MPR Associates, Inc.

Instrumentation and Controls Engineer

Job Locations US-VA-Alexandria | US-CT-East Lyme
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MPR Associates, Inc. (MPR), a thriving multi-discipline, specialty engineering services and consulting firm, is actively seeking a capable and motivated Instrumentation and Controls (I&C) Engineer to join our team. If you are seeking a unique, challenging, and rewarding career opportunity, MPR may be the right company for you.

Founded in 1964, MPR has a wide and growing client base in the fields of power and energy, federal services, and health and life sciences. We work throughout the United States as well as internationally. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, we also have offices in East Lyme, Connecticut, and Burlington, Massachusetts. MPR makes challenging projects successful, delivering safe and reliable technical solutions across the entire project or product life-cycle to benefit our clients and society as a whole. We hire the best and brightest, which results in a high-performance culture built on trust and respect, making MPR an exceptional place to work.

General Job Description

The Instrumentation and Controls (I&C) Engineer will have technical, project management, regulatory, business, and client interface responsibilities. This position will provide strategic guidance and technical leadership to our U.S. and international clients. In addition, you will work closely with the MPR leadership team to develop market and client strategies and align MPR’s growth, skills, and tools development with future industry needs. This is a full-time, exempt position based out of MPR’s Virginia or Connecticut office.


The I&C Engineer is expected to have a broad range of skills, duties, and responsibilities, including:

  • Provide technical expertise and leadership in control system engineering, design, implementation, programming/configuration, commissioning, testing, and troubleshooting in support of power plant controls and Industrial Control Systems including Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and Programmable Logic Controller systems (PLC), along with associated control system devices, computers, communications, networks, and instrumentation
  • Provide support and leadership to meet regulatory and cybersecurity requirements for projects, initiatives, and activities relative to controls and control systems
  • Provide technical support for power generation and auxiliary power systems, particularly related to digital devices or systems with communications interface to control systems (e.g., protective relays for electrical power systems)
  • Develop technical deliverables for our clients including engineering evaluations, operability evaluation, problem resolution, I&C upgrade feasibility studies, and conceptual design documents
  • Provide technical direction and project management for I&C projects in various market sectors including nuclear, federal government, health and life sciences
  • Provide analysis and modeling capabilities for I&C systems, such as in the development of simulator algorithms
  • Effectively interface with clients to understand their problems and challenges, develop technical proposals to address their problems, and effectively present proposals and company capabilities
  • Assist in identifying industry opportunities for I&C services and partnerships to support client needs and provide input to the planning for growth of our I&C services
  • Identifies, analyzes and resolves system design weaknesses
  • Provide leadership and mentoring to employees



  • 4 year technical degree is required
  • Advanced degree is a plus
  • P.E. license is a plus


  • At least 5 years of directly related I&C experience working in a project/systems engineering role, including demonstrated experience with the following:
    • Industrial Control Systems such as Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and/or Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) systems and control system devices, computers, communications, and networks
  • The following experience is considered a plus:
    • Design and operation of nuclear plant safety related and non-safety related I&C systems, in addition to balance-of-plant I&C systems
    • NRC regulations related to digital systems
    • Pneumatic and analog I&C systems and design
  • Familiarity with IEEE, IEC, and ISA standards
  • Familiarity with different I&C vendor products and their offerings including Emerson Ovation, GE, ABB, Allen-Bradley, Modicon, Wonderware, Schweitzer RTAC, Schneider, Framatome

Skills – Technical

  • Knowledge and experience of electrical and electronics theory
  • Extensive knowledge of cybersecurity frameworks from NIST, FDA, FIPS and RMF processes within the Federal government
  • Strong background in networking including but not limited to:
    • Knowledge of Ethernet, TCP/IP, IPv4, IPv6
    • Ability to create and interpret network diagrams
    • Managing and modifying registry, group policy and firewall settings
  • Software programming experience, preferably C/C++/C#, extensive experience is not required
  • Strong understanding of algorithms and data structures
  • Strong understanding of system control and automation
  • Strong understanding of software development workflow, software lifecycle, and software documentation
  • Microsoft Office Software

Skills – Personal

  • Excellent communication skills; both written and oral
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Critical thinker with strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Self-motivated and disciplined
  • Ability to lead and work within teams
  • Motivated to tackle new problems and take on new responsibilities
  • Effective time management and organization skills
  • Strong questioning attitude and the ability to accept that in others


As required by project assignments. Estimated level is up to 10-20%, each trip typically not exceeding 2 or 3 days, but durations are dependent on project needs and could be of longer duration.

MPR Associates, Inc. is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, who participates in E‑Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other classification as required by applicable laws. MPR is a certified Virginia Values Veterans (V3) employer.




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