Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.


$32.68-$40.85 per hour.


Final filing deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017 at 3:00 PM

A current DMV printout is required with all applications. Must pass pre-placement physical and drug screen.


Reports to the Telemetry Systems Supervisor. Under direction of the Telemetry Systems Supervisor, this position is responsible for the configuration, design, maintenance, monitoring, support, and documentation for all aspects of the District’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems, as well as assistive support for the Information Technology department under the direction of the Systems Administrator.

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Design, develop, implement, modify, install, and maintain hardware, software, electrical and electronic apparatuses, and communication components of the department's computer-based SCADA systems.
  2. Create complex and detailed applications, scripts, and other programming functions for various SCADA, automation, and other database projects.
  3. Work with software vendors to develop unique and specific applications to support the complex needs of the District.
  4. Administer and create complex programs for integrating SCADA and other systems with connected computer systems (external and internal to the SCADA network); utilizing standard protocols and computer language to create these interfaces.
  5. Participate in troubleshooting and repairing instrumentation systems and associated equipment.
  6. Document and record all programming, testing, and updates performed.
  7. Design, develop, and write programs for new automation enhancements to existing PLCs, computers, configurations, and applications to facilitate operational requirements of the District.
  8. Design, implement, and test system disaster recovery strategies and procedures intended to assure “mission critical” system components of SCADA remain operational at all times.
  9. Work with the Information Technology department in managing vendor licensing and support contract issues related to SCADA and its associated computer operating systems.
  10. Assist in developing plans for future expansions and enhancements concerning automation and data communication.
  11. Work with the Information Technology department in administering data backup and archiving procedures for real-time SCADA generated data.
  12. Assist the Information Technology department as needed with issues related, but not limited to, hardware, software, technical support, and communications.
  13. Respond to emergency situations involving SCADA or Information Technology during off hours as required.
  14. Performs related duties as required.

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

    Knowledge of:
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, including Invensys Wonderware, and Inductive Automation Ignition.
  • Windows operating systems, programming and application software.
  • Standard programming languages and protocols, such as Java, C, Perl, Visual Basic, and SQL.
  • Advanced level SCADA theory.
  • Advanced level PLC programming theory.
  • Data radio systems, wireless network repeaters, Ethernet and serial wireless data radio/modems.
    Ability to:
  • Read and understand blueprints and schematic diagrams.
  • Maintain accurate documentation of the SCADA systems.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Work independently.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


At least an Associate Degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, or Instrumentation and Control Systems or related science.


Six (6) years experience in SCADA systems design, installation, maintenance, and/or repair including at least one (1) year of experience in PLC programming; and two (2) years of experience in information technology or related field.

License or Certificate:

Possession of an appropriate California operator’s license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles. A good driving record of at least two (2) years duration, as evidenced by freedom from multiple or serious traffic violations or accidents. Possession of and continuance of a driving record that does not cause adverse effect on the District's automobile insurance rates is required.

The conditions herein 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 job functions.

Environment: Work is performed in an indoor and outdoor environment with travel from site to site; exposure to all types of weather and temperature conditions, confined spaces, noise, and dust; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain; may be required to work weekends, nights, or unusual shifts, and be available for emergency callback duty.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office and field setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate to heavy amounts of weight; to climb ladders, stairs, ramps; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

All persons selected for appointment for a permanent position must pass a medical examination paid for by the District. This medical examination will evaluate the applicant's ability to meet the physical and health status requirements for this classification as stipulated in the District's medical standards. The examination also includes a chemical screening.

This job description has been prepared to define typical duties that an employee is expected to perform in this classification. They are not intended to limit the work which may be performed since other tasks may be assigned that are similar in nature. Further, specific duties may be changed or deleted from time-to-time as deemed necessary or prudent by the general manager.