Manager, Process Control Systems - (13-PE

The Authority is seeking a highly motivated Manager, Process Control Systems.

The Manager, Process Control Systems is responsible for managing the Process Control Systems (PCS) support and maintenance for the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant; including hardware, software and all required updates and upgrades; develops and implements policies, procedures, and methods to optimize control system performance. Stays abreast of state-of-art engineering technology and industry practices; conducts process studies and evaluates new products, processes, and techniques used in wastewater treatment processes; develops feasibility proposals.

Essential Functions

  • Process Control System Administrator who maintains the plant wide process control system in its entirety including databases, security, and associated devices to achieve a stipulated uptime, functionality, and process goals.
  • Serves as Control System Security Officer, which includes overseeing related devices, developing security policies and ensuring compliance, and maintaining responsibility for upgrades.
  • Takes the lead role for DC Water on new project controls integration into existing process Control System. Reviews and interprets design drawings, plans, and specifications for impact of proposed changes on existing facilities, and the impact of construction of new wastewater facilities on the control system; evaluates control systems designs for functionality, cost-effectiveness, efficiency, and compliance with industry practices; performs detailed analysis to identify inadequacies, ambiguities, errors, and potential problems.
  • Coordinates review of shop drawings and construction activities related to control system interfaces. Responsible for integrating the PCS controls of new projects into the current control system.
  • Identifies type and scope of work and develops work specifications; interfaces with vendors, contractors and consultants to direct, coordinate, inspect and accept work; identifies and resolves problems associated with contract work; recommends modifications to contract scope of work and/or enforcement of contract language.
  • Provides engineering support and guidance in troubleshooting control system problems as needed to ensure that process, systems, and/or facility modifications enhance operation of facility.
  • Analyzes alarms and other reports, including process efficiency data; identifies causes of non-routine events; recommends process control strategies and adjustments to process variables. Monitors process control maintenance and recommends changes as required.
  • Writes regular and special technical reports; consults with management to develop long-range plans and budgets; tracks expenditures to ensure compliance with budget constraints.
  • Establishes, demonstrates and enforces high standards for safety, quality of work performed, and productivity; inspects work quality and impartially evaluates subordinates in regard to these criteria, reinforces appropriate behaviors, and recommends disciplinary actions in accordance with DC Water
  • ’s policies and procedures. Reports all hazards to the appropriate supervisor to ensure that safety and environmental hazards are corrected.

  • Performs other related duties and projects as assigned at the discretion of the Director, Process Engineering.
  • Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor
  • ’s degree in Electrical, Control Engineering, or related field from an accredited college or university and nine (9) years of progressive experience related to wastewater treatment processes and with commissioning a minimum of five (5) plants with Distributed Control Systems, inclusive of five (5) years of supervisory experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. A Master’s degree in Electrical or Control Engineering is preferred.

    Other Requirements

  • Expertise in installation, commissioning, and troubleshooting Foundation Fieldbus, SCADA Servers, Serial Link Controllers, Modbus and Allen Bradley 3rd Party Controllers for an Emerson Ovation system or other equivalent Distributed Control Systems.
  • Knowledge of DC Water
  • ’s policies, procedures, codes, and general plant practices, including knowledge of occupational hazards and the necessity for adherence to safety precautions. Knowledge of applicable regulations, such as EPA and OSHA requirements.

  • Extensive process knowledge, of Emerson and/or other installed control systems including hardware and software and have the ability to recommend and implement strategies to enhance reliability, quality, productivity, and cost-effectiveness of the control system. Knowledge of the science behind the control system and ability to apply knowledge in routine and non-routine situations.
  • Mastery of advanced concepts, principles, and practices of control engineering and ability to apply them on a practical level, including but not limited to process control and developing controls for new systems, graphics, and training skills.
  • Excellent human relations and communication skills, including listening, reading, oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent leadership and supervisory skills, including delegation skills.
  • Utilizes a personal computer and maintains a working knowledge of applicable software programs (i.e. word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, database, etc.).
  • 1. Although most work is performed under general office conditions, this position is subject to the following in the course of evaluating unit processes, construction and modifications within the facility:
    a. Indoor and/or outdoor environmental conditions that include exposure to extreme cold and hot temperatures.
    b. Atmospheric conditions that affect the respiratory system or skin such as fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gasses, or poor ventilation that requires the use of appropriate personal protective equipment to mitigate these conditions.
    c. Exposure to a variety of hazards such as high voltage, noise, chemicals, oils and other solvents, bacteria, pathogens and toxic substances.
    2. Varies with task assignments and location.

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