Job: Instrumentation & Controls/SCADA Technician

Title Instrumentation & Controls/SCADA Technician
Employer Chatham-Kent
Application Close Date Thursday, January 24, 2019
Location Central/North/South area locations (Based at PUC Office, 325 Grand Avenue East, Chatham)
Date Posted January 4, 2019
Job Information

Career Opportunity

Municipality of Chatham-Kent

Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission (PUC)

Water & Wastewater Services

 Instrumentation & Controls/SCADA Technician (permanent full-time)

Job # PUC 18-24

Job Description:

The Instrumentation & Controls/SCADA Technician assists the Facilities & Systems Manager and the Area Managers in maintaining Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system equipment used in the operation of the water and wastewater treatment facilities and pumping stations in safe condition and good working order. This position is also responsible for modifying existing PLC/SCADA software and hardware and/or new software module development in response to administration and plant staff requests. In addition, this position is responsible to provide staff with training and technical advice with regards to the various PLC and SCADA systems. This position is also responsible for the coordination, scheduling and completion of necessary PLC and SCADA maintenance work as well as the management of a PLC and SCADA asset program.


Central/North/South area locations

(Based at PUC Office, 325 Grand Avenue East, Chatham)


Technical Professional

Position reports to:

Manager, Facilities & Systems

About Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission:

The Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) goal is to provide safe and reliable drinking water and wastewater service to the customers and communities served while maintaining environmental integrity. The PUC focus is on customer service and infrastructure improvements to meet the demands of the demographics of the service area. PUC staff is certified with the appropriate certification for each facility including: water treatment; water distribution; wastewater treatment; wastewater collection. In addition to operation and maintenance functions, the PUC also responds to petition requests, and plans for water and sewer main rehabilitation, construction, and facility upgrades and expansions.


The Community of Chatham-Kent

Situated between two beautiful, fresh water lakes, Chatham-Kent is home to a rich, colourful landscape which creates a wonderful backdrop for our unique towns and welcoming communities. You can live the dream without breaking the bank; with housing prices a fraction of those in comparative locations. For example, in 2017, an average home sold for $822,681 in Toronto, $330,037 in London and only $184,658 here in Chatham-Kent. Our large geography, great climate and abundance of natural amenities ensure that there are activities for people of all ages and interests. Internationally known for our heritage and culture, and a variety of attractions and festivals that dot the calendar year long, it is little wonder that people from both near and far choose Chatham-Kent as their place to call “home”. We invite you to join us, and experience firsthand what it means to be Living CK.

Core Values for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent






Essential responsibilities:

  • Work along Operators, Supervisors, Managers, and Compliance Staff, internal and external staff
  • Train staff on newly implemented and/or modified SCADA programs and/or systems
  • Train plant operations and maintenance staff on SCADA/PLC diagnostic tools
  • Provide project co-ordination, supervision of project implementation, contract administration and quality control as it relates to PLC/SCADA projects
  • Maintain water and wastewater process control systems and computer systems including SCADA, HMI, PLCs (PLCs, PACs, and RTUs are considered equivalent for this position)
  • Maintain an account or inventory of materials at hand, parts and materials used, and ordering replacements from suppliers
  • Plan and coordinate SCADA upgrade projects and provide budget and planning for future projects
  • Complete electronic document management system training requirements
  • Weigh risks and ramifications of all actions related to the production and supply of safe drinking water and the processing of quality wastewater effluent for release into the environment, and take appropriate action
  • Involvement with the repair and calibration of appurtenances and/or analyzers and instrumentation related to SCADA and PLC systems
  • Modify control parameters of PLCs and other controllers as necessary utilizing discrete programmers or portable personal computers for complex SCADA systems
  • Administer SCADA/PLC systems including the documentation of all changes to the basic line system and recording all SCADA data storage location and procedure for modifications
  • Perform PLC and SCADA backups on a regular basis
  • Add or remove data points within the Historian software as required by Compliance or Operations staff
  • Monitor SCADA/PLC operational performance against predetermined set points
  • Modify existing SCADA/PLC software and hardware or new software module development in response to plant staff requests
  • Prepare work orders according to established procedures, and creating detailed reports on all repairs conducted in order to create a performance history, and in accordance with health and safety requirements; developing computerized work orders and input into the preventative maintenance system
  • Review technical literature and instructions
  • Review and updating control narratives for facilities and systems
  • Coordinate SCADA Master Planning, studies and initiatives for next 5 years of control systems additions, upgrades and replacements
  • Ensure PLC/SCADA standards are adhered to in new asset creation, upgrades and modifications
  • Troubleshooting PLC/SCADA hardware and software problems
  • Operate water and wastewater facilities on an as needed basis in order to maintain certification
  • Complete required training to ensure competence and to comply with regulatory requirements
  • Coordinate the acquisition of quotes and writing reports for supplies and services according to the municipal purchasing policies
  • Develop PLC/SCADA standards for the PUC
  • Assist in the design and development of such systems by identifying systems needs, preparing contract specifications, receiving and evaluating proposals and designs, and monitoring installations
  • Monitor radio network for issues, repair and coordinate repairs with contractors and operations staff
  • Retrieve operational data as requested by Compliance Staff or Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks (MECP)
  • Work with PUC Engineering on new projects (PLC, SCADA and drawing reviews), water modelling (supplying data and plant process knowledge), as well as assisting with field data retrieval from data loggers
  • Create queries and reports for Compliance and Operations staff and work with IT staff and supplier on maintenance, user lists, upgrades, etc. within the e.RIS reporting and information application
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential Qualifications:

Ability to demonstrate Chatham-Kent’s Core Values and Competencies through a combination of education and experience: 

  • Successful completion of a community college diploma, preferably in a Mechanical, Electrical or Instrumentation & Control Technology program, or equivalent education/experience
  • Minimum of three (3) years related PLC/SCADA experience in a water/wastewater environment
  • Knowledge of related acts, guidelines, regulations and legislation and PLC/SCADA standards
  • Knowledge of Asset Management and best practices, concepts, risk management and capital project execution project business processes
  • Knowledge of water and wastewater treatment processes and process control as it relates to water system and wastewater system design, operation and maintenance, and complex hydraulic systems including pumping, valving, etc.
  • Ability to program PLCs and HMIs in an Allen Bradley control technology
  • Ability to program various HMI packages, including but not limited to Factory Talk, and RS-View
  • Ability to program, configure, setup, and work within Rockwell Historian
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and analytical and problem solving skills to resolve complex issues
  • Experience working in a unionized environment
  • Knowledge of municipal purchasing policies
  • Knowledge and experience with SCADA/PLC software and hardware
  • Demonstrated commitment to working safely.
  • Ability to react quickly and follow standard processes in emergencies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to learning and development.
  • Knowledge of standard policies, procedures and practices.
  • Solid literacy skills including ability to write clear and concise reports and maintain legible, accurate and complete records of activities.
  • Comprehensive computer skills including working knowledge in MS Office, Access, SQL, relational databases, and PLC and SCADA programs
  • All employees will be required to complete their Health & Safety and other on-line mandatory training on or before their first day of employment; other training (including Health & Safety policies) may also be required.

Other qualifications:

(note: these are qualifications that would be an asset)

  • Allen Bradley training courses would be considered an asset

Certifications, memberships, licenses:

  • The following training is an asset (will be provided upon hire otherwise):
    • Confined space entry training
    • Personal protective equipment training
    • Standard First Aid/CPR

Work Environment:

This position works both indoors and outdoors.

Hours of Work:

This position works weekday hours.

Driver’s license/vehicle requirements:

Because of the responsibilities, this position requires the successful candidate to have a valid class G (or higher) Ontario driver’s licence; a driver’s abstract will be conducted by the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. An acceptable driver’s abstract will: be an original document and current (within the previous thirty (30) days); have no more than four (4) demerit points; have no more than two (2) convictions for the same offence; have no criminal code convictions; have no ‘non-medical or administrative’ license suspension in the preceding three (3) years.

Occupational Safety Responsibilities:

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) clearly articulates worker responsibilities (reference Sections 28 of the OHSA and Safety Policy #HS-001, “Individual Responsibilities”). The following list of responsibilities is designed to identify some of the primary responsibilities. It does not provide the exhaustive list of legislated responsibilities:

Workers shall:

  • Comply with the OHSA and applicable Safety Regulations
  • Use or wear the equipment, protective devices or clothing required by the employer
  • Report any defects in any equipment or protective device of which the worker is aware and which may endanger himself, herself or another worker
  • Report any contravention of the OHSA or Regulation or the existence of any hazard of which he or she is aware to his or her supervisor
  • Not operate equipment/machinery without being given the proper instruction and authority
  • Not remove or make ineffective any protective device required by the regulations or by his or her employer, without providing an adequate temporary protective device and when the need for removing or making ineffective the protective device has ceased, the protective device shall be replaced immediately
  • Not use or operate any equipment, machine, device or thing or work in a manner that may endanger himself, herself or any other worker
  • Not engage in any prank, contest, feat of strength, unnecessary running or rough and boisterous conduct
  • Actively participate in worker safety education

Essential physical and/or safety requirements:

  • Review construction sites on an occasional basis
  • Requires physical coordination and dexterity to use hand tools, such as drills, wrenches, screwdrivers, etc.
  • Requires physical coordination and dexterity to use precision test equipment used to troubleshoot equipment and systems
  • Manual dexterity to operate computers and laboratory equipment, such as pH meters, turbidity meter, chlorine analyzers, etc.
  • Requires physical strength to manipulate, move and reposition equipment and machinery
  • Frequent exposure to loud noises from equipment
  • Work outdoors in excessive cold, hot or adverse weather conditions
  • Work with hazardous chemicals
  • Wear self-contained breathing apparatus for confined space entries or chemical spills
  • Work in areas with unpleasant odours associated with sewage treatment processes
  • Attention to detail for short periods of time when taking readings or working on process control equipment, hydraulic, electric or other systems
  • Ability to shift focus quickly in response to emergencies or other priorities in the workplace
  • Maintain focus on multiple tasks with varying priorities, deadlines and/or demands
  • Personal protective equipment as required by Health & Safety policies and procedures, include (but not limited to):
    • Green patch safety shoes
    • SCBA: persons using positive pressure or negative pressure respirators shall be clean shaven where the face-piece seals to the skin
    • Cartridge masks, dust masks and/or half masks
    • Hearing protection
    • Safety glasses
    • Faceshield
    • Hard hat
    • Gloves, gantlets
    • PPE as required by Arc Flash Program
    • Flotation device
  • Regular lifting of materials and equipment weighting 4 to 9 kg
  • Frequent standing for prolonged periods of time
  • Regular walking and climbing of stairs and ladders
  • Work in confined spaces, such as sewer pumping stations
  • Reach above shoulder level to perform operational and maintenance duties

Other physical and/or safety requirements:

  • Occasional lifting of equipment up to 34 kg


This permanent full-time position has an hourly wage of $32.93, plus health & dental benefits upon completion of a 3 month waiting period, as per the UNIFOR (PUC) collective agreement.


Candidates interested in the above position are asked to submit our application form and a resume to the email address below. Please do not include a cover letter, or copies of transcripts, licenses, certificates, etc. Please only download the application form onto a computer or laptop; it doesn’t load correctly onto a phone, tablet, or iPad. You should see boxes beside yes and no that you click in to answer the question.

What we look for in the application form and resume: Detailed information in the boxes provided under each question in the career profile application form where you have answered ‘yes’. Your resume should provide the same detailed information. In both documents, list under each employer the following: (1) the job titles (2) dates you were in each position (3) a summary of the job duties/ skills/experiences you gained in each position. The same information needs to be in both the career profile application form and the resume. Please be sure to check the box beside yes or no for each question asked in the career profile application form.


Please send attachments in a Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe (.pdf) format only. Attachments must be attached directly to your email; we are not able to download documents from an internet site.

We encourage all to apply, including women, Aboriginal people and visible minorities.

Applications must be received before 4:30 p.m., Thursday, January 24, 2019 (Eastern Standard Time):

Municipality of Chatham-Kent

Attn. Jan Richards, Recruitment Officer

Corporate Services

315 King Street West

P.O. Box 640

Chatham ON  N7M 5K8

Fax:  519.436.3237

Email address:

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fair and accessible employment practices that attract and retain talented employees. Should you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources & Organizational Development (HROD) at 519-360-1998 or Applicant information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy legislation and will be used strictly for the purpose of candidate selection. We thank all candidates in advance; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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