Process Control Instrumentation Specialist Tech. (Bargaining Unit) 6/5/2020
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Menlo Park, CA
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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory s Facilities & Operations Division is a service organization committed to the support and success of the Laboratory's Scientific Mission by providing safe and responsive engineering, construction, operations and maintenance of equipment, buildings and infrastructure.
The Instrumentation & Controls team within the Facilities & Operations Division is seeking a Process Control Instrumentation Specialist to join our team. This is a "journeymen" level position with a high degree of knowledge of instrumentation, controls including PLC logic troubleshooting and programming. Members of this team are tasked with the upkeep of the Labs industrial control system pneumatic and electronic distributed instrumentation and control systems i.e. hydraulic, mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, and electronic. We design, install, modify, and maintain these Industrial/Utilities control systems. We control and monitor these systems with Ignition SCADA by Inductive Automation from the centralized Facilities Control Center operated and managed by the I&C department. Under general supervision this position performs highly skilled work on the full range of systems and equipment. In addition to performing Process Control Instrumentation Specialist duties, this position expected to work on responsibilities outlined at the Process Control Instrumentation technician level.
Your specific responsibilities include:
* Design, install, maintain, troubleshoot, repair and calibrate complete systems and components including programmable logic controllers (PLC), computers, communications networks, and software setup, maintain and organize.
* Work with engineers and other groups on the design, re-design, installation, modification, and performance of new systems.
* Perform preventive maintenance and functional analysis of all these systems, including the ability to work with the software.
* Install, configure and use software to complete instrumentation tasks, write PLC ladder logic and/or function block programming to meet technical specifications, and document ladder logic clearly and accurately starts up, certifies and commissions new instrumentation systems; documents startup and testing procedures for new and existing equipment.
* Establish alarm limits, determine priority of alarms for paging and notification, change set points, alarm limits, tuning constants and other parameters to improve operation and reliability of the instrumentation systems, and document and communicate all changes or modifications.
* Use a wide variety of tools and equipment, such as various hand tools, portable electrical and pneumatic tools, electronic test equipment, soldering, pneumatic and hydraulic maintenance and test equipment.
* Respond to critical calls to correct problems in an expedited manner; required to access difficult areas and perform work on elevated surfaces, in confined spaces and noisy environments, around hazardous chemicals, and around and with electrical and other hazards.
* Plan own work based from assignments given, and prioritize urgency.
* May work on swing and owl shifts without supervisory assistance and, in this capacity, schedule own work, determine work priorities, and diagnose and repair problems independently.
* Provide direction for Process Control Instrumentation Technicians
* Write work plans for performing work and procedures for documenting new and existing systems.
* Responsible for diagnosing problems independently.
* Assigned and rotates as the Off-Duty Technician and Operator for operational issue s 24/7. Work can be conducted remotely or callback.
* Ensure that the work specifications conform to Facilities & Operations Division and Instrumentation & Controls Department standards, procedures and policies.
* The duties listed above are designed to provide a representative sampling of key tasks and/or responsibilities associated with the job. They are not intended to be a complete list of all the duties performed by employees in the classification.
To be successful in this position you will bring:
* Five years of experience performing Instrumentation and Controls duties and a combination of vocational school, apprenticeship program or Community College AS degree involving Instrumentation and relevant experience in industrial, process, Water/Waste Treatment instrumentation and control systems.
* Must be able to work from prints, sketches and/or verbal instructions and be able to draw sketches of instruments, piping and electronic instrumentation, and control systems
* Knowledge and understanding of processes in an Industrial/Utility/BAS environment.
* Independently design, install, maintain, calibrate and troubleshoot all complex microprocessor based control systems.
* Troubleshoot, repair and maintain the system's HMI, computers and associated equipment.
* Calibrate pneumatic and electronic instruments i.e. Pressure and Differential Flow switches, valve positioners, I/P and P/I Transmitter Temperature (RTD and TC) Transmitters, solenoid valves etc.
* Industrial and commercial grade instruments, how they work, how they function in a loop.
* OSHA, NFPA and LOTO.
* Perform precise instrument tubing work and layout.
* Read, write and understand PLC Ladder Logic and/or function block programming.
* Perform skillful electronic work involving wiring, soldering and minor conduit work.
* Work with control mechanisms, circuits and logic, interpret their function, and get them to work.
In addition, preferred requirements include:
* Experience with programmable logic controllers (PLC) Allen Bradley SLC 5/05, MicroLogix series, Compact Logix and Control Logic computers.
* Experience with communications protocols and networks i.e. Modbus TCP/IP, HART, Distributed Networking Protocol 3 (DNP3), Profibus, Ethernet IP, DeviceNet and ControlNet but not limited too.
* Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) knowledge, configuration, and troubleshooting.
* SCADA control systems knowledge on IGNITION by Inductive Automation strongly preferred.
* Experience in Building Automation Systems with BACNET communication configuration and Automated Control Logic programming. Drafting experience i.e. AutoCAD, Solid works, Vizio.
Certifications and Licenses:
* California non-commercial driver s license.
SLAC Employee Competencies:
* Effective Decisions: Uses job knowledge and solid judgment to make quality decisions in a timely manner.
* Self-Development: Pursues a variety of venues and opportunities to continue learning and developing.
* Dependability: Can be counted on to deliver results with a sense of personal responsibility for expected outcomes.
* Initiative: Pursues work and interactions proactively with optimism, positive energy, and motivation to move things forward.
* Adaptability: Flexes as needed when change occurs, maintains an open outlook while adjusting and accommodating changes.
* Communication: Ensures effective information flow to various audiences and creates and delivers clear, appropriate written, spoken, presented messages.
* Relationships: Builds relationships to foster trust, collaboration, and a positive climate to achieve common goals.
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All staff at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. SLAC is an E-Verify employer.