Controls Engineer

Tullahoma, Tennessee, United States
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5 + Years Experience

Company: Jacobs
Skills: Instrument & Controls Engineer
Experience: 5 + Years
Education: Bachelors/3-5 yr Degree
Employment Type: Full Time Salaried Employee
Location: Tullahoma, Tennessee, United States

The Technology Group (JTG) provides design and build services for government and commercial clients worldwide. The market areas served are most notably test facilities and scientific facilities. JTG is looking for a Controls Engineer to support projects ranging from small studies to multi-million dollar turn-key supply. The successful candidate must be team-oriented, organized, able to communicate to all levels of the organization, and able to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

The responsibilities include:
• Develop hardware assembly and wiring diagrams for control and data acquisition systems.
• Develop control system software designs
• Develop control system software in PLC ladder logic, function block, HMI programming, etc.
• Develop interfaces to test facility equipment using hardwired interfaces and industrial networks
• Apply quality system processes such as checking the work of others, and following standard operating procedures.
• Apply closed loop controls methods to control continuously variable systems using PID algorithms
• Support hardware assembly and fabrication.
• Perform facility startup, checkout and commissioning, domestically and abroad.
• Communicate with clients and management regarding status.
• Coordinate with other engineering discipline and departments to ensure success.
• Experience with Siemens TIA Portal Step 7, Rockwell Studio 5000, or GE Proficy ME a plus.

This position will require control system design and implementation that will include temperature, pressure, model positioning, system and human safety, and other advanced systems to meet the needs of today's growing technology industry.


Jacobs Technology Group is a performance unit of our Critical Mission Solutions (CMS) Line of Business. The Jacobs CMS Technology Group specializes in the design, construction, and operation of unique and complex research and development facilities, including, as examples, wind tunnels (aerospace, automotive, and motorsports), rocket test stands, climatic chambers, jet engine test cells, acoustic chambers, altitude test facilities, captive trajectory systems, and nuclear facilities. Our projects span the automotive, motorsports, defense, nuclear, and aerospace markets. Recent clients include Audi, Boeing, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Honda, General Motors, NASA, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Energy, Volkswagen, and many others in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Our capabilities and some recent project photos and videos can be found in the downloadable zip file at Use "anontg" as both the user name and password.

Most of your work will be unique, and you will usually be supporting several projects at one time in a dynamic, challenging, and even fun environment. This position will provide you with an exciting opportunity to work with a team of motivated professionals. We are looking for a team member who will work to ensure client satisfaction and deliver projects within scope, budget, and schedule.

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited engineering program. A minimum of 5 years experience in control systems or data acquisition systems design. Candidate must be experienced in control system design and programming PLC ladder logic. Proficiency in all Microsoft Office programs is also required.

The successful candidate will have an interest and background in electronics and instrumentation, specifically in control and data acquisition related areas such as PLCs, drive systems, motion systems, sensors/transmitters, actuators, PID control and communication networks. A solid math background is required in order to understand/select/develop data uncertainty calculations, digital filter algorithms, advanced control algorithms, process simulations, etc. The primary responsibility of the candidate is to perform control system design projects.

The ability to estimate work, track and assess progress, set technical direction, develop ingenious alternative approaches when necessary, and similar skills are the secondary requirements for a successful candidate. A drive to participate on teams or alone to design, develop, and deliver control and data acquisition system projects that achieve the technical requirements, are within budget, and within schedule is an important requirement of the candidate.

This position is open to US citizens only.

Essential Functions:

Must maneuver in and around facility equipment while obtaining field measurements and performing equipment troubleshooting. 15%

May bring candidate in proximity of extreme temperature variations, rotating equipment, and high noise levels. 5%

Will likely be in proximity of electrical and other hazards. Appropriate PPE must be worn and may include eye protection, hearing protection, and arc flash protection. 5%

Work will mainly be performed inside an office, lab environment, or indoors on a construction site. 95%

Field work may include outside work. 5%

Travel will be required to attend customer meetings and perform field work. 30%

Work with general office equipment (computers, fax, telephones, copiers, etc. ) 80%

Control Devices such as PLCs, HMIs, VFDs, motor controls, industrial instrumentation, data acquisition measurement systems, etc. 50%

Handheld equipment such as digital multimeters and oscilloscopes. 10%

Occasional overtime required to meet demanding schedules. 15%

During field assignments, 2nd or 3rd shift may be necessary. 10%

Regular attendance is mandatory to meet schedules.

Must take and pass a background screen and drug test.