Automation Engineer (Industrial Process Control Specialist I/II/III)

City of San Jose - Environmental Services Department | San Jose, CA

Salary Range: $70,512 - $115,502.40
Open Date: 07/14/2021
Close Date: 08/02/2021

Position Description

The Energy and Automation Division is responsible for energy production and distribution and process automation and control. Staff located at the plant provide preventive and corrective maintenance, emergency repair to support 24/7 operation of the plant, and participate in the design and implementation of capital improvement projects. The division is organized in five sections: power & air, electrical, HVAC, instrument & control and plant process control.

The Industrial Process Control Specialist I/II/III (IPCS) classifications perform 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 Distributed Control System (DCS) related cabinets and other equipment must be properly organized, tagged, labeled, and orderly.

Position 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.

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:

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

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:

Process Control concepts such as PID loops and P&ID diagrams
Computer programming languages like C, C# or Function Blocks
Fundamentals of process engineering and control
Basic Structured Query Language (SQL)
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:

DCS (Distributed Control System), SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition), or PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) architecture
Control networks’ communication protocols such as 0-20mA, ModBUS, ProfiBUS and TCP/IP
Configuration, support and troubleshooting PC-based systems
IT and Industrial Networks
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.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

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.

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

2. How do you fulfill the minimum experience qualification?

I have one (1) year experience in the field of SCADA/DCS/PLC control systems, computer programming, or industrial plant operations.
I have two (2) years of increasingly responsible computer programming, networking, and software/hardware technical support, design and implementation of instrument panels, DCS/PLC control logic development and documentation experience in process control at an industrial facility similar to the Regional Wastewater Facility.
I have at least one (1) year industrial process control experience at the Regional Wastewater Facility.
I do not meet the minimum experience qualifications
3. Do you possess a Valid Driver’s License? (Select the best option that applies to you)

Yes, I have a Valid California Driver’s License
Yes, I have a Valid Driver’s License from a different state
No, I do not have a valid Driver’s License
4. 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.

5. Please select the topics below in which you have experience (SELECT ALL THAT APPLY). You will also be asked to describe your experience in each area in the next section.

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)
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA).
6. If you indicated having knowledge with any of the topics that you checked above, please describe in detail your experience, the employer(s) where you obtained your experience, and your position/title.

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 Brandon Voelker at Brandon.Voelker@sanjoseca.gov.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at www.sanjoseca.gov/citycareers. The application deadline is on Monday, August 2, 2021 at 11:59 PM.  Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline or the system may not save your application.  If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided.  IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email CityCareers@sanjoseca.gov and we will research the status of your application.  Please contact Human Resources at (408) 535-1285, or Human.Resources@sanjoseca.gov if you have any questions.

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