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Washington Gas Light Co. Sr Automation Control Specialist in Springfield, Virginia

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Position Summary

Responsible for process control systems, communication infrastructure, and information systems to insure the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas by engineering and developing hardware and software automation and control solutions for Gas Control, Operations Dispatch and field locations, including plants and gate stations. Must be available to serve on-call on a rotating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week schedule.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Using basic knowledge of process control systems, communication infrastructure and information systems, collaborates with internal organizations to determine system requirements.

  • Develops code for Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) using vendor specific industrial programming languages to automate Gate Station control and monitoring of flow, pressure, temperature, and odorization of natural gas, as well as Plant; control and monitoring of compressors, boilers, pumps, valves, for peak shaving operations.

  • Implements and maintains diverse communication infrastructure to provide remote control and monitoring of Gate Station and Plant systems across multiple media including Cellular, Radio, and Microwave using various protocols such as UDP, TCP/IP, Modbus, and BSAP.

  • Interfaces with communication vendors and applies knowledge of communication protocols to troubleshoot and resolve problems.

  • Develops code for Human Machine Interface (HMI) using vendor specific programming languages to provide a graphical interface to the gas delivery system. Administers and develops code for MS SQL/ANSI SQL and vendor specific data archiving applications for reporting, analysis, historical reference and compliance.

  • Performs start-up operations to determine that system requirements have been met and to insure equipment will perform within design parameters.

  • Provides technical support and training to operations personnel for all industrial automation systems of Washington Gas and its affiliates.

  • Collaborates with ITS, Gas Control, and other departments to insure system integrity.

  • With the assistance of higher-level employees, performs project management functions on projects, including coordinating resources from different departments

  • Develops operation and maintenance procedures, programs and standards including wiring schematics.

  • Researches new products and performs product evaluation, testing and recommendations to refine processes

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science Computer Information Systems or related field

  • Minimum of 3 years of related experience with industrial control systems.

  • Experience with or training/on the job knowledge of the support of multiple technologies, including client server architecture, relational databases, networking (WAN, LAN, and Industrial).

  • Proven ability to use computer software and applications, including AutoCAD, Microsoft Office (Word, Visio, Project, Excel, PowerPoint) to share, retrieve, research and present business information.

  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and to exhibit good judgment while working with a potentially volatile commodity.

  • Demonstrated ability to write and present diverse ideas logically and concisely.

  • Demonstrated ability to establish rapport and effective working relationships with business partners, supervisors and peers.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of control systems in natural gas and propane processing, storage and handling facilities

  • Knowledge of process control and measurement theory and of electronic, pneumatic and mechanical instrumentation systems

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Windows Server 2012 and Windows 7/10, Cisco IOS, SQL server, BSAP, TCP/IP, C++ and MODBUS

WGL is an EO employer – M/F/Vets/Disabled

WGL is an EEO employer – M/F/Vets/Disabled

WGL Holdings, Inc. is a public utility holding company and the parent company of WGL, a diversified energy business that provides natural gas, electricity, green power, carbon reduction and energy services. Our calling as a company is to make energy surprisingly easy - for our employees, for our community and for all our customers. WGL and its affiliates are committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. We value and encourage diversity and solicit applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status. sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical or mental disabilities, political affiliation, genetic information, status as a protected veteran or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.