SCADA technicians are responsible for performing electrical and instrumental tasks for their organizations, including troubleshooting all SCADA equipment and processes using expert technical knowledge. They also help to program and implement software changes for switches in installation.
These technicians work in industrial environments to verify that all electrical components meet operational requirements and must follow strict safety guidelines to prevent accidents on the job. They wear goggles, industrial gloves, steel toed boots, and other equipment to protect their ears, eyes, and body parts from live wires, and also help with calibration of SCADA equipment for precise operation, modify electronic equipment for large-scale productions, and help measure output using specialized tools. They should work well in a team setting to reach all goals in a timely manner, but also independently in order to multitask on a variety of projects.
SCADA technicians inspect low- and high-voltage units based on documented capabilities and also must develop strong business relationships with SCADA vendors and suppliers to obtain parts and equipment. They may answer trouble calls and perform preventive maintenance as needed, and also order parts and operate switch-gear when necessary. They generally use a personal computer loaded with electrical software to measure performance and adjust power accordingly and must know how to read schemes and blueprints for easy access to SCADA processes.
An associate's degree in electrical engineering or a related field may be a minimum requirement for this position, and prior work experience in a similar capacity is highly beneficial. SCADA and other electrical certifications are also helpful.
SCADA Technician Tasks
Supervise, support, and maintain data communications across groups.
Test equipment for compliance and efficiency.
Install, audit, calibrate, and document equipment, servers, networks and other components.
Conduct maintenance, upgrade, and improvement operations.