Automation Controls Specialist in Houston, TX at DCP Midstream

Date Posted: 5/24/2019

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Job Description

About DCP Midstream: 
DCP Midstream is the largest processor of natural gas and natural gas liquids producer ensuring the country has clean energy to warm homes, manufacture goods, and produce consumer products. We are a “must-run” company and we are committed to greater in everything we do—from operating efficiently, reliably and safely to being a responsible community partner. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, DCP Midstream operates assets in 17 states.  

*** For this candidate - location may be flexible; Candidate will be working with the multiple locations and NGL workgroups****
Must be:
  • Very familiar with Siemens TIA portal, S7-300 CPUs, safety IO and Win CC with HMI panels.

  • Very familiar  multiple communication media including – Profinet, Profibus, RS-485, Rs-232, TCP/IP, broadband, and WIFI including remote connections with VPN.

  • Able to understand prosoft modules and red lion devices. Modbus data collection across multiple devices on a LAN.

  • Familiar with liquid pipeline operations, VFDs, and centrifugal pumps.

  • Able to understand controls including software and hardware. Can interpret, design and red line control wiring schematics.

  • Able to understand One Line diagrams.

  • Able to understand how to install and maintain end devices including Pressure Indicating Transmitters, Temperature Indicating Transmitters, Gas monitors, fire eyes, electric and pneumatic actuators, etc. (Preferred)

  • Familiar with NEC code and NFPA 70E. (Preferred)

  • Familiar with Field Operations and/or have field experience (Prefferred)

Duties may include:

  • Performs instrumentation/ electronic/ controls work that involves enhanced skills as follows:
  • High level understanding of pipeline operations with ability to identify enhancement opportunities 
  • Extensive knowledge of company preventive and general maintenance practices so as to develop annual PM schedule 
  • Excellent trouble-shooting skills and has ability to 'walk others through' issues 
  • Ability to interpret & update P&IDs, electrical drawings, and diagrams 
  • Possesses programming skills and has ability to use those skills for optimizing & enhancing our existing processes.

Misc. duties:
  • Is used as a resource for other personnel to call on (effectively directs/supports less experienced personnel with troubleshooting and making repairs, even over the phone)
  • Serves as an Subject Matter Expert and may be utilized on audits and investigations
  • Utilized to mentor/train other employees in area/asset
  • May be involved in evaluating new technology and applications to be used to enhance our business
  • Develops and implements a preventive maintenance program for equipment in asset or region and monitors through completion.
  • Serves as key contact person for asset or region for review of both company & industrial standards (e.g. review of modifications and revisions and interpretation of any need for changes in procedures and/or tasks as applicable to our business)
  • Assists with the design and installation of new field/plant automation equipment; consults with electronics vendors in the development of new equipment for field/plant automation systems.
  • Programs logic design of programmable logic controllers (PLCs).
  • Proficient with SCADA troubleshooting and ladder logic and programming.
  • Possesses thorough understanding of variable frequency drive (VFD) control design including all aspects of programming, troubleshooting and tuning.
  • Calibrates and maintains telemetry equipment and devices, communication and other related electronic equipment; may perform electronic flow measurement programming, troubleshooting and maintenance.
  • Interprets schematics to troubleshoot problems and performs database maintenance administration. 

Project Management tasks/duties:

  • Manages projects
  • Assists in or develops cost estimates for projects/improvement opportunities
  • Forecasts & develops schedules for project completion
  • Oversees work of contract personnel to assure DCP Midstream standards and recommended practices are met
  • May be involved with procuring materials to meet design criteria
  • May be involved with procurement of contract labor for project work
  • May be involved with negotiations with vendors and identifying best pricing and services.


  • In order to be selected or considered for an Automation Control Specialist (ACS) the
  • candidate must successfully meet the minimum experience/work performance criteria outlined below.
  • Minimum of 4-5+ years experience in the I or E Classification with 2-5 years experience in the maintenance and/or development of SCADA or DCS applications/projects
  • Has acquired good understanding of pipeline operations
  • Good safety record
  • Has demonstrated performance of accurate, complete and timely record keeping
  • Has demonstrated a high performance record. (rated Exceeds or Far Exceeds at least 2 of the past 3 years) with the following attributes:
  • Proven ability to perform work independently
  • Dependable and reliable
  • Good organizational skills
  • Good customer focus
  • Works well with others.
  • Ability to perform preventive and general maintenance
  • Experience installing, maintaining and troubleshooting end devices, alarms, controllers, panel boards, etc.
  • Has performed general maintenance on electronic and pneumatic equipment and parts associated with equipment
  • Provides training and technical support as required
  • Computer literate, particularly in respect to the requirements of new technology
  • Foxboro IA DCS:
Configuration Essentials
  • Continuous Control
  • Foxview FoxDraw
  • Foxboro A2
  • Daniels Measurement (chromatographs/ meters)
  • Introduction to Gas Chromatographs - Course: # D4110
  • Operation & Maintenance of Gas Chromatographs - Course: # D4210
  • Advanced Gas Chromatographs - Course: # D4310
  • Siemens SCADA/ PLC:
  • Siemens S7 Programming I
  • Siemens S7 Programming II
  • Intellution iFIX Fundamentals (or equivalent Wonderware course)
  • Intellution Advanced iFIX development (or equiv. Wonderware course)
  • Allen Bradley SCADA/ PLC
  • SLC 500 Programming
  • PLC 5 Programming
  • Honeywell
  • Experion – PKS Server Engineering and Configuration
  • Experion – PKS Control Execution Environment
  • Delta-V DCS
  • Delta V Implementation I (Course 7009)
  • Delta V Hardware and Troubleshooting (Course 7018)
  • Delta V Operator Interface for Continuous Control (Course 7012)
Communications protocol training
  • Has also completed training or acquiredunderstanding of the following (if applicable to equipment in area)
  • Fieldbus communication protocol
  • Modbus communication protocol
  • Profibus communication protocol
  • Ethernet communication protocol
  • DDE communication protocol
  • OPC communication protocol
SPECIAL DUTIES (not all inclusive - approximately 50±% of time on higher level duties and/or project management, dependent on workload and priorities in asset or region)

It has been and will continue to be the policy of DCP Midstream not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of their race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, disability, or other legally protected status.  

Primary Location:  US-TX-Houston
Job:  Operations / Full-time
Job Posting:  Apr 24, 2019, 10:11:13 AM


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