Ensuring efficiency and increased productivity is something that will come up in every engineer’s job description, but none more so than a Controls Engineer or CE.

Controls Engineers have the responsibility of ensuring that factories and plants assemble, create and produce the highest quality products, as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. CEs have the additional responsibility of maintaining all relevant equipment. A CE will analyze plant processes, design and implement improvements as well as troubleshoot issues with hardware and software.

Let’s explore the world of Controls Engineers and the qualities necessary for being a successful CE:

  • Have Academic Excellence
    It goes without saying that any engineer stands or falls on his engineering knowledge and credentials. Controls engineers are no different. They need a great deal of academic knowledge, as well as practical experience. A full and comprehensive understanding of every aspect of engineering and related curricula is essential. Creating ways of doing things more effectively is the main job description of an CE. This means that CEs must always remain current on their engineering knowledge and must keep learning. A Controls Engineer will hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Electrical, Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering.
  • Be Able to Multitask
    The very nature of the profession ensures that only effective multitaskers get in. An CE must be able to ensure productivity and high-production standards at all times, moving from task to task to ensure that goals are achieved. An CE must also “change job descriptions” several times a day. They might be called upon to be an effective production team leader in the morning, for example, and then brief a roomful of executives on new production processes in the afternoon. The many tasks that an CE may be asked to take on are diverse and varied.
  • Be Adaptable
    CEs must adapt constantly to new challenges, technology, and ideas. This necessitates adapting and evolving on the move. CEs must always be on the lookout for better options and solutions, never satisfied with any present achievement and always striving for better results. At times, this can mean adapting new technologies to older systems or just creating new production processes out of the blue.
  • Have an Analytical Mind
    Engineers tend to be analytical by nature but CEs are particularly so. Their job is all about analytics. To begin with, they must analyze their production process. They need to know every process by note and be able to predict ways to improve production using analytical tools An CE needs to analyze all the time, from production to shipping and even sales. CEs are not only able to use analytic tools to increase productivity, but they are also able to predict future production goals
  • Know How To Communicate
    Successful CEs must be effective coordinators and communicators. They need to be able to get things done quickly and in multiple settings, such as in different departments within the organization. An effective CE can make his collaborators understand what he needs them to do and why.

  • The CE must also be able to explain and update diverse audiences with varied understandings of what he does, including teams of investors, employees, or the general public. This necessitates an ability to translate and communicate complex processes and concepts using simple language and layman’s terms.

  • Step Up as a Leader
    Leadership abilities are a major plus for an CE. The engineer’s main task is and will always be increasing productivity, efficiency, safety, and profitability. Fulfilling this means teamwork and all teams need a leader.
  • Being able to guide, lead, and motivate others is essential for an CE, as is the ability to ensure that allotted tasks are fullfilled and deadlines are met. All this needs a savvy and strong leader that knows how to make effective use of the resources and people at his disposal.

  • Think Creatively 
    Creativity is another very important quality for any successful CE. The job demands creativity at every turn. CEs must always be on the lookout for new ways of doing things, improving processes and efficiency. Thinking outside the box and coming up with innovative solutions that make for increased productivity and profitability is how CEs earn their bonuses.

Being a successful CE is an ongoing process. It requires knowledge, ability, and experience. That’s why CEs are highly prized by their employers and are always at a premium.

At Concero Industrial Group, we understand the importance of CEs in creating, maintaining, and improving productivity in any production plant. We provide an effective link between CEs and their prospective employers ensuring a seamless fit and long-term professional relations for the benefit of both parties.

Tim Newman

Tim Newman

Client Relationship Executive

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