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Control Systems Engineer
Title:Control Systems Engineer
Salary Range:$79,853 - $120,768 Annualized DOE
Application Deadline:12/02/2018
Position Status:Full-Time

Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) is a not-for-profit, community-owned water utility, overseen by elected officials and citizen appointees from Reno, Sparks and Washoe County. TMWA has a highly skilled workforce who ensure the around-the-clock treatment, delivery and availability of high-quality drinking water for more than 385,000 residents of the Truckee Meadows.

We are looking to hire an Engineer to join our Control Systems Engineering department at either the Engineer, Senior Engineer or Principal Engineer Level.


The Control Systems Engineer performs professional engineering work by designing, implementing, installing and maintaining TMWA’s industrial control system (ICS) and supervisory controls and data acquisition (SCADA) system. The Control Systems Engineer proposes new or upgraded control system technology applicable to TMWA’s core business practices of water treatment and distribution.

The Senior Controls Systems Engineer differs from Controls Systems Engineer in that incumbents at the Senior level perform more complex controls systems work. Incumbents at the senior level are recognized as having the experience, certifications and responsibility for making final technical decisions and have influence on the overall outcome of a project or task. Senior Engineers perform under general supervision and guidance.

The Principal Controls Systems Engineer differs from Senior Controls Systems Engineer in that incumbents at the Principal level perform significantly more complex controls systems work. Incumbents are recognized in the work group as having the highest authority in a group. Principal level Engineers oversee implementation of entire programs and procedures and perform under minimal supervision and guidance.

Progression from one position title, level or designation is not automatic nor guaranteed and is based on business need.


  • Works with SCADA groups to ensure the highest level of control system integrity, operational reliability, and system availability, through the use of documented and/or best practice implementation and support, use of root cause analysis of local process controls and distributed SCADA.
  • Develops, reviews and supports process control statements, PLC diagrams and documentation, control loop diagrams, system P&ID’s, process logic diagrams, asset inventories, instrumentation specifications, field facility maps, process flow diagrams, instrument specifications and data sheets (sensors, transmitters, valves, actuators, positioners, analytical instruments), automation/control system architecture drawings, network drawings and network component configurations, and procedures for installation, use, and troubleshooting of supervisory control and control system hardware and software.
  • Provides workstation, server, network and communications support by installing, configuring and maintaining hardware, operating systems, applications, cybersecurity and programming of major SCADA components.
  • Installs, configures and maintains various Process Historian software programs and supporting equipment, especially OSI Soft PI and MS SQL-based Historians, using supporting procedures and processes.
  • Installs and maintains Wonderware System Platform in a distributed SCADA environment, configures to a working state, and test and implements features on new and existing SCADA screens and processes. Builds new site/facility screens and attributes to a standard, creates fully functional remote SCADA sites, and works with Techs to end-to-end test, commission, and place into service.
  • Assists in the management of TMWA’s ICS business intelligence infrastructure, including historical data retrieval, advanced analytics, document repository, software revision control, network availability/reliability, etc.
  • Provides direction and project/task supervision for CSE analysts and peers.
  • Works with technical resources such as Database DBA, GIS Analysts, design engineers, application programmers, SCADA technicians, etc. in the design, testing, evaluation, and support of TMWA SCADA and control systems.
  • Familiar with and hands-on knowledge of PLC programming, register and tag-based design, structured PLC programming concepts, especially Rockwell and Schneider hardware and software product lines.
  • Participates in review and support of Control System Engineering Standards.




4+ years of experience in the design, implementation, and support of local control systems and supervisory control and data acquisition systems. Requires hands-on experience in the design and operation of plant control systems, field PLC/DCS programming, and SCADA design and commissioning. Requires exposure and hands-on use of computer hardware and operating systems. Understanding and application of NEC and NFPA code.

Other combinations of education/experience may be considered.

Education & Training

Bachelor of Science degree OR a current US PE license in an applicable engineering field. Other combinations of education/experience may be considered.

Must have working-level knowledge of the English language, including reading, writing and speaking English.


Conditions of Continued Employment

Nevada Professional Engineering License in Control Systems, Electrical, Mechanical, or Chemical Engineering preferred.

Must maintain a valid driver’s license and the ability to meet TMWA Dept. of Motor Vehicle report criteria.



Knowledge of:

  • The science of instrumentation and control of dynamic processes.
  • Process control principles, methods and equipment applications.
  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations as they relate to information technologies, workplace/employee safety, etc.
  • Water treatment and distribution best practices related to process control and instrumentation.

Skill/Ability to:

  • Participate and actively support on-call assignments within 6 months of hire.
  • Utilize strong analytical, organizational and planning experience.
  • Be self-motivated, able to work independently or in a team environment.
  • Apply pertinent company, industry and professional standards.
  • Effectively participate and communicate the progress of multiple projects.
  • Provide peer direction and support for TMWA’s CSEs and analysts
  • Understand and work with computer operating systems and applications, computer programming, human-computer interfaces, virtualized hardware and operating systems, WMI, data base design, data warehousing, decision support systems, etc.
  • Understand and work with data communications technologies, including wired and wireless network technology, routing, switching, firewall configuration, wire plants, radio and antenna theory, SNMP, etc., and utilize various diagnostic software programs to determine the health of network systems.
  • Troubleshoot hardware, software, operating systems, and applications, with the ability to understand and work with computer-based applications including network monitoring systems, intrusion detection systems, SCADA systems, plant control systems, data warehousing systems and the MS Office suite.
  • Utilize applicable codes like ISA, NEC, IEEE, API, to guide design and implementation decisions, and utilize industry publications and approved training to stay abreast of current technologies.
  • Apply knowledge of electrical theory and best practice as it relates to field instrumentation and control.
  • Identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Respond to requests and inquiries from the outside vendors and/or the public; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Operate a variety of computer equipment and software relative to the assigned area of responsibility.
  • Prioritize work assignments in accordance with departmental goals and timelines.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Be punctual regarding work hours established by TMWA.
  • Be Mentally and physically alert during working hours.

TMWA is an equal employment opportunity employer who develops and maintains a work environment that values the dignity of each individual, utilizes human resources to their fullest potential and ensures a high quality workforce which reflects the diversity of the community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

All decisions affecting any terms and conditions of employment, including recruitment, hiring, assignment, training, compensation, promotion, salary, disciplinary action and an employee’s caregiving responsibilities, will be made without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, membership in an employee association, or any other protected status or category.


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