What Does a Control Engineer Do?

Control engineers make systems work efficiently and predictably. Control engineering is a relatively new field that combines engineering and mathematics. Schools offering Electrical Engineering degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Career Overview

Control engineering was once a part of mechanical engineering and has become a somewhat new field that combines engineering and mathematics. Control engineers may focus on developing or improving machines or systems that have singular or multiple functions. The mechanism that an engineer may control could be a system, process, or machine. For example, the system may be used in a bank to improve an ATM and decrease the amount of time that a person spends at the machine.

Important Facts About This Occupation

Median Salary (2015) $72,173
Entry-level Education Bachelor's degree
Job Outlook (2012-2022) 5% ( for mechanical engineering field)
Similar Occupations Design engineer, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, control systems engineer

Sources: Payscale.com & U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Duties and Responsibilities

Control engineers design and oversee the production of many types of complex systems and equipment. The engineer researches, tests, and analyzes the design use in relation to the function of the elements in the system. A control engineer seeks consistent results and operation of a system within specified tolerances. Changing a part of a system to make it perform the tasks it was designed to do efficiently is a core aspect of this engineer's duties.

Additional Tasks

A working system may need adaptation depending on how it is used. Science, human behavior, and finances are also specialized areas of control engineering. Control engineers work with design engineers to alter systems based on consumer/customer feedback. However, working in isolation is not an option, since changing and improving upon a system requires contribution from a team.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

  • 1. Degree Options:

Popular Schools

  • ECPI University

    ECPI University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at ECPI University:

    Online Programs Available

  • Lincoln Tech

    Lincoln Tech responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Lincoln Tech:

    • Certificates

    Campus Locations:

    • Maryland: Columbia
  • Universal Technical Institute

    Universal Technical Institute responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Universal Technical Institute:

    • Certificates

    Campus-Based Programs Available:

    View All Locations
    • Arizona: Avondale
    • California: Avondale, Long Beach, Rancho Cucamonga, Sacramento
    • Florida: Avondale, Long Beach, Rancho Cucamonga, Sacramento, Orlando
    • Illinois: Avondale, Long Beach, Rancho Cucamonga, Sacramento, Orlando, Lisle
    • Massachusetts: Avondale, Long Beach, Rancho Cucamonga, Sacramento, Orlando, Lisle, Norwood
    • North Carolina: Avondale, Long Beach, Rancho Cucamonga, Sacramento, Orlando, Lisle, Norwood, Mooresville
    • Pennsylvania: Avondale, Long Beach, Rancho Cucamonga, Sacramento, Orlando, Lisle, Norwood, Mooresville, Exton
    • Texas: Avondale, Long Beach, Rancho Cucamonga, Sacramento, Orlando, Lisle, Norwood, Mooresville, Exton, Houston, Irving
  • Full Sail University

    Full Sail University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Full Sail University:

    • Bachelor Degrees

    Campus Locations:

    • Florida: Winter Park
  • Everest

    Everest responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Everest:

    • Certificates

    Campus Locations:

    • Texas: Arlington, Austin, Houston
  • Regent University

    Regent University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Regent University:

    • Bachelor Degrees

    Online Programs Available

  • Colorado Technical University

    Colorado Technical University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Colorado Technical University:

    Online Programs Available

  • Brightwood College

    Brightwood College responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Brightwood College:

    • Certificates

    Campus Locations:

    • Maryland: Baltimore, Beltsville
  • Penn Foster Career School

    Penn Foster Career School responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Penn Foster Career School:

    Online Programs Available

  • Northcentral University

    Northcentral University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Northcentral University:

    Online Programs Available

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. Next »