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SpecSys6: Controls Engineer


COMPANY/DEPARTMENT: SpecSys, Inc. / Engineering

REPORTS TO: Director of Engineering, located at Montevideo or New Ulm, MN or Watertown, SD

FLSA STATUS: Exempt / Full-time

JOB SUMMARY: The Controls Engineer will program and complete design work for mobile equipment that includes electrical device/component selection, development of control loop functional scripts, schematics, panel layouts and wiring diagrams, detailed BOM and Operator and User Manuals. The controls Engineer will collaborate with other SpecSys engineers and manufacturing along with project managers to ensure the On Time - On Budget - Done Right - Done-Safely aspects of the project assigned.


  • Verify the design meets performance and configuration specifications
  • Develop and update project timelines, including periodic reviews
  • Develop system concepts to perform project function
  • Perform engineering calculations to verify compliance with design requirements
  • Provide technical data to the client, designers, and drafters
  • Develop electronic control systems to meet customer expectations
  • Provide programming for controls, including PLC's and HMI/GUI components
  • Provide analysis to verify system function
  • Prepare system operation documents for the customer
  • Prepare and present project design review booklets to the customer
  • Prepare system schematics for AC /DC electrical circuits in single- and/or three- phase environments
  • Specify materials to be used in design
  • Specify and source purchase components to be used
  • Capable to work on multiple CAD packages
  • Knowledgeable with CodeSys (or C, C++, VBA) and other mobile equipment program language
  • Experience with SAE J1939 and CANopen
  • Provide direction and support to mechanical engineering for system integration
  • Reviews CAD models for completeness, functionality, manufacturabilty
  • Review detail drawings for completeness, accuracy, and client standards
  • Review and update model and drawing tolerances
  • Generate and reviewBill of Materials for completeness
  • Provide instructions and support to electrical technicians for system builds
  • Update and track action items, including Engineering Change Orders


  • Possess strong mechanical, controls and electronics aptitude
  • Ability to interact at a professional level with Mfg Operations, Sales, Clients, and Quality is a vital aspect of this job function
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team is essential
  • All work will be consistent with internal or customer specified requirements, and includes the ability to understand and apply local, national, and international codes and to comply with such as deemed necessary


  • High School Diploma or general education degree (GED)
  • BS or MS Degree in Electrical Engineering or Electrical Engineering Technology disciplines
  • 4+ years of controls and electrical experience.


  • Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required skill and knowledge for successful performance would be acceptable.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

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