Job Title: SCADA System Administrator
Department: Public Works
Reports To: Deputy Director of Operations
Open Date: March 12, 2018, Re-Opened - July 17, 2018
Close Date: Open Until Filled
Hiring Range: $55,640.00 - $71,073.60 Annually, DOE
Salary Range: $55,640.00 - $83,428.80 Annually, DOE
This position provides technical program support and program management of the City’s Public Works Department’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) System, as well as other related application software systems and hardware. This position leads the planning, deployment, administration, and support of the Department’s SCADA system. Serves as the program administrator of the Department’s SCADA systems and Master Plans. Provides supervisory oversight to staff responsible for SCADA system instrumentation, programming operation and maintenance. This position provides design input and performs review for all capital projects assessing all SCADA, HMIs, PLCs (programmable logic controllers), and instrumentation impacts of projects, and coordinates the incorporation of needed design standards. Responsible to provide a secure, robust, reliable, redundant, and scalable SCADA system for the Department.
This position performs skilled SCADA & HMI (human machine interface) programming and technical work in the installation, alteration, maintenance, and repair of the SCADA system, screens, equipment, and related components. Collaborates with IT on system and network communications (including radio, cellular and TCP/IP networking). The incumbent is responsible for supervising, completing, and coordinating in-depth and timely troubleshooting and repairs of SCADA system components with various operational staff. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring historical data collection and retention required by regulatory permits. The SCADA System Administrator works under minimal supervision under the Deputy Director of Utility Operations.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Serve as the Department’s technical subject matter expert for the operation/maintenance of the SCADA system, SCADA program plans, and integration of SCADA elements within capital infrastructure projects.
Manage, administer and update the Department’s SCADA Master Plans.
Configure and program automation and control systems involving HMI (human machine interface) and SCADA.
Supervise employees responsible for calibration, maintenance, and repairs of instruments and SCADA system related equipment.
Coordinate SCADA system maintenance, repair, and new install and project work by outside contractors.
Plan and supervise SCADA system expansion, enhancements, and modifications.
Install, configure, maintain, and troubleshoot SCADA system equipment;
Research, evaluate and recommend technologies to support business requirements;
Assists in preparing the budget by researching costs of software and hardware, developing strategies for deployment, creating criteria to measure options, and reducing costs where applicable;
Provide design input and perform review for all capital projects assessing all SCADA, HMIs, PLCs, and instrumentation impacts of project, and coordinates the incorporation of needed design standards;
Identify and maintain design standards for capital projects and upgrades in coordination with the City’s engineering staff;
Develop and apply test plans and insure quality before SCADA system acceptance.
Implement project management concepts (planning, scope, budget, schedule) in the oversight of the SCADA program, system and capital improvement projects that impact the system. This includes recommending standards, documenting findings and projects, reading P&IDs, identifying new technology solutions and their impacts, and estimating and implementing scope, budget, and schedule of all SCADA operation and maintenance efforts.
Perform routine maintenance, repair, troubleshooting, and creation of HMI screens, control logic, alarming, and instrumentation systems.
Supervise, oversee, and conduct preventative maintenance, non-scheduled and/or emergency maintenance on SCADA systems and components.
Supervise, oversee, and conduct regular QAQC (Quality Assurance/Quality Control) on SCADA system components ensuring proper calibration, input, output, and communication.
Anticipate impact of equipment failure and take planned and specific steps to minimize down time, and devise workarounds as appropriate.
Identify emerging technologies which can satisfy new applications or extensions of current architectures.
Develop and maintain standards, diagrams, and procedures for SCADA systems, including wiring, equipment, configuration, and security;
Provide technical expertise on SCADA system problems, troubleshooting, and resolution.
Responsible for security and reliability of system in compliance with necessary SCADA cyber security measures in coordination with the City IT department to ensure policies, procedures, and best practices are followed.
Assist in developing SCADA system policies regarding practices, procedures, authority levels, emergency and similar procedures;
Develop and implement maintenance and inspection plans to ensure the reliability, sustainability and security of SCADA system infrastructure.
Plans, manages, maintains, and troubleshoots Historian storage systems;
Creates and maintains documentation for all processes, procedures, operations and functions for management of the environment;
Develops and writes procedures for installation, configuration, and use of SCADA system hardware and software;
Communicate clearly and appropriately to staff before during and after planned or unplanned equipment failures or maintenance.
Supervises staff who are responsible for the diagnosis of malfunctioning systems, apparatus, and components, using test equipment and hand tools, to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the problem and complete appropriate paperwork.
Maintain database containing various records, including records of repairs, purchases, and work orders.
Maintain and ensure work environment is in alignment and in compliance with the City’s Standard Operating Policies, Safety Policies and other related policies / procedures in regards to safety prevention; work in a safe manner and report unsafe activities, conditions and faulty equipment;
Communicate with supervisor, employees, other departments, vendors, and agencies to coordinate work activities, collaborate, exchange information, or resolve problems; lead by example demonstrating City CARE values and promoting teamwork.
Perform other duties as assigned or needed.
BS in Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical or Computer) or Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field, or combination of equivalent experience and industry certifications (i.e. ISA CCST II. Etc.).
Three to five (5) years of industrial SCADA/HMI/PLC programming experience performing the installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repairs for industrial SCADA systems and related components. Or a combination of education, experience, or training that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position. (Includes programming and configuration experience with any of the following: Allen Bradley, Modicon, GE Fanuc, Siemens, AutomationDirect, Mitsubishi, Omron, Aromat, Toshiba, etc.; Wonderware, Rockwell Software, Intellution, GE Cimplicity, Ci-Tech, Iconics, Siemens, US Data, etc.)
Preferred 3 years of supervisory experience over a technically complex work group.
Experience with external paging, alarming, reporting packages, and Visual Basic programming is desired.
Experience in Food Processing, Bio-Tech, Pharmaceutical, or Water/Wastewater industries is desired.
Must be able to work after business hours including occasional evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays as needed;
Must be able to be on call 24/7 on a rotational basis.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Advanced technical knowledge related to HMIs, PLC, SCADA, communication, alarming systems, ladder logic and historical data systems.
Advanced Computer Skills including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook);
Knowledge of procedures for installing, configuring, upgrading, troubleshooting and repairing applicable software, hardware and peripherals; and techniques for explaining technical concepts and procedures to non-technical users;
Advanced knowledge of tagging conventions, data logging and reporting, boolean logic, symbol conventions, etc;
Foundational knowledge of communication systems including radio, cellular, fiber, and TCP/IP networking.
Foundational knowledge of network design, configuration of devices, implementation and related networking concepts including principles, practices and technical aspects of networking;
Understanding of computer hardware, software and peripherals; servers, network devices or systems, UPS’s and other infrastructure;
Ability to create accurate documentation of control systems;
Understand electronic testing equipment such as multimeters, oscilloscopes, function generations., etc..
Advanced skill in effectively planning, developing, scheduling, assigning, coordinating, and evaluating maintenance programs, activities and personnel;
Excellent work ethic, initiative, and work organization.
Ability to exercise independent judgement.
Ability to work under time constraints and manage priorities appropriately;
Ability to effectively and efficiently apply problem-solving and decision-making skills;
Must demonstrate the ability to collaborate and work effectively with others;
Ability to handle customer concerns or complaints skillfully and respectfully;
Employ cooperative behavior with supervisors, colleagues, vendors, and contractors at all times.
Detailed knowledge in Safety Regulations, Policies, and Practices;
Must understand industrial wastewater and water safety procedures and proper use of varied PPE such as: personal gas monitors, safety glasses, goggles, respirators, lockout tag-out, confined space entry, and arc-flash.
Intermediate project management knowledge.
Ability to review and redline blueprints, design drawings, and PI&D drawings, wiring schematics, plans and specifications;
Desired working knowledge of Asset Management Software;
Ability to learn and support regulatory compliance requirements;
Ability to learn basic purchasing rules and procedures;
Proficient technical writing skills;
Working knowledge and demonstration of Collaboration, Communication, and Coordination between peers, managers, contractors, and consultants;
Ability to learn and implement Continuous Process Improvement practices;
Ability to maintain working relationships with other functional groups (safety, production, quality, etc.) to provide necessary support and expertise to meet business requirements and targets;
Knowledge of modern principles and practices of leadership, management, and supervision;
Ability to effectively direct the activities of staff in a manner which will accomplish program objectives;
Ability to train and evaluate staff in the skillful and safe operation of maintenance equipment;
Ability to maintain records and prepare activity reports.
Must have and maintain a valid Idaho Driver’s License.
Work Environment and Physical Demands:
Work is performed primarily in an office environment with moderate noise level and many interruptions. This employee is frequently subject to inside environmental conditions, which provide protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes;
Work environment will also include outdoor weather conditions, extreme temperatures, with areas of dust, odors, etc.;
Occasionally requires lifting and moving up to 50 pounds and occasionally lifts and/or moves more than 100 pounds;
Exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibration
Work is performed in and around large machinery and electrical machines, pumps, and related equipment; in areas with moving equipment; above and around large pools of waste water
Requires driving a motorized vehicle or maintenance equipment;
Standing and walking for extended periods of time.
Climbing and bending at the waist, crawling, kneeling, reaching, pushing, pulling, and working at heights.
Reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally.
Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate power tools and equipment.
Constantly requires clarity of speech and hearing, which permits the employee to communicate effectively.
Good vision and ability to identify all colors.
Good balance and coordination on ladders and lifts.
Exposure to fumes from equipment operation;
May work on a variety of ladders;
Will work in the area of high voltage;
Working in cramped or restrictive work chambers;
Working around and with equipment having moving parts;
May work around and in areas with high noise levels;
May work in or around confined spaces.
Local travel is required, often using City vehicle
Regional and out of state travel is required on occasion
BS in Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical or Computer) or Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field, or combination of equivalent experience and industry certifications (i.e. ISA CCST II. Etc.);
Preferred 3 years of supervisory experience over a technically complex work group;
Experience with external paging, alarming, reporting packages, and Visual Basic programming is desired;
Experience in Food Processing, Bio-Tech, Pharmaceutical, or Water/Wastewater industries is desired;