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 Senior Controls Engineer (HVAC) - Los Angeles, California, United States

Job information
Posted by: Rockwell Automation 
Hiring entity type: Manufacturing 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Engineering - Chemical
Engineering - Electrical
Electronics Manufacturing
Engineering - Mechanical
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 2476286 / Latpro-3539284 
Date posted: Apr-10-2017
State, Zip: California, 90071


Position Summary:

This position requires an individual with strong technical skills relating to the power and energy/HVAC Central Utilities business.  The individual will need to support customers throughout the life cycle of project work.  This will include providing hardware and software engineering, system start-up, and customer training.  The customers may be both external and internal. 

In the lead technical role, an individual will be a contributing part of a project team but also be responsible to direct, supervise, lead and review all assigned engineering personnel and their assigned tasks for a project. The individual will assign tasks, monitor performance, review results, coordinate efforts, and track hour usage on projects. Leading and participating in start-up assignments will also be required.


  • Analyzes customer's requirements to determine the optimal process control system solution and determines applicable control configuration/architecture.

  • Makes recommendations for improvements and assists Project Manager to propose these to the customer.

  • Performs conceptual process control systems design, determination of process control system strategy, design of assembled programming

  • Participates in the design, implementation, test and startup phases of complex systems projects.

  • Uses technologies used in standard offerings, new applications and extensions of current architectures or software packages.

  • Responsible for using application solution-related or technology-related best practices on assigned projects.

  • Responsible for identifying and communicating potential application solution-related or technology-related best practices.

  • Assists Project Manager with technical issues and determine changes which may/can have commercial/scheduling impact.

  • May participate in the development of the team strategic plan.

  • May provide on-site process control system start-up as required.


  • Plans, schedules, coordinates and monitors resources for projects including setting and managing time-scales and budgets. 

  • Provides verbal and written reports to communicate project status as required and contribute to project review meetings.

  • Visits internal/external panel manufacturing facilities to assess progress, provide technical assistance and for final inspection and sign off.

  • Provides a leading role in technical activities and will direct the activities of others assigned to customer projects. Take lead role in organizing, assigning, reviewing software development, direct functional specification development and planning for integrated customer witness testing.


  • Client liaison and interface with management

  • Development and maintenance of customer relationship

  • Team player with the ability to integrate with other team project members 


  • Understands the nature of the Energy industry and the available market.

  • Review project hardware/software for compliance with applicable codes/standards and assure personnel/machinery safety practices are fully implemented

  • Coordinate customer requirements with engineering and other appropriate departments to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction is achieved

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or technical related discipline.

  • 5+ years experience of control system applications throughout the project lifecycle from initial design concepts through to installation and subsequent client support.

  • Experience in the design and implementation of PLC based Air Handler Control, or Central Plant, or Chilled Water Systems Control.

  • Experience with industrial communications networks, such as Ethernet/IP, Modbus RTU, Modbus TCP, Controlnet, DNP3.0. and/or IEC61850.

  • Must have the ability to travel an average of about 25% of the time; however, travel can flex up to 50% a few times per year.
  • Rockwell Automation will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

Desired Qualifications


  • Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Chemical Engineering.
  • Experience in Rockwell Automation PLC based thermal plant and HVAC system design; including but not limited to, Centrifugal and Absorption Chillers, Hot water generators, HRSG's experience preferred.

  • Experience with Generators, Gas Turbines, Steam Turbines, Diesel Generators, Breaker control, chillers, VFD pumps and associated controls

  • Experience with Rockwell Automation Products hardware and software product suites (ControlLogix, Logix 5000, FT View, FT Historian and FT VantagePoint.) experience.

  • Experience with object oriented based control system design methods.

  • Experience in requirements to design traceability and application software under GEP or GAMP philosophy experience preferred.

  • Control System Architecture Design( Client Server); including Virtual Client Server design experience preferred.

Requisition Number:

Business Group:
Control Products and Solutions

Job Category:
Engineering and Technicians

Relocation Eligible:

Position Type:
Full Time

No. of Positions:

Work State/City:
Los Angeles - California, Phoenix - Arizona, San Francisco - California

Company Overview:
Rockwell Automation, the world's largest company dedicated to industrial automation, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Throughout the world, our flagship Allen-Bradley® and Rockwell Software® product brands are recognized for innovation and excellence.

When you choose Rockwell Automation, you join countless talented employees who have helped us establish our leadership position in the automation industry over the past century.

You join a diverse, inclusive and global community with a passion for innovation. A place where you can partner with great minds and inspiring people. And a corporation backed by the financial strength that drives growth - and career opportunities.

As much as we focus on our customers, we know our employees are key to our success and future. Helping you develop a rewarding career is a top priority. Because when you succeed, we succeed.

EEO Statement:
Rockwell Automation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process, email our Talent Acquisition representative at (see application details).

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