Controls Engineer at SPEC Engineering

Posted in General Business 7 days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Plainfield, Illinois

Job Description:

Are you a Controls Engineer who has a strong drive to master your job skills and successfully complete customer projects from start to finish?

Are you a 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 Controls 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:

  • Designs systems of electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic controls for machines, equipment, and systems utilizing knowledge of computer-aided design and applying knowledge of electricity, electronics, hydraulics, and pneumatics.

  • Utilizes knowledge of electrical engineering and drafting to design and draft components of electrical, electronic, hydraulic, pneumatic, and lubrication devices, and other related equipment.

  • Confers with VP of Engineering, Director of Automation and Project Managers in the Engineering department to review functions of systems and equipment.

  • Collaborate with all engineers for proper component and instrument selection to satisfy the needs of the project, application, and budget. Present opportunities for non-budget items that would result in cost savings or added value in process or operation. Report inconsistencies in budget to PM’s so they can be rectified with decisions or change orders to keep project budgets on track

  • Production of approval drawings for customer review prior to production. Proper planning to keep projects moving forward per the schedule and balance between multiple projects

  • Manage the controls and electrical portions of all assigned Spec projects with responsibility for maintaining schedules and budgets and working closely with the project manager and other disciplines to ensure that each project meets or exceed our customer’s expectations.

  • Works with members of engineering, assembly, and contractors to oversee the controls portions of projects with a focus on improving functionality, meeting and exceeding customer expectations and providing options for value engineering of controls systems.

  • Relies on experience, judgment, facts, and data to plan and accomplish goals.

  • Responsible for the safe and efficient design of all systems ensuring that each project meets all applicable local, state and federal electrical codes and safety guidelines.

  • Must be motivated and self-directed to accomplish a variety of tasks as required, as assigned and as necessary.


  • Continuous Learning - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses. Pursues training and development opportunities. Seeks feedback to improve performance. Shares expertise with others. Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills.

  • 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.

  • 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. 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. Works well on teams and in group problem solving situations.

  • 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.

  • 3-5 years of experience in controls and automation role.

  • 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 Controls Engineer!