Townsend Tree Service (Utility)

Controls Engineer

Job Locations US-MO-Kansas City | US-MO-Liberty | US-MO-Blue Springs | US-MO-Independence | US-MO-Lee's Summit | US-MO-Kennett | US-MO-Poplar Bluff | US-AR-Paragould | US-AR-Blytheville | US-TN-Jackson
Skilled Labor - Trades (Field)
Regular Full-Time


05 - Kelley Electric

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Kelley Electric has more than 75 years of electrical contracting experience serving industrial, commercial, cotton gin, and testing and control panel businesses. We employ skilled electricians who complete small or large projects delivered on time and within budget. We are proud to use safe and dependable electrical products from established, reliable manufacturers.


Years of experience across a broad range of applications have led to a thorough knowledge and understanding of the performance standards expected by architectural and engineering firms in their need to meet commercial, industrial, institutional and government codes and standards - efficiently and cost effectively.


Kelley Electric has the experience and capability to work with facility engineering and manufacturing groups to identify, propose and implement innovative process improvement initiatives and cost reduction activities.

As an operating unit of the larger Townsend Corporation, Kelley Electric is held to the same commitment to safety and quality. These are the same standards that have guided the Townsend Corporation for over six decades.


Position Description

The Controls Engineer is responsible for controls design, instrumentation, system design, component selection, component programming, layouts and documentation. This position is responsible for field evaluations, system integration, testing, and product start-up. The Controls Engineer reports to the Engineering Manager and will be successful in performing design engineering and field start up responsibilities for System Integration in the Electrical Controls Industry. 


Duties Include

Essential Functions:

  • Works with electrical design; programming and field startup of the system if required
  • Provides detailed industrial control system drawings; factory test panels for proper functionality
  • Writes, enters, and documents PLC programs
  • Writes, enters and documents HMI programs
  • Performs field debug and test (start-up/stand-by) control systems
  • Utilizes various PLC ladder logic and HMI programming systems
  • Ensures the quality of goods and services to both internal and external customers
  • System Architecture including non-standard material and control panel power requirements/distribution
  • Reviews specifications and standard practices – inclusive of the internal hardwired and logic standards, general specifications, and scope of work
  • Designs requirements which include establishing non-standard designs, working with internal mechanical engineers to develop the controls sequence of operations and operational requirements
  • Assists with and/or guides controls installation
  • All other tasks as assigned


What You’ll Bring to the Team

  • Possess a working knowledge of National Electrical Code
  • Demonstrate an ability to problem solve and troubleshoot
  • Demonstrate an ability to manage compliance issues (OHSA, MSHA, First Aid/CPR, PPE, etc.)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Must maintain a valid drivers license
  • Must have a willingness to learn
  • Demonstrate a mechanical aptitude
  • Must be able to follow instruction and guidance
  • High school diploma
  • Must be able to meet all physical requirements of the position
  • Pass all drug and alcohol screens as required by Company policy and, if applicable, required by DOT regulations
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States


  • Agricultural, Food and Cotton Experience preferred
  • GE, Siemens, Pilz PLC, or robotics experience a plus
  • Prior experience in conveyance, material handling and packaging or related industries preferred


Why Kelley Electric?

Kelley Electric’s number one core value is Safety; we operate a strict Drug Free workplace. A condition of employment is passing a drug screening and routine background checks. Vehicle operators will be required to have and maintain safe driving records and licenses.


Our Goal is to assure that all employees work safely and return home safely to their families every day.


Competitive Benefits + Compensation

Kelley Electric is committed to employees, their development and their well-being. Kelley Electric offers full-time employees with a variety of voluntary benefit plans.

  • Competitive Compensation
  • Paid Time Off to balance Work and Family
  • Health Care
  • Vision Care
  • Dental Care
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • 401K Plan
  • Life Insurance

These benefits help employees and their families to maintain a high quality of life, both professionally and personally.


Kelley Electric is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employers, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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