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Electrical Controls Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

An Electrical Controls Engineer 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 215 Electrical Controls Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 6895 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 2015:

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 $90,274.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $89,255.

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 $84,343.

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 Degree7.18%
Bachelor's Degree72.28%
Master's Degree14.47%
Doctoral Degree2.35%
Other2.77%

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 years18.4%
3 to 5 years50.12%
6 to 8 years17.52%
9+ years13.96%

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 (Problem Solving) (35.58%)
  • Communication (31.23%)
  • Problem Solving (18.85%)
  • Operations (18.26%)
  • Management (14.39%)
  • Leadership (13.85%)
  • Microsoft Office (12.63%)
  • Writing (11.28%)
  • Planning (10.37%)
  • Microsoft Excel (9.98%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Control Systems (48.64%)
  • Project Management (24.76%)
  • Electrical Engineering (56.22%)
  • Instrumentation (31.33%)
  • Commissioning (18.85%)
  • Automation (32.36%)
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (55.33%)
  • Control Engineering (20.65%)
  • Human Machine Interfaces (42.62%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Bill Of Materials (10.4%)
  • Engineering Design Process (11.42%)
  • Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) (18.71%)
  • Distributed Control Systems (15.09%)
  • Systems Design (8.86%)
  • Auditing (1.85%)
  • AutoCAD (31.65%)
  • Programmable Logic Controllers Programming (19.17%)
  • Process Control (11.83%)
  • Electrical Systems (10.32%)
  • Electrical Wiring (15.34%)
  • Control System Design (9.69%)
  • Electrical Control Systems (9.82%)
  • Procurement (10.97%)
  • Machinery (11.69%)
  • Variable Frequency Drives (8.56%)
  • NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) Codes (7.86%)
  • Technical Support (5.29%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (13.6%)
  • Power Distribution (6.65%)
  • Motor Control (6.2%)
  • Sensors (9.02%)
  • Debugging (7.86%)
  • Construction (8.05%)
  • Control Valves (4.68%)
  • Valves (Piping) (5.22%)
  • Programmable Logic Controller Control Panel (7.65%)
  • Computer-Aided Design (7.17%)
  • Project Engineering (4.68%)
  • Robotics (7.28%)
  • Control Panels (8.59%)
  • Oil And Gas (5.17%)
  • Low Voltage (3%)
  • Wiring Diagram (8.77%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Electrical Engineering (69.31%)
  • Automation (39.89%)
  • Control Engineering (25.46%)
  • Project Management (30.52%)

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
  • Instrumentation and Controls Engineer
  • Instrument and Controls Engineer
  • Electrical Instrumentation and Control Engineer
  • Electrical Control Systems Engineer
  • Electrical and Controls Engineer
  • Protection and Control Engineer
  • Instrumentation and Controls Designer
  • Instrumentation 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 (542)
  • Jacobs Engineering Group (112)
  • Sargent & Lundy (111)
  • Kimberly-Clark (105)
  • Pace Packaging Corporation (96)
  • Randstad (96)
  • Black & Veatch (84)
  • CyberCoders (75)
  • John Wood Group (71)
  • Burns & McDonnell (68)

North Carolina

  • Actalent (19)
  • Black & Veatch (8)
  • Albemarle (5)
  • Sargent & Lundy (5)
  • Dewberry Engineers (5)
  • Owens Corning (5)
  • John Wood Group (5)
  • Jacobs Engineering Group (4)
  • Burns & McDonnell (4)
  • Siemens Energy (3)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!