Electrical and Controls Engineer

Livonia, MI

Posted: 04/03/2019 Industry: Defense

Summary of Responsibilities

The Electrical and Controls Engineer designs, develops and supervises the production of equipment, processes, systems and subsystems that rely on electricity to work.  This position works with hardware and technology such as circuits, software, wiring and electrical components to meet project specifications and project deadlines.  This job description indicates the general nature and level of the work that is expected.  It is not designed to contain a comprehensive or all-inclusive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities.  Other duties may be required.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Review customer documents and requirements, and translate them into electrical designs
  • Build prototypes, test and evaluate sub units, change out components as required
  • Analyze design for manufacturability, life cycle of parts, cost / benefit analysis
  • Request cost quotations and availability from vendors
  • Product testing and release of electrical designs into the engineering system, update design as changes are made and communicate change to customer.
  • Write specifications and design criteria based on customer needs
  • Constantly review current and new technology to be able to apply the best solutions to customer requirements
  • Communicate performance and timing requirements to vendors and enforce standards and delivery requirements
  • Utilize technical personnel efficiently in support roles, outline tasks and monitor performance of personnel.
  • Manage multiple projects
  • Use tracking software to identify and monitor key milestones
  • Select and recommend subsystems, components and material. Document selections and reasons behind the selection
  • Use computer assisted software to design product and systems

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent
  • Five years of electrical engineering experience
  • Proficiency using computer based data entry systems such as MS Office, MATLAB, SPICE, C++, AutoCad and NC based languages including robotics control.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug screening and background check
  • Certain positions may require an additional physical examination

Job Specifications

  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, statistics, and their applications
  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, and their use
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar
  • Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology


  • Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
  • Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others
  • Oral and Written Presentation and Communication: Possessing the skills to communicate concepts effectively
  • Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
  • Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
  • Creativity:  The ability to know when previous solutions are not optimal and to imagine or create appropriate solutions with no technical precedent.


  • Oral & Written Comprehension/Expression — The ability understand and effectively respond to information and ideas presented through written or spoken words and sentences
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events)
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations)
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged


Rick Simon
Vice President of Sales

Rick is a technical sales and operations management professional within the automotive, defense and manufacturing industries. A career of supporting original equipment manufacturers, the tier supplier base and major defense contractors has presented opportunities within scope of work fulfillment and technical staffing (engineering, design, information technology). The ability to facilitate client projects and assist those with career choices has been an exciting and rewarding journey. His recent concentration in vehicle connectivity (electrification, autonomy, v2v, V2i) and the transformation of manufacturing technology (Industry 4.0) continue to fuel Rick’s interest. Rick excels at relationship building, account management, and employee retention initiatives within the engineering, design and security communities. Rick’s business education continually pushes him to process, processes management and success.

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