Amazon Control Systems Lead/Technician Practice Test

Amazon Control Systems Test

For those of you looking to apply for an Amazon Control Systems position you should expect to take the Control Systems Knowledge Test. There are excellent opportunities for both Control System Technicians and Lead positions. This is a great way for you to advance your career in the fulfillment center and earn a nice salary. We are here to walk you through the different steps needed to land a career as an Amazon Control System Tech or Lead. We will walk you through the Amazon Control Systems Assessment with free sample questions and answers.

What Is an Amazon Control Systems Technician?

A Control Systems Technician at Amazon will work under the maintenance team. They will be responsible for troubleshooting equipment and maintaining material handling equipment (MHE) such as sortation systems, conveyors, cameras, and scanners. They are responsible for printing and applying labeling systems, HMI systems, scales, and control cabinets.

What Is an Amazon Control Systems Lead?

A Control Systems Lead at Amazon will lead a team of service technicians. They will be required to maintain, troubleshoot, and modify Material Handling (MHE) controls systems equipment to ensure optimal performance. They will support the Operations Maintenance team by providing solutions for complex problems and managing projects. As Control Systems lead they will train, and mentor contract technicians and service technicians.

What Is the Hiring Process for an Amazon Control System Technician/Lead?

Step 1: Application

Apply for an open position under the maintenance category on the Amazon Facilities, Maintenance, & Real Estate site. Based on your qualifications, choose either Amazon Control System Technician or Amazon Control System Lead.

Step 2 (optional): Phone Screen

Prior to being sent an Amazon Assessment Test announcement you might undergo a short phone screen. The phone screen will not be an in depth interview. Rather, a way to get to know you.

Step 3: Amazon Control Systems Technician Test

If you pass the initial applicant screen, you will be sent a test announcement from Amazon. You will be requested to schedule the Amazon Control System Test within 5 days of the announcement. The assessment is an online proctored evaluation. This means that you and your screen will be visible to a proctor the entire time. You should get your test results within three days. If you excel you will be invited for an interview.

Step 4: Interview

If you excel on the Amazon Control System Test you will be invited for an in person interview. You will have an Amazon recruiter with you through the entire process. Expect to face questions related to your past experience and technical skills.

Step 5: Job Offer

If you pass all the steps in the interview process you will be given a job offer. You may be asked to undergo a background check and take a drug test.

What Is the Amazon Control Systems Technician Test?

The Amazon Control Systems Technician Test is a professional knowledge test rather than an aptitude test. The test is put out by the Ramsay Corporation specifically for Amazon. The test is a proctored online exam consisting of multiple choice questions and lasting about 90 minutes. The test covers only electrical topics. The eight main topics for the Ramsay Controls Test are:

  • Electrical Theory - these questions cover basic topics in electricity such as; parallel circuits, series circuits, control circuits, and other basic electrical concepts.
  • Mechanical Elements - these questions focus on the mechanical components in an electrical circuit such as; transducers, solenoids, and pneumatic circuits.
  • Computers, PLCs, and DCS - these questions cover the basics of hardware programming such as; ladder logic, I/O, and registers.
  • Schematics, Logical Reading, and Electrical Print - these questions focus on your skill in reading various kinds of schematics such as; control schematics, mechanical prints, and block diagrams.
  • Process Control and Networking - these questions focus on different types of devices such as; fieldbuses and I/O devices.
  • Power Distribution - these questions focus on all components of power distribution such as; transformers, relays, and fuses.
  • Robotics and Automation - these questions focus on the basics of robotics and automation such as; safety protocols, HMI, and control.
  • Motors - These questions cover different types of electrical motors and how they are controlled and operated.

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Sample Questions for Ramsay Controls Test

Schematics Sample Question

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  1. M1 will start running and keep working even if the forward button is released
  2. M1 will start running and stop when the forward button is released
  3. M2 will start running and keep working even if the forward button is released
  4. M2 will start running and stop when the forward button is released
Answer + explanation

We can rule our answers C and D because M2 is not affected in this circuit. The forward button is an in-parallel auxiliary connection with M1 which indicates that the forward switch enables M1. But, when the forward button is released, the M1 connection keeps the current going and continues energizing the forward circuit.

Electrical Theory Sample Question

Amazon Control Systems Electrical Theory Sample Question
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  1. SPST
  2. SPDT
  3. DPDT
  4. None of the above
Answer + explanation

The answer is B. SPDT is a single pole double throw relay. There are three terminals:

COM (common)
NO (normally open)
NC (normally closed)

When the relay is in the OFF position, the COM terminal is connected with the NC terminal and when the relay is in the ON position, the COM terminal is connected with the NO terminal. For further explanation the schematic diagram of an SPDT (single pole double throw), SPST (single pole single throw) and DPDT (double pole double throw) are provided below.

Amazon Control Systems Electrical Theory Sample Question
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Process Control and Networking Sample Question

Manchester code is defined as a:

  1. Binary phase-shift keying (BPSK)
  2. Quadrature phase-shift keying (QPSK)
  3. Differential phase-shift keying (DPSK)
  4. Hexadecimal phase-shift keying (HPSK)
Answer + explanation

The answer is A. The Manchester code is a type of code used for data encoding. It encodes data bits as follows:

High (1) – high (1), then low (0)
Low (0) – low (0), then high (1)

This encoding can also be opposite (i.e. high is encoded as low), depending on the convention. The Manchester code uses only two phases (0) and (1), separated by 180 degrees;so it is considered a type of binary phase-shift keying (BPSK).

Computers, PLCs, and DCS Sample Question

What is the equivalent Boolean expression for the PLC program below?

Amazon Control Systems Computers, PLCs, and DCS Sample Question
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  1. C(AB+D)
  2. ABCD
  3. C+D(A+B)
  4. C+(AB)D
Answer + explanation

The answer is A. Take a look at the steps of analysis:

Amazon Control Systems DCS Answer
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Mechanical Elements Sample Question

If a solenoid does not have enough force to actuate a device, you may:

  1. Reduce the permeability of the core
  2. Increase current
  3. Stretch the return spring
  4. None of the above
Answer + explanation

The correct answer is B. A solenoid is defined as an actuator constructed of a high permeability core inside a conductive helix. As the current flows through the helix, the core is induced with a magnetic field which causes it to move and actuate the device. In order to return to an un-actuated position, the solenoid needs an external force such as a spring to come into play. When the solenoid needs an additional force, a higher current may be utilized to generate a more potent magnetic field. If you reduce the permeability of the core it will result in a lower magnetic field. It is important to note that the strength of the spring return has no effect on the actuating force of the solenoid.

Automation and Robotics Sample Question

A teach pendant is mainly used for:

  1. Safety purposes
  2. Memory storage
  3. Energy saving
  4. Robot programming
Answer + explanation

The answer is D. Teach pendants are used for programming the application of industrial robots. They are used as an essential component of the robot as a whole. They are considered one of the most basic types of robot Human Machine Interface (HMI).

How Can I Prepare for the Amazon Control System Lead Test?

The Amazon Control Test is a professional subject matter test. This means that unlike an aptitude test previous knowledge is required to excel on the exam. Many of those applying for the position of Amazon Control Technician or Lead have real life experience. Unfortunately, as we have learned over and over throughout our lives this does not always translate to excelling on an exam. We suggest reviewing in advance and taking this Ramsay Controls Practice Test. We should advise you that the practice test is only a partial review. It covers; mechanical elements, electrical theory, motors, PLCs, and electrical and mechanical print reading. It does not review; computers and DCS, automation and robotics, process control and networking, and power distribution. So make sure you review these topics on your own.

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What Is an Amazon Control Systems Technician Salary?

Amazon Control Systems Technician salary is between $50-80,000 annually depending on the state.

What Is an Amazon Control Systems Lead Salary?

Amazon Control Systems Lead salary is between $80-110,000 annually depending on the state.

What Are Some Sample Amazon Controls Engineer Interview Questions?

  • Walk me through a time you successfully serviced, repaired, calibrated and tested an electrical device.
  • Tell me how you examine a work order to detect equipment problems. How would you know if mechanical or human error played a part? Give an example.
  • Tell me about a time when you successfully led or managed a team.
  • Tell me an instance when you conducted a test and successfully improved the product and performance.
  • What type of experience do you have with schematics, blue prints, manuels and other installation procedures?
  • Tell me how you organize, plan and prioritize your tasks.

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