Company

About Us

CONTROLTEC® is a provider of telematics-based data acquisition,
management, and analysis services to the transportation industry.

What we do

CONTROLTEC® transforms product development by providing data-driven solutions for systems engineering, validation, warranty reduction and certification. We are a group of seasoned industry veterans (and some pretty clever young people) who believe there's a better way to approach the challenges facing today's automotive engineering industry. Utilizing centuries of combined vehicle testing and controls experience, CONTROLTEC® merges information technology and engineering, data analysis and software development to help companies navigate through increasing systems complexity and the dynamically changing regulatory environment.

We currently serve a diverse client base of transportation manufacturing companies around the world with industry-leading software, hardware, consulting services and certification assistance. Clients consistently offer high praise for our innovative spirit and responsiveness while experiencing product quality and development efficiency gains.

 

Leadership

Inspired by the challenges facing the global product development efforts facing most OEMs and with an acute awareness of the rapidly evolving technologies available, CONTROLTEC® was formed by these Industry veterans to radically impact the Safety, Quality and Performance of vehicles worldwide. The leadership team represents broad and deep automotive expertise in such areas as Tier 1 supplier ownership/management, powertrain development and calibration, software design and development, fuel economy and emissions analytics, and finance.

Mike Shields

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Chief Executive Officer

Mike Shields is an entrpreneur whose family has deep roots in the southeast Michigan automotive community. In addition to CONTROLTEC®, Mike is the CEO of Arrow Racing engines.

As CEO of CONTROLTEC®, Mike oversees the strategic direction of the company as it rapidly gains momentum and critical mass toward becoming the premier provider of vehicle systems data solutions. “I’m tremendously proud of CONTROLTEC®'s depth of industry-proven expertise and technical prowess,” says Shields. “Above all, we are a vehicle systems innovator, and our terrific team of creative minds have been key to our rapdily advancing the sophistication of those systems to the benefit of our global OEM customers."

Shields received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and earned a law degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Dave Ploucha

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President

David Ploucha, President of CONTROLTEC®, co-founded the company in 2009. Ploucha’s automotive roots run four generations deep, and his passion for powertrain excellence fuels his relentless drive to advance the state of the art.

Ploucha’s 17-year career at Chrysler’s powertrain division included assignments in hardware development, durability testing, algorithm design, calibration, certification and validation, as well as key roles in the development and launch of multiple Chrysler powertrains. He is recognized as an industry leader in the design, performance and compliance of diagnostic and safety systems, and is frequently called upon to lead discussions on global integration and feasibility on these topics. Ploucha’s breadth and depth of experience in such areas as transmissions, engines, OBD, and electronic throttle safety controls and calibration afford him unique insight and perspective when tackling vehicle systems testing and data analysis challenges.

Ploucha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and also a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Bill Leisenring

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Vice President

Bill Leisenring co-founded CONTROLTEC® in 2009 and currently leads all of the company’s product development and light duty operations. Bill has significant expertise in internal combustion engine principles and emissions control, catalyst and diagnostic systems. He spent thirteen years as an engineer and manager in product development at Ford and Chrysler, working in powertrain development with a focus on system reliability, engine and diagnostic systems.

Bill has several patents and papers on powertrain control, calibration and diagnostics. He earned a BSEE at Michigan Technological University and a MSEE at The Ohio State University as a Center for Automotive Research Fellow.

Jim Megyesi

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Chief Financial Officer

Jim Megyesi, CFO of CONTROLTEC®, brings two decades of financial management experience in the information technology and banking industries, which positions him well to enable the company’s aggressive growth and financial goals.

Jim began his career as an auditor and financial analyst. He received an MBA in Finance from the University of Michigan, while serving as the Director of Business Planning and Analysis at R.L. Polk & Co. There he led the financial planning and management of Polk’s technology and data division, directly enabling the delivery of cost-effective information technology solutions to the automotive industry.

Prior to joining CONTROLTEC®, Jim was vice president and finance manager for the Eastern Michigan Affiliate of Fifth Third Bancorp, where he was responsible for financial management in the commercial banking division.

Greg Pannone

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President, Energy Division

Greg Pannone has joined CONTROLTEC® to guide the formation of our analytics strategy. Pannone brings nearly 30 years of automotive experience to CONTROLTEC®, most recently as Head of Fuel Economy, Performance, and Powertrain Synthesis at Chrysler Group, LLC. Included in his responsibilities were the strategic planning, fuel economy and performance simulations, sub-system specification, and development activities necessary to achieve the competitive and regulatory fuel economy and CO2 requirements for Chrysler Group products.

Prior to this, Pannone spent nearly 25 years in engine and powertrain systems development. At Chrysler, he led the powertrain systems development of many engines, including the HEMI V8. Before joining Chrysler, he was with General Motors Powertrain for eight years at the Warren, MI Technical Center.

Pannone holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a MS of Applied Statistics from Oakland University. He has authored technical papers on alternative fuels, engine technology and control, exhaust emissions after-treatment and fuel efficiency.

Heidi Schroeder

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Vice President, Energy Division

Heidi Schroeder has joined CONTROLTEC® to lead the development of new analytics product offerings. Heidi brings over twenty years of automotive experience to CONTROLTEC®, most recently as Manager of Fuel Economy Development and Simulation at Chrysler Group, LLC. In this role, she was responsible for specifying and orchestrating the development of vehicle level fuel economy and performance for all Chrysler global and Fiat NAFTA vehicles.

Prior to this, Heidi spent over fifteen years in powertrain cooling and HVAC. At Chrysler, she was responsible for small car aero-thermal vehicle development. Before joining Chrysler, Heidi was the powertrain cooling and HVAC manager at Delphi Thermal Systems for various General Motors vehicle programs. She began her career at Saturn Corporation as a powertrain cooling development and design/release engineer. She holds a BSME from Cornell University.

Partners

Our technology partners are the engines that drive CT. Together, we work tirelessly to enable CT's products to work faster, better and more efficiently for our customers. We salute them and thank them for all that they do and how they do it.

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Teradata
  • PCGCampbell
  • Roush
  • Oracle
  • Verizon

Culture

    Our Office

    It's kind of like Palo Alto meets Motown. CONTROLTEC® exudes the "work hard, play hard" spirit that defines the start-up experience. The 9-5 lifestyle is fine for many, but simply focusing on results creates an environment that is liberating. We foster a team-based environment filled with forward-thinking, creativity and fun. There are projects teams in lieu of org charts and results in exchange for goals. Our people have innovative minds, a true passion for creation and "do-er DNA". Smart is good, really smart is better, but a record of accomplishment is vital.

    With respect to benefits, we believe that you can have your cake and eat it too. With the benefits of a big company but the perks of a start up, employees don't have to sacrifice one for the other. Instead, they can join an environment that is flexible, fun, and rewarding. View our current opportunities.

    Fun at work

    It is important that you like your work but also that you enjoy going to work.

    We have made it a priority to provide an experience that is fulfilling for both career and life. We start by offering flex time so those that have parenting duties, or just stayed up too late gaming or wrenching on their hobby car, can start their day off worry free. Throughout the day, enjoy free snacks and drinks, take a break with some foosball or basketball, take a walk across the street to check out a Detroit Lions practice or to the gym for a workout. BTW, the gym is free too. Wrap up the day with one of our weekly happy hours or hang around and game with some other co-workers. We also offer you the opportunity to give back to the community with student mentoring at Cornerstone Schools in Detroit. Finally, we also have monthly BBQs, annual Detroit Tigers outing and softball game, and other quirky events such as celebrating International Bacon Day and Pi Day. Did you say Bacon?

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Benefits

CONTROLTEC® offers a competitive benefits package along with some great perks. Our employees are our greatest asset and are treated as such. Here are the highlights:

Health & Savings Benefits Offered Upon Hire - U.S. Full Time
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Prescription
  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Account
  • 401(k) & company match
  • Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability
  • Supplemental Life Insurance and Accident Insurance
  • Vacation:  Hard work deserves play time.  Use it, don't abuse it. 
  • Sick:  If you are sick, please stay home.  We do not want germs infesting the office.
  • Holidays: 12 paid holidays are observed.  We make exceptions for multicultural employees.
  • Bonus compensation plan for all employees

Perks

Flexibility: CONTROLTEC®'s workspace creates a collaborative teamwork environment. Flexible work arrangements and flex time are supported.

Attire: Our main objective is for you to feel comfortable. Business casual to blue jeans. Anything goes - within reason, of course.

Snacks & Employee Discounts: Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Healthy snacks and beverages are provided for all employees.

Personal Cell Phone Discounts: Sprint = 23%, AT&T = 10%, Verizon Wireless = 12%

Weekly Happy hours: Enjoy some time with your colleagues over a cocktail and appetizers.

Gaming Nights: Informally, many team members stay after work about once-a-week to play their favorite game, such as Starcraft.

Monthly BBQs: Enjoy a free lunch at one of our monthly cookouts. What will Jim be grilling next?

Team Building: Successful teams need to work well together. We foster this with events such as a softball game, corporate retreats, innovation projects and more.



Current Openings


We currently have several open positions for both software and engineering. Click on a job title for more detailed information and to apply online. We look forward to meeting you!

Job List

Job Title Location Posted Since
Vehicle Coordinator Allen Park, MI 16-Dec-2014
Help Desk Administrator Allen Park, MI 10-Nov-2014
Java Developer Allen Park, MI 13-Oct-2014
Project Engineer Allen Park, MI 09-Oct-2014
Software Engineer Allen Park, MI 02-Oct-2014
Systems Administrator Allen Park, MI 01-Oct-2014

Equal Opportunity Employer

CONTROLTEC® prides itself as an equal opportunity employer. CONTROLTEC® considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, physical, or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

CONTROLTEC® participates in the E-Verify program.

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          /**
          * Your Career @CONTROLTEC
          */

          public class ControlTec extends Life {

            @Override
            public void career() {
              switch (WORK) {
                case Global Telemetry;
                case Vehicle Data Acquisition;
                case Cloud Computing;
                case Web & Mobile Applications;
                case Advanced Technologies;
                case Big Data;
                default:
                    CONTROLTEC;
              }
              switch (FUN) {
                case Game Nights;
                case Happy Hour;
                case Brewing Club;
                case Community Outreach;
                default:
                    CONTROLTEC
              }
              switch (BENEFITS) {
                case Profit Sharing;
                case 401k Match;
                case Great Culture;
                default:
                    CONTROLTEC
              }
            }
          }