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Controls Engineer (Southern California)

Woodard & Curran is a national engineering, science, and operations firm with a simple vision for clean water, a safe environment, healthy communities, and happy people. As an employee-owned company, we strive to cultivate diverse teams and encourage collaboration in an equitable and inclusive culture. We seek talented individuals from all backgrounds to help us address a broad range of water and environmental issues. We prioritize our people, offering opportunities for professional growth, ownership, and flexibility. That’s how we make a difference to our clients, people, and the planet.


Use your skills and expertise to manage automation and control projects from planning through closure.   You will have a team of technical managers, engineers, and operations staff to support you in delivering high-quality projects within scope, schedule, and budget parameters. In addition to working with an internal team, you will regularly interface with clients to keep them informed on the status of projects and act as their trusted advisor to identify and plan for new projects that will benefit their operations. The successful candidate will regularly travel to job sites (typically within driving distance) to oversee startups, lead preconstruction, and kickoff meetings, and meet with clients to discuss existing project status and new projects.

Who are we looking for:

The successful candidate will join a strong team of motivated individuals to execute industrial control system projects for our municipal and industrial water and wastewater clients. The candidate will serve as the lead for medium to large implementation projects that may be standalone or multidisciplinary SCADA projects. It is critical for the candidate to understand and meet project requirements while working within the project’s scope, schedule, and budget constraints. Because the candidate will interface with a wide array of internal and external stakeholders, the candidate must have exceptional communication skills. Additionally, the successful candidate will mentor junior staff and contribute to initiatives aligned with improved performance and efficiency.

Location: Southern California

Travel: 50% travel in northern California and nationwide. Travel will predominantly consist of day trips with occasional air travel and overnight stays.

What You Will Be Doing at Woodard & Curran:

  • Perform site investigations to gather information about the client’s systems, equipment, and instruments to develop SCADA system architecture options and define the upgrade migration path for each option with associated cost estimates;
  • Support Project Manager in writing proposals and client communications
  • Mentors and trains junior staff;
  • Foster and maintain relationships with key clients;
  • Coordinate and provide technical oversight of subcontractors and vendors
  • Develop process logic for programmable logic controllers (PLCs) used to monitor and control water and wastewater treatment systems;
  • Design graphical screens that represent process equipment and instrumentation in the human-machine interface (HMI) software packages used by our clients;
  • Design graphical screens for the operator interface terminals (OITs) utilized in our SCADA systems;
  • Use specialized software to create automated reports containing process information that is incorporated into regulatory reports and used by clients to monitor and evaluate operations;
  • Oversee and guide contractors in terminating wires, checkout and modify equipment and instrument wiring connected to the SCADA system;
  • Collaborate with Project Managers and Senior Engineers to prepare documents and presentations with minimal guidance and oversight;
  • Configure and calibrate instruments, including level, pressure, flow, temperature, process analyzers, and more, and connections to the SCADA system;
  • Configure and commission SCADA computers industrial networking hardware, including Ethernet switches, wireless access points, and licensed frequency radios;
  • Participate in the testing and startup of the process equipment, instruments, and SCADA system to ensure the SCADA system monitors and controls the equipment as intended;
  • Train operations personnel on the use, maintenance, and troubleshooting of the SCADA system hardware, software and installation;
  • Perform QA/QC for deliverables produced by the design team and the code developed by the controls team.
  • Understands that safety is paramount and adheres to safety protocol;
  • Works independently but also collaborates with disparate teams;
  • Embraces continuous improvement (self-improvement and team improvement);
  • Applies sound and diversified knowledge of engineering principles and practices;
  • Has strong communication skills (oral and written);
  • Possess strong organizational skills;
  • Is analytical and has a strong attention to detail;
  • Self-motivated and self-starting;
  • Not afraid to ask questions.

  • What You Will Need To Succeed:

  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Systems Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering or associated field;
  • PE License is a bonus;
  • 5+ years’ experience in control system integration;
  • Extensive experience with Allen-Bradley and/or Modicon PLC hardware and software (other PLC experience is a bonus);
  • Extensive experience with Allen-Bradley FactoryTalk, Schneider Wonderware, Ignition, GE Proficy iFix HMI software (other HMI package experience is a bonus);
  • Experience configuring and developing graphics for OITs such as Allen-Bradley PanelView and Automation Direct C-More;
  • Experience with automated reporting software (such as SyTech’s XLReporter);
  • Hands-on experience configuring, interfacing with, and troubleshooting instrumentation found in the water and wastewater industry;
  • Strong electrical and mechanical aptitude;
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite (Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint; Access experience is a bonus);
  • Computer networking experience (hardware and configuration) is a bonus;
  • Experience in higher programming languages (VB, C++, Java) is a bonus;
  • Water/wastewater industry experience is a bonus.

  • Benefits & Wellbeing

    Retirement Savings:

    • 401(k) Pre-tax or Roth Contributions: Company will match equal to 100% of the first 3% of salary contributed, All employees are eligible to participate in the 401(k) plan and are 100% vested in the value of own contributions and any employer matching contributions.

    Time away from work:

    • Vacation time is provided to full and part-time regular employees. Vacation is accrued, based on number of hours worked per week as well as prior years of experience.

    • Woodard & Curran offers paid sick time to eligible employees who are absent due to their own non-work related, illness, injury, or medical procedure.

    • Woodard & Curran provides up to 80 hours of Paid Parental Leave for child bonding in a 12-month period.

    • Company-paid short- and long-term disability insurance from Sun Life to assist with replacing a portion of your income in the event of non-job-related illness or injury. Eligible employees are automatically enrolled and eligible immediately.

    Coverage and support for your needs and wellbeing:

    Personal and Family health: Company offers three medical plan options based on geography; plus HSA and PSA plans are available based on eligibility, additional options include dental and vision plans.

    Company provides basic employee group life insurance and AD&D benefits; additional voluntary life insurance for employee and family are available through Sun Life.

    WayForward powered by Dario: EAP Program combined with personalized mental health and wellbeing coaching.

    LiveWell wellbeing program: credit incentive is available, up to $600 annually – nutrition and fitness reimbursement, and access to the Virgin Pulse wellness platform.

    Education: Tuition assistance offers eligible employees up to 100% reimbursement of tuition, books and fees up to $5250 per year, for courses related to the employee’s job or planned career development.

    Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement

    Woodard & Curran is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. Individuals with Disabilities and Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply. We are committed to ensuring our employment practices are non-discriminatory and based solely on job-related factors. To read our entire Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement, click here. To view the Workplace Discrimination Is Illegal poster and supplement, click here.

    If you have a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to apply, please contact Beth Sweitzer.

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    We value diversity, equity and inclusion and encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply.

    Woodard & Curran believes that complex teams working together in an equitable, inclusive space provides the best opportunity for achieving our vision of clean water, a safe environment, healthy communities, and happy people. Our success is tied to a culture that embraces our differences so that everyone can bring their whole, authentic selves to work. When our people are supported to reach their full potential, we provide the most innovative, sound, and effective solutions.

    This position’s anticipated pay range is provided below; final exempt salary or non-exempt hourly pay will be dependent on experience level as well as considering a % based geographic differential based on where the final candidate will be working. Geographic differentials are used to recognize and reflect cost of labor differences between geographic markets.

    Salary Range: $110,000 - $130,000

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