,583

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Controls Engineer Do At Medtronic

* Support the development of assembly and test equipmentrequired for new products
* PLC programming, updating, and troubleshooting of new andexisting production machinery
* Vision system integration, updating, and troubleshootingof new and existing production machinery
* Data acquisition system integration and troubleshootingof new and existing production machinery
* Perform equipment design reviews and approvals
* Manage vendor adherence to Equipment specifications
* Manage Factory and Site Acceptance Testing activity,providing assembly equipment documentation, engineering reports and validationprotocols
* Adhere to Environmental Health and Safety policy andprocedures
* Evaluation of new and existing machinery for adherence toall applicable ANSI and OSHA safety standards

What Does A Senior Controls Engineer Do At Navistar, Inc.

* Design control systems for complex automated systems “from the ground up”, including developing panel layouts, power distribution and controls wiring diagrams, PLC programs and HMI programs
* Will work closely and should be very familiar with Allen Bradley and Control Logix PLC’s and Allen Bradley Panel View and Panel View Plus HMI’s
* A background in both manufacturing and process controls along with a strong understanding of instrumentation, analog signaling and basic electronics would be very helpful
* Evaluates, selects and orders equipment that is most appropriate and cost effective for the manufacture of company products.
* Oversees the installation, modification, upgrade and maintenance of manufacturing equipment.
* Maintains current records on equipment manufacturers’ technical notices, upgrades and safety issues.
* Studies equipment performance and reliability.
* Establishes programs and solutions for increasing uptime and for equipment problems that affect the manufacturing process.
* Provides technical support to the manufacturing equipment repair and process engineering organizations.
* Defines and writes preventative maintenance schedules

What Does A Senior Controls Engineer Do At General Electric

* As the Senior Protection & Control Engineer, you will:
* Ultimately be responsible for design of protection schemes for industrial and utility substation applications including one-lines, three-lines, AC / DC schematics, and relay settings
* Lead a design team to develop panel and interconnect wiring as well as panel layouts and elevations
* Evaluate the interoperability, control features, and communication / protocol aspects of protective relays
* Coordinate with and provide technical assistance to SCADA engineers, substation physical engineers, and control design staff in order to fully develop system integration of protection, control, and monitoring systems.
* Work with team to meet project specifications, cost control, and schedule objectives
* Interface with internal and external team members such as Lead engineers, Project Engineers, Electrical Designers, Physical Designers, Draftsmen, Project managers, Sourcing, and support organizations
* Review power system load flow studies, fault studies, relay setting coordination, and transient studies performed by other agencies
* Train end-users on the theory, operational use, and maintenance of integrated protection and control systems
* Lead or support factory acceptance testing and site testing & commissioning
* Develop outage, cut-over, and testing procedures
* Define processes, procedures, perform RCA's (Root Cause Analysis), perform corrective actions, and validate process control.
* Support quality initiatives including aspects of ISO9002
* Work on development of proposals including: writing and/or reviewing technical specifications, estimating design man-hours and materials, supporting sourcing for vendor quotations, directing designers and draftsmen on drawing requirements, and the development of clarifications and exceptions as well as technical responses

What Does A Senior Controls Engineer Do At Microsoft Corporation

* Manage the consolidated revenue reporting for the US Subsidiary (Revenue Controllership) including publication and presentation of results and insights using interactive Power BI for month-end, quarter-end and year-end close.
* Drive efficiency and modernization in the Finance rhythm-of-the-business for the US Leadership team through close partnership with Segment finance teams, WW Finance and the Leadership Team.
* Engage and partner with Segment and Product finance teams as well as senior sales leadership to drive insights and alignment for Executive Leadership reviews and Quarterly Business Updates.
* Partner with WW and Central Finance teams to influence advance analytic requirements and reports.
* Lead Finance Rotation Analyst in projects that support deeper understanding of performance, risks, and opportunities

What Does A Senior Controls Engineer Do At Abbott

* Specify, design, program, verify and validate new software related to manufacturing processes and equipment, in accordance with applicable medical regulatory standards, for the production of medical devices.
* Troubleshoots process equipment software and perform process optimization.
* Develops process/product specifications, conduct pFMEAs, DOEs, validation protocols/reports and other associated documentation following design control requirements.
* Communicate effectively and participate on cross functional development teams.
* Conducts or participates in technical design reviews for process equipment and product design and requirements documents.
* Write and submit Engineering Change Orders, as required.
* Responsible for utilizing and maintaining the effectiveness of the quality system

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How To Become A Senior Controls Engineer

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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Senior Controls Engineer Career Paths

Senior Controls Engineer
Operations Manager Plant Manager General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Project Engineering Manager Construction Manager Quality Control Manager
Controls Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Manager Finance Director Senior Project Manager
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
General Manager Technician Network Administrator
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineering Manager Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Corporate Controller General Manager Service Director
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Principal Engineer
Director, Hardware Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
General Manager Maintenance Technician Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Automation Engineer Senior Test Engineer Project Manager
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Control Systems Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Control Specialist Analyst Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager District Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Control Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Control Specialist Office Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Corporate Controller Chief Finance Officer Senior Project Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Korean

  • Carrier

  • Russian

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • Burmese

  • Tagalog

  • Cebuano

  • Italian

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Real Senior Controls Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Scada and Controls Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Feb 05, 2016 $135,000 -
Senior Powertrain Controls Engineer Atieva, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 28, 2016 $132,000
SR. Chassis Controls Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Mar 14, 2016 $130,000 -
Senior Controls Engineer Achates Power, Inc. San Diego, CA Feb 25, 2016 $127,000
Senior Controls Engineer Magna Powertrain of America, Inc. Troy, MI Jul 20, 2015 $126,520
Senior Rotordynamics & Controls Engineer Calnetix Technologies, LLC Cerritos, CA Feb 15, 2016 $125,186
SR. Autonomous Controls Engineer Nextev LLC San Jose, CA Nov 14, 2016 $125,000
SR. Controls Engineer, Autopilot Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 01, 2015 $122,000 -
Senior Controls Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Jan 25, 2016 $120,000 -
Senior Protection and Control Engineer Substation Engineering Company, Inc. Reading, PA Sep 28, 2016 $120,000
Senior Fluid Power & Controls Engineer T&T Engineering Services, Inc. Tomball, TX Sep 21, 2015 $118,414
Senior Controls Engineer ABM Systems Floral Park, NY Jul 08, 2015 $118,373
Senior Systems and Control Engineer Sempra LNG Houston, TX Jun 24, 2015 $116,459
Senior Functional Safety Controls Engineer Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc. Redford, MI May 16, 2016 $104,133
SR. Controls Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Aug 31, 2016 $103,000 -
Senior Controls Engineer Puratos Corporation Pennsauken, NJ Sep 17, 2016 $102,752
Senior Controls Engineer Puratos Pennsauken, NJ Feb 11, 2016 $102,752
Senior Systems and Control Engineer Sempra LNG Houston, TX Oct 01, 2015 $102,315
Senior Controls Engineer Covidien Carlsbad, CA Mar 04, 2015 $101,764 -
Senior Protection and Control Engineer ABB Inc. Raleigh, NC Nov 05, 2016 $101,670 -
Senior Embedded Controls Engineer LHP Software, LLC Erie, PA Oct 28, 2015 $95,000
Senior Controls Engineer Wunderlich-Malec Engineering Inc. Henderson, NV Feb 23, 2015 $94,245 -
Senior Hvdc Controls & Protection Engineer National Grid USA Service Company, Inc. Ayer, MA Aug 25, 2015 $93,600
Senior Controls Engineer LHP Software, LLC Lawrence Park, PA Oct 01, 2015 $93,000
Senior Controls Equipment Engineer Cymer LLC San Diego, CA Jun 20, 2016 $90,236 -
Senior Controls Engineer L2F Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 08, 2015 $90,100 -
Senior Controls Engineer Hospira, Inc. Austin, TX Mar 16, 2015 $90,000
Senior Software and Control Engineer Electric Power Engineers, Inc. Austin, TX Sep 15, 2015 $90,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Controls Engineer


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Top Senior Controls Engineer Skills

  1. Controllogix PLC
  2. Control Systems
  3. Wonderware HMI
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Review design documents, specify controls hardware and lead team effort developing control systems and programming of ControlLogix PLC's.
  • Provided control systems information for preparation of proposal, winning $5.4M in energy grant money.
  • Updated controls to modern Wonderware HMI's utilizing an InSQL data collections server.
  • Served as a Chair on the Work Zone Safety and Mobility Committee.
  • Closed accounting periods, prepared monthly financial statements and summarized performance of individual companies.

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