Calspan Corporation

Controls/PLC Engineer - Wind Tunnels & Hypersonics

Job Locations US-MN-St. Paul
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Calspan is the world’s number one supplier of ground-based testing solutions and expertise for the aerospace industry. Our customers get a single, experienced partner to help them efficiently validate engine and airframe performance across development, production and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO).

We are seeking a motivated Controls/PLC Engineer to be responsible for design, implementation, test, and support of controls, software, and data acquisition systems used in test cells, wind tunnels, and other aerospace ground test facilities.


Compensation and position level commensurate with education and experience.

  • Design and Analysis - Develop or reuse system design solution to meet customer requirements.  Partner with designers and project team to deliver complete design package (drawings, BOMs, Etc.).  Design and develop electronic subsystems, including data acquisition systems, control and integration of electro-mechanical valves and instrumentation (temperatures, pressures, flow, etc.), control loops, electrical control systems, junction boxes, and panel layouts.
  • Scope, Schedule, Budget - Perform engineering tasks on schedule and within budget.  Ensure system design aligns with as-sold scope, customer requirements, quality standards, and industry codes.  Communicate regularly with project team on status, issues, and variances to plan.
  • Document - Document and present work in accordance with quality requirements. Prepare design criteria, calculation packages, procurement specifications, technical reports, validation plans, and product manuals. Participate and lead internal and customer design reviews.
  • Support - Interface with procurement, production, and installation teams to quickly resolve issues discovered during assembly and test.  Travel to customer and subcontractor sites for design reviews, site surveys, and system commissioning.
  • Quote - Assist marketing in developing proposals for future work.  Develop concepts, cost estimates, proposal write-ups, analyses, options, and recommendations.


Preferred Education / Experience:

  • Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering or related discipline.
  • 5+ years of experience in controls, electronics, data acquisition systems or similar role or;
  • A combination of education and experience equivalent to above.
  • To conform to U.S. export control regulations, applicant should be eligible for any required authorizations from the U.S. Government.

Preferred Knowledge / Ability:

  • Experience with design and implementation of automation or data acquisition systems in an industrial setting.
  • Proficiency with LabVIEW or PLCs with at least 5 years’ experience highly desired.
  • Strong PLC, electro-mechanical systems, and software programming experience strongly preferred.
  • Must be a self-starter, able to balance priorities between multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work effectively and productively as an individual contributor and collaborate as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Why join Calspan?


Be Calspan Culture

At Calspan, we promote an environment that empowers employees and encourages innovation. Our management team enables a strong sense of teamwork with each endeavor, where successes are shared and lessons are learned. The company’s talent brand, “Be Calspan”, incorporates our company values to Be Inclusive, Accountable, and Innovative and our commitment to drive every individual to - Be Developed, Be Balanced, Be Connected, Be Community and Be Recognized. Our culture promotes a positive atmosphere and competitive can-do method of action.


Great Benefits= Happy, Committed Employees 

Retaining great talent is as important as finding it, so at Calspan, we take our employee value proposition of Be Calspan quite seriously. To us, that means offering competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits, recognition programs and promotional opportunities. Our benefits include: Health Insurance, Health Savings Accounts, Flexible Spending Accounts, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance/Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Short-Term/Long-Term Disability, 401(k), Critical Illness Insurance, Accident Insurance, Hospital Indemnity Insurance, Universal Life Insurance Policy, Paid-Time Off, Company-paid Holidays, Bereavement Leave, Jury Duty, Military Leave, Employee Assistance Program, Educational Assistance Reimbursement , and Pet Insurance.


Calspan is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. Calspan supports safe and drug free workplace through pre-employment background checks and drug testing.


All candidates must be eligible to work in the United States. 



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