What does an Automation and Controls Engineer do?

Controls engineers play pivotal roles in plant procedures and operations. They are central to many industries and are often required to have proficiency in electronics, mechanics, and engineering. They use their analytical skills to examine and improve a process or increase productivity, and they are responsible for checking that plant equipment is maintained correctly. They collaborate with other departments and outside parties to create and implement processes that increase efficiency.

Controls engineers troubleshoot issues with hardware and with processes, and they plan preventative maintenance. They strive to find creative solutions when problems and issues arise. They also assist in implementing predictive maintenance plans and analyzing plant processes to improve their expertise in electronics, engineering, and mechanics. Controls engineers need a minimum bachelor's degree in engineering, electrical, manufacturing, or mechanical engineering and two-to-four years of experience in related fields.

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EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Automation and Controls Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$85,127 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$60K
Median: $85K
$121K
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Automation and Controls Engineer Career Path

Learn how to become an Automation and Controls Engineer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Controls Engineer
$83,583/yr
L3
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Automation and Controls Engineer Insights

Read what Automation and Controls Engineer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
TeslaTesla
Controls Engineer
Sep 18, 2020

“Most people spend few years and then leave because working here leads to great career opportunities afterwards.”

MacDonald-Miller Facility SolutionsMacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions
Senior Controls Specialist
Oct 10, 2021

“MM is the best and has the best culture i have seen in my career.”

WELD TECHNOLOGIA ZGRZEWANIA
Electrical and Controls Engineer
Dec 2, 2020

“WELD uses cutting edge technologies and currently is one of the best welding machines manufacturer in region.”

Vertech Industrial SystemsVertech Industrial Systems
Control Systems Integrator II
Jul 12, 2021

“Management cares about how you're doing outside of your work and is able to work with you to ensure you're able to succeed”

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Control
Sep 3, 2019

“You get to work with some insanely talented people on very very high end projects.”

SiemensSiemens
Controls Engineer
Sep 21, 2020

“Good benefits such as 100% 401k match up to 6% of your salary.”

3M3M
Control Systems Engineer
Jun 23, 2019

“Job security is good and safe”

Scale-Tron
Controls Specialist
Jul 12, 2021

“Good group insurance and investing.”

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