Controls Engineer III (Contract) in Mobile, AL at Austal

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Mobile, AL

Job Description

Any qualified individual with a disability who is having difficulty in completing an application because of incompatible technology or other disability-related application issues may contact us at the following phone number for assistance: 251-445-1932.
Austal shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.  Austal’s commitment to equal employment opportunity applies at all levels of employment, in all job titles, including the executive level, and to all employment actions, including but not limited to decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, training, and promotion. 

Austal USA is in need of several Controls Engineer's to participate in a project through at least March of 2022. Although this position will begin as a contract position it could turn into a permanent position.

REPORTS TO:  Program Engineer & Department Project Engineer

SUPERVISES:  Engineer II, Engineer I, Designers and Draftspersons


  • Responsible for checking drawings, configuration, and programming performed by Engineers I and Engineers II
  • Lead and complete system development of all that supervises
  • Design and manage the integration of the automation and control systems based on the ships mechanical and electrical design
  • Responsible for design calculations and drawing development as assigned by the Program Engineer
  • Responsible for the specification, design, configuration, and programming of automation and control equipment including but not limited to PLCs and HMIs.
  • Responsible for managing and supporting the commissioning and testing of automation and control equipment.
  • Provides leadership, coaching, and/or mentoring to junior engineers
  • Makes recommendations that will improve efficiency or quality of operations.
  • Manage and develop system specific documentation based on contract requirements.
  • Complies with Austal’s employee handbook general guidelines, company

            procedures and policies.


  • General:
    • Successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related degree (At time of hire).
    • Minimum Five (5) years’ of automation and controls experience.
    • Configuration, programming, installation, and test experience with PLCs, HMIs, and SCADAs.
    • Experience with the Windows Server environment.
    • Configuration and commissioning experience with sensors, switches, valve actuators, variable speed drives, and other field devices.
    • Design, installation and troubleshooting experience with communication protocols such as Profibus, Modbus RTU/TCP, and Serial ASCII.
    • Ability to work in the field environment domestically and internationally.
    • Strong troubleshooting skills and experience.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Understanding of scheduling and an ability to adhere to strict deadlines
    • Experienced in interacting with Production, multiple design teams from several companies, customer representatives and equipment manufacturers.

  • Preferred:
    • Specific knowledge related to the following:
      • Siemens PCS7 or other integrated automation platform
      • Siemens SIMATIC variable speed drives
      • Windows Server Domain management including DNS, Active Directory, and Group Policy
    • Working knowledge of ship and propulsion systems
    • Working knowledge of Maritime Regulatory Authorities (i.e. ABS, DNV, GL, NAVSEA, MIL, USCG, IMO, etc.)
    • Experience in the construction of high speed aluminum vessels
    • Knowledge in design and construction of US Navy vessels


  All candidates must meet Austal USA’s basic employment eligibility guidelines:

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance may be required if deemed necessary in the scope of your position responsibilities
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID 19.
  • 18 years or older at time of application
  • Able to provide proof of US Person status (permanent resident or citizen)
  • No felony convictions of theft/deception or violent crimes within seven years from disposition date
  • No felony convictions of drug crimes within three years from disposition date
  • Willing to submit to a drug screen
  • Willing to submit to a background check


  • This position will require install and commissioning and repair efforts in various offsite locations and will be required to travel to customer sites to support work on vessels if deemed necessary in the scope of your position responsibilities. The potential for offsite travel can potentially upwards of 15-25%. This will include overseas travel although NO TRAVEL to declared warzones is anticipated.


  • Computer – MS Office, AutoCAD, PLC and HMI development environment software
  • Process multimeter and network analyzers


  • Will lead and direct the install and commissioning of controls systems on ships
  • Will lead and direct the work of Engineers I, II, Designers and Draftspersons
  • Will determine technical adequacy of drawings, calculations, automation system designs, hardware configuration, and system programming.


  • Will provide input to evaluations of Engineers I, II, Designers and Draftspersons
  • Has authority to direct, evaluate and correct the work of Engineers I, II, Designers and Draftspersons

LIAISES WITH:  Engineers, Production Personnel, Customer, Regulatory Bodies, Program Management and Equipment Suppliers


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to humid conditions, bright flashing lights, moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, outside weather conditions, and extreme heat.  The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes and/or airborne particles at or below the PEL, toxic or caustic chemicals, and heat and cold.  The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud, + 90 dB.


Must comply with company, federal, state, and local safety and environmental rules and regulations while performing daily job tasks.