S2004A Systems Engineer

This describes the skills and duties/responsibilities required of this position. They are arranged according to the following four categories of the employee development program at ECS.

  • Technology—the technical aspects of work at ECS
  • Project Management— leadership within a project team, communication
  • Leadership—assisting, mentoring, coaching, being a positive example
  • Commercial—business development, estimating, strategic planning

Please note that this job description serves as a general guideline of skills and responsibilities for an employee in this position. It is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as all-inclusive of duties an employee may encounter during the course of his or her employment at ECS. This form is subject to deviation at the discretion of management.


Systems Engineers are expected to have (some of) the following skills:


  • General knowledge of industrial controls and automation, including the ability to calculate loads, specify hardware, size electrical components
  • Programming and troubleshooting of PLC equipment in general including Allen-Bradley, Modicon, GE and Siemens systems
  • Personal Computers and their application to industrial processes
  • Programming computers using high-level languages including, Basic, Visual Basic, C++, C#, Java
  • Web development, including HTML and XML
  • Relational Database design, implementation and reporting systems using tools such as SQL Express, SQL Server, and SQL Reporting services
  • Object-Oriented Program (OOP) design and methodologies
  • SCADA configuration including RSView 32, RSView Studio, CiTect, Wonderware
  • Industrial control networks including Ethernet, Controlnet, Devicenet, profibus, Remote I/O, DH+ and Modbus
  • Variable speed motor drives troubleshooting, configuration and commissioning
  • Ability to understand and analyze problem(s) using different data sources; identify possible cause and effects and make recommendations.
  • Proven ability to learn and quickly assimilate complex technology and information.
  • Exhibits desire to constantly learn and apply new technologies.
  • Stays current with technical skills and capabilities of customers; seeks opportunities to learn about new technologies and systems in anticipation of customers’ needs.
  • Exhibits desire and ability to simplify information and transfer to others

Project Management

  • Knowledge of Project Management methodologies including:
  • Time planning and management
  • Cost planning and management
  • Quality planning and management
  • Change planning and management
  • Risk planning and management
  • Issue planning and management
  • Procurement planning and management
  • Acceptance planning and management
  • Communication planning and management
  • Working knowledge of ECS Standards and methodologies
  • Knowledge of applicable industrial standards
  • Ability to establish priorities, work independently achieving objectives without supervision
  • Willing to make decisions quickly and firmly, take action and commit to a decision
  • Keeps others impacted by plans, schedules and actions informed of status, decisions, problems and information throughout the span of the project i.e. project manager, supervisor, customers, suppliers, etc.

 Individual Leadership

  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Sets high goals and performance standards for self; dissatisfied with average performance
  • Interacts with others in a way that gives colleagues and customers confidence in their intentions and in the organization
  • Keeps commitments to customers, management and colleagues; gets back to appropriate individuals when commitments can’t be met
  • Readily accepts feedback from others
  • Must be flexible and modify individual style to achieve end result(s)

Duties and Responsibilities

Systems Engineers will lead or work on project teams as assigned by the operations manager.


  • Development of technical specifications and other technical documentation
  • Design and implementation of safe controls systems that satisfy the customers’ specifications. This will include providing hardware designs, control logic and HMI screen development
  • Securing project files against accidental loss on a daily basis by utilizing ECS Standard backup procedures
  • Supervise the start-up and installation of equipment
  • Learning about new technologies that could benefit ECS
  • Innovative Application of new and existing technology

Project Management

  • Develop practical, workable project quality plans, and then following through with implementation
  • Working as a member of a team under the direction of the project manager
  • Working as a project manager/team leader and delegating tasks to team members
  • Monitor and manage projects to ensure that they stay on schedule and under budget while fully satisfying the customers’ requirements
  • Provide accurate estimations for completion on materials and time required to complete projects and tasks
  • Work with resources external to ECS, such as sub contractors
  • Maintain customer contacts in both written and verbal forms, and recording pertinent information for future reference
  • Procure and stage materials for efficient equipment builds and installations
  • Control scope so that ECS is fairly rewarded for it’s efforts
  • Work within approved methodologies, suggesting enhancements where possible
  • Proactively provide feedback to management about the progress and status of tasks being performed


  • Lead by example in a positive way
  • Be an advocate of the ECS Culture as detailed in the ECS handbook
  • Mentor less experienced personnel by:
  • Explaining ECS methodologies and techniques
  • Providing general guidelines for approach to delivering technical solutions
  • Teaching technologies that are not understood (either in a formal classroom environment or informally one on one)


  • Foster and develop new and existing customer relationships
  • Evangelize ECS and its abilities


Bachelors Degree in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering, or Associates Degree and 5 years experience


Salaried Exempt, eligible for performance bonuses