Senior Automated Controls & Telemetry Specialist (Job Number: SRACT.2021.07) - Kennewick, WA

Employer: The City of Kennewick

Job Description:
Senior Automated Controls & Telemetry Specialist
Salary: $38.00 - $41.95 Hourly
Location: Dan Frost Municipal Campus, WA
Job Type: Full-time
Department: Public Works
Job Number: SRACT.2021.07

Core Value Statement:
The City of Kennewick will provide excellent public service and ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community and one another through the empowerment of each employee. We value integrity, inclusiveness, stewardship, and communication. We are accountable to our community for innovative and collaborative efforts that anticipate needs, leverage resources, and deliver solutions.

Safety Statement:
We expect our employees to ensure compliance with all applicable safety practices and policies, including those established by OSHA/DOSH regulations and by the City’s Accident Prevention Plan. This includes but is not limited to actively identifying and correcting potential hazards that may affect employee and public safety, including those identified by co-workers; leading by example to promote a positive culture of workplace safety through everyday action; and emphasizing safe completion of work throughout all aspects of developing and carrying out work plans.

Classification Summary:
Under general supervision, a Senior Automated Controls & Telemetry (ACT) Specialist installs, maintains, diagnoses, repairs, and replaces a variety of automated electronic equipment; provides operator support and education; and performs installation and maintenance of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)/telemetry systems, process instrumentation, and other equipment related to the water and wastewater systems. Performs related work as required. Work hours are varied and include evenings and weekends.

Distinguishing Features of the Class:
A Senior ACT Specialist performs skilled journeyman-level duties consistent with the National Electrical Code and Instrument Society of America standards. May assist in a variety of electrical installation and maintenance projects; may work on any electric system of 120-volts or less for which qualified and within job description; may perform daily monitoring checks of the water/wastewater pumps and other electrical systems; may open cabinets to perform temperature checks, volt and amp readings and other troubleshooting to determine whether there is cause to summon an electrician; may perform electrical work that requires modification or working with hand tools on an electrical system over 120-volts if overseen by an electrician. Must exercise independence in day-to-day operation of his/her areas of responsibility, accurately analyze situations, and adopt effective courses of action. Must possess working knowledge of current laws, regulations, policies and procedures related to job duties and responsibilities. The Senior ACT Specialist is responsible for training and directing the day-to-day work of the ACT Specialist.

Examples of Work Performed (Illustrative Only)
Essential Duties (for illustrative purposes only):
- Coordinates the tests and maintains the hardware and software associated with applicable systems to verify correct and efficient systems operations; identifies deficiencies and implements corrective actions; installs, configures, tests, and deploys changes, modifications and updates to SCADA applications, along with developing new systems.
- Administers software vendor support agreements and installs telemetry system software updates; manages alarm logging, data historian, and automated reporting functions, including routine data backups; administers and configures system security (usernames, passwords, permissions, etc.); implements and maintains the telemetry system’s PC-based Human-Machine Interface (HMI) using the Wonderware software products.
- Provides direct assistance to end users and assists in the development of solutions; interfaces with other City staff, as well as vendors and outside communication specialists, to investigate, develop, install, and implement solutions; provides training and assistance to operators and other City staff for new applications and ongoing education for the effective use of the telemetry system.
- Prepares instructions and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for system users and technical staff on required procedures.
- Researches and analyzes problems and modifications to the telemetry system; makes recommendations for system improvement and implements as directed.
- Maintains and updates SCADA system documentation, including remote station address lists, block diagrams, controller input/output (I/O) lists, process control narratives and standard operating procedures.
- Makes appropriate quick decisions and exercises considerable initiative and judgment in making needed automated equipment repairs and/or requesting assistance; diagnoses hardware and software problems and arranges for warranty service repairs.
standard electrical and electronic test equipment to install, scale, calibrate and troubleshoot a wide range of electronic equipment, including programmable logic controllers, process instrumentation, wireless communications and the like with varying complexity; responds to trouble calls on a 24-hour, 7-days a week basis.
- Directs work and evaluates performance of the ACT Specialist.
- Complies with safety requirements of the position and actively promotes safe work practices.
- Performs related work, as well as weekend and overtime work as required.

Employment Standards -
Minimum Qualifications:
- Must possess a 2-year degree in Communication Technology or Instrumentation & Controls or have graduated from a recognized electronics/instrumentation/ automated controls trade school.
- Must demonstrate at least five (5) years of previous work experience in SCADA/telemetry; extensive electronics/electrical experience is desirable.
- Must demonstrate knowledge of the principles, practices, methods, materials, equipment, tools, and procedures involved in the installation, calibration, maintenance, troubleshooting, diagnosis, and repair of electrical and automated electronic systems and equipment.
- Must demonstrate knowledge and experience in AVEVA InTouch System Platform, RSLogix 500 and ControlLogix 5000, Windows Server Management, Microsoft Excel, other computer applications needed to configure the SCADA system.
- Must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted Washington State Driver’s License.
- Must possess or obtain the following within six (6) months: flagging, first aid, and any other appropriate certifications as required by law, ordinance or department regulations.
- Must possess a Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) Level II Certification within six (6) months.

Supplemental Requirements -
Physical Activity Requirements:
- To perform the essential functions of the job, a Senior ACT Specialist must be able to perform the following:
- Stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, climbing, crawling, walking, pulling, lifting, fine motor dexterity, grasping, and seeing/observing; ability to walk and stand for long periods of time. Ability to work outdoors under adverse and varied weather conditions.
- Heavy Work: Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.


Contact Person:
Location: Kennewick, WA
Application Method: Online:
Base Pay: $38.00 - $41.95 HR

Posted on August 18, 2021

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