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Lead SCADA Engineer

Pottstown, Pennsylvania · Information Technology
Major Responsibilities:
  • Ensures maximum reliability and uptime of the SCADA system, 24 hours per day and 7 days per week.
  • Installs, configures, and supports SCADA applications to provide the required level of functionality for Company operations.
  • Supervises SCADA Technician(s) in installing, configuring, and supporting SCADA applications.
  • Responsible for the operation and maintenance of database, network and reporting systems associated with the primary and backup SCADA control centers. Provides scheduled and non-scheduled installation and maintenance on computer systems.
  • Maintains applications that support or are supported by the SCADA system. These include applications for pipeline product management, simulation training, alarm management, leak monitoring, database management, etc.
  • Works with the Measurement Analyst on the creation and distribution of operational data reports.
  • Investigates, analyzes, and corrects complex SCADA systems related problems. This includes determining if the problem is related to computer software, computer hardware, the network, communications or outside factors.
  • Works with Cybersecurity and Client on security and system upgrades to the SCADA system and network.
  • Assists the Measurement Analyst, Measurement Technician, and I&E technicians with troubleshooting.
  • Stays abreast of industry regulations and updates and maintains a high level of technical proficiency to proactively support the needs of operations.
  • Provides ad hoc reporting of SCADA data from active and historical servers and maintains requisite data.
  • Responsible for management of Control Room Management (CRM) software: TiPS Logmate reporting.
  • Develops SCADA operational pages, creates system reports and maintains historical and real-time databases.
  • Provides reports and operational data to various departments and/or agencies.
  • Interfaces with O&M personnel in support and enhancement of SCADA systems and coordinates system upgrades to minimize operational impacts.
  • Responds to emergency calls and call-ins on a 24/7 basis.
  • Supports and implements appropriate SCADA security measures. Maintains computer hardware, communication equipment, and other associated technology. 
  • Makes software and hardware improvements as necessary. Coordinates with IT as needed.
  • Maintains hardware/software asset lists; assists in the development and implementation of departmental SCADA procedures such as making back-up copies of control programming.
  • Ensures consistent configuration, protocols, and procedures are used in the SCADA network.
  • Communicates effectively with supervisors and managers to assure that the service delivered meets the needs of operations.
  • Oversees the installation, configuration of remote telemetry units, switches, and routers.
  • Monitors the same for any errors or failures and addresses accordingly.
  • Updates, maintains, and troubleshoots Windows OS. Troubleshoots network communications failures and directs the solutions. 24x7 support required.
  • Assists Engineering and Operations in developing pipeline automation procedures.
  • Coordinates SCADA and IT services vendors to resolve issues requiring external support.
  • Reviews, designs, tests, and implements SCADA graphics changes as requested.
  • Supports the Pipeline Training Simulator and link to SCADA and assists with the development of training simulations.
  • Schedules and monitors annual security audits on the SCADA system. Addresses security issues per company guidelines and regulatory requirements.
  • Performs related job duties as assigned.

Position Specifications:
  • A Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or other related field, or the combined equivalent in education and experience
  • A minimum of five years of experience working with SCADA control systems and/or related
  • Operational Technology systems
  • Experience with OSI PI, MS SQL, TELVENT Oasys or DNA, Cisco ISO, and TCP/IP networking and security as well as scripting and programming experience is preferred
  • Must have a thorough understanding of network topologies, SCADA network protocols, database development and Control Center needs associated with data acquisition in control ncenter operations
  • Proficiency in MS Windows server and desktop operating systems
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Experience with Telvent OASyS DNA SCADA Systems or related architectures
  • Experience with SCADA protocols including Modbus, OPC, DNP et.al
  • Experience working with pipeline SCADA control systems
  • Experience with HMI setup and maintenance
  • Valid PA driver’s license or the ability to obtain this in a timely manner
  • Approximately 20% travel required in support of other Client Storage and Transportation facilities
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