What is the purpose of the role?
We are currently seeking a mobile instrumentation, control & automation (ICA) technician to ensure that all equipment associated with our sewage treatment works is running safely and efficiently using both proactive and reactive maintenance methods. The purpose of the ICA technician is to inspect, maintain, test or repair as appropriate, SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) and associated PLCs, instrumentation, control and automation equipment. Working as part of the maintenance team you will follow robust maintenance plans as well as getting involved in minor installation projects, electrical fault finding and emergency breakdown repairs to ensure our plant operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
What makes this role unique?
Working outside with no one day being the same provides a very interesting working environment but you will never be short of support. You will be presented with unique challenges whether it's using your expertise to diagnose control faults or replace network infrastructure equipment. You will gain experience on a wide range of plants and equipment some of which are innovative investments providing exciting new experiences and receive competitive benefits as well as full training on health & safety procedures and technical and process methods related to the plant.
What will this role involve?
This instrumentation, control & automation (ICA) technician will be working in a multi-disciplinary ICA team, alongside a range of operational teams such as systems, mechanical, and electrical technicians.
The successful candidate will be responsible for installing, modifying and commissioning new plant equipment to relevant standards, and to diagnose and repair faults on systems and plants. Proactively identifying and reporting follow on work or areas for enhancement, and delivering cost effective improvements to assets and systems.
You will be required to carry out instrumentation, control and automation maintenance on a variety of wastewater assets including planned maintenance and defect maintenance. There will be a need to liaise with and supervise contractors and suppliers where necessary.
This vital role also involves the investigation into plant failures and the implementation of subsequent repairs as quickly and efficiently as possible in order to avoid interruptions to the process.
Additionally you will conduct risk assessments and create appropriate method statements when required to safely carry out maintenance activities.
You will be responsible for providing specialist technical advice where appropriate with up to date technical knowledge, and provide training support for technical trainees and support project development and input into capital delivery projects.
What are we looking for?
A good, practical understanding of operational plant and control systems is essential. As well as an understanding of Wonderware and ClearSCADA, relay logic and PLCs (Rockwell & Alan Bradley) which will include management and programming. The ideal candidate will have the ability to read and fault find from circuit diagrams as well as have previous experience of inverter drives. Examples of some instrumentation you could be working on are: flow meters, pressure levels, ultrasonic, radar, gas detection, PH monitors. We are looking for someone with experience of calibration and maintenance of front line instrumentation. Ideally you will be qualified to HNC level or otherwise will have City and Guilds Part 2 or NVQ level 3 (or equivalent) in an electrical subject. Due to the nature of the role a valid driving licence is essential and as the post will work across a number of sites in your assigned region. The work will require physical fitness and the ability to work in confined spaces with successful completion of the appropriate training; as well as flexibility to work on an out of hours rota when necessary.
Thames Water information and salary details
You will be based out of Didcot Sewage Treatment Works and you may be eligible for a Company van. Depending on experience and/or qualifications you will be on a basic salary of £36,000 - £41,400. Our competitive salary package includes up to 28 days annual leave, generous pension scheme whereby the company will match twice of what you contribute up to 12% company contribution, life insurance of 8 x salary, annual pay review, season ticket loans and loyalty awards for continuous service plus discounts at a wide range of retailers via Benefits on Taps. We also offer 2 paid volunteering days per year. You will have the potential to earn casual overtime (double time in some circumstances) and you will be paid extra as part of the 24/7 out of hours standby rota to ensure the service we provide to our customers always comes first.
Thames Water is an equal opportunity, Disability Confident, and Stonewall diversity champion employer.
Closing Date: The closing date for applications is 21/11/2018.