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Ghafari Process Controls Engineer in Dearborn, Michigan


Design of controls systems including hardwaredesign, PLC communication networks, power distribution, and selection of field devices for a variety of manufacturing processes, including material handling and parcel handling systems.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Understand basics of mechanical systems and manufacturing processes for which control systems will be designed. Provide feedback on mechanical designs where necessary for control considerations.

  • Participate in overall engineering of system designs, system flow schematics, general layouts and detailed sequence of operations.

  • Understand and be familiar with client specifications and electrical codes and standards.

  • Coordinate with project teams and clients as directed to prepare project specifications and scopes of work for controls design and system installation.

  • Specify and design power distribution systems, including substations, bus duct and power distribution panels.

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

  • Specify and design control panels, motor control centers and motor control panels. This includes selection of control panel components including circuit breakers, power supplies, motor starters, VFD’s, relays, etc.

  • Specify field devices for controls systems. This includes the selection of the devices and the interface of them in the overall system design.

  • Design installation drawings including cable tray and conduit layouts, field interconnect diagrams and bill of materials.

  • Specify equipment and interface for stand-alone control systems such as AVI readers, including both bar code readers and RF systems.

  • Specify and design PLC control systems. This includes selection of hardware components including type of PLC’s, I/O modules, communication cards, interface modules, etc.

  • Specify operator interface requirements, HMI components and related programming software.

  • Schematic design of PLC network systems for communication and control. This would also include PLC to PLC and PLC to I/O communications.

  • Schematic design of upper level production support systems.

  • 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 project schedules and identify the engineering, design and CAD resources trades to complete the projects.

  • Review and approve of fabrication drawings for controls systems including control panels, MCC’s, field devices and production equipment prior to shipment to site.

  • Review and approve fabrication of controls systems including control panels, MCC’s, and production equipment prior to shipment to site. This includes visiting fabricators of equipment being provided. This will include traveling to the vendors.

  • Participate in review of the installation of the systems being installed. This review will include the mechanical systems, as well and the electrical installation. This will include traveling to the project jobsites.

  • Participate in the system commissioning, including initial system checks, inspection of wiring, powering up of the equipment, start-up, debug, balancing and testing, and finally provide punch-listing of the installation.

  • Review and approve system as-built drawings.

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

  • Must be able to travel and accept field assignments (out of the Detroit area) to promote project success.


Required Education and Experience

  • Prefer Bachelor's Degree in an engineering disciplinefrom an accredited university, with at least 5 years of related work experience.

Additional Skills

  • Proficient in material handling and conveyor controls, hardware and software design and engineering.

  • Previous Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI), product routing and tracking, Quality Audit Systems (QAS) and Plant Floor Monitoring Systems (PFMS) experience preferred.

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

  • 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.

Ghafari Associates, LLC is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities in the employment application process. If you need an accommodation due to a disability in order to use our online system to apply for a position at Ghafari Associates, LLC, you may apply for positions in the following ways:

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Job ID 2022-1730

Job Location US-MI-Dearborn

Category Engineering