Senior Electrical Controls Engineer - Project Manager

Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc   Sterling, IL   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on January 14, 2024

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Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc for over 50 years has designed, engineered and specialized in producing customized material weighing and batching systems, bulk bag filling/packaging stations, bulk bag unloading systems, process controls and plantwide automation systems.





Position Summary:

Design, Manage, and Execute material handling plant automation projects from estimating through engineering and installation/commissioning with an emphasis on Electrical Design and Controls aspects of the project.


Principal Responsibilities:

  • Estimate Materials and Labor for new material handling plant automation solutions
  • Specify Components and Create Electrical Designs for Control Panels
  • Follow UL 508A, NEC, and NFPA Standards in Industrial Control Designs
  • Create well documented Customer Approval Packages
  • Use E-Plan and DraftSight software to create production ready drawings
  • HMI and PLC Programming (Allen Bradley PLCs, FactoryTalk View ME/SE)
  • Conduct in-house checkout of completed systems
  • Attend vendor and customer factory acceptance tests
  • Write detailed instruction manuals for completed projects
  • Assist customers with onsite and phone troubleshooting and system start up.
  • Research new technology available in market and contribute to new designs and developments
  • Support Sales Staff when technical experience/expertise is required
  • Take on role of project manager for assigned jobs including:
    • Work with Engineering, Sales, Accounting and Office Staff
    • Direct, assist and mentor Associate and Intermediate Engineers, including review of work.
    • Direct and coordinate Mechanical Design Staff on material handling equipment design and controls
    • Control project costs and define variations from estimates.
    • Maintain contact with customers throughout project.
    • Develop, monitor, and control project timelines and schedule
    • Communicate and request technical information from vendors and customers.
    • Work with Purchasing Department to procure project materials and address supply chain issues.



  • Accuracy and high attention to detail
  • High level of Electrical, Software, and Mechanical aptitude
  • Time management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written grammar skills
  • Problem solving ability
  • Methodical thinking skills
  • Ability to communicate to all levels of plant personnel
  • Ability to change tasks frequently and work on multiple projects simultaneously


Knowledge, Education or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related field
  • UL MET Certified or willing to become UL MET Certified
  • Experienced in E-Plan and DraftSight (or AutoCAD) software
  • Proficient in Control Panel design following UL 508A, NEC, NFPA standards.
  • Experience with Allen Bradley Hardware (PLCs, VFDs, SoftStarts, HMIs, etc)
  • Experience with Rockwell Software products (FactoryTalk View, Logic Designer, CCW)
  • Experience with Industrial Controls, Material Handling Systems, and Plant Automation preferably from an OEM Machine Builder or Systems Integrator perspective.


Characteristics Required:

  • Ability to work independently without supervision
  • Travel enthusiastic
  • Dependable hard working
  • Flexible to changing priorities and routines


Physical Requirements:

  • Long periods of standing or sitting, with extended periods of work at a computer & traveling
  • Squatting, lifting and stretching



Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc, offers highly competitive wages & company benefits.


To apply, send resume to:

Human Resources

Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc.

PO Box 418

Sterling, IL 61081


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