Senior Controls Engineer

The Senior Automation and Controls Engineer plays a key role in the realization of automated equipment at Targan. This position will be hands-on; requiring the Engineer to conceive, program, debug, and troubleshoot equipment with the goal of putting equipment into customer facilities. Senior Controls Engineers at Targan are expected to be able to take ownership of and lead projects. Further, this is a leadership role with the potential to supervise junior engineers.  

  • Creating touchscreen HMI interfaces using vendor packages, possibly SCADA from scratch.
  • Integrating PLC/PAC & SCADA with databases. 
  • Ability to create schematics using AutoCAD Electrical, Solidworks Electrical, or similar software. 
  • A background in electrical design. 
  • Knowledge of other programming languages such as Python, C#, etc.


  • Programming of modern PLC/PAC devices using IEC61131-3 compliant languages.
  • Integration of I/O systems using industrial automation fieldbus protocols such as EtherCAT, Ethernet/IP, IO-Link and others.
  • Integration of machine vision and other pieces of equipment using the above protocols.
  • Integration of machine safety using the above protocols.
  • Use of Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) and interaction with them using the above protocols.
  • Incorporate sensors for flow, pressure, etc. into the machine program using the above protocols. 
  • Ability to work within the framework ‘template’ of a PLC/PAC system using state-machines (ISA-TR88.00.02).
  • Basic understanding of linear single-axis motion control. 
  • Good code techniques to include documentation of function blocks, programs, etc. 
  • Methodical and incremental testing of code to minimize excessive debugging in the final product. 
  • Understand schematic diagrams of electrical systems.
  • Understand electrical safety and working around electro-mechanical machinery.  
  • Troubleshoot equipment using electrical multimeters and other testing devices. 
  • Work as part of a cross-functional team including Engineers and Scientists to create the desired product outcomes.
  • Participate as an active member of cross-functional teams; provide and receive constructive input.
  • Ability to be given direction and work independently for periods of time to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Ability to work onsite in customer environments independently and as part of a team. 
  • Write advanced documentation (i.e., operation manuals, etc.) in a cohesive manner.


Working Conditions

Work is performed inside a flex space building consisting of offices, open desk space, a laboratory, a machine shop, and a manufacturing floor. Level of noise is usually quiet in the office environment and temperature controlled. Noise levels are elevated in the warehouse space where temperatures can vary depending on the outside elements and weather. Travel may be required, including up to 2-8 trips per year to visit suppliers, attend conferences, meetings (customer, investor, and business), and customer sites (hatcheries).