Instrumentation and Controls/SCADA Technician

Chatham-Kent - Chatham-Kent, ON (30+ days ago)

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Job Description:
The Water & Wastewater Division of the Chatham-Kent PUC has an opening for a permanent full-time Instrumentation & Controls/SCADA Technician. The Instrumentation & Controls/SCADA Technician assists the Project Engineer and the Area Managers in maintaining Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system equipment used in the operation of the water and wastewater treatment facilities and pumping stations in safe condition and good working order. This position is also responsible for modifying existing PLC/SCADA software and hardware and/or new software module development in response to administration and plant staff requests. In addition, this position is responsible to provide staff with training and technical advice with regards to the various PLC and SCADA systems. This position is also responsible for the coordination, scheduling and completion of necessary PLC and SCADA maintenance work as well as the management of a PLC and SCADA asset program.

Based at PUC Office, 325 Grand Avenue East, Chatham

Position reports to:
Project Engineer

About Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission:
The Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission’s goal is to provide safe and reliable drinking water and wastewater service to the customers and communities served while maintaining environmental integrity. The PUC focus is on customer service and infrastructure improvements to meet the demands of the demographics of the service area. PUC staff is certified with the appropriate certification for each facility including: water treatment; water distribution; wastewater treatment; wastewater collection. In addition to operation and maintenance functions, the PUC also responds to petition requests, and plans for water and sewer main rehabilitation, construction, and facility upgrades and expansions.

Essential responsibilities:
Work along Operators, Supervisors, Managers, Engineering and Compliance Staff, internal and external staff
Train staff on newly implemented and/or modified SCADA programs and/or systems
Provide project co-ordination, supervision of project implementation, contract administration and quality control as it relates to PLC/SCADA projects
Lead on initiatives to update documentation such as PCN’s, plant I&C drawings, control panel drawings, network drawings etc. coordinating with engineering and operations group.
Maintain water and wastewater process control systems and computer systems including SCADA, HMI, PLCs (PLCs, PACs, and RTUs are considered equivalent for this position)
Maintain an account or inventory of materials at hand, parts and materials used, and ordering replacements from suppliers
Plan and coordinate SCADA upgrade projects and provide budget and planning for future projects
Complete electronic document management system training requirements (DWQMS)
Weigh risks and ramifications of all actions related to the production and supply of safe drinking water and the processing of quality wastewater effluent for release into the environment, and take appropriate action
Involvement with the repair and calibration of appurtenances and/or analyzers and instrumentation related to SCADA and PLC systems
Perform checks, preventative maintenance and modifications where appropriate on SCADA servers, virtual server environments, network equipment, network security, communications, and PLC equipment
Modify control parameters of PLCs and other controllers as necessary utilizing discrete programmers or portable personal computers for complex SCADA systems
Administer SCADA/PLC systems including the documentation of all changes to the basic line system and recording all SCADA data storage location and procedure for modifications
Maintain backups of all Scada PLC and HMI programs on a regular basis
Perform modifications required to be made to the Historians as result of field changes and/or requests from Compliance staff
Monitor SCADA/PLC operational performance against predetermined set points
Maintain, upgrade and update SCADA graphic displays, historical data, tag name standards, and real-time data and control databases and displays. Review and improve standards on a regular basis and establish standards where they do not yet exist in consultation with operations, compliance and management staff
Modify existing SCADA/PLC software and hardware or new software module development in response to plant staff requests
Prepare work orders according to established procedures, and creating detailed reports on all repairs conducted in order to create a performance history, and in accordance with health and safety requirements. Follow the existing SCADA maintenance work documentation procedures
Review technical literature and instructions
Review and updating control narratives for facilities and systems
Initiate, track and follow projects identified in the SCADA Master plan to systematically perform upgrades to the SCADA systems across the PUC
Ensure PUC SCADA standards are followed for any internal or external SCADA work
Troubleshoot various versions of Allen-Bradley CompactLogix, SLC and MicroLogix PLC’s, FactoryTalk SE, Maple Panel OIT’s and FactoryTalk Historians, and their associated programming softwares
Complete required training to ensure competence and to comply with regulatory requirements
Coordinate in researching, selecting, and procuring of SCADA supplies in accordance with the municipal purchasing policies
Develop and implement SCADA standards for the PUC
Assist in the design and development of internal projects by identifying systems needs, preparing contract specifications, receiving and evaluating proposals and designs, and monitoring installations
Retrieve and provide operational data as requested by Compliance Staff or Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks (MECP)
Work with PUC Engineering team on external projects (PLC, SCADA and drawing reviews), water modelling (supplying data and plant process knowledge), as well as assisting with field data retrieval from data loggers
Create queries and reports for Compliance and Operations staff and work with IT staff and supplier on maintenance, user lists, upgrades, etc. within the e.RIS reporting and information application
Other duties as assigned

Essential Qualifications:
Ability to demonstrate Chatham-Kent’s Core Values and Competencies through a combination of education and experience:

Completion of post-secondary education in Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Electronic Engineering or a related discipline and considerable experience in SCADA programming and maintenance for Water and Wastewater Utilities; Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered
Minimum of five (5) years related PLC/SCADA experience, out of which a minimum of three years (3) in a municipal water/wastewater environment
Minimum of three (3) years supporting FactoryTalk SCADA system
Knowledge of related acts, guidelines, regulations and legislation and PLC/SCADA standards
Knowledge of Asset Management and best practices, concepts, risk management and capital project execution project business processes
Knowledge of water and wastewater treatment processes and process control as it relates to water system and wastewater system design, operation and maintenance, and complex hydraulic systems including pumping, valving, etc.
Considerable experience in programing and supporting Allen Bradley PLCs, Supporting HMI packages including but not limited to FactoryTalk SE/ME, Maple Systems and PanelView OIT’s and RSView, maintaining and modifying FactoryTalk Historian
Experienced in programing in ladder logic, structured text, and FBD’s
Knowledge of computer networking, security applications and operating systems, including Windows XP, Windows 7 & 10, and Windows Server
Experience in supporting tier 1 hypervisors such as VMware Hypervisor
Familiar with network administration, routing, Layer2 and 3 switches
Knowledge of standard policies, procedures and practices pertaining to Municipal Water/Wastewater systems
Able to diagnose and modify FactoryTalk supporting components such as Visual Basic, SQL Databases and ODBC connections
Experience working in a unionized environment
Knowledge of municipal purchasing policies
Excellent project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple priorities
Demonstrated organizational skills and analytical and problem solving skills to resolve complex issues.
Demonstrated commitment to working safely
Ability to react quickly and follow standard processes in emergencies
Demonstrated commitment to learning and development
Solid literacy skills including ability to write clear and concise reports and maintain legible, accurate and complete records of activities
Comprehensive computer skills including working knowledge in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access), SQL, ODBC, relational databases, and PLC/SCADA program
All employees will be required to complete their Health & Safety and other on-line mandatory training on or before their first day of employment; other training (including Health & Safety policies) may also be required.

Other qualifications:
Allen Bradley training courses would be considered an asset
The following training is an asset (will be provided upon hire otherwise):

Confined space entry training
Personal protective equipment training

Certifications, memberships, licenses:
Designation in one of the following is considered an asset: C.Tech, P.Eng. and/or C.E.T
Standard First Aid/CPR certification an asset

Work Environment:
This position works both indoors and outdoors.

Hours of Work:
This position works weekday hours
Must be available to respond to SCADA emergencies outside of the work hours

Driver’s license/vehicle requirements:
Because of the responsibilities, this position requires the successful candidate to have a valid class G (or higher) Ontario driver’s licence; a driver’s abstract will be conducted by the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. An acceptable driver’s abstract will: be an original document and current (within the previous thirty (30) days); have no more than four (4) demerit points; have no more than two (2) convictions for the same offence; have no criminal code convictions; have no ‘non-medical or administrative’ license suspension in the preceding three (3) years.

Essential physical and/or safety requirements:
Review construction sites on an occasional basis
Requires physical coordination and dexterity to use hand tools, such as drills, wrenches, screwdrivers, etc.
Requires physical coordination and dexterity to use precision test equipment used to troubleshoot equipment and systems
Manual dexterity to operate computers and laboratory equipment, such as pH meters, turbidity meter, chlorine analyzers, etc.
Requires physical strength to manipulate, move and reposition equipment and machinery
Frequent exposure to loud noises from equipment
Work outdoors in excessive cold, hot or adverse weather conditions
Work with hazardous chemicals
Wear self-contained breathing apparatus for confined space entries or chemical spills
Work in areas with unpleasant odours associated with sewage treatment processes
Attention to detail for short periods of time when taking readings or working on process control equipment, hydraulic, electric or other systems
Ability to shift focus quickly in response to emergencies or other priorities in the workplace
Maintain focus on multiple tasks with varying priorities, deadlines and/or demands
Personal protective equipment as required by Health & Safety policies and procedures, include (but not limited to):

Green patch safety shoes
SCBA: persons using positive pressure or negative pressure respirators shall be clean shaven where the face-piece seals to the skin
Cartridge masks, dust masks and/or half masks
Hearing protection
Safety glasses
Hard hat
Gloves, gantlets
PPE as required by Arc Flash Program
Flotation device

Regular lifting of materials and equipment weighting 4 to 9 kg
Frequent standing for prolonged periods of time
Regular walking and climbing of stairs and ladders
Work in confined spaces, such as sewer pumping stations
Reach above shoulder level to perform operational and maintenance duties

This permanent full-time position has an hourly wage range of $32.25 to $35.42, plus health & dental benefits upon completion of a 3 month waiting period, as per the UNIFOR (PUC) collective agreement.

How To Apply
Candidates interested in the above position are asked to submit our application form (found under ‘job posting and application form’ section at the bottom of our job ad at Municipal Jobs) and a resume to the email address below. Please do not include a cover letter, or copies of transcripts, licenses, certificates, etc. Please only download the application form onto a computer or laptop; it doesn’t load correctly onto a phone, tablet, or iPad. You should see boxes beside yes and no that you click in to answer the question.

Please send attachments in a Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe (.pdf) format only. Attachments must be attached directly to your email; we are not able to download documents from an internet site.
We encourage all to apply, including women, Aboriginal people and visible minorities.
Applications must be received before 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2020 (Ontario Daylight Savings time):
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Attn. Jan Richards, Recruitment Officer
Corporate Services
315 King Street West
P.O. Box 640
Chatham ON N7M 5K8
Fax: 519.436.3237
Email address:
The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fair and accessible employment practices that attract and retain talented employees. Should you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources & Organizational Development (HROD) at 519-360-1998. Applicant information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy legislation and will be used strictly for the purpose of candidate selection. We thank all candidates in advance; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.