Automation & Controls Engineer

About The Role: 

We are seeking a team-oriented, highly motivated and experienced Automation & Controls Engineer for our St. Paul, Minnesota office. We offer full service Electrical & Controls System Engineering Consulting services in the US and abroad.

Primary Responsibilities

  • This position will exercise lead role when assigned to larger multi-discipline projects and project manager role for controls and instrumentation only projects.
  • Design major component(s) of a project requiring a thorough knowledge of control design and related fields.
  • Prepare installation documents, technical specifications, project work description, bid documents and reports.
  • Perform advanced electrical calculations and circuit/system analysis.
  • Make design decisions within corporate established guidelines, procedures and practices. Apply sound basic controls & instrumentation design methods to develop detailed design. 
  • Develop PLC logic, HMI interface logic, system communications, elementary diagrams, control panel layouts, and instrument specifications.
  • Travel to client project site, as needed, to gather information before engineering begins, for plant reviews, contractor pre-bid job walks, construction kick-off meetings, construction observation, system checkout and start-up, and project closeout.



Bachelors or Masters’ Degree in Electrical, Chemical or Mechanical Engineering with Controls, Process or Manufacturing Emphasis, from an ABET Accredited Institution.



  • Minimum 6 years’ experience as a controls/automation engineer.
  • Knowledge of software tools for programming PLCs & configuring HMIs. DCS configuration experience desired, but not required.
  • Able to perform advanced electrical calculations.
  • Has developed PLC logic, HMI interface logic, system communications, elementary diagrams, control panel layouts, and instrument specifications. 
  • Experience with process automation systems is highly preferred.
  • Professional PE registration or ability to obtain such is highly preferred.


Optional Skills Applicable to the Role

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, as well as verbal and written communications.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with individuals at all levels in the organization in a team environment.
  • Knowledge of relevant technical software.
  • Knowledge of MS Office software products: Word/Excel/Outlook.

Why Kelly®?

Kelly puts you in charge of your career, with access to cutting edge projects and technologies in industry leading organizations. Top companies throughout the world have trusted Kelly as a premier source of engineering talent and services since 1965. And engineering job seekers know Kelly as a firm with an unmatched reputation for quality, integrity, and professionalism. Whether you seek the variety and flexibility of working on short-term project engagements or prefer contract-to-hire or direct-hire placement with our clients, apply with Kelly to explore opportunities that suit your specific professional interests.

About Kelly®

At Kelly, we’re always thinking about what’s next and advising job seekers on new ways of working to reach their full potential. In fact, we’re a leading advocate for temporary/nontraditional workstyles, because we believe they allow flexibility and tremendous growth opportunities that enable a better way to work and live. Connecting great people with great companies is what we do best, and our employment opportunities span a wide variety of workstyles, skill levels, and industries around the world.

Kelly is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a diverse workforce, including, but not limited to, minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, sexual orientation, gender identity. Equal Employment Opportunity is The Law.

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