Applications Engineering Technician- Walla Walla, WA

Employer: Key Technology

Job Description:
Join our Applications Engineering Team!

Key Technology in Walla Walla, WA is a worldwide leader in food processing technology. As a global industrial manufacturing company, our ongoing innovations provide increased control, continuous processing, sorting, automated inspection, specialized conveying, and grading and sizing, in processed fruits and vegetables, nuts, dried fruit, fresh-cut produce and more.

As a Applications Engineering Technician (Optical) you will conduct tests on food and non-food products using Key's optical sorting solutions. Tests will be done on both lab equipment and customer equipment. The Applications Engineering Technician will determine appropriate configuration and performance characteristics of Key’s optical sorting solutions to optimize results on the specific application(s). The Applications Specialist also makes recommendations to the sales & marketing organizations.

The ideal engineer candidate will be knowledgeable in machine and computer vision; such as lighting, cameras, lasers, and other sensing equipment.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities; includes the following. Other duties may be assigned

Develop application specific software solutions for customer needs.
Determine appropriate material handling, sensing/illumination and algorithm requirements necessary for the optical sorter to meet application specific guidelines.
Develop design proposals for improving equipment performance, which may include recording data for development, standardization and/or quality control.
Provide support, both onsite and remote, for newly developed applications and optical sorting systems. Includes working closely with the development engineering team and the service team.
Provides technical support to customers, service engineers, sales and marketing on both existing and new applications.
Plan, set up and conduct equipment tests for specific customer products, both in the demonstration lab and at the customer site, to recommend configuration and performance levels for a specific customer product or set of products.
Record test procedures and results, numerical and graphical data, and recommendations for changes in product or test method.
Complete trip reports and test reports in a thorough and timely manner.
Analyze indicated and calculated test results in relation to design or rated specifications and test objectives, and modifies or adjusts equipment to meet specifications.
Author standard performance specifications for equipment based on test data.
Ability to work on small to medium scale optical installations independently
Ability to follow and execute test plans for conditional sales, beta systems and research projects for existing and new optical platforms.
Researches, collects, and reports information on the ability and capacity of company products and competing equipment. Aids in the design and development of equipment and systems, and redesign of existing systems to fulfill the needs of customers by working with the development engineering team. Responsibilities also include providing equipment functionality and capability/test reports to the sales force, and acting as technical liaison to the sales team.
Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job.

Experience & Education

Bachelor's degree (B. S.) from four-year college or university preferred; and one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
One to Three years’ experience in an Applications Technician role
Required Skills

Preference for computer/electronic experience. Specific knowledge of Microsoft Office, file compression, image processing experience, Window's OS or other OS systems like UNIX or Linux preferred.
A working knowledge of assorted image processing algorithms, a sound understanding of electronics, and the ability to troubleshoot vision systems.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

A valid vehicle operator’s license is required. A valid passport is required.

Willing and able to travel 15% - 25%. Travel many times less than 1 week and typically no more than 2 weeks at a time. Travel can be heavier over the processing season or when new opportunities/ systems are being developed. Must be willing to work weekends and holidays as needed
Why Work at Key?

Key Technology Inc. is a Duravant family company, dedicated to the fulfilment of our employees. Whether seeking career advancement, long term employment stability, or a mix, our leadership team is committed to each employee’s personal career goals. As we know our success is rooted with our employees, Key offers:

Competitive wages
Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Health Savings Account,
Paid time off
Paid holidays
401K Savings Plan with company match.
Tuition Reimbursement, promote from within, shadowing opportunities
Beautiful Eastern Washington location close to mountain, desert, large river (Columbia and Snake Rivers) and outdoor activities.
Employment with Key Technology is contingent upon successfully completing a pre-employment drug screen, criminal history, social security, and reference check.

Contact Person:
Location: Walla Walla, WA
Application Method: Online:
Base Pay: DOQ

Posted on June 15, 2022

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