Controls Engineer


Huntsville, AL, US

REQ ID:  43899

With over 80 years as an industrial technology leader, Kennametal Inc. delivers productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions. Customers across aerospace, earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation turn to Kennametal to help them manufacture with precision and efficiency. Every day approximately 8,700 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated $2 billion in revenues in fiscal 2022. Learn more at Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Automation and Controls Engineer

Location: Huntsville, AL


  • Work within a team environment, as well as autonomously. Be a self-starter to implement a variety of project functions efficiently and professionally.
  • Analyze user/project needs and develop hardware & software solutions
  • Develop written hardware & software specifications
  • Specifying power distribution devices such as wiring, motor starters, thermal overloads, circuit breakers and fuses, disconnects, transformers
  • Design & program PLC/HMI systems
  • Developing control systems with WonderWare, Factory Talk View, Redlion Crimson, and WinCC
  • Developing and troubleshooting control systems for Allen-Bradley and Siemens PLCs
  • Programming VFDs and servo drives
  • Programming various standalone loop controllers
  • Various process instrumentation to include: thermocouples, RTDs, pressure transducers, I/P control valves, level sensors, limit and proximity switches, current transducers, pressure and flow switches
  • Designing/upgrading/implementing manufacturing equipment into smart factory systems
  • Testing automation systems and control panels
  • Troubleshoot and eliminate control systems issues and handle controls projects.
  • Maintain configuration control of current PLC source code, and update to enhance manufacturing processes.
  • Providing technical support to internal resources & project teams
  • Managing external/contractor automation resources
  • Create & maintain documentation in accordance with company procedures.
  • Comply with Company Standards of Conduct and all relevant statutory requirements.


  • Engineering degree preferred: Electrical, Automation/Controls, Mechanical ENG degree
  • 4+ years of experience in PLC & HMI programming for process control systems
  • Proven track record in PLC & HMI application development
  • Ability to read electrical schematics, panel layouts, interconnection diagrams, P&ID's
  • Knowledge of industrial communication networks and protocols
  • Excellent networking background, understanding of switches, routers, and communications protocols
  • Knowledge of Rockwell Studio 5000 required, other PLC manufacturers a plus
  • Knowledge of HMI programming required, WonderWare is a plus
  • Knowledge of power distribution, control systems, and automation.
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills
  • 480V 3-phase power systems
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • As part of our core values, Kennametal is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all people. We are an Equal Opportunity employer.

Kennametal Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. As such, it is the policy of Kennametal Inc. to afford equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, or other protected status, group, or characteristic under federal, state, and/or local law or regulation. It is Kennametal Inc.'s policy to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

Nearest Major Market: Huntsville

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