The Process Control Systems Specialist is a key role in the management of process control computer networks, applications, and systems.
The Process Control infrastructure consists of both Microsoft Windows based networks and proprietary Distributed Control System networks. These are both responsible for interfacing with and controlling the refinery processes.
Responsibilities of the System Specialist include maintenance and enhancement of our systems and applications, simplifying where possible while maintaining 100% availability and stability, and maintaining the security of our systems, ensuring they are protected from cyber-security threats.
- Assist in maintaining and supporting the Process Control Network (Microsoft based Process Control), including (but not limited to):
- Security (firewall, AV protection, user accounts, etc.)
- Network support (LAN, communications, switches, routers, firewalls, etc.)
- Building and configuration of networks, servers, stations, domains, and security.
- Software & hardware upgrades / patches
- System availability & reliability
- System architecture & design
- Application maintenance
- PI (by OSIsoft Inc.)
- Alarm Configuration Manager (ACM)
- Data management
- License management
- Management of change
- Assist in supporting integration of the control system, laboratory system, IT system and other third party systems
- Identify and implement efficient work processes
- Perform backups and database maintenance
- Create and maintain system documentation (procedures, backup, recovery, troubleshooting, architecture, etc.)
- Assist in management of emergency recovery plans and procedures
- Manage spare parts
- System Monitoring:
- Logs -- system and application
- Disk space
- Machine and network performance
- Percent utilization
- Preventive maintenance
- Understand and apply company HSE and MOC practices, policies, and procedures
- Develop and maintain safe behaviors and an awareness of the associated risks in routine activities
- Participate in and, where appropriate, own the outcomes of Hazops and other safety reviews / audits
- Participate in knowledge transfer with other BP facilities
- Implement best practices as appropriate
- Performs other related duties as required
- The role has the potential for developing into the following areas:
- Provide DCS system support, including: monitoring, troubleshooting, maintenance recommendations, upgrade recommendations, and implementation
- DCS Patches
- Serve as a key interface to DCS venders on hardware purchases (configuration, tracking, pricing, etc.)
- Provide I&E and Operator training on control systems
- Implement operator interface improvements (graphics, reports, journals, data analysis)
- Configure new instrumentation into DCS Systems
- Perform DCS programming
Technical degree in Windows Systems, Security, and Networks or equivalent
Minimum of 3 years' experience in configuration, management and administration of Microsoft systems networks.
Thorough understanding of Networking (TCP/IP, Client/Server, Ethernet, LAN)
Domain / Active Directory knowledge
Proven skills in troubleshooting system problems
- Ability to analyze existing problems / applications for specific symptoms and subsequently both repair and improve the application's functionality
Strong communication skills (oral and written).
- Ability to convey technical concepts and issues to non-technical staff
- Strong customer service skills and the ability to maintain a professional attitude when working with Customers, Peers, and Management
A high level of motivation and a bias for action
Highly structured / organized with attention to accuracy and detail
Experience working in a fast paced, team oriented/collaborative environment; as well as experience working independently, including task identification & prioritization
Ability to handle multiple projects concurrently and adhere to deadlines.