Associate Process Control Engineer

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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Chicago, IL, United States

Phone: 312-751-5462
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Associate Process Control Engineer


Chicago, IL 



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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Associate Process Control Engineer
Recruitment #23-20003295-002
Date Opened: 4/28/2023 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 5/12/2023 11:59:00 PM
Qualification Date: June 11, 2023
Job Type: Original Entrance
Salary: Starting Annual Salary: $88,148.32/year
How to Apply: Go to by May 12th to submit an application.
General Statement
Under general supervision, provides engineering services for the design, construction, improvement, modernization and maintenance for process instrumentation and computer control systems for water reclamation plants, pumping stations, and flood control reservoirs.
Essential Job Functions
Essential job functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in a classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are designed to be descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete one or all of the job duties listed or tasks of similar kind not specifically listed here.
  • Assigns, schedules, supervises and reviews work relating to process instrumentation and computer control systems such as Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems (SCADA).
  • Administers Process Control and Instrumentation projects; initiates improvements in process control systems hardware and software; coordinates design work with other sections and departments.
  • Designs process instrumentation and computer control systems for water reclamation facilities.
  • Prepares cost estimates for projects involving process instrumentation and/or computer control systems.
  • Prepares and reviews contract specifications and plans for process instrumentation and computer control systems; reviews contractor submittals for compliance.
  • Investigates and analyzes contractor claims for extra work; provides resolution to post contract award design and construction problems.
  • Maintains, troubleshoots and manages complex process control systems, including system database, network, and security and performs routine backup of system.
  • Creates, modifies and maintains documentation of the process control system including procedural guidelines, required reporting, trend analysis and historical archives.
Other Job Functions
  • Conducts field investigations of construction work and existing facilities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Environmental Conditions
Typical office environment.  May use standard office equipment and computer terminals.  May involve exposure to a variety of operating mechanical equipment and loud noise and/or noxious odors.  May include working in all types of weather conditions or confined space environments.
Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and applications of process control instrumentation technology including analog and digital signals and Proportional Integral and Derivative (PID) control loops.
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and applications of computerized process control systems including the application of serial and Ethernet communication.
  • Considerable knowledge of programming software including PLC Ladder logic, OPC date exchange and Operator Interface Unit (OIU) development.
  • Ability to plan and supervise the work of others in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.
  • Ability to coordinate process control instrumentation with operation, maintenance, and construction activities.
  • Ability to supervise the field inspection of process control systems done on contract.
  • Ability to prepare cost estimates for design and construction.
  • Ability to check process control systems against plans and specifications.
  • Ability to perform routine maintenance on the process control system.

Original Entrance - Introduction

This examination is open to all candidates, both internal and external, who meet the minimum requirements.
Applications will be accepted only during the designated filing period for this examination.  The opening and closing dates of the filing period are listed in this announcement.  Applications must be filed by the following method:
Submitted online through the District's Online Employment Center at  Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on the closing date in order to be considered.
The deadline for filing an application will not be extended due to any unavailability of the District's Online Employment Center.  The District will not be liable for the Online Employment Center being unavailable for any period of time, and it is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application form is completed and submitted in a timely manner.  Therefore, it is recommended that applications be submitted early in the filing period.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application form is completed and submitted in a timely manner by the method described above
Descriptions and dates of education, experience and any required license or certification should be very clear so that it is understood exactly how the applicant meets the minimum requirements. Prospective employees will be required to provide documentation of the required education, experience and licensure/certification upon employment. Falsification of a material statement in an application may constitute grounds for rejection of the application, exclusion from the examination, removal from the eligible list, or discharge of an employee from his or her position in the Classified Service.
Minimum Requirement Date: The minimum requirements for this examination must be met by the qualification date listed in this announcement.
Residency Requirement: There is no residency requirement to participate in the examination; however, all District employees must be domiciled within the boundaries of the District within six months of successful completion of probation. (The District is in Cook County, Illinois, covering approximately 90% of the county area.)
Veterans' Preference: In Original Entrance examinations, five points for Veterans' Preference will be added, in accordance with the District statute, to the scores of those candidates who attain a passing score in all phases of the examination. Information regarding the periods of eligible service, the documentation needed to file a claim and Veterans' Preference claim forms can be obtained through the District's website, by clicking here, or requested at the test site.
Probationary Period: The probationary period for this classification is one year (250 days worked).
Hiring and Employment Objectives: The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is committed to hiring and employment practices that base employee selection on a candidate's knowledge, skill and ability to perform effectively on the job; provide equal employment opportunity to all applicants; prohibit the entry of political reasons or factors and other improper considerations into any stage of the selection and hiring processes; and create a transparent, honest and fair hiring system.
An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D
Reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities will be made in accordance with applicable laws.  Requests for testing accommodations are to be made within one week after the close of the filing period.  For information regarding accommodation for individuals with disabilities, phone (312) 751-5170 (voice) or (312) 751-5916 (TTY).

Original Entrance - Examination

Duties: Under general supervision, provides engineering services for the design, construction, improvement, modernization and maintenance for process instrumentation and computer control systems for water reclamation plants, pumping stations, and flood control reservoirs.
Minimum Requirements: Graduation from a four-year accredited college or university majoring in electrical engineering or electronic engineering technology, and two years of experience in the design or maintenance of computer-based process control or process instrumentation systems. Substitution: Full-time graduate study in the designated fields of engineering or engineering technology may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.
Examination: The examination will consist of a written test weighted 100%. The minimum passing score on the written test will be 70% unless determined otherwise by the Director of Human Resources. Candidates must achieve a passing score to have their names placed on the eligible list.
The written test will assess candidates' knowledge, skill and ability in areas such as principles and practices of process control technology including Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and Proportional Integral and Derivative (PID) control loops; instrumentation, analog/digital signals and SCADA systems; PLCs, ladder logic and graphical user interface; computer databases and ethernet networking technology; technical drawing and schematic diagrams; and troubleshooting, planning and supervision.
Examination Process: All applicants will be advised by email if they have been admitted to the examination process. Applicants who do not receive a response to their application by Friday, May 26, 2023 should contact the Employee Selection Office at (312) 751-5100.
WRITTEN TEST: The written test will be administered on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St., Chicago, IL.
Candidates should report at 9:00 a.m. with the approved admission letter and driver's license or other form of photo identification. Calculators will be provided. The use of books, study guides, cell phones, tablets, smartwatches, laptops or other aids during the test is prohibited.

Original Entrance - Appointments

After competing in this examination, no candidate may compete again within three years. Appointments will be made from an eligible list with three categories: A (Exceptionally Well Qualified), B (Well Qualified) and C (Qualified). Candidates in the highest category will be given first consideration for appointment. The eligible list has a duration of three years.  Appointment is subject to successfully passing a physical examination, a drug test and a criminal history background investigation.