ICA technician

Salary: 
 £35000 -  £46000 per annum
Closing date: 
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 23:00
Employer: 
Thames Water
Type: 
Permanent
Region: 
United Kingdom

What is the purpose of the role?

We are currently seeking a mobile instrumentation, control & automation (ICA) engineering technician to ensure that all equipment associated with our sewage treatment works are running safely and efficiently using both proactive and reactive maintenance methods. The purpose of the ICA engineering technician (instrumentation, control and automation) is to inspect, maintain, test or repair as appropriate, SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) and associated PLCs, instrumentation, control and automation equipment Working as part of the maintenance team you will follow robust maintenance plans as well as getting involved in minor installation projects, electrical fault finding and emergency breakdown repairs.

What makes this role unique?

Working outside with no one day being the same provides a very interesting working environment. You will be presented with unique challenges whether it's using your expertise to diagnose control faults or replace network infrastructure equipment. Based at Deephams sewage treatment works this role offers the opportunity to be part of a great team that has a real 'family' feel, so you will never be short of support. This process orientated role will allow you to gain experience on a wide range of plants and equipment some of which are innovative investments providing exciting new experiences. You will receive competitive benefits as well as full training on health & safety procedures and technical and process methods related to the plant.

What will this role involve?

Installing, modifying and commissioning new plant equipment to relevant standards and to diagnose and repair faults on systems and plants.

Pro-actively identifying and reporting follow on work or areas for enhancement.

Working in the ICA team alongside multi-disciplinary operational teams such as systems civil, mechanical, process and electrical technicians.

Liaising and supervising contractors and suppliers where necessary.

Carrying out instrumentation, control and automation maintenance on a variety of wastewater assets including planned maintenance and defect maintenance.

Delivering cost effective improvements to assets and systems.

Conducting your own risk assessments and creating appropriate method statements when required to safely carry out maintenance activities.
Providing specialist technical advice where appropriate with up to date technical knowledge, and provide training support for technical trainees.

Carrying out scheduled planned maintenance work in compliance with company procedures in order to minimize plant breakdowns.

Supporting project development and input into capital delivery projects.

Investigating the nature of plant failures and subsequently carrying out repairs as quickly and efficiently as possible in order to avoid interruptions to the process.

Examples of some instrumentation you could be working on are: flow meters, pressure levels, ultrasonic, radar, gas detection, PH monitor.

What are we looking for?

Do you have experience working with SCADA and related PLCs? A good, practical understanding of operational plant and control systems is essential. As well as an understanding of Wonderware & ClearSCADA, relay logic and PLCs (Rockwell & Alan Bradley) which will include management and programming. The ideal candidate will have the ability to read and fault find from circuit diagrams as well as have previous experience of inverter drives. We are looking for someone with experience of calibration and maintenance of front line instrumentation. Ideally you will be qualified to HNC level or otherwise will have City and Guilds Part 2 or NVQ level 3 (or equivalent) in an electrical subject. Due to the nature of the role a valid driving licence is essential and as the post will work across a number of sites in the region. The work will require physical fitness and the ability to work in confined spaces with successful completion of the appropriate training; as well as flexibility to work on an out of hours rota when necessary.

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