Controls Engineer

Controls Engineer

Monterey Bay Aquarium //
Monterey, CA //
Posted on: November 12, 2021 //

Under limited supervision, maintain and troubleshoot existing controls system, including panels, PLC Programs, HMIs and SCADA Front End, for the Monterey Bay Aquarium and aquarium buildings; design, program, build, install, check-out, and operate new controls systems for new exhibits or upgrades to existing systems; troubleshoot various communications networks, including TCP/IP, (TCP)ModBus, BacNet, and WIFI; respond to alarms or calls from staff related to the life support controls system, HVAC and lighting, both during and outside of work hours, as needed; perform other duties as required.

Functions & Responsibilities

Essential Functions

Troubleshoot control systems wiring, PLC / SCADA logic, PLCs, and calibrations, both for issues detected internally or in response to alarms or calls from other staff.
Design code for new control systems and PLCs for life support automation, alarm functions, HVAC programs, and other building system automations.
Design controls sequence of operations for new exhibits or for upgrades to existing life support or facility systems.
Design and install PLC panels, wiring, sensors, transducers, and all other aspects of exhibit control systems, working closely with other stakeholders in life support, instrumentation, facilities maintenance, and animal care to prioritize work.
Validate new control systems and PLCs to ensure functions operate according to guidelines.
Provide technical direction for design and installation of controls and electrical infrastructure for new exhibits and systems, including equipment specifications/quotes/purchases.
Draw SCADA diagrammatic screens, diagrams, and trending capabilities for aquarium life support and facility systems for new systems or as edits to existing diagrams.
Produce piping and instrument (P&ID) drawings, wiring diagrams, and other schematic drawings for new systems using tools such as AutoCAD.

Skills & Experience

Knowledge & Skills

Experience developing databases, graphics, events in FactoryTalk View
Experience working with aquarium or zoo life support systems
Experience using AutoCad
Experience building PLC panels
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
Excellent communication skills
Advanced working knowledge of on-line troubleshooting/editing/programming of operational PLCs
Advanced knowledge of electrical work and instrumentation
Ability to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Core Values

Education & Experience

Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, automated controls, or manufacturing.
5+ years of PLC Programming and systems maintenance using Rockwell software RSLogix 500.
2 years experience with SCADA front end platforms

Job Requirements

Physical Requirements

Sitting, periodic standing, periodic walking, climb stairs and ladders, reaching, detailed electrical and panel work while standing or stooping
Occasional unassisted lifting up to 30 lbs
Typical office equipment, lock out tag out, electrical equipment, small tools for PLC and electrical work, hand and small power tools, computers

Working Conditions

Typical office environment, service areas, construction sites, mechanical spaces, main aquarium, ARCC, electrical rooms

Salary & Benefits