Industrial PLC/Controls Electrical Engineer

Grand Rapids, MI posted on December 11

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Job Description:

Serve Electric is hiring for a Industrial PLC/Controls Electrical Engineer. A successful candidate for this role must be able to:

  • Work in manufacturing environments, not just behind a desk
  • Troubleshoot an electrical issue from start to finish without the use of schematics or clear information from the operator or customer
  • Communicate clearly with the customer, service manager, and other team members
  • Work well with other team members

Core Responsibilities and day-to-day tasks:

  • The Controls Engineer is responsible for completing jobs relating to machine controls on-time, under budget, and to the satisfaction of customer needs
  • Responsible for working with multiple departments from concept through release phase, with accountability for project execution
  • Provide technical support of external and internal customers
  • Assist in the development of electrical and controls system design solutions based on engineering principles and involvement in presentation of the solution to the customer
  • Help resolve operational problems related to projects and minimize delays or unexpected cost increases
  • Perform electrical hardware and software design of customized solutions including manufacturing automation and safety systems and create HMI screens
  • Must be able to set up Device net and Ethernet systems and set IP addresses
  • Monitor project workflow and support resources to ensure timely delivery of projects at or below the allotted budget
  • Analyze project requirements and perform technical design calculations including electrical requirements, robotic safety standards, and motor controls
  • Excellent customer communication, leadership and teamwork skills
  • As needed, travel to customer sites for installation and startup support of custom machinery and automation
  • Knowledge of presses and press automation is a big plus
  • Programming experience with:
    • RSLogix 5, 500 and 5000
    • Siemens Step 7 Allen-Bradley


  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree in related field, or equivalent professional experience, BSEE preferred
  • BS in Electrical, Mechanical, or Computer Engineering is desired
  • Minimum 3-years of controls experience with increasing responsibility and duties
  • Ability to create and read logic flow diagrams for program design, programming, simulation testing, and startup.
  • Must be customer-oriented and maintain excellent relationships with customers
  • Strong knowledge of control and electrical system design and its application in automated industrial designs including specification of vision, power, sensor, inspection, and communication systems
  • Exceptional communication skills and ability to work effectively with cross functional teams
  • Proficient with MS Office applications
  • Proficient with PLC platforms, including but not limited to, Allen Bradley, Siemens, RS Logix5000, and Legacy platforms
  • Technical aptitude and understanding of industrial equipment and machinery
  • Ability to work 50 hours per week

We are proud to offer our employees:

  • Health Insurance
  • 401k
  • Competitive Wages
  • Paid Vacation
  • Paid Holidays