Southern California Edison Distributed Control Systems Engineer 3 in Redlands, California

Job Description


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Position Overview

This position is responsible for providing support & maintenance of the Distributed Control Systems (DCS) at 1 or more generation sites across the SCE territory. The DCS Engineer 3 will serve as a subject matter expert and will be responsible for maintaining / developing technology solutions in the area of process control systems and may provide direction to other engineers. The DCS Engineer 3 conducts complex maintenance activities including significant changes to and new development of system logic, patching, and configuration changes. On the support side, the DCS Engineer 3 works on resolving complex system incidents and events leveraging experience with control theory and plant operations.

A DCS allows a clear and concise real-time view of plant operations – including diagnostics, trends, alarms and status – to be displayed at remote workstations typically located at each of the powerhouses for site operator use, and at the Control Center for 24-hour control of the entire system from a single, central location. A typical system consists of several application and database servers as well as networking equipment, controllers / Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Remote Intelligent Gateways (RIGs), a Historian server, and in some cases, an Enterprise Data Server (EDS).

Typical Responsibilities

  • Responsible for ongoing maintenance of the Distributed Control System Maintenance of the system includes routine vendor-recommended maintenance activities, assessment and patching of the control system devices, large and/or complex enhancements/modifications, and system administration functions. Maintenance activities require planning and can require coordination with multiple IT teams, multiple business units (to facilitate planned outages), and vendors or contractors.

  • Responsible for monitoring and providing technical support for the DCS system which typically requires 24/7 uptime operation. This support includes troubleshooting moderately complex technical issues, monitoring health and status, providing support in the form of education or training to the clients on the use of system, as well as providing support for other IT teams that have responsibility for aspects of the system (such as networking.) Troubleshooting often requires advanced knowledge of software, hardware, plant systems, and telecom/networking to resolve.

  • Understands and follows all NERC CIP and SCE Cybersecurity processes / procedures to ensure compliance with applicable policies. Updates internal processes and procedures to optimize efficiency and effectiveness or to meet changes to the policies. Capable of determining correct procedural steps to meet the policies even when performing non-standard or completely new work.

  • Provides basic project support activities, such as: completing request forms, updating project status, tracking project hours, coordinating meetings, and providing deadline reminders to team members. Provides technical project management for small to medium-size moderately complex projects.

  • Capable of gathering and documenting functional and non-functional requirements for the DCS system.

  • Knowledgeable about plant equipment and operations and applies such understanding in requirements discussions with clients. For regulatory issues affecting PPD, consults with the clients and vendors to implement control modifications to meet new regulations, energy goals, water management plans, etc. Able to differentiate between functional enhancements and defects. Identifies areas where requirements require further elaboration.

  • Development and/or testing of moderately complex logic (software code) changes to the DCS controllers and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) to support enhancements or defect resolution in the system. These changes are typically performed with little or no guidance of a more senior DCS engineer or the vendor.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor Degree, or higher, in Engineering or a scientific/technical field.

  • Eight (8) or more years of engineering experience.

  • Three (3) or more years of experience in DCS/ SCADA/ Process Control Systems.

  • Valid Driver’s license

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in implementations of Utility DCS and SCADA Systems for generation plants or Process Control systems.

  • Two (2) or more years of experience working with power plants and/or wastewater treatment plants.

  • PLC programming experience (Allen-Bradley, GE, Opto-22,Rockwell Automation)

  • Networking knowledge including TCPa/IP, routing, switching, 900mHz Ethernet radios. Control system communications protocol knowledge including ModBus, DNP3, ICCP.

  • Experience with Emerson Ovation, Rockwell Automation and/or GE Proficy control systems.

  • Experience with Emerson OSC, Industrial Defender, and other control systems security offerings.

  • Familiarity with emissions monitoring systems and AQMD requirements.

  • Knowledge or experience of NERC/CIP, NERC reliability requirements, and WEEC standards.

  • Fundamental understanding of fiber transport and microwave/wireless technologies.

  • Experience integrating new systems and processes into a control system environment utilizing change management process.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills, and be customer focused to understand and appropriately respond to clients’ business needs.

  • Ability to continuously learn, improve, and adapt technical skills, knowledge, and performance.

  • Strong personal mastery, including ethics, influence and negotiation, leadership, interpersonal skills, communication, the ability to effectively manage stress and engage in continuous learning

  • Ability to integrate work across relevant areas, develop the business and services to enhance customer satisfaction and productivity, manage risks appropriately, manage information, and provide exceptional service to internal and external customers.

  • Effective, decision making, results delivery, team building, and the ability to stay current with relevant technology and innovation.


  • Candidates for this position must be legally authorized to work directly as employees for any employer in the United States without visa sponsorship.

  • Relocation may apply to this position

  • This position has been identified as a NERC/CIP impacted position - Prior to being hired, the successful candidate must pass a Personnel Risk Assessment (PRA) or Background Investigation. Once hired, the candidate must complete specified training prior to gaining un-escorted access to assigned work location and performing necessary job duties.

Southern California Edison, an Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, serves a population of approximately 15 million via 5 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California. Join the utility leader that is safely delivering reliable, affordable electricity to our customers for over 125 years.

SCE is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected status.