The Alameda County Water District, in Fremont, California, is seeking an experienced professional with outstanding skills to serve as Operations Systems Analyst. Under direction from the Facilities Engineering Supervisor within the Operations and Maintenance Department, performs a variety of technical and administrative tasks, control and computer system configuration, programming and special assignments related to the operation and maintenance of the District’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Human Machine Interface (HMI) software, and other support systems used in the supply, treatment, production, and distribution of water, performs project management activities and may direct the work of District staff, contractors, and consultants engaged in SCADA system installations and/or upgrades; conducts training, both formal and informal for systems users; and performs related work as required.
Examples of Duties
Performs SCADA system Human Machine Interface software and PLC programming changes; modifies and updates databases; may direct the work of District staff, contractors, and consultants engaged in making system changes; maintains system documentation; monitors system performance after changes are implemented.
Performs operations automation systems hardware maintenance activities including installation of software upgrades, troubleshooting software or hardware failures and control system wiring problems, and communication systems ensures adequate inventory of replenishments parts; may direct work of District staff, contractors, and consultants engaged in work associated with SCADA systems.
Performs long-term and short-term planning of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) associated with the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems and other operations and maintenance related automation and controls.
Serves as liaison between the Operations and Engineering Departments on Engineering projects involving SCADA systems.
Performs administration of installed SCADA applications (including setting up user accounts and policies) as well as other support systems.
Prepares specifications and Requests for Proposals as necessary; evaluates and selects consultants and contractors and may direct contractor work activities; performs project management including monitoring budgets, schedules, and quality of deliverables.
Researches and stays informed on new developments in the field of SCADA systems and related technology, server computer hardware and software, and instrumentation and control components.
Conducts training, both formal and informal, for automated systems users including plant operations personnel, maintenance support staff, and staff engineers.
Performs development and maintenance of data reporting from the SCADA systems.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of: SCADA systems hardware and software, control system wiring practices, communication systems and equipment, instrumentation, work-related computer hardware and software, and process control theory; basic engineering principles; project management principles and practices, including planning, budgeting, scheduling, and control; security principles and practices; basic principles of employee training; applicable federal, state, and local regulations, laws, guidelines, and District policies and procedures; safe work practices and the ability to identify workplace hazards and/or unsafe conditions and take appropriate corrective action; modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work, including word processing, database, and spreadsheet software.
Skill and Ability to: conduct systems analyses, studies, and evaluations; utilize effective project management skills to oversee system implementation or upgrade projects; operate various process control test equipment; provide technical support to various operations and maintenance systems; prepare and maintain complete and accurate records; prepare clear and concise reports; oversee and direct the work of consultants, contractors, and District staff; provide technical training to District staff; organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow-up on assignments; perform essential duties of the job without causing harm to self or others; evaluate and enhance existing systems for performance and take appropriate action when system operating problems occur; utilize effective project management skills to oversee major system installation and upgrade projects; operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and specialized software applications programs; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Baccalaureate degree in engineering, computer science, information systems, or related field; and two (2) years’ experience involving work with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Human Machine Interface (HMI) software, and other support systems used in the supply, treatment, production, and distribution of water(or comparable industrial application).
Top candidates will:
Possess a Bachelor or higher degree in engineering, computer science, information systems, or related field or in another related field
Over two years of journey-level experience.
Possess strong data analytic, data management, and programming skills.
Be comfortable and willing to work in a field environment with data acquisition equipment to develop monitoring points for analytic applications and optimizing operations.
Be a collaborative team player who can also work independently.
Demonstrate initiative and be a self-starter, with strong program management skills with a proactive approach to addressing issues and finding creative solutions.
Possess demonstrated abilities to build and maintain strong and effective relationships with other agencies, stakeholders, organizations and groups to represent the District's interests in an effective and positive manner.
Additional Requirements: Must possess a valid California Driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.