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Controls System Designer – Co-op (Winter Term, January to April 2022)

Controls System Designer – Co-op (Winter Term, January to April 2022)

Cambridge, ON

Full-time (40 hours/week)

With an overall co-op experience rating of 9.2/10, Powerhouse prides itself on giving our co-op students more opportunities than standard co-op experiences. Our students are treated like real employees. You’ll get exposure to projects from cradle to grave – from design and programming, to testing, onsite and commissioning.

What Powerhouse can offer you!

  • Competitive compensation packages
  • Hybrid model of remote and office work
  • Worklife Balance focus; including flexible working hours
  • Culture initiatives including monthly social days, Christmas party and family outings such as Wonderland and ice skating
  • Newly renovated office with the latest technologies, large lunchroom, ping pong, and foosball and various types of working spaces

Key Accountabilities

  • Programming and troubleshooting of PLCs (machine/safety logic)
  • Programming and troubleshooting of HMIs (user interface)
  • Programming and troubleshooting of VFDs (motor control)
  • Hardware design (component selection and creation of schematics)
  • Factory acceptance testing (verifying functionality before we ship to the customer)
  • Commissioning (final testing at the customer’s facility)
  • Various other tasks (as assigned by your Team Lead)

Note: The key accountabilities are not an exhaustive list and other duties may be assigned as needed.


  • Enrolled in a related program (Electrical, Mechatronics, Robotics, Computer, etc.)
  • Strong desire to learn how industrial machines work
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to learn new things quickly and apply that knowledge to real-world applications
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office, etc.)


  • Hands-on experience with PLC/HMI/VFD programming (Siemens, Allen-Bradley, GE, etc.)
  • Familiarity with control system design software (ePlan, Electric P8, etc.)
  • Past experience working in a manufacturing facility (automotive, food, etc.)
  • Knowledge of application development programming languages (VBA, C#, SQL, etc.)
  • Valid driver’s license with access to a vehicle for professional use

What it takes to succeed

  • A commitment to quality and service
  • Respect for others
  • Action-oriented
  • Dedicated
  • Detail-oriented
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Hard-working
  • Honest
  • Humble
  • Positive attitude
  • Organized
  • Self-starter / action-oriented
  • Customer service mindset

Powerhouse Controls is committed to providing a barrier-free interview process and accommodating applicants’ needs in accordance with Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Should you require accommodations during the process, please contact our recruitment team.

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