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SCADA Systems Apprentice - Scottsdale, AZ (ID: 320327)

Title SCADA Systems Apprentice
Type Water and Wastewater
Date Posted 2019-01-08
City / Organization Scottsdale, AZ
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Located in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale, Arizona is bordered by Phoenix to the west and the McDowell Mountains on the east. Scottsdale is annually rated among the nation's most desirable communities to live in, visit and do business in. Check out more about Scottsdale.
About The Position
This position provides entry level technical support of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system network, hardware, software, and communication systems in Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment, Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection.

**This position has been posted with Preferred experience, based on the needs of the City, those whose qualifications meet the Preferred requirements will be given first review.** 

Selection Process:

Those who meet the minimum qualifications for this position may be invited to an mandatory informational orientation session. More information about the session will be provided to those who meet the minimum qualifications at a later date.

Applicants whose education, training and experience most closely meets the needs of the position will invited to participate in the selection process, to include a panel interview.

The successful candidate will receive a post-offer, pre-employment background screening, to include: 

  • Fingerprinting
  • Criminal background screening
  • Motor Vehicle Department records check
  • Drug Screen

The City of Scottsdale reserves the right to change this process at any time.


Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • Two years of college level coursework in Computer Science, Information Technology, Process Control Systems, or a related field from an accredited educational institution; and,
  • Two years' experience in industrial control systems, information technology or radio communications systems.
  • An equivalent combination of education and job related experience may substitute for the educational requirements on a year for year basis.
  • Preferred Experience: Preference will be given to those candidates having identifiable experience in one or more of the following areas: programming, scripting, instrumentation and control system hardware, systems integration, process automation technology, application development, or graphical user interface development.

Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements:
The Scottsdale Water Resources Division offers an Operator Certification Incentive Program for those employees who obtain certifications above what is required of their positions. The department recognizes the intrinsic value of operator certifications and the added value to the city of having a workforce that possess them.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted Arizona driver's license with no major citations within the past 39 months prior to the start date.
  • This position requires satisfactory results of a pre-employment drug screen and background investigation.

Must meet all of the following conditions within 36 months from date of hire as written within an approved performance plan:

  • Complete all control systems training.
  • Complete CPR/AED training.
  • Complete all necessary safety training.
  • Complete 4,000 hours of on the job contact training.
  • Must maintain performance level achieving all performance expectations as outlined to remain within the Apprenticeship Program and be eligible for assignment to the position of SCADA Specialist.
  • Must obtain Grade I certification from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) in Water or Wastewater.

Other pertinent licenses and/or certifications may be required of some positions depending on department/section assignment.


Essential Functions


  • Provides daily administration and maintenance of the Division's large, complex, and unique Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.
  • Develops control system programming using International Electric Code (IEC) standard programming languages for industrial automation (IEC 61131-3).
  • Designs, develops, programs, and modifies Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) and other SCADA system graphical user interfaces.
  • Evaluates and analyzes functional area related processes, procedures, and workflow to determine the feasibility of different technology options and solutions to meet requirements.
  • Researches, develops, tests, evaluates, and installs, new control system programming code.
  • Provides support required for all functional area related applications, including working with users and vendors to enhance or upgrade SCADA systems.
  • Resolves SCADA system operational problems for users in the Division.
  • Develops procedures manual and related forms to ensure smooth SCADA system operations.
  • Provides technical expertise in control system programming, SCADA network administration, database management, and/or radio/communications systems support to Division personnel.
  • Participates in the installation, configuration, troubleshooting and repair of the telemetry system.
  • Installs, configures, maintains, and supports SCADA network operating systems, servers, and application software.
  • Installs, programs, upgrades, maintains, and repairs Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and Remote Telemetry Units (RTU).
  • Assists users in problem analysis and provides advice leading to improved productivity and better integration of technology into utility system operations.
  • Troubleshoot utility operational problems, and improve and enhance process control system automation in order to effectively monitor, evaluate, and adjust utility operations.
  • Participates in planning of work to be performed by a team of skilled technicians, including preventive maintenance tasks, control system enhancements, new equipment installations and emergency repairs.
  • Participates in the development of specifications, standardization, and planning of industrial control systems to meet current and future needs of the City's water and wastewater utility.
  • Provides daily administration and maintenance of the SCADA radio network interconnecting Division facilities throughout the City, while monitoring, adjusting and repairing equipment as necessary to maintain compliance with FCC regulations.
  • Installs, configures, and maintains SCADA network communications systems in accordance with FCC regulations, and utilizing appropriate communications protocols. This includes, but is not limited to, two-way radio, TCP/IP, Ethernet, fiber optic, serial 485/232, Modbus, and/or Foundation Fieldbus data transmission systems.
  • Assists in prioritization, submission, and implementation of requests for service for the division.
  • Maintains an optimum level of telemetry and radio communications equipment to ensure adequate and resilient SCADA system operations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Work Environment/Physical Demands


  • Work at heights greater than ten feet.
  • Remain in a standing position for extended periods of time.
  • Exposure to dust, noise, inclement weather, temperature extremes and unpleasant odors.
  • Work in small, cramped areas such as ceiling crawl spaces, equipment enclosures and closets.
  • Travel across rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; climbing elevations.
  • Lift and carry materials weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Operate a motor vehicle to travel to/from various City locations.
  • Works rotating weekend shifts, holidays and a call-out schedule.

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EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:  It is the policy of the city to provide employment opportunities to all persons based solely on ability, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

When advised, reasonable accommodations will be made in order for an "otherwise qualified applicant" with a disability to participate in any phase of the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources to request an accommodation.  Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting HR Receptionist at (480) 312-2491. Requests should be made 24 hours in advance or as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. For TTY users, the Arizona Relay Service (1-800-367-8939) may contact HR Receptionist at (480) 312-2491.

This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.


Job Post Expiration Date   February 3, 2019

    All jobs posted are considered open until filled and may close at anytime except as stated in the Job Description. .