Controls Engineer

  • Ascent Aerospace
  • Macomb, MI, USA
  • Jul 22, 2022
Full time Engineering

Job Description

*This position is for both level entry Controls Engineer and Senior Engineers 

The individual will provide engineering, integration, and technical support for the manufacture of automated assembly equipment. The individual will assume a lead role in the programming, commissioning, and software testing phase. It is the responsibility of the successful candidate to design, program, test, and start up the system in our clients’ facility. Design work includes PLC SW logic, CNC programming, HMI programming, and drive configuration

This document in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying the position.

  • Responsible for automated controls system software design, specification, programming, simulation, testing, and start-up assistance
  • Design, write, test, implement, and document PLC logic and HMI software
  • Support installation, commissioning, and production support of the systems on the customer floor
  • Completes the design of complex systems that integrate both hardware and software controls elements
  • Assist in the development of company standards to ensure consistency in project execution
  • Work with other integration engineers on researching new technologies which can be applied to aerospace applications to improve system design and performance
  • Reviews the program department metrics to ensure accuracy of reporting program performance to management and Customers. Provides recommendations to improve metrics designed to enhance operation efficiencies.


Any combination of education and experience providing the required skill and knowledge for successful job performance will be considered.  Typical qualifications would be:

  • BA or BS degree in Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering
  • 3-10+ years experience in PLC logic and programming with any of the following PLCs: Allen Bradley or Siemens
  • Proficient in Servo Applications that support Siemens or Allen-Bradley drives
  • Proficient in programming Fanuc, Kuka, and/or ABB robots a plus
  • Proficient in MS Office: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Project.
  • This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a “US Person” as defined by 22. C.F.R. § is required


  • Experience in C# Programming language is preferred.
  • Experience in a Manufacturing Engineering environment preferred.
  • Experience with Aerospace Automated Equipment integration is preferred


Working conditions described here are representative of those that may be experienced by an employee on a daily basis while performing the functions of this job.

  • While performing the duties of this job, employees may be exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes, and airborne particles
  • Typically sits for extended periods at a computer workstation
  • May access and work in the manufacturing plant
  • The employee may be exposed to vibration
  • The employee is occasionally exposed to caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
  •  May be required to travel to other site locations during the work day
  • May be required to work weekends to meet department and business demands
  • Work with safe manufacturing processes and understand that eyewear is mandatory in the manufacturing area
  • Knows that safety shoes are recommended in the manufacturing area


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

  • Must be able to sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
  • Must be able to see, talk, hear, touch, feel and reach with hands and arms.
  • Must be able to frequently walk & stand for short periods of time
  • Must be able to lift and move up to 10 pounds, occasionally lift and move objects up to 35lbs.


This position requires the use of information that is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of ITAR. ITAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder').

 Ascent Aerospace is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status or a person’s relationship or association with a protected veteran, including spouses and other family members, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. Equal Employment Opportunity Posters  If you’d like to view a copy of the company’s affirmative action plan or policy statement, please call toll-free at +1 586-726-0500. If you have a disability and you believe you need reasonable accommodation in order to search for a job opening or to submit an online application, please call toll-free at +1 586-726-0500. This phone number is created exclusively to assist disabled job seekers whose disability prevents them from being able to apply online. Only messages left for this purpose will be returned. Messages left for other purposes, such as following up on an application or technical issues not related to a disability, will not receive a response.