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Project Manager, PICS
Winthrop, MA

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Job Description

DIVISION: Operations

DEPARTMENT: Deer Island Process Control

UNION/GRADE: Unit 9/Grade 25


Supports and maintains process instrumentation and control system (PICS) used to control and monitor the wastewater treatment processes at the Deer Island Treatment Plant (DITP). PICS is a distributed control system (DCS). This position supports PICS hardware, and software maintenance, and performance monitoring.


Works under the general supervision of the Program Manager, Process Engineering.


Exercises close supervision of contract staff as necessary.


* Monitors PICS network and system security through the use of hardware, software and tools that detect intrusion and anomalous behavior.
* Evaluates, recommends, procures and deploys hardware and software tools for use in detecting, preventing, and analyzing network security threats.
* Assists in developing and implementing information security plans and policies for the PICS network.
* Assists in developing an incident response plan to prevent and/or counteract security breaches.
* Participates in all aspects of PICS hardware turnover to ensure system hardware integrity, including preventive maintenance, corrective action, upgrade and/or replacement, spare parts inventory and replacement.
* Responsible for tracking PICS equipment history.
* Monitors the preventive and corrective maintenance programs for all PICS hardware.
* Responsible for PICS configuration and backup. Maintains end-user licenses for compliance audits. Develops and maintains a backup program and retention schedule to ensure system restoration in the event of system or hardware failure or security breach.
* Maintains familiarity and knowledge base of current computer technology, particularly in the areas of operating systems and digital communications used in control systems.
* Works with staff to execute ongoing maintenance as required to ensure maximum system availability.
* Participates in PICS on-call program to provide emergency response for PICS hardware and system functions supporting operations personnel in the event of system malfunction.


* Performs related duties as required.


Education and Experience:

* A Bachelor of Science degree (or higher) in electrical, chemical or mechanical engineering or computer science from an accredited college or related field; and
* Four (4) to six (6) years of experience working with computerized networks, preferably a computer-based process control system such as a distributed control system (DCS) as normally provided by vendors such as Honeywell, Foxboro or Bailey Controls (ABB); and
* Two (2) to four (4) years of experience in the MS Windows and DOS operating systems. Experience with Server 2008 and Server 2012 Active Domain administration a plus; and
* Two (2) to four (4) years of experience with digital communications technology such as Ethernet, Decnet, TCP/IP, RS232, RS485 and proprietary vendor DCS communication techniques; and
* Two (2) to four (4) years experience in network and secure systems management, and
* Two (2) to four (4) years experience with the application of signal processing requirements of field instrumentation devices (flow, level, pressure, etc. measurements) and peripheral systems (energy monitoring, PLCs, etc.) and their integration into a computer based process control system preferred; or
* Any equivalent combination of education or experience.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

* Demonstrated ability to rapidly organize and implement troubleshooting plans for computer-based networks.
* Ability to develop diagrams such as process and instrumentation and logic diagrams.
* Experience installing and configuring software on MS Windows-based systems.
* An understanding of modern network system design, architecture and security.
* An understanding of system administration methods and procedures supporting multiple platforms and applications.
* Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communications skills are required.


A valid Class D Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operators license or equivalent.


Office equipment as normally associated with the use of telephone, personal computer including word processing and other software, copy and fax machine.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, taste or smell.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and vibration. The employee occasionally works in high precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of electrical shock.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud in field settings and moderately quiet in an office setting.

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or veteran status.

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