Computer Programmer I (SCADA Technician) – City of Vancouver

13 July 2023

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Computer Programmer I (SCADA Technician)

Requisition ID: 38684 

Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top Employers, and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Main Purpose and Function
The SCADA Technician is responsible for providing technical, analytical and advisory work for City of Vancouver Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems. The position maintains industrial controllers, industrial servers, industrial network equipment and peripheral devices supporting monitoring and control for Water, Sewer, Landfill and Neighbourhood Energy infrastructure.  The SCADA Technician programs, configures, troubleshoots and supports SCADA systems, including operational technology hardware and software, assists contractors and consultants with system upgrade projects and new installations, and provides technical support and troubleshooting for performance and maintenance issues.

The SCADA Technician reports to a SCADA Technical Supervisor and liaises with internal and external stakeholders related to the work, including staff in Waterworks, Sewers, Landfill and Transfer Operations, Neighbourhood Energy, Technology Services. This position also assists contractors and consultants with system upgrades and new installations.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supports the City’s SCADA infrastructure by providing technical and analytical work in installing, programming, configuring, and troubleshooting of SCADA assets and systems.
  • Provides technical guidance and expertise to Engineering Services, Project Managers and Operations, particularly in system upgrades and troubleshooting.
  • Maintains departmental SCADA system assets such as Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s), configuring Industrial servers and network equipment.
  • Assists departmental operations staff by troubleshooting and resolving SCADA technical issues, communication and system performance.
  • Maintains SCADA service requests through Hansen.
  • Assists the SCADA Supervisor in providing technical specifications for all system hardware and software, as well as reviewing design drawings and record drawings.
  • Works with consultants and contractors for system upgrades and expansion projects.
  • Coordinates information sharing with Engineering Technology Group (Engineering Strategy & Standards), Technology Services, Networking, Security and Traffic and Electrical Operations Branch regarding Operational Technology.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • Completion of Grade 12 supplemented by a Certificate or Diploma in Industrial Control Systems or electronics or Industrial Networking or related considerable field of SCADA or scale systems experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Industrial control and electrical systems used in automated scale systems and industry best practices.
  • Extensive knowledge of PLC and relay logic programming using IEC 61131-3 Programming languages primarily Ladder Logic and Function Block Diagram language.
  • Extensive knowledge of configuring Industrial networking equipment including layer 2/3 switches and firewalls.
  • Extensive knowledge of electronics, electrical, IT and personal computers and server based machines including Windows and Linux based operating systems.
  • Extensive knowledge in interfacing to SQL and proprietary databases including third party reporting software.
  • Knowledge of onsite field commissioning of upgrades, system expansion or maintenance downtime start-ups. 
  • Knowledge in reviewing and providing feedback on electrical design and network topology drawings.
  • Experience with Project Management functions including planning, scheduling, tracking and reporting.
  • Excellent oral, written communication and documentation skills.
  • Ability to resolve and troubleshoot complex scales systems and software issues in a timely manner.
  • Ability to develop, document, review and revise formal working procedures and techniques.
  • Ability to analyze the implications of proposed changes and to present proposals in non-technical language.
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work with consultants, contractors and various internal technical and non-technical departmental staff.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs for equipment moves, installation and configuration.
  • Ability to learn new technologies and stay abreast of industry innovation.
  • Ability to respond to after-hours calls in a timely manner.
  • Ability to meet driving requirements.

Where operationally appropriate and subject to change, the City of Vancouver has a Flexible Work Program. This program allows staff to work remotely 1 – 4 days a week from locations that are a daily commutable distance from their work at a City worksite.  At this time this position is eligible to be part of the Flexible Work Program.

The City’s COVID-19 vaccination policy is currently suspended and as a result, vaccination against COVID-19 is not required at this time. However, should circumstances change and the City deem it necessary to re-introduce such policy, you may be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be eligible to continue performing your duties.

Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: August 2023

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-023: $37.12 to $43.82 per hour

Application Close: July 21, 2023

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous peoples, people of colour, 2SLGBTQ+ persons including all genders and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process.Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion

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