Electronics Specialist (SCADA)
City of Rochester, MN - Rochester, MN

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Electronics Specialist (SCADA)

Rochester Public Utilities

RPU, a division of the City of Rochester, MN, is the largest municipal utility in the State of Minnesota. RPU serves over 48,000 electric customers and over 37,000 water customers in a 57 square mile service area, and has revenues nearing $150 million annually.

Vision- "We Will Set the Standard for Service"

Our vision is based on six core values which are Safety, Integrity, Service, Stewardship, Accountability, and Skill.


Nature of Work:

The Electronics Specialist is responsible for the overall operation, programming and maintenance of RPU's electric and water Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system and associated networks/systems to ensure real-time reliability and network security. This position also provides technical support and assistance in other areas including relaying, metering and load management.

Work is performed under general supervision.

2012 Starting Rate of Pay:
$33.66/hour (85% of 2012 base rate of $39.60/hour)


*Oversee and directly participate in the programming, operation, and maintenance of SCADA system networks, master stations, servers, workstations, PC equipment, printers and related equipment according to RPU and NERC network security requirements; monitor, program and maintain the load management systems.

*Maintain and update software and the System Operations Mapboard/video wall; repair and maintain electronic test equipment; perform back-up procedures, coordinate restoration and retrieval of files as needed, maintain all files in an accurate and efficient manner; generate reports as needed.

*Coordinate and conduct SCADA user training for System Operators, SLP Operators and Water Operators; confer with internal and external users to analyze problems and system needs.

*Maintain and update substation prints, drawings and other records pertaining to the Utility's SCADA system computers, relative communications systems, field equipment and other electronic equipment.

*Provide technical support for activities in electrical and water facilities which includes electronic components of relaying and control systems and associated equipment, communication systems, and general assistance to other areas as required, such as relaying, metering and load management.

Perform other duties as assigned or necessary.



Education and Experience

An Associate's degree or 2-year technical certificate in Electronic Engineering Technologies, Telecommunications Technology, or Computer Science, Computer Technology, Computer Information Systems, Computer Networking or closely related field AND five (5) years of full-time employment experience operating, programming and/or maintaining computer systems, networks, and/or communication systems.

Licenses and/or Certifications

Valid driver's license

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Technology, Computer Information Systems, Computer Networking or closely related field.
Specialized courses in SCADA systems, relaying, control circuitry, communication systems, and network security.



In order to provide timely services, RPU has designated specific positions which must comply with an area residency requirement, based on job-related necessity where employees in such positions must reside within twenty (20) driving miles of their normally scheduled work reporting location.

New Hires:
Individuals hired for designated positions with RPU covered by an area residency requirement who do not meet this requirement shall be allowed no more than twelve (12) months, from their date of hire, in order to meet the twenty (20) driving mile requirement.

Current Employees:
RPU employees in designated positions covered by the area residency requirement and who reside at a location that allows them to report to work within thirty (30) minutes from the time notified, prior to March 9, 2012, shall be deemed to comply with RPU's area residency requirement provided that they remain at their current address. If a current RPU employee in a designated position covered by the area residency requirement relocates, their new address/residence must be located within twenty (20) driving miles of their normally scheduled work reporting location and notice must be given to their immediate supervisor prior to relocating to ensure compliance with the area residency requirement.

Promotional Opportunities:
Promotions to designated RPU positions covered by an area residency requirement shall be withheld from employees whose address/residence is located more than twenty (20) driving miles from the normally scheduled work reporting location of their new position, with the exception of employees who are willing to relocate within 12 months from date of promotion in order to comply with the twenty (20) driving mile area residence requirement; OR employees who immediately prior to their promotion were in a designated position and resided at a location that allowed them to report to work within thirty (30) minutes from the time notified.

Noncompliance with Residency Requirements:
In the event that an employee fails to comply with the residency requirement, the employee will be considered to no longer meet the minimum requirements of the position. In such instance, the City will take formal action, up to and including termination. An employee may be granted an extension if there is credible basis, as determined by the employer, for justification as to why the employee has failed to comply. Said basis shall consist of circumstances not caused or controlled by the employee.


Knowledge of: Operational characteristics of a variety of computer platforms, networks, software applications and operating systems, including SCADA systems; Methods and techniques of application systems analysis, development, design, programming, testing and implementation of application software; Methods and techniques of SCADA systems database management and administration; Advanced methods and techniques used in maintaining information systems security.

Skill in: Installing, testing, troubleshooting and maintenance of PCs, servers, PLCs and related equipment; Detecting, isolating and resolving automated information system problems.

Ability to: Recommend, implement, install and maintain appropriate technology to meet client needs; Define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and prepare appropriate reports; Use Microsoft Office products including but not limited to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access; Organize and establish priorities and to develop procedures and programs; Effectively communicate orally and in writing; Work well with City, State and Federal agencies.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the following represents the physical and environmental demands for this position. The employee must be able to perform the essential functions with or without accommodation.

This position performs Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

This position requires a majority of the time spent sitting, standing and walking, with some time spent lifting.

Climbing, bending, kneeling, crawling, and crouching are regularly required.

Audio, visual, and verbal functions are vital aspects to performing this position, as well as the ability to operate motorized machines, test equipment, and various vehicles.

The majority of the workday is spent indoors. Adverse indoor and outdoor working conditions involving dust, noise, fumes, heat and cold may be encountered some of the time.