Rail Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems Specialist

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Information Services / Technology (IT)
Posted on May 18, 2023
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$44.33 - $56.20 Hourly


Multiple locations in King County, WA

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Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

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Metro Transit's Rail Division has exciting opportunities for Rail Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems Specialists!

SCADA Systems Specialists install, maintain and repair control system networks, more specifically Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, components and equipment, throughout the rail systems and facilities. Rail Transit SCADA Systems are mostly comprised of networks, servers, workstations, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC's) and software applications supporting control, graphic presentations and data collection. Networks support the Emergency Ventilation System (EVS), Building Management System (BMS), and the Train Control System (TCS). Examples of maintained field devices include video cameras, intrusion detection devices, security card readers, Variable Message Signs (VMS's) Public Address Systems, and telephony devices.

These positions are considered safety sensitive. Applicants for these positions are required to undergo drug testing prior to employment and subsequent to commencement of employment, will be subject to random, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, return to duty, and follow-up drug and alcohol testing in compliance with Federal DOT alcohol and controlled substance testing program protocols.

Who May Apply
This recruitment is being used to fill fifteen (15) immediate Career Service positions and is open to internal applicants and the general public. Additional consideration will be given to King County career service employees. An applicant eligibility pool may also be created for vacancies which may arise over the next year in this classification.

Note: We are currently filling Career Service Rail SCADA Systems Specialist positions with this posting. We could also fill fully-benefited long-term temporary positions (TLTs) through this posting if such positions emerge during the immediate timeframe of this particular selection process. Such temporary positions could alternatively be filled via a Special Duty Assignment filled by qualified King County employees who have completed their initial King County probation.

Work Schedule
These positions are non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible. Employees will work a 40-hour per week schedule with consecutive days off. Schedules are a mix of 4/10 and 5/8 shifts with various reporting hours, all subject to a seniority-based pick system . The work schedule may include non-standard work hours including evenings, weekends and holidays as needed. Per the union contract, there is a shift premium to those assigned to work swing and graveyard shifts.

Work Location
Employees may report to any of the following locations: Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility (OMF) Central at 3407 Airport Way S, Seattle WA 98134 or OMF East 1925 120th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98005, or any other locations that may be added or changed in the future.

Forms and Materials Required
A King County application completed at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs and completion of the supplemental questionnaire as a part of that application are required.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Skyler Jones
Talent Advisor

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work. You will:
  • Perform preventative maintenance modifications, repairs, upgrades, analysis, and diagnostics on SCADA and communications hardware and software including network switches and routers, CCTV systems, Remote Terminal Units, TWC multiplexers, programmable logic controllers, and other specialized rail systems equipment.
  • Maintain configuration control for all SCADA, signals, and communications systems.
  • Perform software and system maintenance on various rail system databases.
  • Provide specialized reports on rail network systems and equipment availability.
  • Develop and administer specialized databases in support of rail operations.
  • Record and document maintenance and diagnostic data.
  • Access logs and troubleshoot problems associated with technological assets.
  • Work with other trades, contractors, and operating sections as needed.
  • Operate assigned vehicles including Hi-Rail and Aerial Lift equipment.
  • Prioritize tasks in the absence of on-site supervision.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Three years of experience working with SCADA systems or other control system networks OR any equivalent combination of education, course work and experience that results in the ability to perform the duties of the position, are required. Additional minimum qualifications are:
  • Advanced knowledge and the ability to proficiently apply knowledge of SCADA, communications, network applications, software and hardware.
  • Skill in installing, maintaining and modifying applicable software and hardware.
  • Skill in oral and written communications including the ability and skill to convey technical information to non-technical users.
  • Skill in troubleshooting, analyzing and solving problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple competing priorities.
Necessary Special Requirements
  • Washington State driver's license or an out-of-state license with ability to obtain a Washington license by date of hire.
  • Ability to obtain boom truck, Hi-Rail, forklift, ariel lift and confined space certification (we train)
Desirable Qualifications
  • SCADA experience in a rail, mass transit, or utility environment is desired.
  • Experience working with PLC's and other process control equipment.
  • Experience with Rockwell Collins ARINC software.
  • Network + or CCNA certifications.
Working Environment
Work is performed both indoors and outdoors and in inclement weather. Fall protection and confined space training will be required to work within confined spaces and on ladder or scissor lifts. PPE will be required in some workspaces. Work in underground tunnels may also be required.

Application Process
Applicants should complete the online application at www.kingcounty.gov as described above and attach, if you choose to do so, your optional resume and cover letter summarizing your interest in and qualifications for this position.

NOTE: Please answer all relevant questions in the online employment application itself, with each of your jobs during the last 10 years listed (if you have ten years) (listing each position for each employer separately), duties explained, reasons for leaving, etc. Earlier jobs should be included if they are relevant in some way to this job. If you have questions about this, please contact Travis McKinnon as stated above.

Applicants who are unable to apply online should follow the instructions under Application FAQs at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs . If you need an accommodation in the selection process or an alternate format of this announcement, please inquire directly with the Human Resources contact for this job announcement, Skyler Jones, Skjones@kingcounty.gov .

Selection Process
Applications will be screened for completeness and to determine whether candidates meet minimum qualifications. There will be a panel interview, employment offers will be finalized only after candidates have successfully completed a drug screen, a drug and alcohol background check, and references.

Union Membership
This position is represented by Professional and Technical Employees, Local 17 - Professional and Technical (Interest Arbitration) unit.

CLASS CODE: 8311300

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers. Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our " True North ", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

Additional assistance
Applicants who are unable to apply online should follow the instructions at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs under Application Tips and FAQs . If you have questions, need to request additional support regarding accommodations, or are needing application materials in an alternate language or format, please contact: Skyler Jones HR Talent Advisor:

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King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being. Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 12paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page .

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails. Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.

NOTE: Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position.Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.

For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.