I worked at ASC Process Systems full-time (Less than a year)
- Always busy so day goes really fast
- A lot of responsibility given for projects
- Management helped a lot.
- Safety is emphasized in the workplace.
- The unique opportunity of starting a project from scratch till the end product.
- Able to learn a tremendous amount in design, analysis, project management, and manufacturing.
- A lot of team building activities like lunches and picnics to promote a team atmosphere.
- Great opportunity to work along with controls engineers and electrical engineers in order to complete projects.
- The people at this company felt like a family.
- Great facilities and management cared.
- Good pay and benefits.
- Drawings sometimes got bottle-necked and made some deadline stressful.
- A good amount of overtime needed especially during milestones for various project.
I have been working at ASC Process Systems full-time (More than a year)
- Good pay and good raises (at least for me)
- Lots of responsibility for a new engineer (my first real job)
- Interesting and challenging projects (autoclaves and ovens)
- Good co-workers. A fairly young group of engineers.
- Use newest software (CFD, FEA, Inventor, Compress)
- Friendly manager
- Company is growing (they're hiring more engineers constantly)
- Bottleneck getting your drawings and calculations approved.
- Can be stressful when deadlines are coming up.
- Sometimes tough to get the shop to work on your project
- Have to work with some difficult personalities in the shop
- Often a time-crunch to get drawings out to the shop
Advice to Management
Streamline the approval process for drawings and calculations.
You are given lots of responsibility and you are challenged everday. From the first interview they tell you that you will be designing and project managing million-dollar projects, and that's exactly what you do. In just a couple years I have become a much better engineer due to the wide variety of concepts and tasks I'm responsible for. Good pay and bennies. They have lots of work, so it's a very stable job. Nice new facilities and good coworkers.
Because the company is so busy, some days can get hectic. Projects are scheduled tightly and as a result there are always scheduling issues. There seems to always be a crisis brewing. They expect you to design the equipment and project manage, and sometimes that can be a bit overwhelming. This is not a job for a weak engineer. The management, especially the president/owner, expects excellence, so if you make stupid mistakes or show bad judgment, he'll definitely let you know about it.
Advice to Management
Try to schedule more time for projects when possible - it will reduce the number of crisis.
The company is the largest autoclave manufacturer in the world. As a result, they are very busy and there is lots of engineering work. You're given lots of responsibility and use lots of design software, including Inventor, FluidFlow, ANSYS, and other analysis programs. You work with a good bunch of engineers, one engineering supervisor, and the chief engineer. You're expected to design and manage equipment projects independently, which allow you to learn a lot about the equipment. The pay is decent and the 401K plan has great matching (100% up to 6%).
Because they are very busy, many of the jobs are tight on schedule. The result is that engineering is behind and production is behind. This creates extra stress, especially if your project is late. They're trying like mad to hire more people, but we're told that it's difficult to find good shop and engineering people. Management has very high expectations of engineers. The president and owner gets involved in some major projects and he is very demanding - if you're on the wrong side of a situation, he can be abrasive. This is definitely not a low-stress job.
Advice to Management
Get better at scheduling the projects. Give more positive feedback.
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