Rail Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems Specialist

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Information Services / Technology (IT)
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Posted on May 23, 2021

This recruitment is open continuous; first consideration will be provided to those who apply before March 9, 2021.

This position is 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.
Metro Transit's Rail Division is responsible for operating and maintaining Link Light Rail service on a 20.4-mile route from the Angle Lake Station south of Sea-Tac Airport to the University of Washington Station, expanding to Northgate in 2021. Plans and/or construction are underway extending the system to the north, east, south, and west.  Expansion over the next five years alone will include the addition of more than 20 stations and 40 miles of light rail track.  The light rail line is a critical part of the region's transportation network and carries more than 79,000 weekday daily riders.
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. 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 shift is subject to change and you may work a schedule of 4/10s or 5/8s depending on a seniority-based pick system.  A shift differential will be given for evening and graveyard shifts.
Who May Apply:  This career service position is open to 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
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.  
Work Schedule
This position works in either day or graveyard shift and may require a schedule that includes working a Saturday or Sunday. Work shift is subject to change based on seniority bid system. Employees must be able and willing to work any shift. Work location may vary.  Overtime may be required during emergency conditions.
Work Location: Downtown Seattle (Sodo area) or Bellevue 

An Employer To Be Proud Of 
 King County Metro Transit is a regional leader in helping people move quickly throughout the region, reducing commuter stress, greening the environment and radically improving urban air quality, by providing comfortable, effective transit services for the thousands of commuters and other residents of King County, Washington. Working for Metro means working for a leader in this public transportation industry.
 Great Benefits 
King County provides our employees with a free transportation pass (good on Metro, Pierce, Community, Sound Transit and the County's Water Taxi) and a competitive benefits package, (see Benefits tab for more details).
 For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact: 
 Troika Braswell
 Senior Human Resource Analyst

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 modifications, repairs, upgrades, analysis and diagnosis on SCADA and communications hardware and software. 
  • Maintain configuration control for all SCADA, and communications systems. 
  • Perform software and system maintenance on various rail system databases. 
  • Provide reports on network systems and equipment availability; develop and administer specialized databases. 
  • Record and document maintenance and diagnostic data. 
  • Assist in the development and refinement of inspection and preventive maintenance program for SCADA, signals and communications systems. 
  • Perform PLC programming, maintain version control, and document all program modifications.
  • Perform other related 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 SCADA 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. 
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 Troika Braswell 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, Troika Braswell, at Tbraswell@kingcounty.gov.
Selection Process
Applications will be screened for completeness and to determine whether candidates meet minimum qualifications. There will be a panel interview and possible testing.  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.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

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
  • 10 paid 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.

Are you applying to this position as a Priority Placement Program Participant And Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
When applying for this position, you must thoroughly complete the EDUCATION and WORK EXPERIENCE sections of your application. Failure to do so can result in disqualification from consideration. Please check off all of the items that you have completed in your application:
  • Completed education history
  • Detailed description of each position that you have held in the last ten years. Please list gaps in employment and reason.
  • Reason for leaving employers, (in cases of termination, state why you were terminated)
  • Supervisor Name
  • Employer phone number
Have you tested positive, or refused to test, on any pre-employment drug or alcohol test administered by an employer to which you applied, but did not get hired, for safety-sensitive transportation work covered by the DOT drug and alcohol testing rules during the past two years?
  • Yes
  • No
If yes, for which employer and when? If no, please answer "N/A".
  • Yes
  • No
Do you currently possess a valid Driver's License?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you had a license in another state besides Washington in the last 5 years?
  • Yes
  • No
If you indicated above that you have had a license in a state other than Washington in the last 5 years, list the state(s) and the years you had the license(s).
The Minimum Qualifications for this position include an Associate's Degree or trade school certification in electronics, SCADA or equivalent combination of education, training and experience, AND 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. Explain concisely, clearly and completely how you meet this qualification. When referring to training or employment positions you have had, state the school or employer, and be sure that the school and/or employer is listed on your application.
On our posting, SCADA experience in a rail, mass transit, or utility environment is listed as desirable. This means that it is not required, but is preferable to have. If you have any of this experience, lease concisely, but clearly and completely describe this experience and which positions you are referring to. If none, please mark "None."
Briefly describe your knowledge of SCADA, communications, network applications, software and hardware, and where you received this knowledge and experience. (If none, list N/A)
Please provide an example of a problem you needed to troubleshoot, analyze and solve, and explain how you did that, that relates to your work installing, maintaining or repairing control system networks, preferably a SCADA system, but not necessarily SCADA.
How many years of professional experience do you have working with SCADA systems?
  • 1-2 years
  • 3-5 years
  • 5-7 years
  • 7-10 year or more
  • No experience
For the question above, please describe how you obtained this experience, your working title, and employer.
Summarize your interest in the position and why you would be a great candidate to hire.
If you have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, will you need accommodation in the testing process? This confidential information is solicited for the purposes of providing reasonable accommodation for the testing process only.
  • Yes
  • No
I certify that the statements made by me on the application and supplemental questions are, to the best of my knowledge, true, complete and correct. I understand that any misrepresentation or material omission of fact on this or any other document required by King County may constitute grounds for rejection, or if employed by King County, for disciplinary measures, including dismissal.
  • Yes
  • No
I have read the job announcement and understand the duties and requirements for this position. I also understand that the provisions of the job announcement do not constitute an express or implied contract. I further understand that any employment offer may be subject to successful completion and results for drug and alcohol background check, pre-employment physical, drug testing, reference checks, driver's record evaluation, and criminal history checks. Having applied for employment with King County, I give my consent that any person, firm or organization listed hereon is authorized to furnish King County with reference material concerning my character, past employment or any other information requested. I hereby authorize the full release of my employment and work record to the Transit Division of King County for the purpose of evaluation and consideration for employment including, but not limited to, specific reasons and details regarding my resignation and/or termination, attendance and punctuality, infractions or any disciplinary actions I may have received, and disclosure of all performance evaluations for the previous ten (10) years. I agree to hold current or former employers harmless from any claim or action based upon the release of information or documentation relating to my employment record. I acknowledge I have read and understand the above information. By checking this box and completing by name in the field below, I provide my consent for King County Metro Transit to obtain the above referenced information.
  • Yes
  • No

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