controls engineering jobs

Automation skills across PLC, SCADA, HMI and Electrical design are in high demand in the UK at the moment as more end users turn towards automation for efficiency, cost savings and increased output. 

Qualified controls engineers will have a key role to play in designing and developing innovative solutions, using the latest controls software, and are needed for exciting and high-profile projects in industries such as Marine.   Annabel Honour, Senior Consultant, Controls and Automation, Matchtech, explains why controls design engineers are increasingly in demand in the marine industry: 

“Modern ships are increasingly dependent upon electrical and control engineering installations in order to operate and there is also more reliance on complex computer-based systems.”

Matchtech’s specialist Automation team is currently working in partnership with Sperry Marine Northrup Grumman, to recruit for several Controls Design engineers to take on permanent roles at their offices in New Malden, Surrey in the south of England.

Sperry Marine has over 30 years’ system integration and navigation experience with Machinery Control Systems and Integrated Platform Management System solutions. They provide both highly survivable distributed machinery control systems (MCAS) for defence vessels such as fast patrol vessels, offshore patrol vessels and Coast Guard.

Through Sperry, you will have the chance work with both commercial and naval clients and will take a project from initial FDS/concept,  to PLC, SCADA and HMI design, data logging, documentation, implementation and testing/ FAT’s . Working across the full project life-cycle will allow you to really take ownership and pride in the solutions you are providing, using the latest Siemens and Rockwell products to do this.

Matchtech’s recent Voice of the Workforce research, which surveyed 236 engineering professionals in the automation sector showed that over half are not confident that their career will progress in the next 12 months.. Annabel continues:  “One of the huge benefits of working for Sperry Marine is their clear, defined career paths which will allow you to take to become either a technical specialist or Project Manager – Sperry Marine supports their staff through traning and personal development in order to allow you to achieve your full potential.”

As well as a competitive salary, Sperry Marine offers a great range of company benefits:

  • Private healthcare
  • Free on-site parking
  • Subsidised staff canteen
  • Social events  including pub nights, charity walks and bake offs
  • Contributory pension
  • Compressed working week (every other Friday off)


If you’ve spent most of your career working in a particular sector, moving to a different one can seem a bit daunting but in our recent research (Voice of the Workforce 2017), we found that 80% of controls engineer who had transferred between sectors found it an easy experience.

If you are ready to take the next step in your career and you have a real passion for engineering, then we want to hear from you. Interviews will be taking place in the next few weeks so don’t miss out on your chance to be part of a leading company who provides innovative controls solutions. Due to the sensitive nature of the work, all candidates must be able to gain baseline security clearance in order to apply.

To find out more about Sperry Marine and the jobs on offer, visit our dedicated webpage.

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