Are you a highly organized and reliable professional with a passion for process automation and control? Do you have a knack for data and problem solving? The Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) has an exciting opportunity for you as a Control Systems Analyst in the Agency's Integrated Systems Services Department! This position serves as an integral member of the agency's Operational Technology team. The successful candidate will serve in the enhancement and maintenance of process automation, SCADA, PLC, HMI, and ICS applications as well as designing new process automation projects. If you enjoy developing, maintaining, and enhancing automation solutions, this is the job for you!
Here at the Inland Empire Utilities Agency, we are a leader in water management and environmental stewardship. We strive to produce high-quality renewable products such as recycled water and top-quality compost to enhance and preserve the quality of life throughout our region. Our values go beyond just protecting the resources and the communities we serve. We are committed to applying ethical, transparent, and environmentally sustainable principles to all aspects of business and organizational conduct. We recognize that our commitment to the community starts with our employees. In order to ensure that our staff are able to continue to perform at a high level and provide unparalleled services throughout our service area, we strive to provide a healthy work-life balance.
Here are a few ways the Inland Empire Utilities Agency is committed to helping you feel your best, work your best, and live your best while working with us:
A 4-day work week with remote hybrid work schedules for some positions
A pension through California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS)
Generous employer monthly health benefit allowances to go towards the cost of medical, dental, and vision insurance
Competitive vacation, floating holiday, sick time in addition to 9 agency paid holidays
Education Reimbursement up to $5,250 per fiscal year
Professional Development Stipend of $1,000 per fiscal year
Basic life insurance coverage provided
Wellness Stipend of $500 per fiscal year
457b Deferred Compensation Contribution
Interest free loan for a computer purchase up to $3,000
This position is open until filled. The deadline for the first review of applications is 11:59 PM on Monday, May 1, 2023. Applicants that submit applications after the first review deadline are not guaranteed to be considered for this recruitment. This recruitment may close at any time without notice after the first review deadline.
There is one (1) vacancy in the Information Technology Department
This recruitment is being conducted to fill one (1) vacancy and will establish an eligibility list which may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur during the active status of the eligibility list.
Under general supervision, performs a wide variety of difficult and responsible duties in the installation, enhancement and maintenance of process automation Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems to ensure safe, efficient and cost-effective operation of the Agency's operated facilities; works with end users to determine, document and apply process control standards and requirements to systems and devices; programs and maintains specialized hardware and field devices; assists in the maintenance of radio systems and communication networks; and performs related duties as assigned.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: A Control Systems Analyst I performs journey-level professional duties in the information systems services job series. Incumbents in this class program, maintain, enhance and support the Agency's control systems operations. Incumbents assist and train the Agency's end users to make effective use of process automation systems and process information networks to effectively accomplish Agency and departmental goals.
Control Systems Analyst II is the advanced skill level and working lead class in the Control Systems Analyst series. In addition to performing the full range of journey-level professional duties, incumbents serve as the working lead person of the unit, coordinating and overseeing the work and providing training and guidance to employees engaged in the operations, maintenance and integration of process automation platforms, related computer systems and networks. Incumbents provide advanced technical and systems administration support of the network and provide design input on process automation and control system projects. Incumbents work with limited supervision and exercise independent judgment to ensure employees complete assigned tasks and responsibilities in accordance with broad operational or project requirements. Performance is measured in terms of overall performance and results.
Control Systems Analyst II is distinguished from the Process Automation & Control Supervisor in that incumbents in the latter class have full supervisory responsibility for the section and broader administration duties.
Employees in this class typically report to a Process Automation & Control Supervisor.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.
Designs, programs, installs, repairs and maintains the reliability of plant automation systems on multiple platforms, programmable logic controllers (PLC), SCADA, DCS, and plant information local area and wide area networks; uses network commands and software analysis tools to troubleshoot and diagnose issues; coordinates and participates in maintaining and enhancing process automation and network functionality; configures and supports network devices including PLCs, I/O networks and human machine interfaces (HMIs); installs and configures applications; develops and programs new and enhanced automation controls; performs software and firmware upgrades; configures and enhances performance of SCADA/DCS systems; supports network communications and associated hardware including process input/output (I/O), local area and wide area networks (LAN/WAN) and the microwave network.
Trains end users to make effective use of process automation systems; responds to work orders, inquiries and requests from other departments on process automation and controls, plant information and peripheral equipment; troubleshoots and repairs hardware, software, network interface and other problems ranging from simple to moderately complex.
Assists with maintenance of network communications including radio systems and microwave network to various Agency offices and facilities; diagnoses and repairs network cable and configuration problems; configures and supports protocols for network communications.
Participates in systems enhancements and upgrades; analyzes process requirements and end-user needs; identifies and analyzes complex systems development, modification and enhancement issues; develops and refines system specifications; evaluates and tests vendor-provided software, hardware and configurations for conformity with requirements, specifications, standards for compatibility and integration, maintainability, documentation and other criteria; makes recommendations for the resolution of problems identified.
Plans and lays out jobs from drawings, sketches or verbal instructions; maintains records in the form of plans and specifications for computers and electronic communications and instrumentation equipment and devices; develops and maintains accurate and up-to-date documentation, monitoring reports, logs and files.
Maintains up-to-date technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks and participating in professional associations.
Maintains documentation on all enhancements; creates standard operating procedures and operations guidance documents and other systems documentation; trains operations and maintenance staff on how to use tools and applications developed; provides customer support to field staff.
Leads, provides work guidance and direction and participates in the work of section employees; participates in scheduling, assigning and monitoring work of other employees for completeness, accuracy and conformance with Agency/departmental standards; provides information, instruction and training on work processes, proper uses of equipment and safe work practices; provides input to supervisor on employee work performance and behaviors; estimates personnel, equipment and material requirements for assigned jobs; may order work materials and supplies.
Designs, develops and programs new and enhanced automation controls; performs software and firmware upgrades; configures and enhances the performance of operating systems; reviews and modifies code written by lower-level staff and contractors.
Participates and provides input on engineering and construction projects; provides guidance and design review of process automation control systems-related projects; performs factory testing and system startups; supports Operations in developing control solutions involving automation; prepares periodic project status reports; ensures process control equipment, instrumentation and software are installed properly, are in conformance with all standards and requirements and operating at expected levels.
Assists in developing strategies and plans for plant automation and data communication enhancements including the selection of hardware and software; forecasts labor resource requirements; develops cost benefit analysis of projected total costs over a system's proposed life including data storage/integration, network and end-user training and support; analyzes alternatives and makes recommendations; discusses findings with management; prepares reports of study conclusions; develops implementation plans and assists in developing policies and procedures.
May act in the absence of the Process Automation & Control Supervisor, as assigned.
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is:
Control Systems Analyst I - Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in electronics, computer information systems, engineering or a closely related field, and at least three years of progressively responsible experience in implementation and maintenance of process automation and controls in wastewater/water treatment or other industrial environment; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Experience in a public agency is preferred.
A Control Systems Analyst I may be considered for advancement to Control Systems Analyst II after demonstrating proficiency to perform the full range of duties of the latter class. Proficiency criteria and the process for demonstrating performance at the levels established in the criteria are established jointly by hiring authorities and the Manager of Human Resources and are described in Attachment 1(Download PDF reader).
LICENSES; CERTIFICATES; SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: A valid California Class C driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the Agency's vehicle insurance program.
ISA Certified Control Systems Professional, ISA Certified Control Systems Technician or CWEA Electrical/Instrumentation Grade III is desired.
KNOWLEDGE OF: Principles, methods and techniques in the design and operation of automated process control systems and their components.
Principles and methods of systems/network administration and maintenance, including configuration, performance tuning and diagnostic tools.
Systems design principles and applications development methodologies and tools.
Programming theory and operating system capabilities and constraints applicable to the Agency's real-time process control environment.
Relevant programming languages, including those applicable to specialized field hardware and devices.
Methods and processes used in wastewater/water treatment and in the operation of electrical, mechanical, telemetry and instrumentation elements.
General asset management principles and best practices, including equipment and systems maintenance methodologies.
Software development/maintenance tools and utilities.
Systems integration design concepts; relational database theory, design rules and development practices.
Principles and practices of wireless communications.
Real-time data acquisition and management principles and methods; functions, capabilities, characteristics and limitations of standard computer platforms and devices.
Principles and practices of sound business communications.
Agency policies, procedures and practices regarding area of assignment.
Applicable federal and state laws, rules and regulations.
Agency human resources policies and labor contract provisions.
Safety policies, practices, equipment and supplies, and safe work practices applicable to the work.
ABILITY TO: Perform process analyses and reach sound, logical conclusions regarding end-user needs and requirements.
Troubleshoot, diagnose, modify and repair automation and network hardware, software, communications, and complex system problems.
Configure, maintain and manage the operations of computer platforms and/or networks to achieve optimal process performance and user support.
Analyze and define process and user requirements and recommend efficient, cost-effective hardware, software, network/communication and technical applications solutions.
Conduct analysis and feasibility studies.
Review and evaluate design plans and specifications for a wide variety of electrical, telemetry, control and instrumentation projects.
Analyze problems, evaluate alternatives and recommend or adopt effective courses of action.
Organize, set priorities and exercise expert independent judgment within areas of responsibility.
Implement and operate control programs and applications for PLCs, SCADA and DCS.
Apply in-depth understanding of theories and concepts of process automation and control wastewater/ water treatment processes.
Understand, interpret, explain and apply applicable laws, codes and ordinances.
Represent the Agency effectively in dealings with vendors and consultants.
Present proposals and recommendations clearly and logically.
Use tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive and complex issues, situations and concerned people.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all those encountered in the course of work.
All employment applications will be reviewed for accuracy, completion, relevant experience, education, training and other job-related qualifications. Applicants with the strongest background relating to the responsibilities of this position will be invited to participate in the testing process which may include one or more of the following: written test, oral interview, performance/practical examination. The successful candidate will be required to pass a background/reference check and pre-employment physical examination including a drug screen (for safety sensitive position) at no cost to the candidate. Please visit our website at www.ieua.org and select the Human Resources Department for additional information regarding the Agency, the hiring process and benefit information.
Any applicant requiring reasonable accommodation during the selection process due to a qualified disability must inform the Human Resources Office at (909) 993-1640 or email@example.com at least 72 hours in advance of the need for accommodation.
THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT DO NOT CONSTITUTE A CONTRACT, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, AND ANY PROVISION CONTAINED IN THIS BULLETIN MAY BE MODIFIED OR REVOKED WITHOUT NOTICE.
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