SCADA Technician

Tualatin Valley Water District
1850 SW 170th Ave, Beaverton, OR
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Tualatin Valley Water District is looking to fill a SCADA Technician position.  We offer great benefits.  Pay range for this position:  $39.65 - $59.47.  Interested candidates please go to our webpage:

Overall Purpose of the Job:  To support the maintenance, testing and upgrades of the District’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. Responsible for planning, design, implementation, testing and maintenance of computer control hardware, programs and software interfaces in a process control environment. Works collaboratively with District staff to implement upgrades, resolve questions and respond to information requests.

 Essential Job Functions:

  • Support accurate data collection, reporting and reliable, safe and efficient operation and maintenance of SCADA system and related hardware and software systems used to control operation of the District’s water system.
  • Perform maintenance and trouble-shooting of SCADA hardware and software. Program, troubleshoot and maintain hardware, software, programmable logic controllers, graphic user interfaces, and field instruments.
  • Prepare routine and ad-hoc reports and queries of SCADA databases. Support other business units and technology projects by serving as the expert in SCADA interface and SCADA data reporting.
  • Work collaboratively with District IT staff to administer SCADA system security, maintenance of local area networks, and communications systems associated with the SCADA system.  Maintain the SCADA database and support the integration of SCADA system with enterprise-wide GIS, CMMS, and other platforms.
  • Work collaboratively with SCADA data users, business area experts and IT staff as part of a team for the maintenance of existing applications, acquisition and implementation of new systems, and support of interfaces between SCADA and other systems.
  • Administer contracts for small projects; work collaboratively with contractors, consultants and operators to implement new control systems and modifications to existing systems; coordinate with and review work by contractors and consultants for compliance with plans and specifications; and assist in start-up of new equipment.
  • Maintain records for SCADA system and field instrumentation including manufacturer manuals, design documentation, test equipment, maintenance histories, calibration and test records, and inventory of spare parts.
  • Develop and implement disaster recovery plan for SCADA hardware and software including development of a data backup plan and maintenance of backup files.
  • Serve as a technical resource to District staff on issues related to measurement, control, instrumentation, and automation.
  • Train users on the appropriate use of new and existing applications and data-entry protocols where applicable.
  • Coordinate with other water providers to facilitate operational data exchange.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Knowledge of process control information systems including instrumentation, process control hardware, software, control theory, field instrumentation and data communications.
  • Knowledge of Wonderware, Active Factory or related control platforms and reporting applications.
  • Knowledge of relational database design.
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD or related drafting software for design and modifications of user interface screens and maintenance of system documentation.
  • Knowledge of National Electric Code and state and local electrical codes as applicable to control systems.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of project estimating and project scheduling.
  • Knowledge of computer operations and Microsoft Office.
  • Knowledge of safety practices and procedures applicable to the job including, but not limited to industrial control systems and maintenance of industrial equipment.
  • Knowledge of personnel, administrative, safety, and departmental policies.
  • Skill in customer relations and communications, including the ability to effectively and tactfully work with difficult customers and complex customer issues.
  • Ability to identify and evaluate hardware and software needs and application requirements.
  • Ability to program, troubleshoot and maintain data acquisition systems, industrial programmable logic controllers and microprocessor-based equipment.
  • Ability to develop and implement control strategies including pressure control, flow control, and residual control of chemical feed systems.
  • Ability to conduct calibration, diagnostic and preventative testing with volt/ohm meters, pressure gauges and signal generators.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a project team, managing multiple and diverse tasks and priorities.
  • Ability to effectively train users on appropriate use of SCADA applications and data entry procedures.
  • Ability to review, interpret and comment on system maps, drawings, specifications, schematics, and control narratives.
  • Ability to prepare sketches, schematics, diagrams, control narratives and control system documentation.
  • Ability to use word processors, spread sheets and query and reporting tools.
  • Ability to support and respect diversity in the workplace.
  • Ability to establish and maintain respectful and harmonious relationships with others both inside and outside the organization.
  • Ability to perform effectively in an independent and team environment, as well as display self-motivation skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with coworkers, customers, and other agencies.
  • Ability to recognize and keep sensitive information confidential.
  • Ability to manage records and information in any format, in accordance with applicable statutes, regulations and District policy, guidance and records retention schedule.
  • Ability to display TVWD’s vision of delivering the best water, service and value by demonstrating reliability, integrity, stewardship, excellence and safety.

 Minimum Requirements:

  • Associate degree in industrial controls, instrumentation, computer science, computer programming, or other related field; and
  • Minimum of five years of experience using programming languages, control software, industrial control programming, and related tools for industrial process controls systems design or similar related experience; or
  • Any combination of experience and training which provides the equivalent scope of knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the work.

Special Qualifications:

  • Possess a driver’s license valid in the State of Oregon; have and maintain a safe driving record.
  • Possess or obtain within 6 months a Limited Energy Technician, Class B (LEB), electrician license or higher as issued by Oregon Building Codes Division.

 Working Conditions:

  • Have regular and predictable attendance.
  • Work for extended periods of time in a stationary position.
  • Daily verbal communications both in person and on the telephone.
  • Operate, read information, and focus on personal computer, telephone, and other related equipment.
  • Respond to work, without advanced notice, in times of adverse weather, natural disaster, emergency, or other unusual events as determined by the District.
  • Work involves field and office settings; occasional work in adverse weather conditions, confined spaces, vaults, elevated structures, and noisy environments may be required. Work requires moderate physical exertion and occasional climbing, bending, twisting and sufficient flexibility and dexterity to work around pumps, motors, valves, piping and related equipment.
  • Be available to be on call after normal scheduled work hours to respond to incidents, as required, including work after hours and on weekends.
  • This is a non-exempt position.