This position will be open until filled. The first review of applications will take place during the week of July 18, 2022.
The Position (One Vacancy) Working under general supervision in a team environment, the Control Systems Specialist is responsible for installing and maintaining various electronic monitoring, control, and communication equipment, including Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), and Human Machine Interface (HMI) screens essential to ensuring the continuous and efficient operation of the District treatment plant, pumping stations, and recycled water facilities. The Control Systems Specialist is responsible for implementation of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system projects related to new or modified facilities. This work may include application configuration, application design, graphics development, and other activities in accordance with District policies, procedures, and standards. The Control Systems Specialist also performs routine and complex Electrical/Instrumentation Technician duties and special projects related to the SCADA system as required.
PRIMARY JOB DUTIES:
Serve in lead role and work closely with Engineering, Operations, Maintenance and IT on capital planning efforts for the SCADA Master Plan; provide key input on District's long-range SCADA system and related infrastructure strategies. Prepare recommendations for system and related application upgrades.
Determine suitability of new applications and equipment to District uses and needs. Install new or upgrade existing control system equipment and associated electrical connections.
Integrate new applications and modify PLC programs and equipment to optimize plant operations, operator convenience, and off-line tasks; design, fabricate, maintain and install electrical and electronic assemblies to enhance PLC, telemetry, and instrumentation systems.
Diagnose telemetry and field instrument problems including identifying source of problems and implement corrective actions.
Review and/or create District instrumentation drawings, plans, and specifications for technical content, accuracy, and proper and desirable PLC and SCADA system interface.
Maintain and develop (PLC) programs and ladder logic to reflect changes in operations and user needs. Create (HMI) schematics and scripting; work with and train Operations personnel and other staff to make process control and other adjustments as required.
Develop documentation related to the design and the use of graphics, applications, procedures, etc. Prepare reports and other special projects as identified, defined, and assigned.
SCADA System Electrical Equipment Repair, Replacement and Maintenance
Disassemble, repair, and replace damaged or worn parts.
Test, service, rewire, calibrate and adjust, reassemble, reinstall, and return to full operating condition all SCADA system equipment and materials integral to recycled water and wastewater system operations.
Assemble and install new equipment components, set up and integrate into existing SCADA system operations.
Provide on-the-job instruction to new employees learning electrical, electronic, and instrumentation maintenance and repair work related to the SCADA system.
Prepare requests for follow-up SCADA system services/work and enter into service request system. Add repair and replacement information to equipment and work completed records.
System Training and Support
Assist staff in the use of the District's SCADA system by checking control loops, validating telemetry inputs and outputs, and assuring proper PLC operation, and proper SCADA system functionality.
Provide technical supervision, inspection and coordination over control system modifications made by contractors or District staff.
Work with appropriate work groups and IT staff to provide and/or develop data interfaces between operations and SCADA applications. Participate with IT Infrastructure personnel to review system maintenance, diagnose problems, etc. related to IT Standard operating systems and databases. Provide SCADA system hardware and software support in conjunction with appropriate IT personnel as needed. Coordinate with Engineering and Operations personnel to ensure that graphics, reports, and applications design meet customer requirements.
OTHER ASSIGNED DUTIES Assumes responsibility for covering a part of the work assignments of co-workers during short absences as assigned. Participates in District committee and staff functions. Participates in teams engaged with process and customer service improvements and cross-training. Performs other work consistent with the responsibilities assigned to the classification and necessary to the effective operations of administrative support services and the District.
EDUCATION: Associates degree in electrical technology, instrumentation, industrial automation technology or closely related field or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience in electrical, instrumentation, industrial automation technology or process control maintenance and repair.
EXPERIENCE: Minimum of four (4) years of journey level experience as an electrical/ instrumentation technician, including a minimum of 2 years' experience operating and maintaining software and hardware in a process control environment, preferably in the wastewater industry.
REQUIRED LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS AND REGISTRATIONS:
A valid California State Class C license must be maintained at all times. Continued maintenance of valid driver’s license in compliance with established District vehicle operations standards, and the ability to be insured for the operation of a vehicle/District vehicle in accordance with the terms and conditions of the District’s insurance program are conditions of continued employment.
California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Electrical/Instrumentation Technology Certification (Grade II) is required prior to the completion of probationary period. ISA certification as a Control Systems Technician level II is highly desirable.
Failure to obtain and maintain the required certifications may result in termination of employment.
IMPORTANT NOTE: External applicants are required to be fully vaccinated* for COVID-19 as a condition of employment with the District. Requests for a reasonable accommodation due to medical or disability reasons or for a sincerely held religious belief will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
*Fully Vaccinated means a person’s status two weeks following the person’s receipt of a single-dose COVID-19 Vaccine or the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 Vaccine.
Applicants interested in this position are encouraged to submit a completed Delta Diablo Employment Application. All material must be submitted on-line at www.deltadiablo.org. The position will be open until filled. This recruitment process will establish an eligibility list that will be used to fill a vacancy in the Resource Recovery Services Department. A resume may be included but does not substitute for a completed application form. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be screened to determine who met the minimum qualifications. Those candidates whose application indicates their experience and/or education are best suited to meet the current needs of the District will be invited to participate in the examination and/or interview process beginning in late September. The decisions of the District are final.
All applicants shall receive written notification regarding the results of the review process. The information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract, and these provisions are subject to change. All final candidates for employment with the District are subject to a criminal background, credit and reference check. Successful candidates not currently employed in a regular status by the District must pass a pre-employment physical examination and drug screen to be considered for employment.
About Delta Diablo
Delta Diablo (formerly Delta Diablo Sanitation District) is an innovative California special district that provides wastewater resource recovery services for over 215,000 customers in the cities of Antioch and Pittsburg, and the unincorporated community of Bay Point. These services include secondary treatment of wastewater; production and distribution of recycled water; pollution prevention activities; beneficial use of biosolids as a soil amendment at land application sites; street sweeping; and household hazardous waste collection. Delta Diablo owns and operates a water resource recovery facility (WRRF) that provides secondary treatment for an average wastewater flow of 13 million gallons per day (MGD) and tertiary treatment for approximately 6 MGD to produce recycled water for use at two local power plants, golf courses, and schools.
In addition to meeting its core mission of protecting public health and the environment, exemplified by 16 years with only one NPDES discharge permit violation, Delta Diablo has established a vision of becoming a leader in wastewater resource recovery by embracing innovative technologies, pursuing leading-edge initiatives t...hat add value to ratepayers while benefitting the environment, challenging traditional approaches, and fostering a strong organizational commitment to its core values of Integrity, Teamwork, and Trust.
Delta Diablo is governed by a three-member Board of Directors that includes the Mayor of Pittsburg, the Mayor of Antioch, and the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Member representing the Bay Point community. Under the Board’s guidance, Delta Diablo has established a Strategic Business Plan that includes goals in five key areas—Financial Sustainability, Leadership, Operational Excellence, Workplace Innovation, and Stakeholder Engagement—as well as specific objectives for each year to continue progress toward meeting these goals.
The District continues to be recognized as a “Utility of the Future” by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies for its outstanding industry leadership and progressive commitment to innovation, resource recovery, and “cutting-edge” practices. The District’s FY21/22 budget totals $43.5 million, which includes operating and capital budgets of $29.3 million and $14.2 million, respectively. Annually, the District updates it 5-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) totaling $127 million that guides planning, design, construction, and financing of prioritized capital projects in the District’s wastewater conveyance, collection, and treatment systems and recycled water system.
For more information about Delta Diablo, visit our website at www.deltadiablo.org.