Wastewater Instrumentation Technician - Burley, ID

Employer: The City of Burley, ID

Job Description:
This is work involving the design, implementation, programming, maintenance, and troubleshooting of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and telemetry systems for the City’s wastewater systems and lift stations.

The work involves responsibilities requiring broad skills related to industrial process equipment and systems. The duties include daily administration, maintenance, and troubleshooting of SCADA and telemetry systems; design, setup, and maintenance of automated systems; programming, maintenance, and documentation on all Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Human-Machine Interfaces (HMIs), and system integration; troubleshooting field devices; advising management, engineering, and system operators of the control system status, needs and requirements; assisting in the development and implementation of the preventative maintenance program; maintaining computerized databases and other associated records; evaluating and ordering materials and parts; and performing related technical maintenance tasks. An employee in this class may lead specific tasks or projects or may direct or coordinate the work activities of others.

Employees in this class are responsible for assuring the technical correctness of their own work and are expected to exercise considerable discretion in determining proper work methods to address various situations. The work is reviewed by a supervisor for results obtained, changes in work methods, adherence to department policies, quality of work, timeliness in completing projects, and other established performance criteria. Employees in this classification are subject to emergency call-out procedures. Employees in this class may work at multiple work sites.

Essential Functions:
•In a lead capacity, perform complex diagnostics, repairs, and replacements of instrumentation and control systems, equipment and components for water and wastewater facilities, such as treatment plants, pump stations and lift stations.
•Design, implement, update, and debug programming in SCADA, HMIs, and process control systems and Lift station controls.
•Participate with engineers, operators, and contractors in the design of instrumentation and control systems for new and existing facilities.
•Maintain PLCs and provide system integration for the various SCADA components.
•Participate in the development and updating of standards and specifications for SCADA-related equipment.
•Troubleshoot, prioritize, coordinate, schedule, and resolve SCADA, telemetry, and field device problems in collaboration with other department staff members.
•Maintain a SCADA and telemetry disaster recovery program and assist in determining priorities related to equipment failure and process downtime.
•Assist in the development and implementation of a preventative maintenance program and perform routine preventative maintenance on all SCADA and telemetry equipment. Advise operations and maintenance personnel on all field devices and non-electronic control equipment maintenance needs.
•Maintain a computerized maintenance database including inventories for equipment, tools, materials, and spare parts; work orders; preventive and corrective maintenance systems, measures, and requirements; equipment specifications and operation evaluations; and work histories.
•Study new materials, methods, and applications of SCADA, telemetry, and related systems to keep abreast of modern developments.
•May lead, train, and provide general direction to other employees who are assigned corrective and preventive maintenance procedures; organize, assign, and coordinate work schedules; determine materials and equipment requirements; and evaluate performance by inspection of completed work assignments.
•Build, debug, and administer database systems and program interfaces; create special reports.
•Respond to emergency calls, diverse work shifts, and weekend and holiday work.
•Work in undesirable weather and conditions.
•Perform other work as assigned.

The following knowledge, skills, and abilities are considered to be critical to successful performance in this position:

Knowledge of:
•Instrumentation and control, SCADA, HMI systems, PLC programming, and field devices.
•Industry standard communication protocols for SCADA, telemetry and Ethernet networking in a fully routed environment, VPN connectivity, and basic network security.
•Writing and interpretation of ladder logic for equipment control
•Wireless Ethernet telemetry systems including radio modems, antennas, and related equipment.
•Water and wastewater collection, distribution and treatment operations, facilities, processes and equipment.
•The methods, materials, and techniques commonly used in the maintenance, repair, and operation of electro/mechanical and instrumentation equipment and systems associated with industrial process control of water and wastewater treatment plants.
•VFDs, motor starters, and solid state soft starts.
•A/C and DC power, control, and signal circuitry with emphasis on process measurement and instrumentation.
•Client/server application concepts and database design including SQL, VB, and Microsoft Access.
•Computer operations and the concepts of operating systems, system utilities, and applications including Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Project.
•The occupational hazards and necessary safety precautions applicable to electro/mechanical maintenance and repair.

Skill and Ability to:
•Independently create SCADA, HMI, and PLC programs, based on concepts and control strategies related to Everett’s water and wastewater systems.
•Interpret complex technical instrument, electronic, and building blueprints, drawings, manuals, and documents.
•Develop instrumentation and control systems documentation including design drawings and specifications.
•Troubleshoot water and wastewater control systems, equipment and instrumentation.
•Use and operate all tools and equipment associated with the diagnostic, corrective, and preventive maintenance activities in an industrial process setting.
•Use computer terminals and various software programs standard to the area of assignment; perform off-line program upgrades to PLCs.
•Communicate technical information clearly and concisely through oral and written reports.
•Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, other city staff, and the public.
•Relate to others in a courteous and respectful manner; work in a team atmosphere.
•Maintain a work environment free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
•Support diversity and multi-cultural understanding in the workplace.
•Work safely and in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, and with, City laws, policies and standards.
•Work safely with electrical equipment, toxic chemicals, and unpleasant and/or dangerous conditions.
•Possession of, or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire, a valid Washington State Driver License.

•Demonstration of equivalent vocational coursework or training (e.g., two-year certification of completion in Instrumentation and controls) OR
•Requires four (4) years of progressively responsible experience working with SCADA/HMI systems and progressively responsible maintenance experience in a process industry, preferably water or wastewater treatment.

Effective verbal and written communication skills. Ability to perform a wide range of physical and manual tasks in an indoor and outdoor environment. Ability to work in odorous, dirty conditions associated with a Wastewater Treatment Facility. Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, which permits the employee to work in an industrial setting. Work will include periods of time viewing a computer monitor and operating a keyboard. Ability to work under stress from demanding deadlines, and changing priorities and conditions.

Supervisory Responsibility:
This positon has no supervisory responsibilities.

Position Type/ Expect Hours of Work:
This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected.

Other Duties:
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Demonstration of equivalent vocational course work or training (e.g., two -year certification of completion in Instrumentation and controls) OR Requires four (4) years of progressively responsible experience working with SCADA/HMI systems and progressively responsible maintenance experience in a process industry, preferably water or wastewater treatment.

Contact Person:
Location: Burley, ID
Application Method: https://burleyidaho.org/Jobs.aspx?UniqueId=109&From=All&CommunityJobs=False&JobID=Wastewater-Instrumentation-Technician-22
Base Pay: $21.23 - $27.30 HR

Posted on January 08, 2020
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