Automation Control Specialist

$80K - $105K
Posted on 08/10/17
$80K - $105K
Posted on 08/10/17

The Automation Control Specialist provides configuration and development, support, and maintenance of a 24x7 real-time SCADA/DCS system for the company Operations Control Centers. This SCADA/DCS system allows operators to control and monitor mission critical process equipment throughout the terminal facility.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Work with the Automation team and be a part of implementation, integration, operation and security of SCADA/DCS systems.
  • Daily interaction and coordination with other company departments such as electrical maintenance, instrumentation, operations, and engineering.
  • General system administration responsibilities which include system backups, network documentation, database archiving, user accounts, and report creation.
  • Troubleshoot and keep SCADA/DCS systems running at optimum level, maximizing system uptime.
  • Maintain and create as needed, logic templates to perform automated functions, and create or modify HMI graphic screens
  • SCADA/DCS system support and maintenance including system expansion, updates or patching.
  • Responsible for supporting control center consoles that include: servers and workstations.
  • Interface with control center operations personnel in supporting and enhancing systems.
  • Learn facets of terminal operations and procedures affected by SCADA/DCS.
  • Learn all facets of control system and perform work in an independent manner as well as in a team environment as the job requires.
  • Scheduled on-call rotation for 24x7 support of the control center is required. Unscheduled 24x7 on-call support required during emergencies as needed.

The successful candidate will meet the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to program/troubleshoot Rockwell/AB PLC programs using RSLogix
  • Demonstrated ability to design HMI screens using GE Proficy ME
  • Understanding of industry standard communication networks and protocols; (Fiber Optic, Ethernet, Modbus)
  • Ability to read and understand P&ID and instrumentation loop diagrams
  • Strong aptitude for developing, testing, and implementing SCADA/DCS system logic and HMI  graphic screens
  • Firm understanding of SCADA/DCS data gathering process including data protocols, logic configuration and end to end data checkout
  • Working knowledge of Process Control industry standards/conventions used in field automation systems such as PID loops, safety interlocks, sequential processes, etc
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast paced work environment, communicate well, and quickly troubleshoot problems, sometimes under a great deal of stress
  • Proficiency with Microsoft operating systems and Microsoft Office Suite of applications (Excel, Word, Access)

Preferable Experience:

  • General knowledge of terminal and pipeline field equipment, such as rotating equipment (pumps, blowers, etc), variable frequency drives, motor operated valves, solenoid operated valves
  • Experience configuring/troubleshooting transmitters (pressure, temperature, density, etc), 4-20 ma loops, radar tank gauging systems, low voltage control systems
  • Familiarity with Boolean Logic gates and function blocks
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server
  • Working knowledge of Linux operating system and industrial computers

Work Environment

  • Primarily in an office environment with occasional requirement to work outdoors in the terminal
  • Ability to perform physical requirements including standing, sitting, walking, kneeling, twisting, reaching, and climbing at project locations in order to inspect and troubleshoot equipment or collect information.
  • Utilization of required PPE when in the terminal, such as FRC clothing, respirator, hard-hat, safety glasses, steel toe shoes, etc.
  • At times may be required to lift up to 30 lbs to transport and install various computer and SCADA/DCS equipment
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