Controls Designer

Design and draft systems of electrical and hydraulic controls for machines.
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Salary Range
$32,000 – $75,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Controls Designers do?

Designs and drafts systems of electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic controls for machines and equipment, such as arc welders, robots, conveyors, and programmable controllers, applying knowledge of electricity, electronics, hydraulics, and pneumatics: Discusses project with SUPERVISOR Master Title and APPLICATIONS ENGINEER, MANUFACTURING 007.061-038 to review functions of machines and equipment. Designs and drafts arrangement of linkage of conductors, relays, and other components of electrical, electronic, hydraulic, pneumatic, and lubrication devices, using drafting tools, and applying knowledge of electrical engineering and drafting [DRAFTER Master Title]. Diagrams logic system for functions such as sequence and timing control. Designs and drafts diagrams of cable connection for robots, robot end-of-arm tool, robot controller, and other machines. Illustrates and describes installation and maintenance details, such as where bearings should be lubricated, types of lubrication, and which parts are lubricated automatically and manually. Confers with ASSEMBLER AND WIRER, INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT 826.361-010 to resolve problems regarding building of controls systems. Reviews schematics with customer’s representatives to answer questions during installation of robot systems. Observes gauges during trial run of programmed machine and equipment operation to verify that electrical signals in system conform to specifications. May design controls for energy conversion or other industrial plant monitoring systems. May use computer and software programs to produce design drawings and be designated Controls Designer, Computer-Assisted.


Should I be a Controls Designer?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: CAD/CAM Specialist, Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing Specialist, Computer-Aided Design Designer See More

    How to become a Controls Designer

    Most Controls Designers have a Bachelor's degree or an Associate's degree. Chart?chd=s:bw9paa&chl=no+college+%281%25%29|certificate+%2831%25%29|associate%27s+%2840%25%29|bachelor%27s+%2827%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,1,40
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