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Controls Engineer

COMPANY BACKGROUND
KFI is a recognized industry leader in process and facility infrastructure design and performance. We serve
clients in the United States, Canada and Central America and have capabilities not commonly found in
traditional engineering firms, including our commissioning work and our ability to drive projects of all sizes.
KFI was established in 1996 to make a difference in the way infrastructure and processing projects are
delivered. We employ a highly trained staff of engineers, technicians and managers who execute projects
with the same care and creativity we would expect if we were the client. We are located in Minnesota,
Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, Ohio, and Arizona with a team of 170 professionals.

POSITION OVERVIEW
The Controls Engineer solves problems by applying industrial control technologies to a variety of fields, with
an emphasis on energy systems. The position requires technical competence, creativity, attention to detail,
self-direction, and a commitment to excellent customer service. The successful candidate will contribute to
all phases of the project lifecycle, including:
• Conceptual design
• Control panel and network design
• Equipment specification and procurement
• Controller programming
• HMI/SCADA development
• Construction support and startup
• Commissioning
• Training
• Ongoing maintenance and support

TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES
Specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:
• Prepare design documents: system architecture diagrams, schematic and panel layout drawings,
installation drawings, functional descriptions, and equipment specifications.
• Write and debug control logic for programmable logic controllers or similar platforms.
• Develop applications using a variety of SCADA and HMI software.
• Start up and troubleshoot new systems in the field, including controllers, networks, and
instrumentation and control devices.
• Commission and fine tune control systems, working individually or as a member of a team of other
engineers, technicians, and contractors.
• Stay current on control system technologies and industry trends. Participate in internal and
external training.
• Learn to use new tools as technology and company needs evolve.
­ Obtain and maintain technical certifications as needed.
Additionally, this position will likely work to assist in the delivery of other Performance Group projects. This
work will require, but not be limited to, the following:
• Perform site visits to collect equipment information and assess system operations.
• Analyze system operational performance and develop recommendations to improve operations
and energy efficiency.
• Support other Commissioning and Recommissioning activities.

Key Performance Characteristics

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
The successful candidate will understand control system architecture and sequence of operation
development, control panel layout/design, control logic development in PLC (Allen Bradley/Emerson) or
DCS environments and HMI (Wonderware) system application development. Must have experience
specifying instrumentation for flow, pressure, temperature and be capable of selecting and sizing
modulating valves for steam and water applications. Other demonstrated capabilities include proficiency in
written and verbal communications, ability to conduct client meetings and project presentations and
excellent problem solving and troubleshooting skills. This person will also be self-directed, but thrive in an
environment where consultation and collaboration lead to superior outcomes. Finally, this person must
also have the ability to quickly learn software applications relating to control systems.

LEADERSHIP CHARACTERISTICS
Being Assertive
• Is able to be fair, but firm at the appropriate time; can handle conflict, and is able to hold key
stakeholders, such as Contractors, accountable for hitting milestones and key deliverables.
Getting Organized
• Is well organized, resourceful, and planful; effective and efficient at marshalling multiple resources
to get things done; lays out tasks in sufficient detail to mark the trail; is able to get things done with
less and in less time; can work on multiple tasks at once without losing track; foresees and plans
around obstacles.
Getting Work Done Through Others
• Influences well; gets the most and best out of others; sets and communicates guiding goals;
measures accomplishments, holds people accountable, and gives useful feedback; delegates; keeps
people informed.
Focusing on Action and Outcomes
• Attacks everything with drive and energy with an eye on the bottom line; not afraid to initiate
action before all the facts are known; drives to finish everything he/she starts.
Communicating Effectively
• Writes and presents effectively; adjusts to fit the audience and the message; strongly gets a
message across.
Builds Relationships
• Treats people with respect; relates well to people regardless of their organization level, personality,
or background. Encourages others to express their views, even contrary ones.

Education

Position requires a minimum of 7-10 years’ experience in the design, programming, installation and
commissioning of PLC/DCS/MMI applications for continuous process, power generation, manufacturing or
facility systems. In addition, HVAC systems experience and/or electrical distribution design experience is a
plus. Preference will be given to qualified candidates with a bachelor’s degree in engineering or
engineering technology but individuals with associate degrees and significant applicable experience will be
strongly considered. Professional registration is also considered an asset.

Compensation

Recognizing the importance of this position to KFI, a competitive salary and benefits package will be offered.

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