Lead Communications Technician

Enable Midstream Partners, LP Holdenville , OK 74848

Posted 3 months ago


Responsible for the daily operations, maintenance, calibration, troubleshooting and testing of communications equipment supporting supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) operations. Installs, inspects, maintains and troubleshoots communication equipment and systems for reliable collection and transfer of measurement and real-time related data to the polling systems. Performs RF and low-voltage electrical work that involves transmitters, RTU/EFM, radios, antenna systems, tower infrastructure and other communication devices. Performs all tasks in a manner that supports the company's mission, vision and goals. Ensures that the facilities are operated, within safe operating limits, and maintained in compliance with all company policies, procedures and applicable local, state and federal rules and regulations.

The responsibilities of this position are varied and complex. Advanced knowledge of own area of responsibility. Plans and prioritizes work and works under little to no supervision. Provides guidance and training to less experienced employees within functional area. Resolves complex problems within area of responsibility. Understands and applies advanced principles of area of specialization. Recommends changes in procedures. Anticipates patterns and links; looks beyond the immediate problem to the wider implications. Reviews progress and evaluates results. Leads may coordinate the work of others.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Act as primary resource for assistance in troubleshooting communications equipment, communications issues with EFM's and associated control devices for operational and maintenance assistance. Utilize advanced and specialized expertise in several areas of communications and telemetry.

  • Provide technical input on engineering designs to ensure operational reliability, integrity and functionality of SCADA field telecommunications assets.

  • Lead or direct field projects and support management through planning and scheduling of personnel for complex projects or tasks.

  • Evaluate operations and make recommendations to improve procedures and guidelines.

  • Operate with latitude and review progress with management.

  • Provide technical input on projects to assure designs meet operational telemetry and communications requirements.

  • Communicate and coordinate field activities related to the installation, startup and operation of new equipment.

  • Provide technical answers and summary information to supervisor and other technicians as needed.

  • Provide primary first-, second- and third-level support for Radio Frequency equipment such as MDS Radios, Licensed MAS radios, Licensed Microwave, Spread Spectrum radios, Cell modems, VSAT's and network equipment. Provide support to lower-level technicians.

  • Develop detailed plans and perform preventative maintenance activities on communications equipment and all infrastructure assets at tower locations; ensure data is maintained on all assets in assigned coverage area.

  • Maintain site AC/DC power systems (e.g., solar systems, battery systems, low-voltage disconnect units, uninterruptable power supply).

  • Act in a supervisory capacity in the lack of immediate supervision.

  • Schedule and coordinate daily activities with peer operations personnel and use supervisor to resolve scheduling conflicts.

  • Provide formal and informal training to less experienced technicians on basic and advanced telemetry and communications principles, operation and maintenance of equipment and the use of computer applications.

  • Provide technical expertise to Measurement/Project Engineers on measurement communications-related projects.

  • Serve as a mentor and assist with training lower-level technicians.

  • Perform advanced troubleshooting of transmitters and electronic equipment communications issues.

  • Advanced utilization of volt meter and troubleshooting.

  • Routine verification and calibration of temperature transmitters.

  • Assist in the troubleshooting of electronic recording devices (EFM) including, but not limited to communications and standard operation.

  • Maintain existing databases, spreadsheets, EFM programs and other electronic files used in performing measurement job duties and work planning/documentation files.

  • May install and setup a flow computer, sampling system, solar panel and battery and radio communications system on a new meter.

Secondary Duties:

  • May perform one or more multi-skilled operations, maintenance and installation duties in addition to the primary roles and responsibilities listed above. Responsibilities may include, but not limited to: OT network functions, corporate network support, telephony support and field technician support.

Minimum Education & Experience:

  • Associates Degree and five (5) years' directly related experience or eight (8) years' directly related experience.

  • Three (3) years serving in a leadership role preferred.

  • Valid State Driver's License.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Advanced knowledge of SCADA communication data flow and protocols.

  • May be required to understand hydrocarbon measurement.

  • Knowledge and understanding of SCADA and communications systems used in the operation of meter stations, control of flow and pressure and data retrieval.

  • Advanced knowledge of Radio Frequency equipment such as MDS Radios, Licensed MAS radios, Spread Spectrum radios, Cell modems, VSAT's, IP addressing, networking and 2-way Radios.

  • Knowledge of Gas/Liquid Pipeline RTU/EFM.

  • Advanced knowledge of communications standards such as RS232, RS485 and Internet Protocol.

  • Knowledge of Protocol Analyzers.

  • Advanced knowledge of physical and cyber security methodologies.

  • Ability to locate and track costs, material delivery status, complete PM orders, view inventory status and run routine reports.

  • Ability to repair structured cabling (e.g. copper, fiber, coax, waveguide) and associated connectors.

  • Ability to analyze and diagnose sources of radio frequency interference using applicable methods (e.g. repositioning antennas, removal of rust, retuning transmitter, grounding) within public safety radio systems in accordance with Federal Communications Commission rules and regulations.

  • Ability to read all types of documents related to engineering projects such as scope of work, project plan charts (GANTT), P&ID drawings, electrical one-line drawings, construction drawings and equipment manuals.

  • Ability to perform advanced troubleshooting tasks on different communication equipment including Lease lines, modems, CDPD and Cellular phone systems.

  • Knowledge of basic chromatograph EFM operational concepts, calibrations and troubleshooting.

  • Knowledge of the requirements for developing scopes and project plans for implementation and completion of small projects. Ability to supervise contractors used in projects.

  • Ability to lead individuals and coordinate resources on projects and other initiatives by defining expectations and clearly communicating.

  • Ability to manage daily duties while providing mentorship / leadership to technical individuals working on other tasks.

  • Experience and knowledge in troubleshooting and repair of all types of equipment pertaining to instrument/electrical trade: a) 4-20 mA signal; b) basic AC and DC knowledge.

  • Ability to effectively communicate the concepts used in all tasks of a technician in leading a class or training topic.

  • Ability to recommend application of new technologies to improve or enhance accuracy and reliability.

  • Ability to develop spreadsheets and basic databases for analysis and record maintenance.

  • Ability to read, interpret and modify engineering and network drawings and Gantt charts.

  • Verifiable I&E knowledge and skill; may be demonstrated through appropriate observation and/or testing.

  • Effectively use a personal computer with MS Office Suite applications (Word, Excel & Outlook).

  • Effective communication skills necessary to promote compliance with procedures and cooperation with individuals at various levels throughout the organization.

  • Knowledge of the process and requirements for calibration of process variables such as temperature and pressure.

  • Ability to test, inspect, operate, troubleshoot and maintain electronic devices associated with communications for OT applications.

  • Ability to work and participate successfully in a team-based environment to accomplish assignments.

  • Ability to operate as a self-starter with individual drive and initiative to start, develop and complete projects and initiatives.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with field employees, management and public, both orally and in writing.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to exert in excess of twenty pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of ten pounds of force regularly to move objects.

  • May be required to lift fifty (50) pounds or more.

  • Physical ability to work around and on industrial equipment, including frequent climbing, stooping, reaching, pulling, pushing, twisting, bending, kneeling, crawling and grasping.

  • Ability to move about unrestricted and follow safety and emergency response procedures and regulations.

  • May be required to view computer screen, sit, stand or walk for extended periods of time.

  • May be required to stoop, kneel or crouch for reasonable periods of time.

  • Must be able to move about on foot and follow safety and emergency response procedures.

  • Ability to travel long distances in a motor vehicle.

  • Ability to work in areas with limited access or cramped spaces.

  • On a routine basis, may climb ladders, walkways and scaffolds.

  • May be required to wear SCBA.

Working Conditions:

  • Works in potentially hazardous environments.

  • Works with or near hazardous chemicals.

  • Requires frequent travel via truck (some overnight) to locations throughout the system to monitor equipment and perform work activities.

  • Works outdoors in weather extremes and near equipment alongside potentially high noise levels.

  • Ability to work overtime (scheduled and/or unscheduled, nights and/or weekends) occasionally, as needed or required to meet established deadlines.

  • Based on business requirements, may be assigned to shiftwork.


Nearest Major Market: Oklahoma City

Nearest Secondary Market: Oklahoma

Job Segment: Telecom, Telecommunications, Technician, Engineer, Electrical, Technology, Engineering

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Lead Communications Technician

Enable Midstream Partners, LP