In 2018, DISTek began an internal training program called DISTek University, affectionately known as “DISTek U”. This training leverages off-the shelf training resources to develop a common foundation for DISTek’s employee owners to build their careers on. DISTek U promotes collaboration and camaraderie among all DISTekians, regardless of position or geographic location. DISTek leadership strongly encourages all employee owners to participate in these trainings – which help both the employee owner and employer. DISTek can point to numerous examples of promoting individuals to leadership positions after successful course completion and exceptional job performance.
Here at DISTek, we’re always looking to recruit the best
candidates to expand our team. Recently,
Lydia Allen, our Human Resources Intern, sat down with Jeff Sandvold, Vice
President of Human Resources, to conduct a Q&A panel to get some insight
into current recruitment efforts at DISTek.
Lydia Allen: What are
DISTek’s current recruiting needs/specific positions that we are looking to
Jeff Sandvold: We are currently in the need for experienced software engineers with a background in Model Based Software Development (MBSD) and embedded programming skills. We are also recruiting for May graduates and summer interns in Q1 of 2019.
Safety is a challenging status to achieve and maintain, thus the need for the guidelines that collectively fall under the heading of Functional Safety (FS). DISTek has always been conscience of safety as it applies to the products developed for our customers. This includes implementing the various requirements and guidelines associated with Functional Safety, as expressed in documents, such as ISO 25119.
DISTek has been encouraging youth in STEM and problem solving by sponsoring FIRST teams for many years. This year is no different. DISTek is sponsoring ten FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams and eight FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams. We will also be sponsoring FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams when their season officially kicks off in January. In addition, we have ten DISTek team members that have committed their time to either coach or mentor teams.
Human Nature and Requirements Elicitation: Lessons Learned
You would think that the easiest, least challenging, part of developing a software solution for a customer is to ask them, “What problem do you need solved?,” to which the customer would simply and clearly answer it in one or two paragraphs. Yet, that is far from the case. Of the various phases that occur during the development life cycle of a software project, the phase with the greater opportunity for cognitive interference is the requirements phase.
Engineers working in the off-highway vehicle equipment industry, particularly with electronics.
This training is designed as an introduction into MBSD, specifically around the toolboxes MATLAB, Simulink, and Stateflow. To start, this class is meant to be an alternative to the 5 day training class that the Mathworks offers. The class will be run leaner with a greater focus on MBSD. DISTek will be incorporating feedback from attendees to make sure there are no significant gaps. The goal of this class is to provide a basic introduction to Simulink and Stateflow block sets, applying them to implement basic features. The class will be hands on with demos and examples throughout, ending with more specific in-depth exercises. Best practices and MAAB guidelines will be employed throughout the training.
I’ve recently been developing a deeper, more passionate skillset for the ever-so important topic of “system” engineering. Our team just completed the creation of a model to simulate a simple tank, where our embedded software would monitor and dispense product from the tank, and our “plant” model would take the output of our embedded software, “act” as the actual product the software is controlling, and provide our software with inputs so it knows how to control the outputs, thus creating a closed-loop system. This helps us simulate and test our control strategy in a simulated environment.