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Communications Technician III - Ft. Smith

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Date: Jul 6, 2019

Location: Ft. Smith, AR, US

Company: Enable Midstream

Summary:  

Responsible for the daily operations, maintenance, calibration, troubleshooting, and testing of communications equipment supporting supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) operations. Installs, inspects, maintains and troubleshoots communication equipment and systems for reliable collection and transfer of measurement and real-time related data to the polling systems. Performs RF and low voltage electrical work that involves transmitters, RTU/EFM, radios, antenna systems, tower infrastructure and other communication devices. Performs all tasks in a manner that supports the Company’s mission, vision and goals.  Ensures that the facilities are operated, within safe operating limits, and maintained in compliance with all company policies, procedures and applicable local, state and federal rules and regulations.

 

Performs basic responsibilities related to communications and telemetry support with standardized processes and procedures. Works under general supervision. Resolves routine questions and problems using basic principles supporting System Control, SCADA Support and field operations. Refers the more complex issues to higher levels.

 

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Ensure operational reliability, integrity, and functionality of SCADA field telecommunications assets
  • Support field activities related to the installation, startup, and operation of new equipment.
  • Primary first level support for Radio Frequency equipment such as MDS Radios, Licensed MAS radios, Licensed Microwave, Spread Spectrum radios, Cell modems, VSAT's, and network equipment.
  • Support preventative maintenance activities and communications equipment and all infrastructure at tower locations.
  • Maintain site AC/DC power systems (e.g., solar systems, battery systems, low voltage disconnect units, uninterruptable power supply)
  • Perform basic troubleshooting of transmitters and electronic equipment communications issues.
  • Utilizes electronic meters to apply principles of electricity flow in the resolution of electrical malfunctions.
  • Maintain existing databases, spreadsheets, EFM programs, and other electronic files used in performing job measurement duties, and work planning/documentation files.
  • May assist with the installation and setup of flow computer, sampling system, solar panel and battery, and radio communications system on a new meter.

 

Secondary Duties:

  • May perform one or more multi-skilled operations, maintenance and installation duties in addition to the primary roles and responsibilities listed above.  Responsibilities may include but are not limited to OT network functions, corporate network support, telephony support and field technician support.

 

Education & Experience:

  • Associates Degree or 3 years directly related experience.
  • Valid State Driver’s License

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Basic understanding of SCADA communication data flow and protocols
  • May be required to understand hydrocarbon measurement
  • Knowledge and understanding of SCADA and the communications systems used in the operation of meter stations, control of flow and pressure, and data retrieval.
  • Basic understanding of Radio Frequency equipment such as MDS Radios, Licensed MAS radios, Spread Spectrum radios, Cell modems, VSAT's, IP addressing, networking and 2-way Radios.
  • Basic knowledge of Gas/Liquid Pipeline RTU/EFM
  • Basic understanding of communications standards such as RS232, RS485, and Internet Protocol.
  • Basic understanding of Protocol Analyzers
  • Basic understanding of physical and cyber security methodologies
  • Ability to repair structured cabling (e.g. copper, fiber, coax, waveguide) and associated connectors
  • Develops spreadsheets and basic databases for analysis and record maintenance.
  • Reads, interprets and modifies engineering and network drawings and Gantt charts
  • Effectively use a personal computer with MS Office Suite applications (Word, Excel & Outlook).
  • Effective communication skills necessary to promote compliance with procedures and cooperation with individuals at various levels throughout the organization.
  • Tests, inspects, operates, troubleshoots, and maintains electronic devices associated with communications for OT applications.
  • Works and participates successfully in a team based environment to accomplish assignments.
  • Operate as a self-starter with individual drive and initiative to start, develops and completes projects and initiatives.
  • Communicates effectively with field employees, management and public, both orally and in writing

 

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to exert in excess of 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 10 pounds of force regularly to move objects.
  • May be required to lift fifty (50) pounds or more.
  • Physical ability to work around and on industrial equipment, including frequent climbing, stooping, reaching, pulling, pushing, twisting, bending, kneeling, crawling and grasping.
  • Must be able to move about unrestricted and follow safety and emergency response procedures and regulations.
  • May be required to stand, sit and walk for reasonable periods of time.
  • May be required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel or crouch for reasonable periods of time.
  • Must be able to move about on foot and follow safety and emergency response procedures.
  • Able to travel long distances in a motor vehicle.
  • Able to work in areas with limited access or cramped spaces.
  • On a routine basis, may climb ladders, walkways and scaffolds.
  • May be required to wear SCBA

 

Working Conditions:

  • Works in potentially hazardous environments
  • Works with or near hazardous chemicals
  • Operates personal computer for extended periods.
  • Works independently and completes scheduled work with minimal supervision.
  • Requires frequent travel via truck (some overnight) to locations throughout the system to monitor equipment and perform work activities.
  • Works outdoors in weather extremes and near equipment alongside potentially high noise levels.
  • Works and participates successfully in a team based environment to accomplish assignments.
  • Operate as a self-starter with individual drive and initiative to start, develops and completes projects and initiatives.
  • Communicates effectively with field employees, management and public, both orally and in writing
  • Based on business requirements, may be  assigned to shiftwork

 

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