Controls and Electrical Automation Specialist I / II / Sr.

Northern Natural Gas

The purpose of this position is to provide a high level of engineering and technical assistance to field operations, engineering and technical services groups for the evaluation, design, installation and repair of automation controls systems including: human machine interface systems; programmable logic controller hardware and software and associated end devices.


Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Job Functions)
Provide advanced programming efforts relative to natural gas driven reciprocal, turbine and electrical compressor systems. Interface with Company engineering and construction, field operations, other technical services departments and third-party vendors/contractors to ensure safe and efficient operation of said equipment.
Provide advanced programming efforts relative to natural gas compressor station auxiliary systems and interface with Company engineering and construction, field operations, other technical services departments and third party vendors/contractors to ensure safe and efficient operation of said equipment.
Develop software simulation applications for new applications to ensure programs can be tested and to allow testing of existing controller programs for the change control review process.
Provide input to engineering and construction, field operations, technical services and planning groups to assure the design, installation and operation of control systems meet Company, governmental and industry codes and standards.
Interface with the controls system IT security team to ensure control system hardware and software solutions adhere to Company cyber security Policies and Guidelines.
Review programming changes for programmable logic controllers and human machine interfaces relative to the change control process and assist in the development of scopes of work and implementation plans relative to the change requests.
Work on process improvement initiatives to enhance efficiencies of control system operation.
Perform site visits to develop project scope documents, participate in key stakeholder meetings and support project commissioning efforts related to automation programming.

Perform any additional responsibilities as requested or assigned.



Bachelor’s degree in engineering, automation or related technical field; or equivalent work experience. (Typically six years of related, progressive work experience would be needed for candidates applying for this position who do not possess a bachelor’s degree).
Five years of experience with automation of rotating equipment or heavy industrial equipment preferred.
Knowledge of multiple PLC software and hardware platforms including:
Rockwell ControlLogix 5, 500, and 5000; PLC5, PLC500 and ControlLogix 5000
Rockwell FactoryTalk
Siemens APT and Workshop TI-505
Bristol ACCOL; 33XX
            OPTO 22: G4, Snap and PAC
Technical skills related to computer and control system networks including Ethernet, ControlNet, DeviceNet, ARCNET, wide area networks and server based human machine interface distributed systems.
Certification/membership in an automation related organization such as ISA; Rockwell Automation; CSIA etc. preferred.
Engineering knowledge of natural gas industry standards and codes preferred.
Must be able to handle shifting priorities and multiple projects concurrently. 
Must be able to work in a functional team with peers geographically dispersed across Northern.
Must be able to make positive contributions in a team-oriented environment with a willingness to support team objectives. 
Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Must possess a high level of commitment and personal initiative.
Critical thinking and decision-making skills to develop and present technical recommendations and resolutions of complex problems in stressful situations. 
Must be able to lift a minimum of 25 pounds.
Subject to infrequent callout 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Candidate must be willing to support callout requests when called as this is a key function of the technical field services team, in a critical 24/7/365 service.
Position requires approximately 10-15% overnight travel, typically one week at a time maximum duration.
Maintain the professional competence, knowledge and skills necessary to effectively complete responsibilities by taking personal responsibility for determining and scheduling professional development and training classes within budgetary constraints.
Maintain sensitive and confidential information regarding company information.
Ensure all compliance aspects of position are known and followed; understand and comply with all policies, codes and regulations applicable to position and company.
Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without an accommodation.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability status.
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Job ID: 5256

Posted about 1 month ago

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