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Stephen Sills

Controls Engineer


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What is your job title, and what does that position entail?
Application Engineer – I spend most days at customer sites assisting with product installations, programming, and troubleshooting. I also develop various product demos and proof of concepts.

How long have you worked at Olympus, where did you come from?
I’ve worked at Olympus since April 2013. Before that I was at Oregon State University getting my masters in advanced control systems.

A little history of how you got involved with Olympus?
I found Olympus while job searching after grad school. Although there were no positions posted, I sent in my resume anyway. I met with Silas and it turned out there was an opening for an applications engineer in the Renton office.

What do you like best about working at Olympus?
My favorite part of working at Olympus is the wide variety of applications we get involved with.

How long have you been involved in Factory Automation and describe a little of your past history.
Working at Olympus is my first experience being directly involved with factory automation. Prior to that, I studied control systems in school and worked in the electrical utility industry.

Can you describe anything interesting or funny memory from working at Olympus?
While I was on a trip for training, one of my coworkers lowered my desk as low as it would go. A while later he went on a business trip, so I covered the top of his desk and everything on it in post-it notes.

Describe some of your hobbies – what do you like to do outside of work?
I like to brew beer, read, play with my dog, work with small electronics projects, camping in the summer. Currently I’m working out of a kit for a clock made entirely out of paper.

Has anything exciting or interesting ever happened to you?
I recently got engaged. Also in 2006 I spent a month touring Europe with my brother. We went through some little mountain towns in Austria that have some of the nicest people I’ve ever met.

What are some key lessons you have taken from your career thus far?
Just because a project is simple, that doesn’t mean it is easy. Never assume there will be a power outlet nearby.

What is one thing you customers might find surprising about you?
I had to ask for help on this one. Apparently I’m a good cook

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