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Concept Systems Inc. Senior Controls Engineer in Kennewick, Washington

Join our team!

We take pride in our engineering leadership teams technical expertise, mentorship of early career engineers, accountability and overall contributions to our team.

Our Senior Controls Engineers have strong technical expertise including Allen-Bradley PLC and HMI programming which are required skills for this opportunity. A-B PLC Motion, Ignition, FactoryTalk View SE/ME, hardware design and documentation, including power distribution and component sizing, motion control and electrical panel QC experience is highly preferred. This position is responsible for managing and overseeing engineering project scopes, budgets and expectations, and designing systems.

This position requires up to 30% travel to support customers and is additionally responsible for building and maintaining customer relationships, supporting sales and marketing.

In addition to a professional, supportive and business casual environment, Concept Systems offers excellent benefits:

  • Medical and Dental

  • Vision

  • Life

  • 401(k)

  • Generous time off programs (vacation, sick, volunteer time off)

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Healthcare and Dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts

  • 10 Paid Holidays annually

  • Company Paid Training

  • Career Development and Growth

    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

  • Controls Group Engineering

  • Robots and Vision

  • Project Management

  • Sales & Marketing Support

  • Customer Relations

    Controls Engineering

  • Control System Design & Development


  • Vision-guided Robotics

  • Motion Control

  • CNC

  • DCS

  • Manufacturing Intelligence


  • Safety

  • Networking

    Robots and Vision

  • Programming

  • Work cell design

  • Mechanical components

    Project Management

  • Primary point of contact for project-related customer interactions

  • Manage project schedules

  • Manage project budgets

  • Ensure compliance with the Concept Systems Project Methodology


  • Stay current on technology trends in area(s) of focus

  • Bring Product ideas to the table

  • Participate in R&D initiatives

  • Assist with market research and competitive market analysis

    Sales & Marketing Support

  • Direct customer interaction and garnering an understanding of their needs

  • Creative problem solving/solution development to address those customer needs

  • Prepare proposal cost estimates for the automation solution

  • Provides technical content at sales meetings

  • Writes project briefs for larger project

    Customer Relations

  • Maintain existing relationships

  • Fast and courteous response to service and support issues

  • Uncovering the next challenge and introducing technologies that can solve them

    Required Skills

  • Problem solving

  • Organization

  • Ability to focus on the customer needs

  • Passion for control systems integration


  • Mentors new team members

  • 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

  • BS Degree in Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or related field; and five to seven years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • A-B PLC Robotic Applications, Vision experience a plus

  • Project Management experience preferred

  • High proficiency level in Office 365, PLC, PC and HMI programming ability is required

    Preferred Experience and Skills

  • A-B PLC Motion (Kinetix or other Servo drives)

  • Ignition, FactoryTalk View SE/ME

  • Siemens

  • Hardware design and documentation, including power distribution and component sizing

  • Motion control and panel QC preferred

    Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Travel up to 25% to support project and sales requirements.

  • Valid, insurable Driver's License is required.

  • Ability to obtain Passport for occasional out of country travel required.

  • Professional Engineer (PE) License strongly 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; up to 25% 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, 401(k), generous paid time off programs, profit sharing, and company paid training - in addition to a flexible, professional and business casual environment.

    Concept Systems is an Equal Opportunity Employer