A Day in the Life of a Control Systems Developer

Check out this Q&A with Luke, Interstates Control Systems Developer!

Describe your career journey at Interstates?

My current role is Control Systems Developer. I started at Interstates as an Applications Programmer in the Support Lab. Last year, I transitioned to a new project team.

How did you get into your current profession?

I went to Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, IA. The school offers an Industrial Instrumentation and Controls degree with some really great instructors. I used to work as a Production Operator and I always wanted to learn how to troubleshoot and program machinery. As a Production Operator, I would work closely with maintenance to fix the machines when they break down. That’s why I decided to go to school and start a career in this field.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love to fix problems by developing innovative solutions. I enjoy the challenge of this career and how each day is different. There are many resources available at Interstates and my colleagues are always willing to help one another.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

The most challenging part of my job is keeping up new technology. Today, technology seems to be changing very quickly and it is important to stay up-to-date. Although it can be challenging, it is fun to be able to learn and use new technology as it becomes available.

What keeps you going on tough days?

A can of Red Bull usually works! All kidding aside, the incredible teamwork at Interstates is what keeps me going on tough days. It’s nice to know that when you get stuck on a issue, someone always has your back. You can reach out to anyone on the team and they always seem willing dig in and help.

What advice would you give someone hoping to enter this field/profession?

Do it! Talk to someone at Interstates and they will help you find the education you need for this field.

What do you enjoy/value most about the culture at Interstates?

The culture at interstates is pretty amazing. There are many ways Interstates shows employees how they value their teams and their families. This blog post does a good job of summing up Interstates’ commitment to making employees feel valued and appreciated.


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