IT Analyst III (PLC/DCS Programmer) - Fountain Valley, CA

Employer: Orange County Sanitation District

Job Description:
invites applications for the position of:
IT Analyst III (PLC/DCS Programmer)

An Equal Opportunity Employer
$104,124.80 - $126,484.80

OPENING DATE: 09/23/20

CLOSING DATE: 10/14/20 05:00 PM


What do you value in your next job?

At the Orange County Sanitation District our Core Values form the framework of our organization and reinforce our professional work ethic. If the following values ring true with you, we'd love to invite you to explore our career opportunities further.

Honesty, Trust, & Respect
We aspire to the highest degree of integrity, honesty, trust, and respect in our interaction with each other, our suppliers, our customers, and our community.

Teamwork & Problem Solving
We strive to reach OCSD goals through cooperative efforts and collaboration with each other and our constituencies. We work to solve problems in a creative, cost-effective and safe manner, and we acknowledge team and individual efforts.

Leadership & Commitment
We lead by example, acknowledging the value of our resources and using them wisely and safely to achieve our objectives and goals. We are committed to act in the best interest of our employees, our organization, and our community.

Learning/Teaching - Talents, Skills and Abilities
We continuously develop ourselves, enhancing our talents, skills, and abilities, knowing that only through personal growth and development will we continue to progress as an agency and as individuals.

We seek to recognize, acknowledge and reward contributions to OCSD by our many talented employees.

OCSD is currently looking to fill the role of an Information Technology Analyst III.

Under general supervision, the Information Technology (IT) Analyst III performs complex professional-level duties in the analysis, evaluation, design, development, programming, testing, implementation, documentation, and maintenance for a variety of industrial control systems and programs, SCADA servers, networks and process control application software and related systems support for the Orange County Sanitation District.

Specifically, this person will support the wastewater treatment plant and sewage pump station Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), HMI servers and graphics, and other operational systems; participate in production of the process control software consisting of developing PLC code, HMI graphics using OCSD’s Microsoft Access based SCADA Administration Tool (SAT) Tag database for Capitol Improvement Projects (CIP) and also support day-to-day production issues; support the Industrial Control System (ICS) Ethernet network, Modbus Plus network, fiber optic network infrastructure; quickly analyze and respond to process control issues and SCADA problems to minimize operational impacts; analyze event logs and troubleshoot and resolve problems; support the building, field installation, testing, and deployment of application maintenance tasks and configuration changes; field commissioning of new projects; provide after-hours support as needed. This individual will spend time working in the field, commissioning projects or performing field troubleshooting. Will use tools to remove, install and test equipment including servers, networking equipment, power supplies, fiber optics and cabling. May climb ladders and will work near electrical equipment.

The individual must have a working knowledge and understanding of Programmable Logic Controllers and/or Distributed Control Systems (DCS) with experience writing PLC or DCS programs, ideally using Schneider Electric Modicon ProWorx NxT and Control Expert (formerly Unity), configuration and development of HMI graphics using OCSD’s CRISP system, Wonderware, DCS or similar HMI platform and the ability to interpret engineering drawings and documents including Process and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs), Loop Drawings, Electrical Schematics to produce PLC logic, HMI graphics and OCSD’s SCADA Administration Tool (SAT) databases using district application software and computer systems. This individual should be able to create PLC logic to district standards, design, maintain, troubleshoot and repair complex process control systems, troubleshoot instruments and devices connected to PLCs, configure and troubleshoot Ethernet and industry specific networks like Modus, Modus Plus, Ethernet ModbusTCP, support commissioning of complex process control systems and CIP projects, review and approve contractor submittals and work in a team environment with engineering, operations, maintenance and IT staff.

The IT Analyst III should have knowledge and expertise in all phases of process control software development, requirements, definition, design, configuration, validation testing, data migration, training, and implementation support of plant process control and SCADA systems.


1. Bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education, with major coursework in computer science, information systems, or a related field.

2. Four (4) years of work experience in information systems or network programming and analysis, including two (2) years at a level comparable to an Information Technology Analyst II.

Licenses and/or Certifications:
Valid California Class C Driver’s License.

Experience in supporting and implementing solutions using ProWorx NxT, CRISP32 system, Wonderware HMI systems, Microsoft SQL Server, Modbus, Modbus Plus and Modbus TCP communication protocols is highly desirable. Other desirables include familiarity with Modicon Unity, Wonderware, Visual and SQL Server database principles.


Vacancies: 1
(an eligible list may be established for future vacancies)

Apply online at:

APPLICATION FILING DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 before 5:00 PM.
(or until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received)

Hiring Salary Range: $104,124.80 - 114,795.20/Year
(starting salary will be within this range based upon qualifications)


Physical Demands
Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; ability to travel to various District sites, projects and/or meetings; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing in and walking between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Environmental Elements
Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

Disaster Service Workers
All Orange County Sanitation District employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the Orange County Sanitation District requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Other Information
For the full range of duties, responsibilities, and essential job functions please review the Classification Specification for this position found on our website.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate, through their application materials, that they meet the minimum requirements as outlined in the job announcement and class specification to receive further consideration. However, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview. All properly completed applications will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process.

False statements may be cause for disqualification, removal from the eligible list, or discharge from employment. All statements made on applications are subject to investigation and verification.

To ensure your application is accurate and complete, please review the Job Application Guide.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of OCSD’s pre-employment process, which includes a background investigation and a physical examination. For some positions, this may include a drug screen. False statements may be cause for disqualification, removal from the eligible list, or discharge from employment. All statements made on applications are subject to investigation and verification.

Reference Checks will be conducted by OCSD to verify employment related information for all potential employees once a contingent job offer is made during the background investigation process. This is done to ensure that individuals who join OCSD are well qualified and have a strong potential to be successful in their employment. The extent of the inquiry will depend on the position being applied for, but will at least include:
Verification/Reference from current and past employers
Confirmation of necessary licenses, certificates, and degrees
Please have all necessary documentation ready. Additional inquiries may be necessary depending on the position for which you are applying. Human Resources will also schedule a post-offer physical examination once a job offer has been made.

OCSD only accepts applications submitted via our online application system. Applications submitted via mail, fax or email will not be accepted.

The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.

Contact Person: Marie Martin
Location: Fountain Valley, CA
Application Method: Email
Base Pay: $104,124.80/yr

Posted on October 05, 2020

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