Computer System Specialist (Process Cont...
Metropolitan Council - Saint Paul, MN

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Recruitment Type: This position is open to internal and external candidates. One (1) position is available and will be filled at either a Computer Systems Specialist or Senior Computer Systems Specialist level, depending on the applicant's experience.

Who we are: Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) utilizes state of the art technology to provide wastewater treatment services to over 100 communities in the seven county metro area. We operate seven wastewater treatment plants, and 62 lift stations that pump or "lift" sewage uphill and convey the sewage into the treatment plants. Currently the Metro Plant's Support Services Department is in the process of filling the Computer Systems Specialist position.

Examples of Duties:

Computer Systems Specialist
Non-Exempt, AFSCME Bargaining Unit, Salary Grade F, $52,185-77,879 annually
  • Designs, writes, tests, troubleshoots, and documents process control programs to be integrated into process computer systems, including designing, building, and testing process computer displays on computer monitors.
  • Maintains process computers (containing industrial-strength microprocessors), peripherals, personal computers, personal computer circuit boards, power supplies, network, and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC).
  • Troubleshoots analog and digital I/O (input/output)and other Industrial Control System devices to include sensor calibrating equipment.
  • Analyzes, researches, designs, installs/implements, troubleshoots, tests, and repairs process computer system problems, changes, or upgrades.
  • Trains and coaches operators, electricians, plant staff, and maintenance and operations personnel on computer application; provides technical backup and support as appropriate.
  • Documents, in the form of diagrams, tables, and drawings, network connections, electrical wiring, and other pertinent software and hardware information used for networking with personal computers and for digital communications. Maintains and updates such documentation when upgrades or changes occur.
  • Reviews specifications, drawings, procedures, reports, Process Control Narratives (PCN) and maintains/writes new documentation as needed.
  • Reviews new software packages when updates to the system are required or requested as part of a division or organizational initiative, e.g., energy-savings requirement.
  • Tracks and updates preventive maintenance, inventory control, and equipment using Synergen Work Request/Work Order System.
  • Responds to technical emergencies as required by Disaster Recovery Plan and responds to work orders.
  • Responds to requests for information from regulatory agencies and other Metropolitan Council departments.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
Senior Computer Systems Specialist
Exempt, AFSCME Bargaining Unit, Salary Grade I, $65,936-$98,400 annually

  • Provides system-level support with network servers and workstations administration.
  • Provides historical and system tag database administration.
  • Maintains and improves all Process Computer System hardware and software
  • Develops and maintains strategy applications in a manner which minimizes the interruption to operations and help optimize the wastewater treatment process.
  • Provides system level support for all MCES treatment plants.


Computer Systems Specialist
  • Associate's degree or Bachelor's degree in Digital and Analog Electronics, Instrumentation & Control, Computer Science or related fields.
  • Two (2) years progressively responsible experience maintaining on-line/real-time Industrial Process computer systems at the component level. Experience must include PLC programming in a structured, function block or ladder logic programming languages.
Equivalency: Experience may be substituted for education on a year to year basis.

Senior Computer Systems Specialist
  • Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related field.
  • Five (5) years progressively responsible experience maintaining on-line/real-time Industrial Process computer systems at the component level. Experience must include PLC programming in a structured, function block or ladder logic programming languages.
Equivalency: Experience may be substituted for education on a year to year basis.

*All positions require a valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record required for all levels.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Basic criteria required for both levels):
  • Skill in programming languages such as Wonderware InTouch, Allen Bradley RS Logix, Modicon Unity, Modicon Concept, and ABB Composer or equivalent.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports, and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or clients.
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest and percentages. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
  • Skill to provide basic client services to regulatory agencies and other agencies within the organization. Requires tact, courtesy and cooperation in dealings with others where the primary purpose is the exchange of information.
  • Knowledge of how sensors (pressure transmitters, flow transmitters, etc.) work and how they are calibrated.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Windows environment and tools, networks, Internet, web servers and web browsers.
  • Ability to troubleshoot analog and digital I/O and other Industrial Control System devices.
  • Ability to read and understand electronic schematics, logic diagrams, process and instrument diagrams technical specifications.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and repair PCs to the circuit board and the hard drive test.

Supplemental Information:

Union: AFSCME, Grade F or I
FLSA Status: Non-exempt or Exempt

Selection Process:
Candidates will be selected based on the results of:
  • Minimum Qualifications Review
  • Education and Experience Rating
  • Oral Exam
All job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which includes verification of education and employment, a criminal background check and a pre-employment drug screen. Some positions also require a pre-employment or pre-transfer physical.

Criminal Background Check : Applicants convicted of a felony, misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor in the last seven (7) years may be disqualified if the underlying conduct is job related; or involves unlawful sale, trafficking or conspiracy to sell unlawful controlled substances or possession of a controlled substance; robbery, fraud, embezzlement; or violent or sex related crimes.

Other convictions are not an automatic bar to employment and each case is considered on its individual merits as well as the type of work sought. Making a false statement or withholding information (misrepresentation) will cause an applicant to be barred from consideration for the position.

Metropolitan Council employees who are applying for positions, which are Safety Sensitive; supervisory/managerial; located in Finance, Information Services (IS), Human Resources; or have access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers, transit fare cards will be required to pass a criminal background check.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify human resources at 612/349-7558.

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