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SCADA Engineer

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Work type: Full-time
Location: *Avon, MN - Corporate Office/Blattner Company
Categories: Corporate Office

Education Requirements:  A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science. Prefer PE or EIT and the desire to attain PE.

Experience: Minimum of 4 years of communications and SCADA Design/Programming/Commissioning experience, and some field engineering experience preferred.

Position Summary: Designs and provides oversight to SCADA vendors and third party EOR’s in order to develop preliminary designs and Bill of Materials which will be provided to estimators for estimating projects. Aligns and works with the procurement team to ensure they have necessary design information, quantities and parameters to bid the work. Works with the construction division and third party EOR’s to ensure design has met the requirements of the project including safety, reliability, and quality. Applies engineering principals to a business model during the design and optimization process of renewable facilities such as solar and wind and integration with substations.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Performs the overall coordination and integration of technical activities in engineering projects and services related to SCADA design and optimization.  Manages, reviews, and approves project designs and technology integrations.
  2. Acts as the leading expert in SCADA design, architecture, and optimization.
  3. Builds strong working relationships and coordinates 3rd party SCADA integrators and EOR’s, design firms, equipment vendors, and on-site technicians.
  4. Ensures the designs support a safe, reliable, and quality work practice.
  5. Assures projects are designed and constructed in compliance with all applicable safety standards including NESC, NEC, NERC, FERC, and NFPA.
  6. Performs drawing reviews of third-party design packages to ensure designs meet industry and Blattner standards and best practices.
  7. Provides insight on technology and practices in the marketplace. Ensures company is seeking quality materials and vendors; and researches and ensures products have sound history, reliability, functionality, performance and warranty behind the name. Seeks cutting edge opportunities to add value to projects with application of best available technology for specific projects.
  8. Assists in obtaining proposals from SCADA integrators. Responsible for developing and maintaining specifications for estimating engineers to include in RFPs. Assists in reviewing proposals and selecting integrators for SCADA scopes.
  9. Supports commissioning lead on site team during SCADA system testing and commissioning.
  10. Works with Performance Engineers, Senior Engineer, Project Teams, Project Engineering Supervisors, Commissioning Principle and Manager of Engineering to facilitate design understanding as projects are handed over and the start of construction occurs. Inputs and promotes understanding on the intent of the design and how the design will be audited throughout. As the project ends, works with the team to ensure testing and startup of plant occurs per design standards. As the project enters the warranty period, works with the responsible PM for obtaining any information needed to process claims.
  11. Researches evolving market to develop design alternatives and value engineering to determine cost effective solutions and prepare written recommendations.
  12. Provides System Parameters Optimization, Layout Optimization, Construction Engineering Support, Design Philosophy development and communication, Start-up & Commissioning support, Plant Performance Verification, and Warranty Support.
  13. Generates initial points lists and/or reviews third party communication designs including communication block diagrams and RTU connection details.
  14. Details and reviews substation BOM’s for communication and SCADA designs.
  15. Responsible for RTU programming for communication with IEDs and external parties including HMI development, implementation, and commissioning for substations.

Additional Job Functions

  1. Participates in contract and subcontract review and provides comments.
  2. Performs in-depth project constructability assessments.
  3. Reviews implication of project changes and make recommendations.
  4. Recommends training, and when approved follows through with identifying training resources and schedules arrangements for appropriate training.
  5. Provides leadership and acts as a technical resource for electrical supervisors on assignments with unusual or difficult problems.
  6. Identifies opportunities for streamlining work and reducing waste in order to improve efficiency.
  7. Performs other duties per supervisor’s discretion.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledgeable in Software Programming and understands communication protocols, networking architecture, and design.
  • Must be knowledgeable in SCADA architecture, programming, troubleshooting and commissioning SCADA systems for generation systems.
  • Knowledge of engineering science and technology in applying principals, techniques, procedures and equipment to the design of generation services.
  • Electrical power engineering principles and familiarity with computer and analytical tools as relate to equipment sizing, load flow and power quality.
  • Results driven, cost conscience, resourceful, and makes sound decisions.
  • Self-motivated and works well with others, possesses a positive attitude, has a commitment to work safely, provides quality customer service, creates customer satisfaction and works productively.
  • Familiar with the needs of grid operator, transmission owner, and generation owner as it relates to SCADA systems
  • Full understanding of the market and new technologies which will redefine the industry.
  • Understands contract management of third-party firms.
  • Up to 50% Travel Required

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