Controls Engineer

Full Time
Austin, TX
April 19, 2024

Wilder Systems designs, manufactures, and installs automated robotic systems for industrial manufacturing applications in the aerospace industry. Our tools are used in direct manufacturing of aerospace structures. We have a dynamic, talented, and collaborative engineering team and want those who are energized by contributing to solutions to solve our customer’s toughest problems.

Wilder Systems is seeking a Controls Engineer to be responsible for the layout and functionality of all systems hardware, working with a strong programming and electrical background. The Controls Engineer must be able conduct hardware selection, architect systems, and program at all stages of the deployment lifecycle of Wilder Systems’ projects.


Design and Product Development

  • Analyze requirements and statements of work to clearly define objectives
  • Provide feedback with practical solutions through real world applications and examples
  • Generate matrices and schematics to support design decisions: one line diagrams, power schedules, system block diagrams, and trade studies of decisions
  • Generate request for proposals and statement of work for suppliers: outsource panel builds, cable harness, and/or programming
  • Collaborate with Mechanical and Applications Engineers to design and develop products and tools up to a suitable technical readiness level (TRL) to deploy in a production or research environment
  • Design all aspects of a robotic automation system and its sub-assemblies for manufacturing applications

Program and Testing

  • Programmable Logic Controller
    • Communication set up
    • Programming main and individual sequences
    • Program Input/Outputs: Analog and digital
    • Program motion sequences with field device feedbacks
    • Configure safety
  • Motor and Controllers
    • Configure onboard Input/Outputs
    • Motion Axis set up
    • Program sequences
  • Field Devices
    • Cable management
    • Configure part at device and PLC
    • Program device
  • Robot and Automation Systems
    • Communication Set Up
    • Design data handshake
    • Configure safety features
  • Human Machine Interface
    • Alarms and fault handling
    • Security and user privileges - operator vs maintenance
    • Screen development and tag management

General Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in an Engineering field

Able to work flexible hours, including overtime when needed

Able to lift 30 lbs to waist height repeatedly in a day

Proficient in Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides)

Ability to read mechanical and electrical drawings and have a solid understanding of basic electrical and mechanical control systems

Both self-motivated and works well under general supervision

Works well in high pressure situations, during tight deadlines, and in front of customers

Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills

US Citizen or Permanent Resident

Able to travel occasionally

Required Experience

Excellent knowledge in Control Theory

Proficient in PLC and HMI programming

Knowledge of industrial hardware and software available on the market

Strong familiarity with Network communication

Ability to work independently and seek out the necessary resources to complete tasks

Efficient analysis of user manuals and datasheets

Effective note taking skills

Preferred Experience

Robotics or Industrial Automation background

Experience assembling mechanical and electrical components

Electrical skills - soldering, crimping, and panel builds

Manufacturing knowledge - drilling, welding, pick and place automation, and fastening

Ability to perform programming on robot languages (Fanuc/Yaskawa)

Proficient in AutoCAD

Data Management

Experience managing vendors

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