Controls Engineer at Cross Technologies

Posted in Architecture 6 days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: GASTONIA, North Carolina

Job Description:

Are you a creative problem solver who enjoys a challenge? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you! Cross Company is looking for top talent to join our team of engineering professionals. 

We are a premier automation systems integration company that serves customers across a number of industries including food and beverage, discrete manufacturing, packaging, and pharma/life sciences. Our team works with a wide range of technologies and control platforms based on our customer’s needs.  We are recognized as industry experts with several leading control systems including Omron, Siemens, Rockwell, Emerson, and others.

Our project teams are made up of a focused group of professionals with diverse skill sets and experiences in order to best serve our customers in the Southeast. Each team is designed to create high quality automation solutions on schedule. 

As an associate of Cross Company you are more than just an employee.  Because Cross is 100% employee owned, you have a personal stake in the success of the company and directly benefit from that success. Just a few of the benefits of being an employee owner include:  

  • Contributing to and benefiting from our shared financial success

  • A high level of transparency regarding strategic decisions 

  • A positive work environment rooted in employee ownership culture

  • Higher levels of job satisfaction, comradery and a shared commitment to success because associates treat the business with an owner mindset.

Cross Company operates under the core values of trust, respect, innovation and quality.  All members of our team are expected to live these values at work and hold others accountable to the same standard.  We pride ourselves on a culture of servant style leadership which promotes positive interactions, mentorship and personal growth. Work life balance is a priority as we value our employees and realize our professions are only part of the whole person. 

Because we are committed as a company to developing and retaining top talent, we strive to provide associates opportunities for personal development.  Below are a few examples of skills that we can work with you to develop:    

  • Control system hardware design

  • Panel fabrication/mechanical skills

  • Control system software design

  • Control system software development

  • Develop electrical schematics

  • Project management

  • Data analytics

  • Servant leadership

  • Business management



  1. Work closely with the project manager to define project plan.

  2. Execute the project by delegating project tasks and performing some of the more complex design and development

  3. Responsible for delivering the technical solution within a project.   

  4. Provide status updates to the project manager and customer.

  5. Intentionally seek opportunities to grow and develop others as well as yourself.

  6. Design integration solutions from scratch.

  7. Excellent communication skills and ability to meet commitments. 

  8. Give and receive constructive feedback effectively.

  9. Ability to listen to our customers in order to understand their challenges and opportunities.



  1. Support sales team by engaging with the customer to identify system requirements and functionality ensuring the solution we develop provides exceptional value.

  2. Develop others and participate in development of training curriculum.  



  1. A four year engineering degree or equivalent related experience is required.

  2. Must have experience in a manufacturing environment.

  3. Must have machine/robot programming and/or software integration experience.

  4. Must be familiar with programmable logic controllers, distributed control systems or various SCADA packages.




Knowledge Required

  1. Programming experience for process related applications including: process controls, discrete manufacturing, continuous and batch production.

  2. Experience programming PLC’s in an IEC61131 environment.

  3. Demonstrated success troubleshooting industrial systems, including machine operation, communications and connectivity.

  4. Fluent PC/computer skills including internet based tools such as Google suite and Microsoft tools.

  5. Fluent ethernet/ networking skills desired

  6. Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Specific Attributes

  1.       Customer Focus - Excellent interpersonal skills at all levels of customer contact.

  2.       Instills Trust - High level of integrity and understanding of business ethics.

  3.       Communicates Effectively - Excellent listening skills.

  4.       Action Oriented - Self-motivated; able to work independently with minimal supervision.

  5.       Drives Results - Good decision making and problem solving skills; analytical.

  6.       Plans and Aligns - Good organizational skills.

  7.       Resourcefulness - Innovative, open-minded, resourceful.

  8.       Manages Conflict - Handles stressful situations well; adapt readily; courageous spirit.

  9.       Collaborates - Functions cooperatively in a team environment.

  10.       Nimble Learning - Integrates new information quickly.



  1. The work environment varies from typical office environment to plant site environment

  2. Travel typically varies from 10% to 30% depending on work assignments

  3. Individuals may need to sit or stand as needed. Requires walking primarily on a level surface for varying periods throughout the day in the plant site area. Could involve long periods of computer work.

  4. Able to lift or carry up to 20 lbs.

  5. Postural activities include climbing, maneuvering, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling above, under and around machinery, equipment occasionally and includes reaching, handling, touching grasping machine parts, controls, control panels, levers, and switches as needed.

  6. Ability to climb ladders, stairs, platforms and scaffolding to diagnose/troubleshoot process and equipment occasionally.

  7. Ability to work in non-permit required spaces and at various heights using PPE as required.

  8. Physical effort required, continuous mental and visual attention required.

  9. The performance of this position includes exposure to the manufacturing areas where certain areas require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as Safety Glasses with Side Shields and Hearing Protection. Primary environment: ambient room temperatures, lighting and traditional office equipment as found in a typical office environment. Required to be able to read documents and computer screens.


Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities


Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


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