SCADA Technician

WaterOne - Kansas City, KS (30+ days ago)4.4


WaterOne is an independent public water utility. We’ve been proudly serving the Johnson County, Kansas area since 1957. Every day, nearly 425,000 customers rely on WaterOne to provide fresh, clean water on demand. It’s a responsibility we deliver on.

Our passion is water because water touches everything we care about: family, health, safety, and community. We serve our community by bringing award-winning water to their homes, businesses, and public places.

Job Summary/Objective

The purpose of this position is to develop, deploy and maintain automation and controls systems involving HMI (human machine interface), SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) and PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) systems, along with ensuring proper interface and operation of sensors and electronic equipment associated with the SCADA system within WaterOne.

Customer Service Commitment

WaterOne employees shall continuously strive to meet or exceed the expectations of both their internal and external customers. Questions and concerns shall be acknowledged on the same day whenever possible, but no later than the next business day. Issues shall be resolved as promptly as possible, with the goal of maximizing customer satisfaction.

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Create and edit programmable logic code within the PLCs and SCADA system to control or automate complex treatment and distribution processes.
  • Create and edit workstation or remote HMI screens for monitoring and controlling treatment and distribution processes.
  • Coordinate with Operations, I.T., Engineering, Maintenance and Distribution departments, as well as SCADA vendors to meet SCADA needs.
  • Responsible for troubleshooting operations and distribution problems related to SCADA processes.
  • Responsible for reading and interpreting electrical and electronic schematics for the purpose of design, installation or troubleshooting.
  • Responsible for researching industry trends and recommending the need for additions, changes or upgrades that may be necessary to keep the system up to date.
  • Responsible for testing all logic and graphics changes before deployment.
  • Maintain accurate and legible logs, records or files in accordance with WaterOne policy and procedures and governing laws and regulations.

Other Duties

  • Responsible for documentation of all processes and changes related to the SCADA system.
  • Perform all duties pertaining to hazardous waste operations in accordance with all applicable requirements.
  • Subject to being on-call 24 hours.
  • Performs other job duties as assigned.

Position Competencies

These key competencies are expected to be demonstrated by each employee in this position:

  • Analysis/Reasoning – Examines data to grasp issues, draw conclusions, and solve problems.
  • Problem Solving – Resolves difficult or complication challenges.
  • Creative and Innovative Thinking – Develops fresh ideas that provide solutions to all types of workplace challenges.
  • Flexibility – Ability to adapt to changes while keeping focus on goals and apply knowledge to new circumstances.

Required Education, Skills & Experience

  • High school graduate or GED required; graduation from an accredited college, vocational technical or trade school, with training in electronics or information technology preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 years working with SCADA or other Process Control Systems preferred.
  • Knowledge of SCADA principles including; I/O, scaling, alarming, archiving, scripting, Boolean logic and graphics design.
  • Knowledge of PLC principles including; ladder logic, function block, structured text and PID controls.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Operating System and the Microsoft Office suite including; Word, Access and Excel.
  • Knowledge of Linux operating systems, Visual Basic and Microsoft SQL Server Requires basic knowledge of data communications protocols including; TCP/IP, MODBUS TCP/IP, Control NET, Device NET and Ethernet.
  • Experience with the following International Society of Automation (ISA) standards is preferred:
  • ISA 5.1 - Instrumentation Symbols and Identification
  • ISA 18 - Management of Alarm Systems for Process Industries
  • ISA 95 - Enterprise Control System Integration
  • ISA 99 - Security Technologies for IACS
  • ISA 101 - Human-Machine Interface
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to respond to call-out for emergencies.
  • Valid driver's license and have a good driving record.
  • Pass post offer medical exam, including drug screen and background verification (may not apply to current employees).

Preferred Education, Skills & Experience

  • Good communication, both orally and in writing.
  • Use caution when working in hazardous areas.
  • Ability to distinguish colors.
  • Ability to learn and apply applicable requirements pertaining to hazardous waste operations.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, talk, hear, and walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee may occasionally lift/or move up to 70 pounds, regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The employee is required to apply a “buddy system” for products weighing more than 70 lbs. Employee must be able to work at varying heights, typically 5 feet to 15 feet above the floor. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee could be exposed to outdoor weather conditions, fumes, toxic chemicals and heat. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Protective equipment, including but not limited to personal protective equipment for eyes, face, head and extremities, protective clothing, respiratory devices, and protective shields and barriers, may be required and shall be maintained in the sanitary and reliable condition wherever it is necessary by reason of hazards of process or environment, chemical hazards, or mechanical hazard encountered in a manner capable of causing injury or impairment in the function of any part of the body through absorption, inhalation or physical contact.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $30.37 to $46.01 /hour


  • SCADA or other Process Control Systems: 2 years


  • High school or equivalent

Required work authorization:

  • United States