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Hydroelectric Controls Engineer at Emerson Electric Co in Ivyland, Pennsylvania

Posted in Architecture 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

At Emerson, we are innovators and problem-solvers, focused on a common purpose: leaving our world in a better place than we found it. Each and every day, our foundational values—integrity, safety and quality, supporting our people, customer focus, continuous improvement, collaboration and innovation—inform every decision we make and empower our employees to keep reaching higher. As a global technology and engineering leader, we provide groundbreaking solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and residential markets. Our Emerson Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers maximize production and protect personnel and the environment while optimizing their energy and operating costs. Our Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency and create sustainable infrastructure. Emerson, a Fortune 500 company with $15.3 billion in sales and 200 manufacturing locations worldwide, is committed to helping employees grow and thrive throughout their careers. Whether you’re an established professional looking for a career change, an undergraduate student exploring options or a recent MBA graduate, you’ll find a variety of opportunities at Emerson. Join our team and start your journey today.

In response to growth and the demand for the renewable/sustainable energy market, our team is expanding! If you are an engineering professional looking for an opportunity to grow, Emerson has an exciting opportunity for you!  Based in our Greater Philadelphia location, you will be part of the Hydro Controls Engineering group which provides fully engineered control system solutions for Hydro power plants mostly in North America. The group focuses on the replacement of existing governor control systems and related equipment and provides all project management, engineering design, system integration, testing, and commissioning services to deliver comprehensive turnkey solutions to our customers.



  • Be responsible for many aspects of retrofit engineering solutions mainly in the North American Hydro power industry

  • Develop and design Hydro Governor and Plant Control systems

  • Understand technical specifications to develop or apply mechanical, hydraulic, or electrical controls. 

  • Design new system functionality as specified by the customer

  • Understand and program various control logic styles (Ladder Logic, Structured Text, Flow Diagrams) 

  • Work with and understand electrical and hydraulic schematics

  • Adapt Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) and Human Machine Interface (HMI) software for new custom applications 

  • Support Factory Acceptance Tests (FATs)

  • Commission new systems at customer sites 

  • Create control narratives and hardware/software test procedures 

  • Become a subject matter expert (SME) for Hydro related controls systems and plant operations



You develop and project a can-do attitude. You stay aligned with your goals and stay productive. You build the customer relationships.



  • Bachelors degree in Engineering (Mechanical or Electrical) or equivalent

  • Some travel as needed to support projects (domestic and possibly some international)

  • Legal authorization to work in the United States -

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience as a Controls Engineer, working with PLC’s and HMI’s required

  • Ability to analyze engineering designs of logic or digital circuitry, motor controls, instrumentation, or data acquisition for implementation into new or existing automated, servo mechanical, or other electromechanical systems. (Preferred)

  • Proficiency in computer aided design software. (AutoCAD Preferred)

  • Experience and understanding power generation plants and hydraulic systems also highly preferred


  • Strong, quick, and creative troubleshooting skills in a technical and mechanical setting.

  • Has a desire and curiosity to understand the way things work.


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