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Controls Engineering Leader

T. F. Hudgins, Inc. • El Dorado, AR
a month ago


This position is responsible for designing, developing, installing, managing and/or maintaining equipment which is used to monitor and control machinery and processes.  You will ensure that these systems and processes operate effectively, efficiently and safely.  You will have the opportunity to work on a variety of new automation design projects that will start with initial design, through manufacture of systems, testing and debugging, installation and training.   


  • Controls Engineering
  • Become familiar with all areas of plant processes.
  • Designing and developing new control systems, which will include electrical schematics, control panel design, PLC programming, system testing and debugging.
  • Will be the plant liaison for new system start-up and commissioning by all outside controls contractors and system integrators to ensure project success. 
  • Testing, maintaining, and modifying existing systems.
  • Providing technical guidance for E&I technicians, operations and engineers
  • Working collaboratively with E&I department, process engineers, project engineers, purchasers and other internal staff.  
  • Project management within cost and time constrained environments.
  • Troubleshooting and problem-solving.
  • Recommend reliability improvements.
  • Specifying and purchasing equipment.
  • Assisting in the development and maintenance of process control narratives.
  • Developing and maintaining a 5-year rolling plan to upgrade and maintain process control equipment.
  • Developing and programming process control logic in DCS, PLC, VFD’s and SCADA systems. 
  • Support manufacturing and validation of systems which include pneumatics, VFD’s, relays, communication networks, OPC servers, pushbuttons, and HMIs
  • Accepting responsibility and a level of accountability commensurate with the seniority of the position. 
  • Training maintenance personnel, plant operators and engineers in the areas of process control.  
  • Assist with scoping, design, implementation of Plant Instrumentation Systems.
  • Inform Engineering Manager of capital project activities, planning, scheduling and AFE preparation. 


  • Minimum of 8+ years work experience
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or Technology.  Will consider electrical education from any of: BSEE, ASEE or hand-on compensating maintenance experience such as a combination of controls technician, maintenance technician, OEM experience or trade school
  • Ability to understand mechanical and electrical designs, automation, and programming
  • Experience designing, programming, and debugging of multiple brands of PLC control systems and HMIs (Allen-Bradley and Honeywell systems a plus)
  • Strong PLC skills with expertise in system administration and maintenance activities, including hardware/software troubleshooting and debugging.