Controls and Instrumentation Engineer

Position title: Controls and Instrumentation Engineer, Control Systems and Automation Group
Location: Watkins, CO USA
Job Purpose:  This role is responsible for the development of new control systems and instrumentation engineering within a research environment and applicable to the manufacturing and delivery of bulk & packaged explosives and their precursors.  This role interacts globally with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.

Job Duties:

  • Identify improvement opportunities in existing manufacturing and construction processes via the use of new control systems or instrumentation technologies
  • Participate in control system/instrumentation design, development and testing pertaining to innovative manufacturing and delivery systems
  • Ensure designs and novel technologies are robust through the use of appropriate verification & validation processes

Education and Experience:

  • Electrical Engineering or similar, Bachelors or higher qualification.
  • 5-7 years relevant industrial experience.


  • Solid foundation in control systems and instrumentation engineering, theory and practical implementation.  Hands-on experience is a must.
  • Candidate must have experience in design, program and commissioning of control systems in a process controls setting.
  • Absolutely must have a willingness and aptitude to learn new technologies
  • Must have an understanding of microcontroller operation, microcontroller peripherals and systems such as PWM outputs, A/D converters, etc.
  • Candidate must have experience with PID process control utilizing instrumentation for flow pressure, temperature, level and weighing.
  • Implementing rich user interfaces for microdevices or industrial applications is a plus
  • Professional experience with robotics or factory automation is a plus
  • Project management experience is a plus
  • Candidate must be familiar with the implementation of PLC’s. HMI’s. SCADA, AC and DC drives, fieldbus, closed-loop-control, IEC 61131-3 programming languages, and electrical engineering documentation including schematics, assembly drawings, etc.)
  • Familiarity with large equipment of off-road/highway equipment is desired, mining equipment is preferred.


  • International travel up to 30%.
  • Infrequent field work that may require visits to underground and surface mines.
  • No direct reports, but some management of external contractors.
  • Reports to the Lead Controls & Instrumentation Engineer within the Control Systems and Automation Research Group

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