Embedded Software Developer

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. Since the introduction of this revolutionary technology 30 years ago, Digital Control has been at the forefront of trenchless technologies that enable the efficient installation of underground utilities such as fiber optic, telecom, gas, and water lines world-wide. DCI’s products are valued for their durable design, ease of use and uncompromising commitment to customer service.  

DCI is seeking a full-time, mid-level to senior-level Embedded Software Developer in Kent, WA to help develop next-generation embedded software that will be utilized in several key product lines at the company.  Join our enthusiastic, extremely talented team as we build software-hardware products on a modern, modular, highly customizable C++ embedded Linux codebase.  As a successful developer on this project, you will be able to take pride in your work as you see your code go to market and be leveraged by real customers solving real problems.

Our navigation solutions, both software and hardware, solve real-world problems in the Horizontal Drilling Industry and are used by real customers.  As such, the candidate will be responsible for writing production-level code for battery powered, hand-held devices with integrated screens.  DCI offers a highly collaborative work environment with a very challenging domain problem.  The DCI Software Engineering organization prides itself in writing clean, quality, reusable source code. Further, we also strongly believe in creative freedom for the developer, place trust in him or her, and do not micromanage.

As a mid-level to senior-level Embedded Software Developer, we expect the candidate to have already garnered a comprehensive understanding of how to develop for embedded devices.  Further, we also expect the candidate to have successfully taken products to market that were written in modern C++ code.  The candidate will be developing software on embedded Linux, most heavily at the platform level such as daemons, drivers, BSP, configuration scripts, etc.  Experience with microcontrollers is a plus, given that DCI has many adjacent products that use them.  Similarly, DCI has a wide array of internal diagnostic and manufacturing tools for our products written in C# and Python.  Experience in these areas is also a plus.


  • Unparalleled health benefits (PPO plan with 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)
  • 22 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
  • See more benefits information here


  • DCI is proud to offer comprehensive compensation packages including competitive base pay and discretionary quarterly profit sharing bonuses to all part-time and full-time team members. Base pay is reviewed at a minimum on an annual basis.
  • Pay range: $135,600 - $160,300 per year. Factors considered for pay include the level of skill, experience, training, external market factors, and internal value.
  • Profit sharing bonus: Over the last 3 years, quarterly bonuses ranged between 12% and 27%. Future bonuses could be higher or lower depending on company profits.


  • Develop, unit test, integrate, benchmark, and document product-level embedded software primarily within Linux daemon, driver, and related platform development areas
  • Collaborate with Software and Firmware Engineers to define the interaction between subsystems and components
  • Partner with other Engineers, Leads, Project Managers, and Product Managers to define the scope and acceptance criteria of software features
  • Work within and be accountable to Agile development processes as a member of an interdisciplinary product development team
  • Plan and estimate assigned tasks with input from Software Leads as well as Product and Project Managers


  • 5+ years of software development experience
  • Strong proficiency with modern C++ is required (e.g., C++11 standard)
  • Strong background in Linux, preferably Embedded Linux, and products utilizing open-source
  • Experience developing software for embedded devices
  • Solid software development fundamentals such as unit testing, build automation, branch-based development, and modern documentation practices
  • S. degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or similar field from an accredited university

Desired Experience:

  • Experience with distributed software architectures and developing independent application services on Linux
  • Experience with network programming (e.g., TCP, UDP, Sockets, etc.), wireless technologies (e.g., Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, etc.), and peripheral communications (e.g., UART, SPI, CAN, etc.)
  • Low-level embedded experience such as board-support packages, patching, driver integration, or firmware development
  • Further, it is strongly desired that candidate can showcase exciting projects he or she built in either an industrial or at-home setting

If you’re excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with every requirement, we encourage you to still apply. You may be just the right candidate for this or another role at DCI.

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. 


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.