Ghafari Controls Engineer in Dearborn, Michigan


Design controls, power distribution networks and lighting systems for a variety of manufacturing processes, including paint systems and material handling systems.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Understand basics of mechanical systems and manufacturing processes for which control systems will be designed. Influence mechanical designs where necessary for control considerations. Mechanical systems could include: paint and coating application process and equipment; conveyors and material handling and delivery equipment; line display equipment; fluid handling and fill equipment; waste treatment processes and equipment; as well as pneumatic and hydraulic applications.

  • Understand and be familiar with governmental electrical and safety codes + standards.

  • Understand and be familiar with client specifications and safety codes + standards.

  • Participate with project team and client as directed to prepare or edit project specifications and reports in both text and graphical formats.

  • Participate in the design of operation concepts and requirements, general system flows and detailed sequence of operations.

  • Specify and design control and power distribution system demolition and rework.

  • Specify and design hardwired and software-based machine level control systems. Produce complete documentation drawing package.

  • Specify requirements for PLC and PC programming and relate purchased software.

  • Specify and design HMI screen/display arrangements and requirements.

  • Schematic design and specify Network systems for communication and control.

  • Schematic design and specify upper level production support systems (FMCS, PFS, QAS, PDS, AVI, etc.).

  • Specify and design power distribution to and within production and process equipment. Perform calculations and designs relative to diversity factors, bus loading, voltage drops, circuit protection and coordination, feed sizing, distribution equipment sizing, etc.

  • Specify and design lighting systems for industrial production applications.

  • Specify and design control and power distribution system installation work, provide budget estimate input for control systems and related installation work.

  • Provide project scheduling input for control systems implementation.

  • Review and approve fabrication facilities and production equipment prior to shipment to site.

  • Aid in the management and scheduling of resources, including internal and external engineering, contractors, vendors and skilled trades to complete projects in a timely manner.

  • Participate in system start-up, debug and testing, and provide system review and punch-listing.

  • Produce, or review and approve system as-built/as-installed drawings.

  • Perform field checking of existing equipment, sites and facilities.

  • Must be able to travel and accept field assignments to promote project success.


Required Education and Experience

  • Associates Degree in a technical field with 7-12 years of related work experience, or a Bachelor Degree in an engineering disciplinefrom an accredited university, with 5-10 years of related work experience.

Additional Skills

  • Proficient in conveyor controls and/or paint process controls design and engineering

  • Previous Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI), Quality Audit systems (QAS) and Plant Floor systems (PFS) experience preferred.

  • Previous experience with PLC’s (e.g., Allen Bradley PLC-5 and Control Logix family, Siemens S series), networks (Profibus, Ethernet, DeviceNet, etc.) and related software required.

  • Proficient in AutoCAD, MS Office.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills.


Ghafari is a global engineering, architecture, process design, consulting, and construction services firm driven to understand and meet the distinct needs of every client. For nearly forty years, we have taken a personal approach to highly technical projects in complex markets. By blending insight with technological innovation, we help clients elevate their efficiency, sustainability, and impact.

Our full-service, in-house team works together to meet the unique demands of each project. Working side by side, market experts and discipline leaders exchange insights to uncover new opportunities for efficiency. This rigorous collaboration allows us to bridge smart design with precise functionality.

Ghafari was founded on the promise of technological innovation. Today, we are recognized as a pioneer in adopting and standardizing the latest advancements in our field. We aim to remain at the forefront of our industry and create ever-smarter spaces that help clients navigate new demands within their field.

Join our team and work on forward-thinking projects around the world.

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Job ID 2015-1030

Job Location US-MI-Dearborn

Category Engineering