Sr. Controls Engineer at SPEC Engineering

Posted in General Business 9 days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Chicago, Illinois

Job Description:

Are you a Senior Controls Engineer who has a strong drive to master your job skills and complete all assignments?

Are you a Senior Controls Engineer who is detail oriented, self-motivated, and inquisitive?

Spec Engineering is seeking a difference maker to join our team as a client-facing SeniorControls Engineerwho is the definition of detail oriented.This person's talent is tomanage the controls aspect of all assigned projects from start to finish including maintaining project timelines, scheduling, and coordinating with departments and contractors involved.

Spec Engineering is a privately held, fast growing, and stable full-service process engineering firm/turn-key system integrator with our main office located in Plainfield Il, and a second location in Chicago. We provide the latest in technology as a system integrator in the food & beverage, general manufacturing, and chemical industries. Our company purpose is “Improve lives through innovation, responsibility and trust one project at a time” because we care about our colleagues, customers and community. Spec Engineering welcomes and values diversity and we strive for an inclusive work environment that rewards employees for their individuality and uniqueness.

Essential Duties and responsibilities:

  • Conceptualize, engineer, and complete detailed design of controls, safety, and power circuits for automation projects. Use AutoCAD to design electrical schematics, pneumatic systems and panel layouts for automation systems per specifications. Create specs from variety of sources including from scratch as required. Evaluate/integrate designs with mechanical design.

  • Apply broad knowledge of technical principles, procedures and practices to define product concept, design schematics, layouts, bills of material (hardware selection) associated software, and wiring diagrams. Ensure safety concepts are part of design.

  • Leverage existing designs to the greatest extent possible and work to build designs that can be re-used for similar applications in the future.

  • Assist Application Engineers with quoting System controls as needed.

  • Outline machine sequence of operations by flowcharting format.

  • Meet project budget, cost and time schedules and deadlines.

  • Test, troubleshoot, debug designs, pilot runs, customer acceptance training.

  • Travel and interface with customer and resources as required to troubleshoot controls issues at customer sites. Perform electrical and some mechanical work as a standalone support person.

  • Evaluate the feasibility of conceptual projects and prepares detailed analysis, including time and cost for completing the projects.

  • Program PLC's using Rockwell Automation Studio 5000.

  • Configure HMI's using Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk View Studio.

  • Test, implement, commission projects.

  • Communicate and report to Project Management and other teammates as needed for successful completion on the project.


  • Business Development – Treats each interaction with our customers as an opportunity to learn more about their business in order to provide them additional support or to propose new systems or controls based solutions that could improve their operations and generate revenue for the company.

  • Planning & Organization - Integrates changes smoothly. Provide input to Director of Controls department to support plans for additional resources. Prioritizes and plans work activities, sets goals and objectives, prepares and maintains accurate milestone schedules for each project and communicates internally and externally if/when dates or assumptions change and uses time efficiently and works in an organized manner.

  • Problem Solving - Develops alternative solutions when necessary, gathers and analyzes information skillfully, identifies problems in a timely manner and develops realistic and creative solutions, resolves problems in early stages and over-communicates to ensure all internal and external stakeholders are aware of plans to resolve issues, and works well on teams and in group problem solving situations.

  • Customer Service - Displays courtesy and sensitivity when dealing with both internal and external customers. Manages challenging, difficult or emotional customer situations with professionalism and a focus on resolving any issues to the benefit of both SPEC and the customer. Meets commitments and proactively communicates if/when issues arise. Responds promptly to customer needs. Proactively solicits customer feedback to improve service.

  • Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities. Contributes to building a positive team spirit and is a net positive addition to the Spec culture. Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views. Gives and welcomes feedback. Puts the success of the Spec team above own interests.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or similar field.

  • 5-10 years of experience in the industry.

  • Experience in an OEM environment is preferred.

  • Detailed programming capability in Allen Bradley PLC Logic.

  • Factory Talk HMI programming ability.

  • A working knowledge in the use of AutoCAD.

  • An ability to design and develop electrical schematics for control panel construction.

  • A working knowledge of the following systems is not required but considered a plus:
    • Wonderware, Siemens, PLC5 and Automation Direct


  • Competitive Salary

  • Medical, Dental and Vision

  • Stock option plan and more

  • Paid time off

  • Continued education support

If this sounds like you, we want to talk with you about joining our team as a SeniorControls Engineer!