San Jose

Entry Level - Junior Automation Engineer (Industrial Process Control Specialist)- Environmental Services Department

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Information Technology
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South Bay
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Full-Time
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12/19/2018 at 11:30pm
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$30.12-$49.34 Hourly
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None

Location

700 Los Esteros Road San Jose, 95134

Description

Industrial Process Control Specialist I: $62,649.60-$76,232.00

Industrial Process Control Specialist II: $76,232.00-$92,622.40

Industrial Process Control Specialist III: $84,385.60-$102,627.20

 

Performs programming and related work in the design, installation, configuration, operation, and maintenance of the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility distributed control, network and data historian systems used for control and/or study of municipal wastewater processes. Performs related work as required.

 

An incumbent in this position must operate and follow directions in all phases. This position involves communication with a wide range of staff at the plant as well as contractors, and help other team members with network troubleshooting and installing equipment.  Industrial Process Control Specialists must maintain system documentation and backups, as well as continue to acquire skills and knowledge of process control applications through on-the-job and training classes.  This is essential to have the ability to identify system problems by employing hardware and software diagnostics programs, verify nature of system malfunctions and rectify or provide information required to effect repairs.  All DCS related cabinets and other equipment must be properly organized, tagged, labeled, and orderly. 

Ideal Candidate

Minimum Qualifications

 

Industrial Process Control Specialist I

Education: Associates degree from an accredited college or university in instrumentation, electronics, information technology, or closely related field.

 

Experience: One (1) year experience in the field of networking, computer programming or control systems, instrumentation, electrical, VFD, or plant operations.

 

Required Licensing: Possession of a valid driver’s license authorizing operation of a motor vehicle in California.

 

Industrial Process Control Specialist II

Education: Associates degree from an accredited college or university in instrumentation, electronics, information technology, or closely related field.

 

Experience: Two (2) years of increasingly responsible computer programming, networking, and software/hardware technical support, design and implementation of instrument panels, control logic development and documentation experience in process control at an industrial facility similar to the Regional Wastewater Facility.

 

Required Licensing: Possession of a valid driver’s license authorizing operation of a motor vehicle in California.

 

Employment Eligibility:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

 

Industrial Process Control Specialist III

Education: Associates degree from an accredited college or university in instrumentation, electronics, information technology, or closely related field.

 

Experience: One (1) year industrial process control experience at the Regional Wastewater Facility.

 

Required Licensing:

o Possession of a valid driver’s license authorizing operation of a motor vehicle in California.

o Possession of International Society for Automation (ISA) Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) or ISA Certified Automation Profession (CAP) certification. A bachelor's degree in instrumentation, electronics, information technology or closely related field may be substituted for the certification.

 

Desirable Qualifications:

Possession of or completion of any certification from International Society of Automation (ISA) or other Control Systems training certification equivalent to systems used at the Regional Wastewater Facility.

 

Knowledge of:

    • High level languages such as, C, C++, or C#, etc. or Function Blocks programming.
    • Network based authentication directory services such as Microsoft Active Directory is a plus.
    • Process control system concepts, PID loops and tuning, P&ID drawings
    • Trouble shooting computer systems.
    • Fundamentals of process engineering and control.
    • Control system support for wastewater treatment processes.

Experience in:

    • Maintaining and modifying control algorithms required to provide efficient real time control of existing or new wastewater processes.

Ability to:

o   Develop as-built drawings of the existing DCS networks, components, and loops.

o   Assist in developing training programs designed for presentation to plant personnel.

o   Conceptualize projects and ramifications at a high level and follow through with execution at a detailed level.

o   Develop testing procedures and process control engineering computer simulation models.

 

Competencies

The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history.  Desirable competencies for this position include:

 

Job Expertise

Knowledge of:

o Control system software and hardware including computer programs, networks,

Programmable logic controllers (PLC) and/or distributed control units (DCU) and/or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA).

o Process control strategies as used in a wastewater treatment facility (or similar industrial facility such as oil refineries, water treatment, pulp and paper, or chemical plant).

o Contemporary principles and practices of system design, programming, start-up and troubleshooting and documentation

Experience with:

o DCS architecture or a similar control system such as SCADA.

o Reading and reviewing engineering drawings (i.e. loop drawings and logic drawings).

o Control system network configurations, communication methods/protocols such as Profibus/Modbus, TCP/IP, and security configurations

o Networks and network security

Ability to:

o Write computer programs of average difficulty in at least one language.

o Configure, support and troubleshoot PC-based system installations.

o Develop testing procedures

 

Collaboration - develops networks and builds alliances; engages in cross-functional activities.

 

Flexibility - makes effective decisions and achieves desired results in the midst of major changes in responsibilities, work processes, timeframes, performance expectations, organizational culture, or work environment.

 

Problem Solving - approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem; collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.

 

Reliability - completes quality work assignments in a timely and efficient manner; fulfills responsibilities and maintains confidentiality as appropriate.

 

Technology Use-Management - uses efficient and cost-effective approaches to integrate technology into the workplace and improve program effectiveness.

 

Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills - develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.

 

Communication Skills - effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.

 

Selection Process

 

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process.  You may be asked to provide proof of certifications.

 

You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process.  Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response. 

 

- Please specify the degree, major, and institution from which you have graduated.

 

- Please explain your experience, list the company or industrial facility, title of your position, years of experience, and job duties.

 

- If you possess an International Society for Automation (ISA) Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) or ISA Certified Automation Profession (CAP) certification or related certification, please state the type of certification, issuing authority and an expiration date if applicable.  If you do not possess a certification, please respond "N/A" for Not Applicable.

 

- If applicable, please describe your experience in each of the following areas: Computer Networks, Computer Programming, SQL (Structured Query Language) Databases, Industrial Control Applications, HMI (Human Machine Interface) Design, Computer Support, DCS (Distributed Control System), PLC (Programmable Logic Controller), and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA). If not applicable, please type "N/A" for Not Applicable.

 

You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration. 

 

If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Maria Lane at Maria.Lane@sanjoseca.gov.

 


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