Controls Engineer

at Avantor
Location Carpinteria, California
Date Posted September 24, 2022
Category Engineering
Job Type Permanent


Job Summary

Controls Engineer

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Location: Carpinteria, CA

Job Summary:

The Controls Engineer, under increasingly limited supervision, will work closely with R&D, Manufacturing, Reliability & Maintenance Engineering, and Process Engineering to design, build, install, and support control system equipment and upgrades to support NuSil's needs.

Job Description:

The Controls Engineer will have a reasonably strong understanding of general aspects of the job functions noted below. The Controls Engineer will typically work under the supervision of a Group Leader, or occasionally other senior personnel depending on the task at hand.

  • Design electrical schematics, physical electrical enclosure layouts, conduit runs, and PLC/HMI code for new or upgraded equipment, following applicable NFPA, NEC, and other standards.

  • Designs equipment for regular use in support of NuSil's production needs. This can include electrical, instrumentation, and controls system design, as well as possibly elements of mechanical design.

  • Coordinates and works with third-party vendors and contractors to facilitate and direct equipment builds and installations.

  • Plan projects that will operate in the short term, medium term and long term, balancing timelines and equipment downtime to minimize disruption to Manufacturing schedule.

  • Write technical documents to communicate preventative maintenance, operating instructions, control narratives, capital project proposals, etc.

  • Create or modify technical drawings/models with CAD software in order to properly document equipment and systems.

  • Assists other engineers to create, use, and determine feasibility of engineering designs to fabricate necessary parts for NuSil equipment.

  • Source and order necessary parts, raw materials, and tools required for projects.

  • Assist with troubleshooting equipment when necessary, working closely with Reliability & Maintenance staff.

  • Assist other personnel with troubleshooting electrical and control system problems on installed equipment.

  • Occasional travel to other locations (primarily Bakersfield, CA and Irving, TX), possibly 5-10%


  • Strong focus on safety, communication of technical details and project progress,

  • Attention to detail

  • 2D & 3D CAD (DraftSight/Solidworks)

  • Technical document reading and writing

  • Time and budget management (as part of a larger set of project management skills), data-driven decision making, metrology and measurement, engineering calculations, communication of technical details and project progress.

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in Engineering or related discipline required (Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Computer Science preferred); advanced degrees desirable

  • PE license, PMP certificate, or other relevant certifications desirable

  • 1 to 3 years of relevant experience

  • PLC and HMI Programming

  • Proficiency of LabView and other data acquisition and process programs desirable

  • Knowledge of relevant NFPA 70/70E standards, NEC, etc.

  • Understanding of electrical diagrams/schematics

  • Electrical troubleshooting using multimeters, oscilloscopes, etc.

  • 1- and 3-phase AC circuit design & principles, DC circuit design & principles, instrument selection, etc.

  • Experienced with Microsoft Office software

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.
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