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City of Tacoma WA Networked Systems Engineer in Tacoma, Washington

Networked Systems Engineer


$85,217.60 - $109,220.80 Annually


Tacoma, WA

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Environmental Services

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Position Description

Applications received by July 26, 2021 will receive first consideration.

The City of Tacoma, Environmental Services Department, is recruiting for a Networked Systems Engineer. The Science and Engineering Division is seeking an outgoing, highly motivated person who is interested in the challenge of maintaining the control system for the City's two wastewater treatment plants and being part of their dynamic, award winning Environmental Services Team.

If the below list of personal traits sounds like you, then you are just the type of person they are searching for to join the team!

  • Outgoing, positive personality who enjoys working as part of the team,

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills,

  • Strong personal motivation and drive – an ambitious and committed self-starter

  • Interest in a wide array of information technology challenges

The Principles that Guide Us:

Tacoma, the City of Destiny, has a workforce of dedicated, talented and open-minded employees with unique skills and perspectives. We embrace innovation and strive for excellence and community engagement in all that we do. The Principles that Guide Us, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Equity, speak to the values that we embody as City of Tacoma employees, and represent the core of our work in public service.

The City of Tacoma Environmental Service Department is responsible for the maintenance and operations of the solid waste, surface water and wastewater utilities. The department has recently completed its new strategic plan that will guide the department for the next seven years. The plan empowers the employees to continue to make the department a stronger organization and to continue to be an industry leader.

In the Environmental Services Department we believe everything we do supports healthy neighborhoods and a thriving Puget Sound, leaving a better Tacoma for all.

The Focus on healthy neighborhoods and a Thriving Puget Sound defines the core values of the Environmental Services Department and our clear focus on: Customers, Employees and Operations with the three following statements:

  • Customers - Partner with the community on customer-valued services to meet the diverse needs of Tacoma neighborhoods

  • Employees - Foster safe culture built on trust, conversation and equity

  • Operations - Operate using best practices and innovation to meet changing environmental and community needs.


This position will play a key role in maintaining the plant control system for the City's two wastewater treatment plants and the SCADA system for 48 pump stations. The plant control system was recently updated to a Rockwell Automation PlantPAx Distributed Control System. The system communicates with Allen-Bradley PLCs dedicated to specific areas throughout the treatment plants which are connected to hundreds of devices and instrumentation. Rockwell FactoryTalk is utilized to support operator controls, alarm and event notifications. Historical data is archived with FactoryTalk Historian. Reports and trends of the historical information is displayed utilizing FactoryTalk VantagePoint, while change management is addressed through FactoryTalk AssetCentre.

The plant control system operates on a private network that consists of 45 Windows servers and network time server, 60 network switches, two domains, 13 workstations and 32 thin clients.

The link below provides an overview of the control system upgrade project.

Plant Control System Upgrade (


  • Ensure the highest level of integrity, operational reliability, and system availability, of the wastewater treatment plant control system and pump station SCADA system on the Environmental Services Department's private network, through the use of best management practices.

  • Provide workstation, server, network and communications support by installing, configuring and maintaining hardware, operating systems, applications, cybersecurity and programming on the Environmental Services Department's private network.

  • Perform database administration of relational database management systems to include: planning, modeling, installing, upgrading, implementing, testing, tuning and maintaining in a multi-tiered client server environment.

  • Maintain and administer systems and databases to include back-up, recovery and disaster recovery.

  • Manage and maintain network communication including network switches and mobile device connectivity.

  • Install, configure and maintain various historian software programs and supporting equipment, especially OSI Soft PI and MS SQL-based Historians, using supporting procedures and processes.

  • Configure historical and consumable data gathering and manage reporting services (SSRS, VantagePoint).

  • Assist in the management of Environmental Services' ICS business intelligence infrastructure, including historical data retrieval, advanced analytics, document repository, software revision control, network availability/reliability, etc.

  • Develop and maintain documentation, such as automation/control system architecture drawings, network drawings and network component configurations, and procedures for installation, use, and troubleshooting of control system hardware and software.

  • Maintain standards and procedures associated with Environmental Services private network and plant control system.

  • Coordinate with City's corporate Information Technology Department for cross network data.

Candidate Profile Overview:

Our ideal candidate will possess the following skills:

  • Familiar with industrial control systems software and architecture

  • Experience with maintaining and managing a Rockwell Automation Industrial Data Center

  • Experience with some of the following Rockwell Automation software packages: FactoryTalk View SE, FactoryTalk Historian SE, FactoryTalk VantagePoint, and FactoryTalk AssetCentre

  • Experience using Structured Query Language (SQL), VBA, .NET, HTML and C#

  • Experience setting up and configuring telemetry and network equipment including managed network switches/routers, firewall and security appliances, hardware devices, and industrial control network

  • Experience implementing security business practices to protect the control system from cyber threats

  • Experience tracking the life-cycle of hardware

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

This is a professional environment with most activities occurring in an office setting with periodic field visits to process areas of the treatment plants or pump stations.

Periodic field work consists of in-the-field collaboration with Operations and Maintenance staff.

Position may require driving, sitting, or standing for long periods of time.


Four-year (4) degree from an accredited college or university in civil, mechanical, electrical engineering, computer science or other engineering degree relevant to process automation control systems


Three (3) years' experience in a highly technical division specialty (HTDS).

Engineer-in-Training or Professional Engineer Certificate may be substituted for degree.


  • Four years' experience in designing and managing process control systems using Windows, SQL servers, logic controllers, network equipment, communication protocols, graphical formatting and display software.

  • Experience related to Industrial Control Systems

  • Experience related to municipal utilities facilities (such as wastewater treatment processes, wastewater and surface water pumping systems, and electrical and instrumentation systems).


May require a valid Washington Driver's License at the time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.

Knowledge & Skills



Use data and information in a clear and rational process to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form accurate conclusions, and make decisions. Gather, assemble, analyze and evaluate facts to draw logical conclusions, make proper recommendations and prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive written reports which require displaying and presenting statistical, graphical, and other reporting methods to audiences of varying technical sophistication.


Effectively identify, collect, organize and document data and information in ways that make the information most useful for subsequent assessment, analysis, and investigation using current software and techniques. Compile and maintain reports, records and various other forms of pertinent information in an organized and professional manner.


Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with co-workers, the general public, and other municipalities and federal agencies. Ability to lead small to large working teams. Establish, coordinate and direct work teams to accomplish assigned tasks to a successful completion. Ability to work as a team member in a supporting or managing role. Ability to coordinate multi-disciplined project teams.

Problem Solving

Use intelligence, common sense, hard work and tenacity to solve particularly difficult or complicated challenges. Employ expertise and credibility, to evaluate and resolve complex or sensitive issues and problems.

Communications Effectiveness

Effective communication both verbal and in writing including the compilation of reports, presentations and records; and interacting respectfully and sensitively with individuals and groups to develop and maintain productive relationships and achieve results. Makes excellent customer service the standard, responding to changing customer needs, and helping customers implement complete solutions.


Conduct all assignments in a professional and timely manner. Work with confidentiality and discretion. Maintain professional skills that apply to all aspects of field of assigned specialty through continued education and/or training. Model effective group behavior such as listening, discussing, negotiating, encouraging and motivating. Maintain current knowledge of industry by reading and interpreting applicable ordinances, rules, regulations, practices, policies and procedures.

Program Management

Appropriately prioritize and concurrently provide guidance and consultation on multiple programs, integrating many factors into decisions, and ensuring that work progresses toward achieving goals and objectives.


Proficient in engineering practices and principles within the field of expertise. Experience in complex project design and the preparation of engineering plans, technical specifications, cost estimates and bid documents. Ability to negotiate the means to attain regulatory compliance with agencies. Ability to be innovative and make independent decisions.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

To be considered for this opportunity:

Interested individuals must complete the online application and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

This is a competitive selection process. Your application will be reviewed and evaluated on the basis of education, certifications, professional license and related experience. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and who most closely correspond to the City of Tacoma's needs will be placed on a referral list for review and potential interview selection. Appointment is subject to passing a pre-employment background and references check.

Supplemental questions regarding an applicant's experience and training are also included in the application form. These questions will be used to assess candidate minimum qualifications and to provide additional information to the hiring managers regarding candidate experience.

Applications received by July 26, 2021 will receive first consideration.

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

Our City:

With a population over 200,000, Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. Named one of the most livable areas in the country by, Tacoma and the surrounding area is a playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, our schools are exceptional and our housing is affordable.

When you work for the City of Tacoma you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a healthy work/life balance, the potential for flexible work schedules (with some job classifications), continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:

We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, or questions regarding this job announcement, call the Human Resources office at (253) 591.5400 before 4:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement.

The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision plans for the whole family; paid holidays and paid leave; participation in the Tacoma Public Employees' Retirement System (alternate plan for Police/Fire); continuing education and advancement opportunities and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities and incentives.

Medical Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Dental Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Vision Coverage: For eligible employees and their eligible dependents.

Paid Leave: City employees are entitled to received paid holidays, sick/vacation leave or personal time off (PTO), depending upon union affiliation and appointment type.

Insurance Plans: Employees are covered by a long-term disability plan. Short-term and expanded long-term disability insurance plans are also available to employees. The State Industrial Insurance Act also covers employees.

Deferred Compensation: Income can be set aside on a pretax basis and invested for supplementation of normal retirement income.

Retirement: All employees of the City, except members of the Police and Fire services, Tacoma Rail and certain project employees, are included in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System. Information on the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System can be found at or by calling (253) 502-8200.

Other Employment Information

Direct Deposit: Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule by direct deposit.

Salary Increases: Based on satisfactory job performance, the City provides for a regular progression of salary increases for most classifications according to the salary schedule.

Union Affiliation: Many job classifications are covered by union security provisions which require union membership, dues, or payment of equivalent service fees.

Note: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.


This supplemental questionnaire will be used to determine whether you meet minimum qualifications for this position and will be used as a tool to screen applications prior to an in depth look at your application materials. These questions should be completed thoroughly and honestly. Your responses to these questions may be accessed through the interview and reference check process. Any sign of deliberate misinformation or intentional exaggeration will result in disqualification from the hiring process. Do NOT refer to your resume in lieu of answering these questions.

I certify that the information provided is accurate and complete to the best of my knowledge. I understand that any falsification may cancel any terms, conditions, or privileges of employment. Please check "Yes" to indicate that you have read and understand these instructions.

  • Yes

  • No


    Do you have a Bachelor's of Science Degree in civil, mechanical, or electrical engineering, computer science or a related field from an accredited four-year college or university?

  • Yes

  • No


    Check all boxes below that apply to your work experience.

  • Three years or more of related control systems engineering work experience.

  • Experience in control systems engineering in the wastewater field.

  • Engineer-in-Training Certificate or Professional Engineer Certificate

  • None of the above


    Describe your experience managing and maintaining data centers (servers, network, database management, etc.): include name of organization, your position title, and number of years work, roles and responsibilities.


    Describe your experience working with Rockwell Automation software packages: include the name of software package (i.e. Factory Talk VantagePoint), years of experience and responsibilities. If you have no relevant experience in this area respond with "N/A."


    Describe your experience in application development: include the name of the programming language, years of experience and responsibilities. If you have no relevant experience in this area, respond with "N/A."


    Describe your experience developing and maintaining databases: include the types of databases, years of experience and responsibilities. If you have no relevant experience in this area respond with "N/A."


    Please provide a brief description of the techniques you use for managing your time and meeting schedules and objectives.


    Describe your experiences working and relating with people whose backgrounds (such as gender, ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic) are different than your own. What do you bring to this position that will contribute to creating/sustaining a welcoming inclusive workplace environment?


    In detail, describe a process or system that you have designed or improved so customers would be better served.


    Please tell us how you learned about this job opportunity.

  • Job Interest Card notification

  • Internet search

  • Professional

  • Community

  • Military

  • Union job posting

  • Online job board

  • Word of mouth

  • Other


    If you responded "professional organization", "community organization", or "other" to the previous question, please tell us exactly how you learned about this job opportunity. Thank you, your response will help us with future recruitment efforts.


    Did you remember to upload your cover letter and resume?

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City of Tacoma


Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764





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