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Electrical Controls Engineer

Fulton, IL, US, 61252

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Position Summary:  Timken Drives, a premier manufacturer of high performance chain and auger products is seeking a Controls Engineer to provide daily production support and improvement activities.

Primary responsibilities include leading and supporting domestic and global safety, productivity and continuous improvement initiatives through process and controls design improvements in a diverse manufacturing environment. The manufacturing environment contains a wide breath of processes including fabrication, heat treatment and complex assembly processes. The Controls Engineer will directly support and troubleshoot current equipment and will design and install new electrical controls. The successful candidate must be able to effectively communicate at all levels, be highly motivated, and engage directly with the manufacturing floor to ensure alignment and effective execution of safety and productivity initiatives.


 Essential Job Duties: 

  • Lead cross-functional teams to ensure successful execution of electrical and controls projects while effectively balancing internal and external resources, timeline and budget adherence.
  • Programming, troubleshooting and designing PLC controls, HMI and CNC drive systems.
  • Analyze project requirements and perform technical calculations supporting design including electrical requirements, robotics, safety standards and motor controls.
  • Design electrical schematics using electrical CAD software as needed.
  • Lead justifying (ROI), designing, developing, implementing and documenting of controls improvement and automation projects.
  • Ensure all relevant safety objectives and legal requirements are observed for all work completed including NFPA, OSHA standards, and others as required when designing or retrofitting equipment and controls.
  • Work directly with fellow coworkers and outside vendors to ensure alignment and effective execution of project initiatives.
  • Engage in the key principles of the high performance/learning-based culture: performance management, effective leadership, teamwork and collaboration, personal development, and global mindset. Direct work of electricians and subcontractors as assigned.
  • Assist in the implementation and promotion of LEAN Manufacturing principles and culture throughout the department.
  • Travel to vendors for evaluation and equipment runoff approval.
  • Will be required to perform other duties as requested, directed or assigned.
  • Will be required to cross-train to learn equipment and technologies as required.


Minimum Requirements:  

  • Experience in converting or retrofitting mechanical controls to electric systems using PLC, HMI and Drive systems.
  • Ability to interact effectively with employees, including listening to employee’s issues, speaking to all employees with respect, and being approachable. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of controls and electrical systems including design, motion control and network communication systems. 
  • Strong fundamental knowledge of control and electrical system design including specifications of sensor, power, and inspection.


Qualifications Preferred

  • Experience in controls documentation and HMI design for ease of use in equipment inspection and trouble shooting.
  • Experience in panel building, vision, and Manufacturing Execution Systems (ie Factory Talk, Wonderware, etc.)
  • Experience in capital projects through justification, design, build, implementation and verification is preferred.
  • Preferred experience in leading electrical and controls improvements.
  • Critical thinker with exceptional problem-solving skills.
  • Flexible in working schedule and communication methods to support global manufacturing initiatives.
  • Experience in managing through ambiguity and determining best course of action.
  • Ability to effectively handle multi-tasking of support activities while continuing to drive multiple concurrent projects.
  • Proficient in MS Office, AB-Rockwell Automation and electrical SolidWorks.


Education and/or Experience: 

  • BS in Electrical OR Mechatronics Engineering 
  • Minimum of 3 years of controls engineering and PLC programming experience in manufacturing environment.


All qualified applicants shall be treated equally according to their individual qualifications, abilities, experiences and other employment standards. There will be no discrimination due to gender or gender identity, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran/military status or any other basis protected by applicable law.

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The Timken Company designs a growing portfolio of engineered bearings and power transmission products that improve the reliability and efficiency of global machinery and equipment to move the world forward. Timken posted $3.8 billion in sales in 2019 and employs more than 17,000 people globally, operating from 42 countries.

Why Choose Timken?

  • Over a century of knowledge and innovation
  • A culture of top performance
  • A global, diverse environment
  • Products that contribute to a sustainable world
  • A conviction to improve communities around us
  • Competitive salary and benefits

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