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Serve Electric Industrial PLC/Controls Technician in Sterling Heights, Michigan

Based in Michigan, Serve Electric is a multi-dimensional electrical contractor. Able to service customers across the United States, we were founded on the mission to power industry and serve not only our customers – but each other – and exceed expectations, day in and day out.

We are driven by a genuine desire to hold Serve Electric, and the entire industry, to a higher standard of service and quality. We have and will continue to push the industry standard beyond the bar once set. Even before the coffee kicks in, each member of our team sets out to become more than we were yesterday.

Whether we’re putting on work boots or dress shoes, our team is ignited by one mindset: to power and empower. As we grow and expand our team, no matter the position, we are always looking for those who are ready to be empowered and raise the bar.

Powering industry. Empowering people.

Job Description:

Serve Electric is hiring for a Industrial PLC/Controls Electrical Engineer. A successful candidate for this role must be able to:

  • Work in manufacturing environments, not just behind a desk

  • Troubleshoot an electrical issue from start to finish without the use of schematics or clear information from the operator or customer

  • Communicate clearly with the customer, service manager, and other team members

  • Work well with other team members

Core Responsibilities and day-to-day tasks:

  • The Controls Engineer is responsible for completing jobs relating to machine controls on-time, under budget, and to the satisfaction of customer needs

  • Responsible for working with multiple departments from concept through release phase, with accountability for project execution

  • Provide technical support of external and internal customers

  • Assist in the development of electrical and controls system design solutions based on engineering principles and involvement in presentation of the solution to the customer

  • Help resolve operational problems related to projects and minimize delays or unexpected cost increases

  • Perform electrical hardware and software design of customized solutions including manufacturing automation and safety systems and create HMI screens

  • Must be able to set up Device net and Ethernet systems and set IP addresses

  • Monitor project workflow and support resources to ensure timely delivery of projects at or below the allotted budget

  • Analyze project requirements and perform technical design calculations including electrical requirements, robotic safety standards, and motor controls

  • Excellent customer communication, leadership and teamwork skills

  • As needed, travel to customer sites for installation and startup support of custom machinery and automation

  • Knowledge of presses and press automation is a big plus

  • Programming experience with:

  • RSLogix 5, 500 and 5000

  • Siemens Step 7 Allen-Bradley


  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree in related field, or equivalent professional experience, BSEE preferred

  • BS in Electrical, Mechanical, or Computer Engineering is desired

  • Minimum 3-years of controls experience with increasing responsibility and duties

  • Ability to create and read logic flow diagrams for program design, programming, simulation testing, and startup.

  • Must be customer-oriented and maintain excellent relationships with customers

  • Strong knowledge of control and electrical system design and its application in automated industrial designs including specification of vision, power, sensor, inspection, and communication systems

  • Exceptional communication skills and ability to work effectively with cross functional teams

  • Proficient with MS Office applications

  • Proficient with PLC platforms, including but not limited to, Allen Bradley, Siemens, RS Logix5000, and Legacy platforms

  • Technical aptitude and understanding of industrial equipment and machinery

  • Ability to work 50 hours per week

We are proud to offer our employees:

  • Health Insurance

  • 401k

  • Competitive Wages

  • Paid Vacation

  • Paid Holidays