Controls Engineering Technician

Waukesha, WI

Do you want to be part of a team where we work collaboratively to achieve our goals? Do you enjoy working in an innovative and growth focused environment? A company that invests in its equipment and its team members? Then Hydro-Thermal is the company for you!

At Hydro-Thermal Corporation success is attributed to people who are committed to technical competence, are responsive to customers' needs, are friendly, are willing to work hard, have complete integrity, and are active in our industry and in the local communities.

Company Background: Hydro-Thermal Corporation, based in Waukesha, Wisconsin, is a growing and profitable manufacturer of engineered food and beverage processing equipment as well as equipment and systems for industries such as: pulp and paper, petrochemical, ethanol, pharmaceutical and wastewater treatment.

Overview: The Controls Engineering Technician is responsible for the development of new and existing products as well as engineered-to-order projects and process system solutions for customers.  This specialist is responsible for designing electrical control panels, systems, and PLC programs for safe, effective, and efficient operation of HTC products. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design electrical control systems and panels for HTC products and skidded process systems while adhering to codes, standards, and customer specification requirements
  • Create, validate and verify electrical and mechanical process systems to comply with customer requirements and internal product development projects
  • Develop, test and validate PLC software programs for equipment and systems
  • Develop panel drawings complete with bill of material released in the PDM and ERP system
  • Provide labor and material estimates for electrical and control system programs & designs
  • Support the Sales Team with technical information and discussions where required Communicate with Customers and HTC technical personnel on troubleshooting and support of equipment and systems both in the manufacturing facility and in the field
  • Training and demonstrating equipment to internal and external customers and technical support staff
  • Coordinate with suppliers to execute designs for products and custom solutions
  • Review and interpret customer specifications and proposals to develop engineered-to-order products/systems
  • Develop equipment operation manuals (IOM’s) for controls and systems
  • Redesign standard systems, improving quality and productivity, while reducing costs
  • Evaluate and select electrical/electronic components for control systems

  Required Qualifications:

  • Strong interpersonal skills with a passion for providing a high level of product design and innovation to enhance and improve existing products / portfolio
  • Team player with a positive attitude
  • Strong communication skills for direct Customer contact & leading technical discussions
  • Highly motivated and capable of working on multiple projects at once
  • Highly detail oriented, organized with prioritization and time management skills.
  • Proficiency with PLC programming
  • Proficiency with engineering CAD software (AutoDesk, Dessault, etc)

  Preferred Experience:

  • 2+ years of electrical and controls design experience or equivalent experience
  • Allen-Bradley (preferred), Siemens, other PLC programming experience
  • Direct experience providing technical and engineering support in a commercial sales team structure
  • Control panel design experience
  • Familiar with engineering concepts, practices and procedures in electrical design, component selection, control systems and process equipment
  • Practical experience with process control mechanisms and instrumentation and ability to read and interpret piping and instrumentation diagrams
  • Experience in an engineered-to-order products and systems business
  • Competency in control systems wiring, PLC programming, instrumentation, and troubleshooting
  • ERP and CRM system software experience


  • Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology / Automation or equivalent experience


  • Up to 15% travel, domestic and occasional international locations
  • Must possess legal authorization to work in the US and a valid US Real ID driver’s license


In addition to your base compensation, you are provided with a wide range of benefit programs which are designed to enhance the quality of your life, to provide protection and help when some of life's problems may occur.

  • Continuing Education/Tuition Reimbursement
  • Vacation and Personal Time Off and paid Holidays
  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • 401k with company match
  • Company provided Life/AD&D

Hydro-Thermal is always on the lookout for exceptional people. We value innovative, growth-centric minded folks who have integrity and never stop being a customer advocate.  

EEO Statement Hydro-Thermal Corporation provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.