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What does a Controls Engineer do?

A controls engineer, also known as a control systems engineer, is an engineer who designs and updates machines with multiple functions. This includes automobiles, planes and other equipment that regularly change and move while operating. They combine mathematics and basic engineering to develop complex solutions that help these multi-functioning systems operate properly for customers to easily use these products.


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Working as a Controls Engineer

The role of a controls engineer includes the following responsibilities and duties:

  • Creating equipment and systems that help a machine run smoothly.
  • Repairing any malfunctions found within the machines.
  • Collaborating with design engineers to build better functioning machines and systems.
  • Using listening skills to apply updates according to customers' needs.
  • Following safety regulations to ensure customers are safe when using the products.
  • Troubleshooting to find and solve issues for a specific system.
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How much does a Controls Engineer make in the United States?

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The average salary for a controls engineer is $53,189 per year in the United States. 8.7k salaries reported, updated at June 23, 2022.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?


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What is the job outlook for a controls engineer?

Since the need for telecommunications systems is starting to slowly decline, they project the demand for controls engineers to grow 2% within the next decade. Controls engineers with advanced knowledge and experience can work in other engineering and manufacturing roles. These can allow them to use their mechanical and electrical skills to provide updates and enhancements to different programs.

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