Controls Engineer II

The Electrical Controls Engineer provides direction, coordination, and support for the daily execution of the electrical crew’s operating plan.  Working with the Maintenance Manager, Maintenance Engineer, Planner, Maintenance Technicians, Operations, and Safety, the Electrical Supervisor drives department productivity and quality of workmanship for the purpose of increasing overall availability and reliability of equipment.  


Position Responsibilities


A day in the life of a JH Plant Electrical Controls Engineer may include at least one or more of the following:

  • Safety comes first for yourself and others for all activities
  • Supporting our maintenance department in troubleshooting, installing, maintaining plant equipment
  • Making or managing control/electrical system changes as requested by Safety, production, R&D, Environmental, or other departments and engineers, for process modifications, improvements, production trials, and etc., may include programming and/or hardware changes
  • Managing and/or supporting capital and plant projects for new or existing equipment including getting bids, hiring and managing contractor personnel and engineering firms, quoting, selecting, and purchasing electrical and process equipment and controls, programing for new systems, equipment commissioning and start up, projects may include some travel for new equipment purchases and acceptance testing, seeing equipment in other JH plants, etc.
  • Maintaining and updating electrical drawings and standards
  • Historian and SQL server work for data collection, monitoring, and reporting
  • Supporting off-site engineers and IT with local technical issues or new upgrades
  • Developing plans for plant outages and other projects
  • Overseeing electrical requirements for insurance policy compliance, electrical testing and contingency plans


The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.


Quantitative Dimensions

Decision Making:

The Electrical Engineer balances priorities, manpower, material, and equipment availability to improve plant efficiency and performance.

Scope of Position:

The Electrical Engineer directs, coordinates, and supports all electrical and facilities activities.  These duties include electrical, safety, engineering, Research & Development (R&D), and reliability functions. The Electrical Engineer works with the Engineering team, Maintenance team and Operations team. The Electrical Engineer drives to increase reliability and availability of equipment and have a good understanding of the process.

Position Requirements


Skills include design, configuration, installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of at least the following:

  • PLCs with local and remote I/O, Allen Bradley (AB) Controllogix, but also other AB product groups.
  • Safety systems for plant equipment, safety PLCs, class 3 and other E-stops, light curtains
  • Control communication networks including Devicenet, Controlnet, and Ethernet
  • AB and Siemens AC and DC drives, also some Square D and others
  • Electrical control systems Including low voltage and medium voltage starters and soft start
  •  Ancillary equipment including lighting, air compressors, boilers, ovens, and others
  • Servo drives, Allen Bradley Kinetix platforms.
  • HMIs, including Wonderware Intouch and Historian, Allen Bradley Panelview, and other standalone HMIs
  • Plant power distribution systems, Square D switch gear, transformers, and relays
  • Process control systems, including a wide variety of instrumentation and control valves
  • Pneumatic and Hydraulic control systems
  • Microsoft servers and SQL 
  • Fiber and Ethernet networks, some other IT functions
  • AutoCAD and other software






  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering (preferred) or equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • Minimum 3-5 years of Controls Engineering experience
  • 2 or more years of experience in a continuous operating (24/7) manufacturing environment.
  • CMMS skills with MP2 or other type of program.
  • Significant experience with PLC’s, Wonderware, RSview, AB Drives, and Device net.









James Hardie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, among other things, or as a qualified individual with a disability. Equal Employment Opportunity is the law.

James Hardie
Salary Range
$79,000.00 - 109,000.00
per Year
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Tacoma, WA 98401, US