Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
  • 18-Oct-2022 to 30-Jun-2023 (EST)
  • Winthrop, MA, USA
  • 70738.20-98390.24 per year
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Benefit Eligible: Monday - Friday: 7:00am-3:00pm

POSITION: Project Engineer, PICS

DIVISION: Operations

DEPARTMENT: Process Control/Deer Island

UNION/GRADE: Unit 9/Grade 21



Supports, maintains and is a resource related to the technology which underlies the process instrumentation and control system (PICS) used to control and monitor the waste treatment process at the Deer Island Treatment Plant (DITP). The PICS system is a typical distributed control system (DCS) normally found in the f1uid process industries. Supports the entire PICS department with hardware maintenance and software source backup and maintenance.


Works under the general supervision of the Program Manager, Process Engineering.




  • Assists the Program Manager, Process Engineering and or other Operations Program and Project Managers with the design, analysis and documentation of new process control strategies and/or the modification to existing control strategies.
  • Under the direction of the senior staff, implements, tunes, and tests control strategies and console displays.
  • Monitors the performance of the PICS system. Identifies problems. Advises supervisor and implements solutions.
  • Participates in all aspects of PICS standard hardware and software maintenance and upgrade.
  • Coordinates PICS contractor preventative maintenance programs with plant staff.
  • Is on-call to provide emergency maintenance for PICS hardware and system functions and to provide assistance to operations personnel in the event of system malfunction.


  • Assists PICS staff in the documentation of graphical and control issues.
  • Performs related duties as required.


Education and Experience:

  • A four (4) year Bachelors Degree Program in a science or engineering discipline; and
  • A minimum of one (1 ) year of experience in the field of industrial process control particularly as it relates to the application of distributed control systems (DCS); and
  • Wastewater plant experience is desired; and
  • Experience in reading Process and Instrumentation Diagrams and logic diagrams; or
  • Any equivalent combination of education or experience.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of real-time computer control system operation and programming.
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.


A Massachusetts Wastewater Operators License or ability to obtain one within a year.


Office equipment as normally associated with the use of telephone, personal computer including word processing and other software, copy and fax machine.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; stand; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; taste or smell.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and vibration. The employee occasionally works in high precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of electrical shock.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud in field settings and moderately quiet in an office setting.

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or veteran status.

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