Applications Engineer
ESC Automation Inc. - Surrey, BC

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ESC Automation is one of the largest independent controls contractors in North America. ESC has an immediate opening for an Applications Engineer at its Surrey Corporate Headquarters.

Job Summary: The Applications Engineer is responsible for three different facets of new/retrofit jobs. These areas are in designing, programming and commissioning.


The design phase consists of producing shop drawings for the mechanical consultants and for the electrical installation crew. The various components that are required to produce a working set of shop drawings are as follows:

1) Scope of work
2) Sequence of operations
3) Valve and damper schedule
4) System panel architecture
5) Points lists
6) Local panel reports
7) Wiring details
8) Bill of materials

To produce such a document involves extensive interaction and coordination between the application engineer, project manager, mechanical contractor, and mechanical engineer. The length of time to produce such a document can vary from a couple of days to several weeks depending on the size and complexity of a project. On an average project, an engineer would spend about 40% of their time performing design.


The programming phase of a project consists of building software for the operation of the mechanical equipment that we have we have decided to control in the design phase. The programming section requires:

1) Creation of I/O
2) Creation of GCL
3) Creation of controllers
4) Creation of trend logs
5) Creation of system displays

The sequence of operations that was created in the design portion is used as the guideline for the programming portion of the project. On an average project, an engineer would spend about 20% of their time programming.


The commissioning phase of the project requires full system tests of the programming to ensure the software that has been built meets the design intent of the mechanical engineer. If programming does not perform as expected, changes will be made at this point in time. The final part of commissioning is performing loop tuning. This is performed to make sure setpoints for rooms and mechanical equipment are within specifications and mechanical equipment is not over cycled.

1) Functional end to ends
2) Loop tuning

On an average project, an engineer can expect to spend about 40% of their time commissioning a project.

Job Requirements

  • Must have a strong desire to be successful
  • Must be a team player with a commitment to quality in all aspects of life
  • Requires good time management skills
  • Should have the ability to interact, along with the ability to empathize with customers
  • A strong desire to continuously improve professionally.
  • To treat coworkers with respect
  • To pursue career development
  • The ability to work well in pressure situations and meet established deadlines

Minimum Requirements

Graduated from Instrumentation or applicable diploma program. Working knowledge of controls and control theory, basic electrical and electronics. Thorough knowledge of computers and basic knowledge of current related software (Windows XP, Windows NT, Microsoft Office). Well developed trouble-shooting skills and problem solving skills.

If you have the desire to work for a company that cares about you and the planet, please apply in confidence.