The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

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Job Summary

Metropolitan’s Control System Applications Services Team within the Water Systems Operations Group has one (1) opening for an Associate Engineer available at its Headquarters in Los Angeles, California.

In the position of Associate Engineer, you will be responsible for day-to-day SCADA system operations support and Engineering capital project support. You will also support Capital Investment Projects to upgrade Metropolitan’s SCADA infrastructure including control system software, communications, remote terminal units (RTUs), programmable logic controllers, and servers.

You will also have the responsibilities to configure, implement and support new SCADA RTUs, PLCs, network routers and switches, servers and perform HMI screen development; perform investigations on water system process control problems and recommend solutions to process equipment issues; perform investigations and prepare reports in regard to automatic process control applications (APC) operation and related issues.

This position requires diagnostic knowledge to troubleshoot SCADA software / hardware within specialized areas of SCADA including; client/server applications, local area networks, wide area networks, database systems, server hardware and software, remote terminal unit (RTU) and programmable logic controller (PLC) hardware / software, field instrumentation, and Linux and Windows operating systems.
Additional responsibilities include the design, implementation and support of Automated Process Control (APC) and Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) applications for control and monitoring of Metropolitan’s filtration plants, conveyance and distribution system.

Qualified candidates will possess a high-level of competence in Control Systems applications, real-time programming, and Control System Engineering practices and standards.


1. Performs and may lead the planning, coordinating, conducting, and monitoring tests, studies, investigations.
2. May represent Metropolitan within area of responsibility with external entities.
3. Prepares technical documents and reports; prepares and may make presentations.
4. Assists with Developing and administering contracts and agreements; reviews the work of vendors, consultants and contractors.
5. Plans and coordinates project tasks within area of responsibility, including monitoring scope, quality, budget, and schedule.
6. Provides technical expertise within area of responsibility on projects and issues.
7. Assists on special assignments in support of Metropolitan initiatives.
8. Performs technical analyses and provides recommendations to support planning, design, construction, infrastructure reliability and/or operational issues.
9. Prepares and reviews design criteria, plans, specifications, submittals, cost estimates, and budgets.
10. Assists with developing standards, procedures, guidelines, and manuals.
11. May execute mathematical, statistical, and other models.
12. Performs site and construction inspections.
13. May perform emergency response duties.
14. Maintains official records, documents, and data.
15. May participate on a project team.
16. Performs other related Engineer job duties as required.

1. Performs factory acceptance testing and systems start-up.
2. Prepares Automatic Process Control and Programmable Logic Controller software design and operational documents.
3. Develops Automatic Process Control and Programmable Logic Controller program and simulation routines.
4. Provides SCADA system customer and infrastructure support, troubleshooting, and problem solving.
5. Plans, develops, and integrates SCADA hardware and software, configuration updates, and graphics changes.

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