What does a Controls Engineer do?

Controls engineers play pivotal roles in plant procedures and operations. They are central to many industries and are often required to have proficiency in electronics, mechanics, and engineering. They use their analytical skills to examine and improve a process or increase productivity, and they are responsible for checking that plant equipment is maintained correctly. They collaborate with other departments and outside parties to create and implement processes that increase efficiency.

Controls engineers troubleshoot issues with hardware and with processes, and they plan preventative maintenance. They strive to find creative solutions when problems and issues arise. They also assist in implementing predictive maintenance plans and analyzing plant processes to improve their expertise in electronics, engineering, and mechanics. Controls engineers need a minimum bachelor's degree in engineering, electrical, manufacturing, or mechanical engineering and two-to-four years of experience in related fields.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
14%
2 - 4
45%
5 - 7
26%
8+
15%

Common Skill Sets

PLC Programming
HMI Programming
Controls Systems
SCADA
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Controls Engineer Seniority Levels

L2
Controls Engineer
$74,343/yr
Verification Engineer
12% made the transition
Electrical Designer
12% made the transition
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Controls Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$74,343 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$54K
Median: $74K
$103K
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