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SCADA Specialist, Senior

Company: Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Location: Auburn
Posted on: September 16, 2023

Job Description:

Requisition ID# 151537Job Category: Power Generation; Information TechnologyJob Level: Individual ContributorBusiness Unit: Electric OperationsWork Type: HybridJob Location: AuburnDepartment OverviewPG&E's Power Generation Department manages and operates the largest privately-owned hydroelectric system in the nation. These renewable electric generation resources, located mostly at high elevation in California mountain ranges including the Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade mountains include 68 powerhouses, 184 miles of canals, 41 miles of flumes, 135 miles of tunnels, 19 miles of penstocks, 99 reservoirs, and 142,000 acres of watershed lands all covered by 26 operating licenses issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).Position SummaryResponsibilities for this position include ensuring the availability, integrity, and reliability of assigned SCADA system work. Provides application solutions, development, advice, and assistance to internal clients, to facilitate the design, develop, integrate, and maintain SCADA / Process Control systems. Conducts analysis, programming, troubleshooting, recommending solutions, develops standards and implementing fixes associated with SCADA systems and applications. The SCADA specialist also conducts systems modeling, migration, and administration support. Prepares and reviews design documentation.This position location is flexible within PG&E Service Territory.PG&E is providing the salary range that the company in good faith believes it might pay for this position at the time of thejob posting. This compensation range is specific to the locality of the job. The actual salary paid to an individual will bebased on multiple factors, including, but not limited to, specific skills, education, licenses or certifications, experience,market value, geographic location, and internal equity.Although we estimatethe successful candidate hiredinto this rolewill be placed towards the middle or entry point of the range, the decisionwill be made on a case-by-casebasis related tothese factors.A reasonable salary range is:Bay Area Minimum: $109,000Bay Area Maximum: $175,000&/ORCalifornia Minimum: $104,000California Maximum: $166,000Job Responsibilities

  • SCADA Operational Consultant and Support:* Provide support and advice for the SCADA system and other Automation applications.* Responsible for communication with end-users and vendors for SCADA software enhancements and problem identification and resolution.* Provide input for business analysis of proposed changes to the SCADA hardware, applications and associated interfaces.* Test, install and maintain SCADA control systems and services within Power Generation. These are associated with Hydro, Solar, Combined Cycle and Fuel Cell Generation,.* Provides guidance, training and coordination for Project Engineering, System Automation and IT personnel, as well as Operation & Maintenance for the development and implementation of SCADA and automation projects.* Available to work 24 x 7 for operational support of SCADA / Automation systems if needed.* Review and comment on any document needed to implement new RTU and other related automation installations.* Work with business clients to align technical recommendations with business objectives by understanding the strategies and objectives of supported business units.* Work closely with IT and O&M technicians to install and test SCADA systems.* Work closely with operations to monitor existing equipment, real time data and control and monitor performance metrics.* Use established policies and procedures to support all users of SCADA data and control.* Update policies and standards as needed and assigned.Data/Control Monitoring/Sharing and Management:* Monitor and evaluate data and control for operations and engineering.* Assist in analyzing, diagnosing and resolving problems associated with all SCADA systems.Engineering Support:* Provides data as needed for planning and System Automation on new equipment installations.* Provide input and pre-production testing for any new field equipment or modifications to existing equipment.Vendor Support:* Support development of positive relationship with SCADA vendor, end-user, and other stakeholders.* Assists engineering and design by providing testing and analyzing new equipment.* Assists technicians and analysts, as appropriate, for new designs and protocol testing in a lab environment.* Works directly with Vendors to test and improve SCADA devices and applications.Projects:* Provide on-site or remote support as needed.* Provide on-site testing of new SCADA equipment and database.Training:*Assist the Learning Services to create and maintain training curriculum. As required, conduct internal classes and work with vendors on new training.Compliance and Process Improvement:* Ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements and standards.* Use of best practices and benchmarks to achieve efficient and effective services.* Apply best practices as appropriate and continued improvement in core competencies.General* Resolves problems of limited scope within SCADA procedural guidelines. Seeks assistance from the supervisor or more senior employees on unusual or more difficult problems. Assignments typically require standard solutions and limited creative approaches.* The incumbent independently plans SCADA work to meet assigned specific objectives; progress is reviewed periodically for technical accuracy and adequacy in process and upon completion.QualificationsMinimum:
    • Bachelors Degree in Computer Science or job-related discipline or equivalent experience
    • Experience with SCADA-Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, or related, 5 yearsDesired:
      Current and active California PE license desired (Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Control Systems Engineering, preferred), Calif EIT if PE has not been obtained.Power Generation control system applicationsGraphical user interface (GUI) design skillsKnowledge of real time control networking and SCADA protocolsKnowledge of telecommunications systemsExperience developing SCADA and I&C standards and proceduresAbility to be self-managing and to enjoy the challenges of problem solving.Good written and verbal communication skills and an ability to develop positive relationships with vendors and clientsOthers with 14 years of Control Systems Technical experience and meeting the knowledge and experience requirements may also be considered in place of the engineering BS degree.Intermediate to moderation knowledge of operating systems and/or network administrationExperience working with SCADA , PLCs and process distributed control systems DCS. Platform knowledge with 2 of the following 5 platforms is required (Allen Bradley PLC, SCADAPack32, Campbell Scientific Controllers, GE D20 family of RTU, or Eaton Cooper SMP family of RTU).Able to establish and document operations procedures in Control Description of Operations or Functional Requirements DescriptionsExperience with writing and performing commissioning and start up on advanced control systems.Knowledge of I&C (Instrument and Controls), PID loop programming and tuning, sensor selection applied to Hydro System Powerhouse equipment, water conveyance systems and Solar facilities.Ability to use MS Office including Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, and other Windows programs is required#featuredjob

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