Electrical Engineer I-III

Location: Vancouver, WA

Department: Electrical Engineering - Palletizer Division

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

Over the past 80 years Columbia Machine, Inc. has become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of concrete products equipment and palletizing solutions, serving customers in over 100 countries. Located just across the river in Vancouver, WA right off of I-5 and just 10 minutes from downtown Portland, Columbia Machine is one of Vancouver’s largest employers. A family owned business since 1937, Columbia Machine offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental and vision. If you are looking for a company that values its employees then log on to http://www.columbiamachine.com/ for more information.

Summary:  Participates in the design and integrated systems for the Palletizer Division as well as process control application by developing engineering specifications, concepts, methods, program logic control as well as completing production.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Produces high quality solutions within defined time constraints using complex analysis and engineering tools such as drawings, bills of materials, and specifications to communicate designs

Produces high quality solutions within defined time constraints using complex analysis and engineering tools such as drawings, bills of materials, and specifications to communicate designs

Improves productivity and consistency within each phase of projects (engineering, production, and installation) by using standard equipment Master Files to quote existing solutions when possible

Confirms and assists in the documentation of manufacturing, assembly, and installation process

Provides cost estimates based on product knowledge and technical familiarity and supports team objectives to complete projects on time and within estimated budgets

Tests design feasibility be evaluating testing methods, testing products and equipment, evaluating outcomes and modifying designs as necessary

Supports and backfills for other engineering team members as needed to release large and complex projects

Complies with safety standards by designing equipment to adhere to safety standards and reduce product liability

Contributes to customer service satisfaction by assisting the service department as needed in fielding customer service call, troubleshooting, and correcting problems

Continuously improves operating efficiencies by participating and leading in cross-functional teams, eliminating non-valued-added activities; documenting processes; documenting procedures

Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops and reviewing professional publications

Up to 10-15% travel

Other duties as assigned

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Knowledge, skills and/or abilities:




  • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PPT, Outlook)
  • CAD programs (i.e., AutoCAD)
  • Knowledge of Allen Bradley PLC and HMI Software

        Equipment and Codes

  • Understands UL, CSA, CE, NEC, NFPA and related codes and their regulation requirements
  • Knowledge of PLC, PLC communication protocol, HMI, VFD & Servo


Advanced (Excellent)

  • Organizational, Interpersonal communication, and problem-solving skills.

Intermediate (Strong)

  • Computer/Technical
  • Written and oral Communication



Project/Process Management



  • Strong technical aptitude
  • Multi-task individual
  • Ability to deal with abstract and concrete variables, as well as have a high level of creative thinking ability.

Education and/or Experience:              

  • Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering*

       Engineer I:

  • Less than 12 months experience (1 year preferred)-with degree

       Engineer II:

  • Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering*
  • 3 or more years of professional experience
  • Has controls background

*3-5 years of experience in the field may be a substitute for an Engineering degree.

Columbia Machine offers a full benefits package including medical, dental, vision, prescription drug, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, short and long term disability, 401(k), incentive compensation, paid holidays, paid time off, and tuition reimbursement.

Equal Opportunity Employer - Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.  Columbia does participate in E-Verify.

To apply for this exciting career opportunity today, please apply online at www.columbiamachine.com

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