Head of Engineering

Engineering Kent, Washington


Digital Control Incorporated (DCI) is the world’s leading supplier of underground locating and steering products for the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) industry. We are looking for a Head of Engineering to lead the DCI engineering teams and guide the strategy, development and technical commercialization of all systems and technologies for current and future DCI products. Your deep experience as an engineering leader and innovator will bolster DCI’s product IP portfolio by identifying sustaining and disruptive opportunities, adjacent markets and potential technology sectors.

DCI advances the safety and resiliency of global infrastructure. We have led this market for 30+ years by providing premium navigation and surveying solutions that supply as-built records of work for utility companies and government affiliates. Our products are an elegant combination of quality hardware and innovative software solutions that are designed and built in our location in Kent, WA.

You'll lead a team of Engineering Managers representing R&D, Quality, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and multiple disciplines of Software Engineering from Firmware to Mobile Applications to Virtual Reality. You’ll work closely with Ownership, the Head of Product, the Head of Manufacturing, and Customer Service to ensure our products enable customers to advance safety and resiliency in global infrastructure.

We're ideally looking for strong engineers who enjoy getting their hands dirty and love the challenges of leading and inspiring teams as force multipliers. This role reports directly to the CEO.


  • Unparalleled health benefits (no deductibles, no co-pays, DCI covers 99% of costs)
  • Quarterly bonuses: we all share in the success of the company
  • Professional development
  • 401k match (3% match from DCI regardless of participation, 5% maximum match, 100% vested immediately)
  • 27 days PTO
  • Dog-friendly work environment
  • Parental leave
  • Company covers 100% of payroll taxes for state family medical leave
  • 11 annual paid holidays plus 1 floating holiday
  • Winter break (we are closed the last week of each year)
  • Free convenient parking and commuter benefits
  • Located in a quiet business park near walking trail


  • Strong leadership and communication skills with proven capability to build effective technical teams, develop technical professionals, and collaborate with cross-functional partners
  • Lead the internal engineering teams to design, develop and introduce to market mechanical, electronic and software products
  • Work closely with product, program/project management, operations, manufacturing and customer care leaders on roadmap and execution
  • Work closely with company ownership on roadmap, sustaining engineering and architecture
  • Prioritize and focus the teams on the most important problems the company needs to solve
  • Foster an engineering culture of curiosity, empathy, quality, and innovation
  • Engage and foster strong relationships with industry partners
  • Lead, foster and contribute to a collaborative environment, encourage ideas and ensure all team members have a voice
  • Exemplify and contribute to a safe and healthy work environment
  • Partner with the Leadership Team to set business goals, define company strategy, and build bridges across organizational boundaries by working closely with other department heads
  • Act as a change agent, responsible for leveraging the right technologies
  • Lead and support continuous improvement projects
  • Engineering Managers will appreciate your ability to help them navigate and grow their careers, and the Leadership Team relies on you to thoughtfully align your projects with business priorities.


  • 10+ years leading technical engineering teams related to product development
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (engineering, business, or technical field), or equivalent practical experience
  • Experience leading and developing medium-sized engineering operations
  • Project management, scrum, etc. certification or equivalent experience  

Nice to haves:

  • Bachelors/Masters in business, management, or equivalent practical experience
  • Experience in midsized company
  • Integration of hardware/software
  • Experience with physical product with back-end web support


Why DCI? 

Work hard, play often... DCI employees are innovative and creative. Our open (forest-like) work environment creates free flowing conversations across all functions. We have gaming days; Lego challenges and ping pong matches to build on our creativity when one hits a roadblock. If that is not enough, our employees bring their four-legged companions (dogs) to work and can take them for a walk around the Green River trail. 

DCI takes pride in caring a lot about our employees. We believe that employees should not be burdened with benefits expenses, so we provide lucrative health care plans unmatched in most other companies. We also like to eat at DCI and find any excuse to celebrate the most random holidays (Pi Day, Chocolate Ice Cream Day, etc.) We have monthly catered lunches, a fully stocked snack area, sporting tickets, wellness competitions, and most importantly a team of people who will tell you that DCI is the best place they've ever worked. This is evident by our long service team and low turnover. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy:


DCI requires candidates to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 or to qualify for a legally permissible exemption/reasonable accommodation.


Hybrid Work Schedule:


This position will be required to perform some work onsite at the Kent, WA location.


We Celebrate Inclusion:

DCI is an equal opportunity employer. Employment at DCI is based solely on a person's merit and qualifications directly related to professional competence. DCI does not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or related condition (including breastfeeding), or any other basis protected by law.

It is DCI’s policy to comply with all applicable national, state and local laws pertaining to nondiscrimination and equal opportunity. The Company's EEO policy includes the full & complete support of the Company and all levels of leadership. Because it's just the right thing to do. We hope you think so, too.