SCADA Systems Specialist

City of Scottsdale | Scottsdale, AZ

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Posted Date 1/03/2020

SCADA Systems Specialist 
Water Resources


$29.20 - $42.47 Hourly




STATUS: Full-Time Regular


FLSA: Non-exempt position, eligible for overtime compensation.


OPENING DATE: 01/03/20


CLOSING DATE: 01/30/20 11:59 PM



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: 
Provides high level technical support of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, hardware, software, and data communication works. Develops control system programming using International Electric Code (IEC) standard programming languages for industrial automation (IEC 61131-3).

Selection Process:
Applicants whose education, training and experience most closely meet the needs of this position may be invited to participate in a selection process to include oral board interview and skills assessment. Final selection is contingent upon a background check which includes: 

  • 39-Month Motor Vehicle Record Check
  • Fingerprinting
  • Criminal background screening
  • Drug Screen
  • Pre-Employment Physical, to Include a Visual Ishihara Screening Test



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



Education and Experience:

  • An Associate's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Process Control Systems, or a related field from an accredited educational institution.
  • Five years' experience in industrial control systems or information technology.
  • An equivalent combination of education and job-related experience may substitute for the educational requirements on a year-for-year basis.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Scottsdale SCADA Systems Apprentice Program will meet the required years of experience for the SCADA Systems Specialist.
  • Preferred:  Experience programming and maintaining Emerson control systems, and 2-way radio, Ethernet/IP and/or fiber optic data communications systems.

Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements:

  • 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.
  • Must obtain within six months of hire or promotion, and maintain one Grade 1 certification from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) within the discipline of Water Treatment or Water Distribution or Wastewater Treatment or Wastewater Collections.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of:

  • Understanding of the principles, practical application, and use of industrial automation and process control equipment, including programmable logic controllers (PLC)s, electrical controls, circuit boards, instrumentation equipment, electronic metering devices, and computer process control equipment.
  • Familiarity with the principles and use of computer network systems, including network security, programming, administrative applications, software, and hardware such as: processors, terminals, servers, switches, routers, firewalls, and wiring.
  • Familiarity and use of International Electric Code (IEC) standard programming languages for industrial automation (IEC 61131-3).
  • Familiarity with principles and use of data communication systems, including fiber optics, digital communications, Ethernet/IP, licensed radio transmitters, receivers, and antennae.
  • Analog and digital control systems and devices.
  • Analog and digital electronic theory, terminology, and application.
  • Functions and mechanics of electrical motors, centrifugal and deep well turbine pumps and water transmission systems.
  • Microsoft Server and Microsoft Windows operating system software and administration tools.
  • Microsoft Office software programs.
  • Emerson Open Enterprise operating system software and administration tools.
  • Emerson Control Wave Designer software programs.
  • Hazards, precautionary methods, and safety practices of the water/wastewater utility trade, such as chlorine gas, hydrogen sulfide, raw sewage, pressurized equipment, low, medium and high voltage.
  • Hazards and precautionary methods, voltage and arc flash hazards, and safety electrical procedures as outlined in NFPA 70e.

Ability to:

  • Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair sophisticated industrial control systems, remote telemetry units, radio data communication systems, and/or data management systems.
  • Utilize programming languages to develop, troubleshoot, and revise the software applications to meet the specific operational and business needs of the Division.
  • Describe in detail each of the steps needed in the solution of complex problems and arrange those steps in a logical sequence.
  • Make oral and written presentations of systems analysis and design considerations in a clear, concise, and non-technical manner using proper sentence construction and grammar.
  • Manipulate and create data tables to troubleshoot problems or enhance data information.
  • Use sophisticated test equipment (e.g. multi-meters, oscilloscopes, watt meters, spectrum analyzer, and service monitor).
  • Prioritize schedule and work tasks and complete work within specified time periods and deadlines.
  • Make mathematical calculations and draw logical conclusions.
  • Resolve complex problems through thoughtful and thorough analysis.
  • Listen, communicate and work effectively with a diverse group of people.
  • Observe, review and check the work of staff members to ensure conformance to standards.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors and the general public.
  • Make independent actions or decisions on technical issues.
  • Complete required Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety training.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Provides daily administration and maintenance of the Division's large, complex, and unique Supervisor Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.
  • 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, and 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, or train users of the system.
  • 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 data communications systems support to Division personnel.
  • Oversees and participates in the installation, configuration, troubleshooting and repair of the SCADA and data communication systems.
  • 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 data communication network interconnecting Division facilities throughout the city, while monitoring, adjusting and repairing equipment as necessary to maintain compliance with FCC regulations.
  • Provides on-call support during non-business hours including evenings, weekends and holidays to troubleshoot and resolve utility automated operational control and data communication technology systems.



  • Climb ladders or steps to reach work areas.
  • Work at heights greater than ten feet.
  • Exposure to dust, noise, inclement weather, temperature extremes and unpleasant odors.
  • Lift arms above shoulder level to work in various areas.
  • 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.
  • Perceive the full range of the color spectrum.
  • Operate a motor vehicle to travel to/from various City locations.
  • Work 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.



9191 E. San Salvador Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 312-2491

Position #FY1920-00338


SCADA Systems Specialist - Water Resources Supplemental Questionnaire





Do you possess a valid, unrestricted Arizona driver's license with no major citations within the past 39 months prior to the start date?


 Yes     No




Do you have an Associate's degree (or higher) in Computer Science, Information Technology, Process Control Systems, or a related field from an accredited institution? NOTE: If you answered yes to this question, you must include this education in the "Education" section of your application.


 Yes     No




Do you possess current Grade 1 (or higher) certifications from ADEQ in Water Treatment, Water Distribution, Wastewater Treatment or Wastewater Collections? NOTE: If you answered yes to this question, you must include the certifications in the "Certifications and Licenses" section of your application, to include the expiration date(s).


 Yes     No




Do you have experience programming and maintaining Emerson Control Wave PLCs? NOTE: If you answered yes to this question, you must include this experience in the "Work Experience" section of your application.


 Yes     No




Do you have at least five years' experience in industrial control systems or information technology? NOTE: If you answered yes to this question, you must include this experience in the "Work Experience" section of your application.


 Yes     No




State the number of years experience you have in industrial control systems or information technology and briefly describe your experience.




Briefly describe your experience programming industrial control systems. NOTE: If you don't have this experience, write "None."




Briefly describe your experience configuring and maintaining data communication systems such as radio or Ethernet networks. NOTE: If you don't have this experience, write "None."


* Required Question



Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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