Building/SCADA Automation Technician

Position Summary:

The Building/SCADA Automation Technician is responsible for building automation system (BAS) programming, preventive maintenance, troubleshooting. This position also provides SCADA PLC/HMI specification, design, development, and onsite start-up support.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

 Install, configure, program and commission BAS at the controller and server level

 Troubleshoot and maintain BAS components and provide recommendations for efficiency, security, and reliability

 Maintain inventory of critical BAS parts

 Coordinates with BAS installation contractor(s) for both District Facilities and Pipeline Stations

 Supports the District Facilities team with BAS programming to include HVAC, lighting control, generators, and other related devices

 Develop BAS reports to assist with utility energy utilization

 Maintain BAS documentation to include system architecture

 Assist with documenting and correcting BAS/SCADA cybersecurity vulnerabilities and exposures

 Troubleshoot and modify SCAD PLC/HMI hardware and software

 SCADA Software Programming Change Management

 SCADA-related Technical Spec Review – new Projects

 Provide the SCADA Automation Developer support with maintain Operations Technology (OT) to include both SCADA/BAS hardware and software.

 Provide Electrical and Instrumentation (E&I) troubleshooting support

 Provide the SCADA Operations Administrator SCADA support

 Coordinate with District Engineering and IT departments as needed

 Must be available for emergency response on location and remotely

 Assist others with SCADA reporting software

 Provide 24/7 remote and/or onsite support

 Maintain familiarity with strategic District levels of service

 Continuous improvement monitoring and innovation efforts

 Perform other duties as required

Required Experience:

 Direct experience with BAS Alerton controller programming from concept to production

 Direct experience with BAS Compass HMI server configuration and programming

 Skilled with HVAC mechanical and electrical controls including logic programming

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 Familiarity with BAS/SCADA communication protocols (BACnet, MODBUS, and OPCUA

 Ability to read and interpret Electrical, Building Automation, and Process and Instrumentation drawings

 Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, projects, and deadlines

 Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills

 Must be able to effectively work independently or in a team environment

 Willingness to assist the SCADA Operations Administrator in troubleshooting SCADA system related issues to assure a 24/7 operation, when required

Desired Experience:

 Familiar with Function Block PLC programming

 Familiar with Visual Basic (VB), Python, and Structured Query Language (SQL) scripting

 Familiar with Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society (ISA) standards

 Familiar with both Windows and Linux Operating systems

 Familiar with Ethernet Networks

 Familiar with latest Industrial Cybersecurity standards

 Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access

Required Education/Certification/License:

 An Associate’s Degree with 10 years of experience. Additional related work experience may be considered in lieu of an Associate’s Degree

 Valid Texas driver’s license

Desired Education/Certification/License:

 SCADA Operator Water License

 Industrial Instrumentation and Electrical Certification(s)

Success Factors/Job Competencies:

 Requires the ability to think and reason at a level such that response to emergency situations is appropriate and prompt

 Ability to perform continuous analysis of pipeline systems operations, e.g., water quality issues, communication problems, measure/system integrity

 Ability to communicate clearly and decisively, especially during major events impacting pipeline operations

 A basic working knowledge of specific gauges, meters and valves will be required, which can be learned on the job

 Dependable and flexible, must be able to support various District departments

 Proficient with the latest version Alerton ACE Compass (BAS software, newer version)

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Revision date: 05/18/21 Building/SCADA Automation Technician Page 3 of 3

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: While performing duties of job, employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hand to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk and hear. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Requires use of sight, hearing, speech, hands and feet. Requires the ability to climb ladders and stairs and periodically use hand tools in operating equipment.

Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee typically resides within an office or cubicle and will have occasional field work that will expose the employee to weather conditions prevalent at the time.

o Capable of working weekends, nights and holidays if required. May require working extra hours during SCADA/Pipeline system failures

o Ability to operate a dual-screen computer work station. Equipment used includes computers, surveying equipment, GPS units, and personal protective equipment when going out on site

Lake Current Level Conservation Level* Level Difference**
Arlington 549.80 550.00 -0.20
Benbrook 703.31 694.00 9.31
Bridgeport 836.19 836.00 0.19
Cedar Creek 321.97 322.00 -0.03
Eagle Mountain 649.26 649.10 0.16
Lake Worth 594.01 594.00 0.01
Richland-Chambers 315.39 315.00 0.39
*Conservation Level: The permitted level of water an entity is allowed to hold in a lake. Any amount above the conservation level is used for the temporary storage of flood waters and must be released downstream.
**Difference: Amount above or below conservation level.
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