SCADA Specialist I

City of Buckeye, AZ
Published
January 21, 2023
Location
Buckeye, AZ
Job Type
 

Description

Position Scope

RECRUITMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED

GENERAL PURPOSE: Under general supervision, the SCADA Specialist I performs advanced installation, maintenance, repair and calibration of metering devices and electronic instrumentation systems. The position also assists with implementing, modifying and troubleshooting process control computers and SCADA programs for the Water Resources department. Independent judgment is used in accomplishing work with results reviewed by the department management team and / or director.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

  • Provides feedback, identifies opportunities for improvement and works to resolve problems with the daily System Operating Plan.
  • Reviews, approves, and recommends plans and specifications for instrumentation, computer systems and other devices.
  • Coordinates the work of computer analysts and programmers at the treatment plants.
  • Assists with operational control and integration of SCADA systems in a variety of control schemes that monitor and control the City's water and wastewater system.
  • Utilizes programming languages to understand and troubleshoot complex control logic that applies to the water and wastewater system.
  • Applies and adjusts automatic control functions to maintain high system performance.
  • Monitors and analyzes trends, alarms and events in the water, wastewater, irrigation and reclaimed systems, detects divergence from the daily Systems Operating Plan and responds as necessary to maintain secure and optimized utility system operations.
  • Develops custom reports from data gathered and stored from a complex SCADA system.
  • Applies and adjusts automatic control functions to maintain high system performance.
  • Performs system planning and scheduling functions as necessary.
  • Reviews data quality and initiates corrective action if necessary.
  • Develops scripts for database tools, reports and data analysis.
  • Reviews operating protocols and makes recommendations for improvements and operates equipment accordingly.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications & Position Requirements

Education and Experience:

Completion of two (2) years of college level coursework in electronics, telemetry, information systems, and three (3) years of experience in the water/wastewater industry; OR equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred: Instrumentation certifications and ADEQ Grade certifications in water treatment/distribution or wastewater treatment/collections.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Analog and digital control systems and devices.
  • Analog and digital electronic theory, terminology and application.
  • Automation systems.
  • Inventory principles and record keeping.
  • Variety of hand and power tools and related electronic equipment.
  • Allen Bradley PLC systems with Rockwell Logix500 and 5000 programming.
  • Endress & Hauser, Rosemount, Khrone, Hach or similar control instruments for pH, temperature, flow and other measurements.
  • Wonderware or Ignition SCADA system programming.
  • Design, construction, and installation of control panels.
  • Electrical plans and wiring diagrams used in the control strategies of process controls.
  • Key concepts of SCADA applications.
  • Key concepts of network operating systems.
  • Key concepts of computer networking.
  • City policies and procedures.
  • Principles and practices of water and wastewater operations.
  • Methods and procedures for installation, maintenance, and repair of electronic controls and devices.
  • Hazards and safety practices of the trade.

Skill in:

  • Troubleshooting, repair and modification of control systems in the water/wastewater field.
  • Operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of business software.
  • Use and care of tools and equipment, including calibration test equipment, common hand tools, volt and amp meters.

Ability to:

  • Test and analyze instrumentation, detect errors or malfunctions, and take corrective action, both in the office and the field.
  • Maintain a variety of electronic control devices/instruments and modify and install a variety of supervisory controls including switches, relays and control loops.
  • Understand and develop basic programming logic that applies to complex water and wastewater systems control logic within a computer-based SCADA system.
  • Prioritize and complete assigned work.
  • Understand and carry out written and oral instructions.
  • Read blueprints, schematics, drawings, and/or construction drawings.
  • Read technical manuals and work instructions and apply them to maintenance and operation activities.
  • Perform maintenance processes and practices.
  • Prepare and maintain a variety of maintenance records.
  • Produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts.
  • Analyze, interpret and operate various complex software programs.
  • Demonstrate expertise in the use of a variety of software applications including SCADA, word processing, common spreadsheet applications and e-mail.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with technical, non-technical, management and operations/maintenance staff.
  • Work in a complex environment and in times of high stress.
  • Demonstrate ability and experience in analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Establish and maintain positive, effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of work.

Additional Information
Special Requirements: Possession of a valid Arizona Driver's License is required. After-hours, shift, weekends and on-call work may be required. This position requires employees to be on-call on a rotating basis. On-call employees must be available to respond to the job site within one (1) hour from the time they receive the call.

Physical Demands / Work Environment: Work is performed in a standard office environment, outdoors in inclement weather and in public facilities.
Reports To: Water Resources Supervisor or other supervisory staff.
Supervision Exercised: None
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Employee Benefits & Wellness

The City offers a comprehensive benefits package to full-time classified and management employees. Part-time classified employees may be eligible for select benefits where defined.

For complete Benefit Plan & Wellness Information, please visit the City website at:
Benefits & Wellness

City benefit plans are subject to change at any time.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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