Controls & Instrumentation Section Supervisor

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Controls & Instrumentation Section Supervisor

Join a team turning abstract ideas into realities. Collaborate with industry experts to develop solutions to mission-critical challenges, such as NASA’s return to the moon, the DoD’s national security initiatives, international automotive manufacturers’ development of fuel-efficient and electric vehicles, and the DoE’s energy research. At Jacobs, we tackle challenges in emerging technologies, cyber, intelligence, space exploration, energy transformation, and resiliency to ensure national security. As the world’s thinkers, visionaries, and doers, we disrupt the status quo and affect real, meaningful change in how we provide solutions to our customers, operate our business, and support communities.

Our Group specializes in the design, construction, and operation of unique and complex research and development facilities, including, as examples, wind tunnels (aerospace, automotive, and motorsports), rocket test stands, climatic chambers, jet engine test cells, acoustic chambers, altitude test facilities, captive trajectory systems, and nuclear facilities. Our projects span the automotive, motorsports, defense, nuclear, and aerospace markets. Recent clients include Audi, Boeing, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Honda, General Motors, NASA, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Energy, Volkswagen, confidential F1 motorsports clients, and many others in North America, Europe, and Asia.

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In this role you will be responsible for planning, organizing, leading, and controlling the allocated resources of a group of Controls & Instrumentation (C&I) engineers. This position will provide you with an exciting opportunity to manage the overall C&I group, support large proposal efforts and actively seek out and lead smaller proposal efforts, develop and implement group work plans and priorities, determine personnel requirements and assignments, evaluate individual employee and group results, provide employee performance feed-back, and make personnel related decisions and recommendations. The C&I group currently includes approximately 25 talented professionals working on many unique and challenging projects including quick turn-around projects ranging from a few hours to large multi-year projects with over 10,000 labor hours. The Controls & Instrumentation group typically works between 12 to 20 projects concurrently and up to three dozen projects each year.


  • Promote a culture of caring and safety both at work and away from work
  • Marketing & business development efforts – actively sell work for your section
  • Make employee work assignments and engage with staff to counsel, coach, and monitor progress
  • Help staff validate the technical approach including checking teams work when necessary
  • Track career growth path for employees
    • Promotions/adjustments
    • Voluntary training for professional growth
    • Identify and groom future leaders
    • Identify technical training needs and obtain funding
  • Manage/balance workflow in section
  • Mentor employees as needed – as well as assign mentoring role for senior/junior engineers
  • Participate in long term planning for your section - including recruiting/hiring

Here’s what you’ll need:


  • Due to federal requirements for large portions of the assigned work a US Citizenship is required for this position.
  • BS or MS Degree in Electrical Engineering or related engineering field.
  • BS degree requires a minimum of seven (7) years related experience. MS degree requires a minimum of five (5) years related experience.
  • Requires demonstrated leadership skills as evidenced by prior supervisory or lead experience. Must be able to effectively communicate with others.
  • Must be knowledgeable of the entire design process including marketing, planning, estimating, budgeting, execution, delivering, post design, and construction. Experience selecting, specifying, and procuring controls instrumentation, control and data acquisition system hardware, PLCs, drive and motion systems, automation network hardware, interconnect cabling and supporting equipment.
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in good standing as a plus.
  • A solid math background to select and develop data uncertainty calculations, digital filter algorithms, control transfer function realizations, and process simulation.
  • A desire to develop ingenious alternative approaches to challenges, and drive innovation during all phases of projects.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability. Able to oversee a team of professionals working on multiple small and large projects concurrently.
  • Must have strong time management and organizational skills.

Essential Functions

Unusual or Special Physical Requirements of Position



% of Time

  • Must be able to sit at a desk for long periods of time (90%)
  • Must be able to work at a computer for long periods of time (90%)
  • Occasional site visits and travel may require lifting, climbing, crawling in an outdoor environment (15%)
  • Special clothing/equipment and other PPE may be required during site visits (15%)

Must be able to lift 50 lbs

Description of Work Environment



% of Time

  • Work will mainly be performed in an inside office environment (90%)
  • Field work may be required including outside work (15%)
  • Travel may be required to perform field work at project sites or to attend customer meetings (15%)

Office Environment

Equipment and Machines Involved in Work Tasks



% of Time

  • Office equipment/machines
  • During travel to project sites handheld equipment such as tape measures, cameras, etc (10%)

Office equipment (Computers, fax, telephones, copiers etc.) 90 %

Criticality of Attendance


  • Regular attendance is mandatory Monday thru Thur 7:30 am to 5:15 pm & Fri 7:30 to 11:30 am (100%).
  • Occasional overtime may be required to meet demanding project schedules (20%)

Other Essential Functions

Must take and pass a pre-employment drug and background test.

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