PLC Programmer

Houston, TX

Onsite  -  IT - Niche  -  Direct Placement  -  Job ID: 24-02437

Title: Automation Controls Engineer/PLC Programmer
Location: Houston, TX (Hybrid in 77067)
Duration: Permanent, Direct-Hire

Work Requirements: US Citizen, GC Holders or Authorized to Work in the US.

Qualified candidate should send their resume (Word format) to Nate Ackerman at

We are seeking an Automation Engineer for the Controls & Automation platform team. The Automation Engineer will be responsible for the design and development of drilling rig control software and hardware. This position will be based in Houston, TX.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Responsible for designing and developing rig control systems.
  • Strong understanding of basic machine controls which includes induction motor control using AC Drives, MCCs, hydraulic/pneumatics and valve controls.
  • Develop Control Software for machine control algorithms for PLC based systems. HMI design and implementation, instrumentation and sensor interface, data logging, and communication interfaces with other industrial processors like PLCs.
  • Generate design documentation, bill of materials, network architectures, one line drawing and operations manuals.
  • Technical consultant to business stakeholders, assist in gathering requirements from customers.
  • Maintain product safety in all designs.
  • Perform design prototyping, including field implementation and testing.
  • Responsible for sustaining current rig applications and debugging / fixing issues that are reported in the field. This could be by answering calls and working with technicians, remotely connecting to rig system and troubleshooting, or by traveling to the rig site and working with rig personnel to fix the issue.

Minimum Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical or Controls Engineering or related field.
  • 5+ years of experience in an engineering environment, developing controls and automation software in Rockwell or Siemens systems.
  • 2+ years in oil & gas drilling automation.
  • Proficient in RSLogix5000, FT SE and other Rockwell tools.
  • Strong understanding of industrial networking protocols like Ethernet/IP, Profibus, Modbus and OPC.
  • Good understanding of AC drives (ABB, GE Converteam & Yaskawa).
  • Some knowledge of other software programming languages like C++, Python.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Great interpersonal and communication skills.

Preferred Job Qualifications:

  • Experience in the drilling industry is highly preferred.

Working Conditions:

  • While this position is primarily based in a professional office environment, travel to yards and rigs is essential and required.
  • Up to 10% travel.
  • The position supports drilling rigs that work 24/7 and will routinely require phone availability outside regular work hours.

About INSPYR Solutions:
Technology is our focus and quality is our commitment. As a national expert in delivering flexible technology and talent solutions, we strategically align industry and technical expertise with our clients' business objectives and cultural needs. Our solutions are tailored to each client and include a wide variety of professional services, project, and talent solutions. By always striving for excellence and focusing on the human aspect of our business, we work seamlessly with our talent and clients to match the right solutions to the right opportunities. Learn more about us at

INSPYR Solutions provides Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, INSPYR Solutions complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.



Houston, TX