Employee Spotlight Zach Tate

Meet Zach Tate, one of our Level III Controls Engineers based in our Memphis, TN, office. Zach is a talented and respected controls engineer, and we’re proud to have him on our team. Three words to describe Zach: dedicated, driven, and ambitious. Read our latest Employee Spotlight – 20 Questions below.

How long have you been with LSI?

Six years.

What is your role at LSI?

I started with LSI as a Level I Controls Engineer, and today I am a Level III Controls Engineer. Initially, I focused on software design, but now I work with both software and hardware.

Where did you go to college?

I graduated from the University of Memphis with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

What industries have you been involved in?

Pulp & Paper and Food & Beverage.

What is your area of expertise?

DCS programming, especially with the Emerson DeltaV platform. A lot of my work is helping clients migrate from obsolete DCS platforms to DeltaV.

What platforms are you familiar with?

Emerson DeltaV, Rockwell Automation ControlLogix, Ignition, Bailey Infi 90, Foxboro I/A Series, and Honeywell TDC3000.

What has been your favorite project at LSI?

My favorite project is the boiler conversion we just completed for one of our client’s pulp and paper mills. Due to the pandemic, the March 2020 cutover was delayed, so it was great to finally be able to complete the project two years later.

What is your proudest moment at LSI?

Sometimes long after a project is completed, the client calls me directly to help them with other challenges or questions. I’m flattered, but it is also rewarding to have that level of trust with our clients.

What sets LSI apart as an employer?

The willingness of our team to share technical knowledge with each other. I hadn’t taken any controls engineering classes in college, but when I was hired, I was assured that I would learn, and I did. Our engineers are like one large hive-mind of knowledge.

What sets LSI apart as a system integrator?

What sets us apart is our ability to work across multiple industries and then apply our experience from one industry to another to provide better solutions for our clients.

What are three ways or words that you would use to describe LSI?

Driven, collaborative, and engaging.

What is one thing that clients may not know about LSI that you would like to share?

Clients are most familiar with the engineering activity and our focus on doing whatever it takes to get things done right for them. However, they may not know that the same urgency exists throughout LSI’s other offerings, whether that be panel fabrication, custom machining, OT security, etc.

Long-term client relationships are a hallmark of LSI. Why is that?

We consistently deliver what our clients need and fulfill our promises.

How has LSI helped you in your career development?

When I reflect on my first five years, I’m impressed with all the opportunities I’ve had to learn. I went from zero experience to being able to take on advanced software projects and execute my own projects from start to finish. LSI has been there to help me grow and become a better engineer.

What advice do you have for prospective LSI candidates?

Don’t let a lack of experience hold you back. If you want to learn, you’ll receive everything you need to succeed and be a productive member of the team.

How do you like to spend your free time?

I enjoy biking and homebrewing my own beer, where I can apply my controls experience in a fun way.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Any beach is good for me.

Your favorite sports team?

I don’t have a favorite, but I try to attend the X Games with my brothers every few years. So, in that regard, I’m a huge Bucky Lasek fan.

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Any random facts about yourself that you could share with us?

I played in a local band up until a few years ago. These days I run the soundboard at my church.


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