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Electrical Controls Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Designs, develops, and supervises all aspects of electrical control systems, equipment, and machinery. May be responsible for the installation and technical support of PLC based hardware and software.

Job Outlook

There were 663 Electrical Controls Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 18033 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Electrical Engineer industry, which includes the Electrical Controls Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Electrical Controls Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $89,773.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $89,834.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Electrical Controls Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $82,212.

Education and Experience

Posted Electrical Controls Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree77%
Master's Degree23%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other0%

Posted Electrical Controls Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years19%
3 to 5 years55%
6 to 8 years13%
9+ years13%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Electrical Controls Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Troubleshooting (43%)
  • Communication Skills (35%)
  • Problem Solving (23%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (17%)
  • Microsoft Office (16%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Human Machine Interface (HMI) (32%)
  • AutoCAD (22%)
  • Commissioning (22%)
  • Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Programming (22%)
  • Project Management (21%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Siemens Nixdorf Hardware (17%)
  • Budgeting (15%)
  • Schematic Diagrams (14%)
  • Scheduling (14%)
  • Systems Engineering (13%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) (6%)
  • Electrical Control (6%)
  • Power Distribution (6%)
  • Factorytalk (5%)
  • Control System Design (5%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Electrical Controls Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Controls Engineer
  • Senior Controls Engineer
  • Process Controls Engineer
  • Electrical Systems Engineer

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Electrical Controls Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Actalent (370)
  • Eaton (329)
  • General Motors (307)
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation (262)
  • Raytheon (234)

North Carolina

  • Corning Incorporated (32)
  • Eaton (31)
  • Baxter International Incorporated (19)
  • Actalent (17)
  • Leidos (10)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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