Distributed Control Systems Engineer 2

Edison International Redlands, CA

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Position overview:

This position is responsible for providing support & maintenance to the Distributed Control Systems (DCS) deployed at one or more areas of power generation. With occasional guidance from senior engineers, the DCS Engineer 2 conducts routine maintenance activities including minor to moderate changes to system logic, patching, and configuration changes. On the support side, the DCS Engineer 2 works on resolving minor to moderate system incidents and events. The position also acts as a backup system administrator for the DCS system.

A DCS allows a clear and concise real-time view of plant operations – including diagnostics, trends, alarms and status – to be displayed at remote workstations typically located at each of the powerhouses for site operator use, and at the Control Center for 24-hour control of the entire system from a single, central location. A typical system consists of several application and database servers as well as networking equipment, controllers / Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Remote Intelligent Gateways (RIGs), a Historian server, and in some cases, an Enterprise Data Server (EDS).

Typical Responsibilities:

* Responsible for ongoing maintenance of the Distributed Control System Maintenance of the system includes routine vendor-recommended maintenance activities, assessment and patching of the control system devices, minor to moderate enhancements/modifications, and system administration functions. Works with other teams, vendors, and clients as needed to conduct both routine and as needed maintenance tasks with low to moderate complexity.

* Responsible for monitoring and providing technical support for the DCS system which typically requires 24/7 uptime operation. This support includes the equivalent of tier 2 support: Reviewing the problem description against a known set of common problems or conducting basic troubleshooting to resolve low to moderate complexity issues. Troubleshooting often requires basic knowledge of software, hardware, plant systems, and telecom/networking to resolve. This requires working with and assisting operations personnel with troubleshooting end-to-end from control system to plant equipment. Follows an established set of instructions to resolve the issue or develops a solution based on experience and consultation with senior engineers or the vendor.

* Understands and follows all NERC CIP and SCE Cybersecurity processes / procedures to ensure compliance with applicable policies. Updates internal processes and procedures to optimize efficiency and effectiveness or to meet changes to the policies.

* Provides basic project support activities, such as: completing request forms, updating project status, tracking project hours, coordinating meetings, and providing deadline reminders to team members. Provides technical project management for small, well-defined projects.

* Capable of gathering and documenting functional requirements for specific components and subsystems. Able to differentiate between functional enhancements and defects. Identifies areas where requirements require further elaboration.

* Development and/or testing of minor to medium logic (software code) changes to the DCS controllers or Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) to support enhancements or defect resolution in the system. These changes would typically be performed with occasional guidance of a senior DCS engineer or the vendor.

Minimum qualifications

* Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or scientific/technical field

* 5 years of engineering experience

* 2 years of experience in DCS/SCADA/Process Control Systems

* Valid Driver's License

Desired qualifications

* Professional Engineering (PE) License

* Supervisory or leadership experience.

* Experience maintaining Utility DCS and SCADA Systems for generation plants or Process Control systems.

* Experience with Emerson Ovation, Rockwell Automation and/or GE Proficiency control systems.

* Experience with Emerson OSC, Industrial Defender, and other control systems security offerings.

* Familiarity with emissions monitoring systems and AQMD requirements.

* Knowledge or experience of NERC/CIP, NERC reliability requirements, and WEEC standards.

* Fundamental understanding of fiber transport and microwave/wireless technologies.

* PLC programming experience (Allen-Bradley, GE, Opto-22,Rockwell Automation)

* Networking knowledge including TCP/IP, routing, switching, 900mHz Ethernet radios. Control system communications protocol knowledge including ModBus, DNP3, ICCP.

* Strong interpersonal skills and ethics, the ability to effectively manage stress and engage in continuous learning

* Must demonstrate effective results delivery, team work, and the ability to stay current with relevant technology and innovation.

* Demonstrated knowledge and skills in Instrumentation and Control technologies

* Position requires knowledge of maintenance practices, regulatory requirements and operational conditions and constraints

* Must have good analytical skills to troubleshoot problems related to real-time systems and perform root cause analysis.

* Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills, and be customer focused to understand and appropriately respond to clients' business needs.

* Must have the ability to continuously learn, improve, and adapt technical skills, knowledge, and performance.

* Ability to follow Edison safety protocols and safe work practices.

* Computer skills (MS Office, MS Windows 7, Visio)


* Candidates for this position must be legally authorized to work directly as employees for any employer in the United States without visa sponsorship.

* This position has been identified as a NERC/CIP impacted position - Prior to being hired, the successful candidate must pass a Personnel Risk Assessment (PRA) or Background Investigation. Once hired, the candidate must complete specified training prior to gaining un-escorted access to assigned work location and performing necessary job duties.

Southern California Edison, an Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, serves a population of nearly 14 million via 5 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California. Join the utility leader that is safely delivering reliable, affordable electricity to our customers for over 125 years.

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