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Senior Controls Engineer I, Strategic R&D



Austin, TX, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2023

The ICON technology team is adding a Senior Controls Engineer II to the Strategic R&D team in an effort to continuously develop our growing fleet of mobile large-scale construction systems. This role will is based in our Austin, TX office.


  • Own and deliver strategic development controls projects from concept to handoff to product team with consulting and support thereafter; including motion and process systems among others.
  • Collaborate with other departments to design, develop, and implement control and sensing strategies across multiple areas of the company.
  • Enthusiastically participate in all aspects of automated equipment engineering including mechanical, electrical, control logic, user interface, and safety.
  • Actively participate in equipment design reviews and project status meetings with internal engineers/managers and external supplier manager and engineers.
  • Must be willing to perform a wide range of tasks on a daily basis (e.g. Transition from office work to field work at a moment’s notice).
  • Support systems operating in the field, both remotely and on site.
  • Travel is minimal, however, the ability to travel (including international) on short notice is required.


  • 7+ years of relevant controls development experience.
  • 5+ years of experience working specifically with TwinCAT 3 (or other relevant real-time control systems).
  • Strong understanding and experience in the Industrial Automation and control systems industry.
  • A solid understanding of IP based computer networking.
  • Fluency in some form of real-time control software.
  • A proven track record of delivering projects to end users.
  • A solid understanding of motion or process control techniques in real-time industrial systems.
  • Innovative, driven, out of the box thinker, self-motivated to investigate and implement new ideas, and proactive in overcoming obstacles.
  • A service oriented attitude when in a support role.
  • Must be prepared to work, in part, in extreme environments.


  • Prior start-up experience.
  • Simulation and control of dynamic motion systems.
  • Fluency in IEC 61131-3 languages, especially Beckhoff TwinCAT.
  • Understanding of various field buses, protocols, sensors, and actuators (e.g. Ethercat, Ethernet TCP/IP, ADS, OPC-UA, CANopen, IO-Link, RS485).
  • Experience with control system electrical requirements (e.g. 24 vdc, 480 3P VAC, 208 vac, 230 vac, 4-20 ma).
  • MATLAB/Simulink for Twincat 3.
  • Knowledge of Inverse and forward Kinematics.
  • Experience with Object Oriented programming, Object Interfaces and state machines.
  • Advanced IP Networking, including VPN, mobile networks, IoT.
  • Knowledge of non-PLC programming languages, such as javascript, python, C++, etc.
  • Ability to read and understand electrical schematics, and the ability to troubleshoot electrical and mechanical systems.
  • Knowledge of ROS.
  • Industrial safety system experience.
  • Knowledge of database driven software.
ICON is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an innovative, inclusive, diverse and discrimination-free work environment. Employment with ICON is based on merit, competence, and qualifications. It is our policy to administer all personnel actions, including recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting employees, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other legally protected classification in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. Consistent with the obligations of these laws, ICON will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Furthermore, as a federal government contractor, the Company maintains an affirmative action program which furthers its commitment and complies with recordkeeping and reporting requirements under certain federal civil rights laws and regulations, including Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended) and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (as amended).

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