Career Opportunities at Computer Projects of Illinois, Inc.

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About CPI

Our Story

We have been serving the law enforcement community for over 40 years, with our focus firmly fixed on longevity. First installed for the Maine State Police in 1977, the FOX V system introduced core technology still in use to this day. Targeting UNIX systems, we introduced the OpenFox® system in 1994. Since then, the footprint of the OpenFox® system has grown to well over half the states of the union, a market presence unmatched by any other single organization in the history of the industry.

Our Team

We are a family owned business. Founded by Lorne Sawatzky, CPI has transitioned to the next generation. Lorne’s three sons, Steve, Kevin and Ryan, now form the corporate management board. All three of us are engineers by education and by trade, and we have each personally developed technology for CPI.

Here at CPI, you will find a corporate management team who

  • Are passionate and engaged in corporate direction
  • Understand technology and the issues involved
  • Are united in our cause. No political infighting between departments at CPI!

Our Benefits

We view CPI as an extension of our family. Our employees are part of our extended family as well. Perhaps this is why our average employee has been with us for over 8 years and why 68% of our workforce has been with us for 5 years or more. Perhaps it is because of our outstanding benefits package that they simply can’t find at other firms. Our employees enjoy:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Corporate wide financial performance bonus plan
  • Up to 15% salary contribution to retirement
  • Health insurance premiums for employee, spouse, and family 100% covered by the company - CPI will even contribute funds to your Health Savings Account!
  • Work-life balance - our convenient location in the SW burbs allows our employees to spend more time with their families

Our Technology

We are an engineering firm at heart. We develop real-time mission-critical systems that are central to the success of law enforcement and public safety. Our focus is on developing systems that are reliable over the long-term and flexible to meet the needs and regulations of our customers.

We do not build our products on top of open source application platforms that won’t be supported 10 years down the road, or that will be dropped in favor of the next best thing. We build our own application platforms, and we build them with a core of robust and flexible technology.

Our Customers

Our average customer has been a customer for over 16 years, and we have only lost 1 customer over our history. Not only do our customers love us, but they are also the best and the brightest from the law enforcement and public safety community! Our customers include the Nlets President and 1st Vice-President, 6 out of 8 Nlets board members, and leaders on the Compact Council and NCIC Committees.

Working on our team, you will get to speak to, interact with and collaborate with these dynamic leaders of the industry. You will see the tangible impact of delivering software, get to meet the officers who benefit from the systems we develop, and meet our customers face-to-face when we host our annual User Conference here in the Chicago area.

 

Job Descriptions

GUI Software Engineer

Responsible for implementing solutions for law enforcement. The ideal candiate will have the following related experience.

  • Knowledge and Experience developing Java Swing GUI applications
  • Knowledge and Experience in GUI design
  • Knowledge and Experience in XML and XSLT technology
  • Strong Debugging and Problem Solving skills
  • Testing: Functional testing, structural testing and integration testing
  • Good communication/documentation skills
  • Willingness to travel throughout the United States as required

Database Specialist

Responsible for the development and administration of the CPI database. The ideal candidate will have the following related experience.

  • Knowledge of Oracle and SQL SERVER experience in UNIX and Windows development environments
  • Knowledge and proficiency in SQL, PL/SQL, T-SQL
  • Knowledge of Java, including Java Swing, and C
  • Knowledge of Database administration
  • XML knowledge and skills are a plus
  • Good communication/documentation skills
  • Willingness to travel throughout the United States as required

C Software Engineer

We’re looking for an innovative problem solver that loves to lead by example and inspire team performance. Your success will be driven by your hands on expertise crafting technology solutions and commitment to excellence.

In this role, you will join a team focused on the development and maintenance of CPI’s Message Switch. The Message Switch provides, secure, fast, reliable communications connectors that allow cutting-edge compatibility with a variety of requirements, such as standard protocols, XML, Images and Web services. It is the core of what we do at CPI, supporting our clients in the Law Enforcement community. The successful candidate will be a self-directed problem solver with C development experience and software development knowledge through a full product life cycle.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Design and develop transactional C Code
  • Assist in various phases of software development from use case requirements gathering through design, code, testing and deployment
  • Analyze and diagnose application errors and performance issues
  • Develop and maintain procedures and documentation
  • Clearly communicate status to management
  • Analyze complex issues and develop appropriate solutions
  • Knowledge sharing with team members

Qualities of Successful Candidates

  • 2-3 years of developing C code
  • Self-manage time and priorities
  • Independently create and accomplish creative plans
  • Proficient operating outside of the job description
  • Demonstrate creativity and out-of-the-box thinking to develop solutions
  • Able to complete complicated & elaborate work tasks that may seem difficult to analyze
  • Independently able to analyze business requirements and assist manager in creating technical requirements or design guidelines

Required Skills

  • C programming for Unix environments
  • Strong experience with AIX and Linux platforms
  • Understanding of transactional, message based systems
  • Familiarity with TCP/IP and other network communications technology
  • Testing: Module, Functional, Structural and Integration Testing
  • Ability to clearly communicate both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to develop creative solutions
  • Willingness to travel throughout the United States as required