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SCADA engineer

Fort Collins, CO, USA Req #6
Friday, April 15, 2022
Platte River Power Authority is a public power provider that has emerged as a leader in Colorado’s utility sector. Our staff works collaboratively and efficiently to safely deliver reliable, environmentally responsible and financially sustainable energy and services to our owner communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland.

We share a sense of purpose and great pride in what we do and the value we provide to our communities, our region and the energy industry. If you’re searching for a collaborative working environment within a mid-sized organization that values innovative ideas, diverse perspectives and provides opportunities to make a difference, consider joining the Platte River team.
The SCADA engineer is responsible for configuring, maintaining, and supporting Platte River’s SCADA/EMS infrastructure to ensure its reliable, safe, and secure operation.  This individual provides end-user support to power system operators, study engineers and other SCADA/EMS users. The position also maintains the SCADA/EMS systems in a compliant manner that demonstrates compliance with applicable regulatory standards.

Platte River is seeking to hire 3 individuals into this role at our headquarters location in Fort Collins, Colorado. This position will remain posted until filled.


Essential duties and responsibilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodations, the essential functions of the job.
  • Designs, configures, and maintains SCADA/EMS infrastructure in accordance with Platte River policies, regulatory standards, and industry best practices.
  • Documents operating procedures to demonstrate compliance with regulatory standards such as workflow plans, infrastructure changes, compliance assessments, testing of significant changes, system configurations, access reviews, and equipment disposal.
  • Configures SCADA/EMS to communicate with field equipment including remote terminal unit (RTUs) and meters.
  • Maintains and supports SCADA/EMS functionality including real-time databases, displays and one-lines, control sequences and scripts, and alarming.
  • Configures and supports ICCP database and data exchange with the balancing authority, reliability coordinator, market, and neighboring utilities.
  • Maintains and supports the distribution of near real-time data to internal and external customers and markets.
  • Programs, maintains, and supports the data historian infrastructure.
  • Coordinates SCADA/EMS database and display activities with the power system operations staff.

Other functions
  • Coordinates with engineering team on transmission system changes.
  • Ensures recoverability of SCADA/EMS and continuity of operations through regular system backups and regular testing of the backup control center's functionality.
  • Participates in an on-call rotation and responds to operations, security, or compliance incidents.
  • Serves as subject matters expert and participates in internal and external audits.
  • Provides system technical support to power system operations staff.
  • Directs or assists in troubleshooting efforts during recovery and incident response.
  • Demonstrates safe workplace practice.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • This position has no supervisory or lead role responsibilities.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities

The following are required:
  • Strong computer and networking skills.
  • Proficiency administrating, programming, and troubleshooting real-time SCADA/EMS or DCS systems and displays.
  • Proficiency troubleshooting SCADA/EMS software.
  • Proficiency with reading and interpreting electrical one-line drawings or the ability to gain experience within 12 months of employment.
  • Knowledge of bulk electric system concepts including equipment and units of measure or the ability to gain knowledge within 12 months of employment.
  • Knowledge of Power System Operations concepts, processes and procedures or the ability to gain knowledge within 12 months of employment.
  • Thorough understanding of NERC CIP standards or ability to gain knowledge within 12 months of employment.
  • Effective written and verbal communication and evidence documentation skills.
  • An understanding of SCADA system communications or ability to gain knowledge within 12 months of employment.
  • Ability to work with people having varying technical skill levels.
  • Ability to manage projects and time effectively to meet strict regulatory deadliness.
  • Ability to serve an on-call rotation and respond to afterhours callouts.
  • Proficiency with OSIsoft Inc PI data historian product or ability to gain proficiency within 12 months of employment.
The following are preferred:
  • Experience configuring and troubleshooting DNP3 and ICCP protocol.
  • Experience implementing NERC CIP standards and participating in audits as a subject matter expert (SME).

Qualifications

Education
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, computer engineering, engineering, or related field.
Work experience
  • 3 years of experience configuring, maintaining, and troubleshooting SCADA/EMS or equivalent digital control systems (DCS).
Licenses/certifications
  • Current valid driver’s license and ability to remain insurable under Platte River’s vehicle liability policy

Physical requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to frequently sit, stand, and walk.

The following are approximate requirements and % of time:
  • Sitting: 40%
  • Standing: 20%
  • Walking 30%
  • Lifting up to 30 lbs.: 5%
  • Travel: 5% for conferences and trainings

Work environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phone, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and other office machines and equipment.


Bi-weekly salary range for this position: $3,731 - $5,130 (placement DOQ)
(range if annualized: $96,996 - $133,368)

This position will remain posted until filled.
Platte River Power Authority offers employees an outstanding benefits package. Benefits offered for this position may include the following:
  • Health insurance options including a PPO and high deductible health savings account with prescription drug coverage 
  • Telemedicine 
  • Benefit advocacy 
  • Dental insurance 
  • Vision insurance 
  • Flexible spending plan 
  • Basic life insurance 
  • Basic accidental death and disability 
  • Dependent life and supplemental life insurance options (voluntary) 
  • Accidental death and disability insurance (voluntary) 
  • Long-term disability insurance 
  • Retirement plans 401a defined contribution plan 457b deferred compensation plan 
  • Paid holidays (12 annually) 
  • Paid time off: personal and sick leave 
  • Wellness program 
  • In-house training opportunities 
  • Tuition reimbursement Employee assistance program 
For additional information, please see our website careers page at:  https://www.prpa.org/careers/benefits/ 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. 

Platte River endeavors to make our careers site accessible to any and all users.  If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please call us at 970-229-5323 or email recruiting@prpa.org. 

Must be legally eligible to work in the United States. Platte River cannot provide employment to applicants who will require sponsorship now or in the future (i.e. H1B visa, OPT status)