Controls Engineer

Requisition ID
Work Location
Department / Discipline
Automation & Controls Engineering
Position Type
Staff / Permanent
Professional & Technical

Overview / Responsibilities


Wood Automation and Controls is currently seeking a Controls Engineer to join our team in the Portsmouth, VA office. The Engineer will support all electrical design functions related to Water-Wastewater, Automotive and Bridge Controls. Demonstrated trouble shooting skills are absolutely necessary. 


This is an ideal opportunity for an individual with solid experience as a systems integrator, who is looking for career growth with a major organization.  



  • Create electrical schematics from customer specifications and update schematics per assembly red-lines
  • Specify and size electrical parts based on calculations, customer specifications, and engineering principals
  • Create accurate BOMs corresponding to electrical schematics
  • Interpret customer specifications and Scope of Work documentation to design a system that meets all customer requirements
  • Analyze controls P&ID’s
  • Program and Troubleshoot / debug electrical machine controls component selection
  • Hardware design such as panel layout or industrial controls required using AutoCAD
  • Assist electrical technicians in the construction of electrical equipment
  • Follow all company processes, check lists, and support the development of standardized design platforms


Skills / Qualifications


  • BS in Computer Engineering  or 5 years equivalent experience in Plants or Pump Stations

  • 3-5 years of PLC and HMI programming experience using Siemens, Rockwell, GE and/or Emerson Micro PLC’s

  • Electrical design of PC data acquisition system

  • Electrical Controls and PLC Logic for Moto/ Pump systems in Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants

  • Variable Frequency Drive programming and functionality

  • Specifying and sizing electrical parts based on calculations, customer specifications, and engineering principals

  • AC and DC power and control

  • Designing and debugging Data Acquisition systems )SCADA)

  • Selection and implementation of PC's and PLC's for controlling and recording data for industrial test machines

  • Power-up, Debug, and Calibration of Aerospace or Automotive Test Systems

  • Knowledge of US and International electrical codes (NEC and IEC)

  • Electrical journeyman license or equivalent experience is a plus

  • Travel up to 50%

  • Authorization to work lawfully in the US without sponsorship from Wood is required

Physical Requirements:


  • Able to climb a 2 story ladder
  • Can walk a mile in 20 minutes
  • Be able to cover, on foot, a reasonable distance on a job site
  • Able to lift up to 30 lbs without difficulty
  • All of the above items to be accomplished while carrying a laptop computer

CEC Controls is a Wood Automation and Controls company

Company Overview

Wood is a global leader in engineering and consultancy across energy and the built environment, helping to unlock solutions to some of the world’s most critical challenges. We provide consulting, projects and operations solutions in more than 60 countries, employing around 45,000 people.


Diversity Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.


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