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Concept Systems Inc. Controls Engineer in Kennewick, Washington

Concept Systems offers career advancement opportunities by challenging our engineers to expand their skillset and become leaders in robotics, vision, laser scanning, motion control, manufacturing intelligence, and more. In short, our mission is to team with our customers to achieve manufacturing excellence by delivering the right automation solutions. To do so we are committed to being on the leading edge of automation technologies and developing innovative solutions to apply those technologies. With the rapid advancement of automation technology, the learning and development never stops. Couple this with our broad industry approach, serving markets such as aerospace, food processing, recycling, metals, automotive, breweries, and wood products, the rich learning environment we provide should be clear.

We are looking to add a Controls Engineer to our team who will be responsible for applying engineering principles and experience to develop various project designs. Additionally, this individual will exercise judgement and initiative to solve problems and make sound recommendations while building and maintaining customer relationships.

Technical, industry, scope, trade, and innovation diversity is the opportunity awaiting you at Concept Systems. We are excited to hear from you and confident you will like what you see as you learn more about us!

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. System Hardware and Layout Design

  2. System and Software Development

  3. Proposals and Sales Support

  4. Training and Career Development


  • Proposals and Sales Support

  • Works with customers to understand problems and define a solution

  • Estimate solution

  • Develop a written proposal

  • Prepare proposal estimates and complete technical research

  • Provide technical content for sales meetings

  • Marketing support

  • System Hardware and Layout Design

  • Hardware selection

  • Develop engineering to design

  • Design review

  • Develop electrical schematics and interconnect diagrams

  • Motional control system design and implementation

  • Develop Bill of Materials

  • System and Software Development

  • Functional Description and Specification

  • Programming

  • System Testing and Acceptance

  • Performance and validation testing

  • Factory Acceptance

  • Hardware testing and quality control

  • Commissioning and Start-up

  • System Commissioning

  • System Start-up

  • On Site Acceptance

  • Operator/Customer Training

  • Project Deliverables and Documentation

  • Final As-built Drawings

  • Software

  • Operator and maintenance Manuals

  • Complete and accurate project documentation

  • Training and Career Development

  • Technology based training

  • Project Management Training

  • Attends Lunch & Learns as available

  • Active participant in Employee Success Plans and offered training related to Career Path development

    Customer Relations

  • Customer committed mindset

  • Maintain existing relationships

  • Fast and courteous response to service and support issues

    Team Activity, Development and Other

  • Understand and follow Concept Systems Project Methodology

  • Complete onboarding training module and participate in continuous training

  • Strong organization skills

  • Problem solving ability

  • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance

  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation

  • Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with customers and coworkers and including the ability ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure

  • Respectfully takes direction from manager

    Key Competencies

    Culture of Leadership

Not only demonstrates actions associated with living the Concept Way but inspires others to do so as well through leading by example, communication and holding others equally accountable to these standards. Takes ownership for own success; speaks openly and sincerely, is a source of inspiration, develops and fosters relationships both internally and externally and strives to be innovative.

Results Focused

Focuses on desired outcomes and how best to achieve them. Gets the job done on time and within budget. Sets high standards for performance of self and others, assumes responsibility and accountability for successfully completing projects or tasks, and can be counted on to deliver consistent and high-quality results.

Communicates Effectively

Clearly conveys information and ideas, orally and in writing, both internally and with customers. Organizes and structures communication to be professional, positive and succinct. Demonstrates active listening and appropriate body language.

Adaptive to Change

Views change as necessary and positive; maintains effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or the work environment, adjusts effectively to work within new structures, processes, requirements, and can effectively cope with change internal to Concept Systems or externally.

Culture of Innovation

Demonstrates the desire to be innovative by taking a proactive and creative approach to projects. Presents new product ideas when possible, participates in R2D2, and contributes through Follow It or Fix It.

Culture of Accountability

Demonstrates making the choice to rise above individual circumstances and demonstrates the ownership necessary for achieving the desired results – to See It, Own It, Solve It and Do It.

Culture of Respect

Demonstrates respect for others and provides recognition and appreciation for individuals in every role within Concept Systems.

Follow It or Fix It

Actively contributes feedback in an effort to promote continuous improvement while following Concept Systems established and documented business processes.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree (B.S.) in Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or related field from an accredited four-year college or university required

  • Proficiency with Office 365 is required

  • Process Control in Food and Beverage industry preferred

  • Dairy industry experience preferred

  • System Integration experience preferred

    Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Travel to support project and sales required

  • Valid, insurable Driver's License is required

  • Valid Passport for occasional out of country travel preferred

    Physical Demands

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk to hear. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Project work in the shop and customer start-ups may require moderate physical demands.

    Work Environment

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to work near moving mechanical parts and extreme heat (non-weather). The employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather); work in high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; extreme cold (non-weather) and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The work environment may vary depending on start-up and customer site environments. Travel to customer sites is required for this position; 20-30% annually.

    Qualified applicants must be legally authorized for employment in the United States. Applicants cannot require employer sponsored work authorization now or in the future for employment in the United States.

    Concept Systems offers a full range of comprehensive benefits, including medical, dental, flexible spending, matching 401(k), generous paid time off programs, profit sharing, and company paid training - in addition to a professional and business casual environment.

    Concept Systems is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    Additional Information About Us

    Our career advancement program allows multiple paths for advancement, whether it is diversifying your technical skillset, building on an existing skillset, project management, and/or personnel management. Concept Systems is a growing, progressive company that is leading manufacturing through the automation age and beyond. Now is a great time to join our team!

    As a company founded by engineers, for engineers, we know the best candidates are likely wanting some more details, so here you go - in addition to our diverse technology and industry approach, Concept Systems handles projects ranging in size from large Greenfield facilities to small turnkey machine center upgrades. We offer full service to our Customers, where our Controls Group works hand in hand with our Mechanical and Service Groups to tackle all our customers' control system's needs.

    Need more? We have more - Concept Systems also takes a unique approach to Products. All of our Engineers are encouraged to participate in Product ideation and development. With all the cool technologies we are engaged with and the wide array of applications we are asked to take on, we regularly come across technology solutions that we can package as products and sell into other markets. This approach sparks innovation at Concept Systems, keeps our engineers engaged in a healthy stream of R&D activity, and solidified our financial business model.

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