Control Systems Technician – Comox Valley Regional District

16 June 2023

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Control Systems Technician

Permanent Full-time (35 hours per week)
Are you naturally collaborative, service-oriented and community-focused? Do you want to make a difference in your community and be part of an organization that has a direct impact on the quality of life of residents in the Comox Valley? At the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) we are committed to fostering a respectful, inclusive, equitable and diverse workplace which is representative of the community we serve. Our core values-collaboration, service, accountability and sustainability help guide us in everything we do. If you share our commitment and values, please consider applying with us.
In addition to the Comox Valley being an attractive geographic location to live and play, rich in rural agriculture, vibrant urban development, meandering coastline and dramatic mountains, working at the CVRD provides work/life balance through flexible work options (including remote work up to three Control Systems Technician days per week for eligible positions), competitive salary and wages, employer-paid benefits package, and defined-benefit municipal pension plan.  At the CVRD we value continual learning and growth and support employees’ development through technical, professional, and leadership training.
Working with the CVRD is a plus for everyone. To learn more, visit our website at
We are accepting applications for a permanent full-time Control Systems Technician to join our team. Reporting to the Manager of IT Infrastructure and Operations, the primary responsibilities of this role include:

  • Day-to-day operation of the SCADA system;
  • Maintaining control of data acquisition, databases and master system configuration, adding and modifying points and peripherals;
  • Performing system maintenance, including database, on-site point to point testing and troubleshooting;
  • Assisting with designing and commissioning new sites, maintaining programmable logic controllers (PLC), human machine interfaces (HMI) and electronic equipment including, variable-frequency drives;
  • Maintaining and troubleshooting communication systems, including microwave, virtual private network and fiber optic connections;
  • Participating in the implementation of advanced software applications and automatic control strategies.
  • Maintaining a historical database, completing service requests for data and developing application reports;
  • Creating new HMI displays with input and suggestions from operations, modifying existing displays and maintaining system and graphic display standards ensuring alignment with goals and objectives for departments utilizing the system;
  • Assisting with the development and conducting testing criteria on system integration for new and/or modified procedures to ensure program accuracy and effectiveness;
  • Providing on-site training for operations and other users on a timely and predictable basis;
  • Conducting research to keep up-to-date with new technology and systems;
  • Working after-hours in the event of equipment breakdown or emergencies.

Our ideal candidate is:

  • Motivated with the ability to plan, prioritize, and meet deadlines under pressure;
  • Quick thinking and skilled in diagnosing/troubleshooting network and equipment problems;
  • A strong communicator capable of explaining technical concepts/information to users of various ability levels;
  • Detail oriented with the ability to keep accurate and complete records;
  • Educated in computer science, electrical engineering or another related field at the post-secondary level (Bachelor’s Degree) with over two up to three years of experience in real-time systems operations in a plant process or manufacturing environment including system design, modification and analysis. A two-year technology diploma in a related discipline with relevant  experience may be considered.
  • Eligible for registration as an Applied Science Technologist (AScT) with the ASTTBC or a related professional designation;
  • Proficient in developing, installing, maintaining, and testing controls, electronic communication systems and components, radio transmitters and receivers, SCADA and historical database systems;
  • Current in programming and commissioning of Allen-Bradley PLCs, including SLC and Logix platforms;
  • Familiar with Rockwell, Factory Talk and OSISoft PI software;
  • Able to develop, install, maintain, and test controls, electronic communication systems and components, radio transmitters and receivers, SCADA and historical database systems;
  • Experienced in application and programming of TCP/IP protocol for enterprise level networks;
  • Well-versed in relevant computer operating systems and industrial software applications related to remote monitoring, control and communication systems;
  • Experienced in instrumentation and electrical systems;
  • An advanced user of Microsoft Office Suite including reasonable typing skills to effectively complete required work;
  • Flexible in working after hours when required in the event of equipment breakdown or emergencies (WorkSafeBC approved tower climbing training course preferred);
  • Previous local government experience and knowledge of water treatment and distribution as well as waste water treatment and collection is an asset. Experience with ethernet and wireless networks would be an asset

A valid BC Class 5 driver’s license is required for this role. Successful candidates will be required to consent to a Canadian Criminal Record.
This is a CUPE Local 556 with a current wage rate of $40.29 per hour.
To review the complete job description and to apply go to
The CVRD respectfully acknowledges the land on which it operates is on the unceded traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation, the traditional keepers of this land.
The CVRD is committed to providing a safe, respectful and inclusive work environment. We celebrate diversity and welcome applications from all qualified candidates.