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Controls Engineer at Sterling Engineering, Inc.

Controls Engineer

Sterling Engineering, Inc. Elburn, IL (On Site) Full-Time


  • Use Allen Bradley software to design and program PLCs and HMIs for multi-station made-to-order automation systems. Program PLCs using ladder logic with structured, clear programming and program HMIs using design standards. 

  • Use CAD to design electrical schematics including controls, safety and power circuits, pneumatic systems, bill of materials and panel layouts for new made-to-order automation systems per internal and customer specifications. Work with Mechanical Engineers to integrate the electrical, pneumatic, and mechanical designs.

  • Test, troubleshoot and debug made-to-order automation systems utilizing internal test scripts and customer provided factory acceptance test protocols.

  • Work with other Controls Engineers in creating and updating programming standards for PLCs and HMIs, design standards for electrical/pneumatic systems.

  • Create and edit operation and troubleshooting manuals for made-to-order automation systems.

  • Support Service Group in troubleshooting issues with existing, installed standard products and made-to-order automations out in the field, using Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Siemens and Allen Bradley PLC and HMI software.

  • Participate in project and design review meetings as required. Meet project budget, schedule, and deadlines.

  • Travel and interface with customers as required to troubleshoot controls issues at customer sites.


  • Bachelor’ s degree in Electrical Engineering preferred. Associates/technical degree with equivalent technical experience and demonstrated competence will be considered.


  • 5+ years controls and electrical design experience on custom automation required. 

  • Experience using Allen Bradley RS Logix 5000/Studio 5000 for PLC programming and Allen Bradley FactoryTalk for HMI programming required. Mitsubishi, Panasonic, or Siemens programming experience a plus but not required.

  • Electrical, pneumatic and panel design required. (SolidWorks Electrical preferred; AutoCAD Electrical required.)

  • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of all applicable electrical standards, including but not limited to NEC, NFPA and OSHA standards.

  • Demonstrated strong creative problem solving, self-motivation, multi-tasking, communications (written and verbal), technical writing skills and a team player.

  • Ability to travel (< 10%) to support installation and troubleshooting at customer sites.

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