SCADA Programming and Instrument Control Specialist

  • 500 E. Third Street, Loveland, Colorado
  • Aug 12, 2023
Full Time Information Technology and Communication Services

Job Description

This position reports to the Technical Services SCADA Supervisor and is responsible for design, development, implementation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Instrumentation and Control (I&C) systems using and programming through programmable logic controllers (PLC) for the water treatment plant, wastewater treatment plant, water pump stations, and wastewater lift stations. The salary range for this position is $41.00- $51.63 per hour with a hiring range of $41.00 - $44.28, depending on qualifications and experience. This opportunity will remain open until filled.

Please include a current resume and cover letter (optional).

At Loveland Water & Power, the culture is one that fosters open communication and development of its staff. This is an opportunity to contribute to a growing utility and participate on a team that thrives on development and public service. The ideal candidate will have experience with various IT/Database functions, MS Office and active systems, and is comfortable working with networks and troubleshooting issues. Following a robust training period where the qualified candidate will learn the ins and outs of the systems, autonomy is given to run the system and suggest improvements as needed. The City of Loveland offers a great benefits package and promotes a wonderful work/life balance and offers many opportunities for growth and professional development.

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  • Primary duties are performing analysis, design, and programming for new and existing process control/network administration on SCADA HMI, PLC's, and various communication systems.
  • Instrumental in the design process of control systems in new and existing facilities.
  • Develops and maintains HMI programs using software associated with SCADA and plant process and data collection.
  • Responsibilities also include development and integration of ladder logic programs using RS-Logix 500 and RS-Logix 5000 software for programmable logic controllers associated with treatment plant automation, process controls and SCADA systems.
  • Uses software to configure data acquisition and communication network protocols.
  • Debugs, updates, and implements programming changes to SCADA system. Installs and updates HMI software with new versions and completes project conversions for the updates on new and existing plant SCADA servers and clients.
  • Coordinates with the Information Technology Department for the installation, testing, debugging, and on-going maintenance and support of Windows SCADA servers and clients.
  • Develops and manages databases for state and system reports using SQL Server and Microsoft Access.
  • Develops and maintains reporting server using Visual Studio IDE.
  • Designs, implements, and maintains SCADA telemetry communication systems.
  • Determines the nature of complex communication/interface connectivity problems.
  • Works with contractors, vendors, engineers, consultants, and Water and Power staff to ensure process and control systems work properly to meet process requirements.
  • Programs and calibrates devices such as Variable Frequency Drives (VFD), paperless chart recorders, pH probes, flow, and turbidity meters.
  • Troubleshoot and repair power systems up to 480 volts AC and emergency generators at treatment plants, wastewater lift stations and water booster stations.
  • Installation of hardware and wiring related to instrumentation, controls and SCADA systems including design layout and assembly of panels.
  • Interpret and apply National Electrical Code to new and existing installations.
Coordinates work activities with contractors, utility companies, and other departments within the City. Performs a variety of duties including researching, purchasing, and ordering parts for equipment/system repair and replacement. Completes work orders and collects data for asset management system. May have to complete mechanical and electrical work when needed and perform additional job functions as assigned.

Does not supervise any staff on a regular basis but assists with the training of the Technical Services Maintenance Technician. Also acts as a team leader or foreman on assigned projects. May supervise and direct contractors hired to conduct equipment repairs and small projects.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Working knowledge of HMI software that allows for operator interface, automation, modifications, alarm setup, data logging, control, and indication.
  • Knowledge of radio configuration software that allows for configuration and troubleshooting of 900 MHz radios used to monitor stations and plants remotely.
  • Must have hardware knowledge of Allen Bradley PLCs, VFDs, and SMC flex soft starters, along with flow meters, turbidimeters, DO, PH, and ORP probes, pressure transmitters, ultrasonic level transmitters, electric actuators, and Trojan UV disinfection systems, reviewing and modifying P&ID drawings, and using network protocols commonly used in industrial automation such as Ethernet, fiber optics, DeviceNet, DH-485, HART, and fieldbus.
  • Must have working knowledge of process control theory and process instrumentation and experience with distributed control systems, PLC's client/server programming and data communication in water/wastewater industry.
  • Must be able to read electrical prints and diagrams.
  • Ability to use all types of hand and power tools.
  • Must have the ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and diplomatically with coworkers and the general public.
  • Manual dexterity is required for safe operation of tools and vehicles.
  • Must be able to make competent decisions while on duty.
Core Competencies:
Accountability, Integrity, Transparency & Honoring the Public Trust, Collaboration, Innovation, Safety, Excellent Service with Courtesy and Kindness

Job specific competencies:
Computer software proficiency, Job expertise, Problem solving, Time management

Education and/or experience:

  • A BS degree with emphasis in physics, math, computer science, and/or applied science desired.
  • An equivalent combination of education and/or experience may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the experience requirement.
  • Five (5) years of experience in the operation and programming of real-time process control systems required.
  • Must have demonstrated experience writing and reading ladder logic and programming networked HMI applications.
  • Previous background in the water/wastewater industry and mechanical and electrical experience desired.
Licensure and/or certifications:

  • Must possess a valid driver's license.
  • Required to attend CPR, confined space, asbestos, and NIMS training.
  • Colorado Class I, II and III Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Certification desired.
Material and equipment directly used:

  • Personal computer, laptop computer
  • Voltmeter, ammeter, megometer, ohmmeter, oscilloscope
  • Power tools, hand tools, cellular phone
  • Industry specific software including RS-Logix 5000, RS-Logix 5, RS-Logix 500
Working conditions and physical requirements:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to all types of temperatures, weather conditions, moving mechanical parts, fumes, odors, and airborne particles, toxic and caustic chemicals, extreme noise, vibration, explosive gases, and risk of electrical shock.
  • Staff is considered vital to the plants, lift stations, and pump stations, and are expected to work when other facilities are closed due to severe weather.
  • Requires sitting for extended periods of time.
  • Strenuous physical work may involve moving, positioning, bending, climbing, stooping, kneeling, pushing, or positioning of objects up to 100 pounds occasionally and up to 50 pounds frequently, and laying on the ground in small, confined spaces.
  • Working at heights up to 150 feet above ground and to depths of 40 feet.
  • Must be able to work in permit required confined spaces that require ventilation and other measures to protect against dangerous gases, fumes, and chemicals.
  • Work may involve long hours and require working overtime, after hours, holidays, weekends, etc.
  • Employees are subject to call-back work, are required to carry a cellular phone and must be capable of responding to an emergency situation upon short notice.
  • Must live within a 20-minute response radius of the intersection at U.S. Highway 287 and U.S. Highway 34.
This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.

With over 300 days of sunshine, and just 30 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park in the heart of northern Colorado, Loveland is an ideal community for anyone to call home. Known as the Sweetheart City, this vibrant cultural hub is home to nearly 500 sculptures and public art installations, the world-famous Valentine Remail Program, and picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains. The community is bustling with a thriving arts, brewery, foodie and shopping scene. Enjoy headliner concert and theatre productions, professional hockey events, endless community recreation and open space opportunities, art and sculpture shows, and several local festivals. Loveland also boasts an award-winning golf course and an inclusive library and community center. Loveland, Colorado has EVERYTHING YOU LOVE! In 2020, Loveland was the only Colorado City to win the Governor's Award for Downtown Excellence, is the top residential recycling City in the state for 6 consecutive years and has been ranked as one of the top places to live, work and raise a family in the U.S. and as one of the Most Idyllic Picturesque towns in America.

Apply today to join more than 800 employees who work to meet the core values of: Accountability & Integrity, Transparency & Honoring the Public Trust, Collaboration, Innovation, Safety, Excellent Service with Courtesy and Kindness. The City of Loveland is a diverse and welcoming community organization and our employees enjoy a competitive benefits program, various opportunities for growth and development, and an exceptional work-life balance.

A vibrant community, surrounded by natural beauty, where you belong!

Benefit Eligible Benefits Package Includes:

  • Two (2) medical plans, Dental, Vision (for self/ spouse/ children)
  • Employee Health & Wellness Center (self/family)
  • Paid vacation, holidays, and medical leave
  • Flexible spending including Dependent Care
  • Life Insurance, AD&D, Short-term and Long-term disability, and voluntary Critical Illness Coverage
  • Retirement 401a, 457, Roth (pre-& post tax) and company match
  • Comprehensive Employee Assistance Program
  • Voluntary 529 College Invest program
  • Personal and Professional Development opportunities
  • Discounted recreation passes
  • Employee recognition program
  • Exceptional work-life balance
  • Market based pay & regular performance reviews
  • Local Government employment is eligible for Public Loan Forgiveness Program
Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The City of Loveland provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

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A driving record and criminal history background check will be obtained pre-employment.

Job Address

500 E. Third Street, Loveland, Colorado 80537 United States View Map