SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) generally refers to industrial control systems (ICS): computer systems that monitor and control industrial, infrastructure, or facility-based processes.
These processes can be for industrial purposes such as manufacturing, production, power generation, fabrication, and refining. They can also be for infrastructure processes and may be public or private, and include water treatment and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, oil and gas pipelines, electrical power transmission and distribution, wind farms, and large communication systems.
BAYWORK agencies have gathered profiles, photos and videos of I&C engineers working in the water/wastewater industry, to give you an idea of what they do, how they feel about it, and how they got there. These case studies will take you behind the scenes at some of the Bay Area’s utilities.
Working within the water and wastewater industry, an I&C or SCADA engineer will design and support SCADA and PLC (programmable logic controller) systems, condition monitoring, and project work including the commissioning and integration of new I&C/ SCADA projects.
Some of their responsibilities in the water sector include:
A bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering or electrical and computer engineering is generally the minimum educational level that employers will consider for a position as an I&C engineer. Most engineering programs involve a concentration of study in an engineering specialty, along with courses in design, mathematics, physical and life sciences, and hands-on laboratory classes. An Engineer-In-Training Certificate is also highly recommended.
High school students planning to become I&C engineers should take college preparatory courses such as English, mathematics, chemistry, physics, computer science, and mechanical drawing or computer aided design courses.