Maint Specialist- DCS

Date: Jun 1, 2023

Location: North Ruskin, Florida, US, 33570

Company: TECO

Title: Maint Specialist- DCS 
Company: Tampa Electric Company 
State and City: Florida - North Ruskin
Shift: 8 Hr. X 5 Days



The DCS Engineer coordinates and maintains the stations plant Distributed Control System (DCS) hardware and software.  This position’s responsibility includes ensuring DCS system reliability, integrity, and health by performing daily back-ups of DCS computer software and logic changes.  Responsibilities also include implementing new DCS logic, changing existing DCS logic, and replacing and installing DCS hardware.  The DCS Engineer coordinates with IT ensuring plant DCS Cyber Security is active, current, and in compliance.  The DCS engineer administers domains and users within the control networks.



  • Maintain/troubleshoot/repair plant Distributed Control (DCS) and Emergency Showdown (ESD) Systems.  Recognize needs before they arise and take appropriate action. 
  • Implement/modify/document plant communications for Cyber Security plan. 
  • Support plant equipment modifications by adding/changing/removing DCS logic and controls. 
  • Maintain plant 3rd party software applications for process monitoring (DBDOC, GRITS, Asset Centre, RSLogix5000) 
  • Assist TECO Energy Information & Security department with all plant control systems (Ovation, GE, & ABB) for NERC and Emera CSF compliance 
  • Interact and communicate daily with process teams providing technical support, direction and training to support plant operations.   Provide technical support to maintenance Staff.  
  • Investigate and analyze new products and procedures and direct personnel in use of same. Contact equipment manufacturers to solve equipment problem.  
  • Coordinate and provide technical support and quality control for work performed by outside contractors and plant personnel within the realm of station service.  
  • Assist in the station budgeting process and provide annual forecast of expected contractor manpower levels and contractor costs.  Also, track and provide reporting of daily, weekly, monthly, and annual versus budget contactor manpower levels and cost. Develop budgets for maintenance and improvements to ensure safe and reliable operation plant control system. 
  • Provide input for major outage planning. Lead projects when applicable and represent station on Energy Supply lead projects. Provide daily technical support to station operations concerning assigned equipment. Make recommendations to reduce costs, improve operations, extend equipment life and prevent unplanned downtime, including recommending spare parts for equipment. Support Predictive Maintenance (ie. vibration testing and lube oil analysis).  Make use of and disseminate predictive data to ensure machinery health condition and predict machinery maintenance requirements. 


Required: A minimum of a high school education is required.  Additional technical training specific to area of responsibility is expected.
Preferred: An AA degree or Technical Degree, A Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Computer Science.


Preferred: ISA Instrumentation & Controls Certification DCS training, preferably Ovation/ABB/Bailey


Required: Minimum of 8 years of work experience related to the Duties & Responsibilities of this position is required. Experience with Emerson Ovation digital control systems. Experience with various industrial plant control and telemetry systems (PLC, RTU, HMI).
College degree may be considered in lieu of equivalent experience of 2 years with an Technical/Associate’s degree and 4 years with a Bachelor’s degree.
Preferred: Process control engineering with thorough understanding of control network communications.  Familiarity with NERC CIP standard. Maintenance and repair of Emergency Shutdown Systems


Required: Ability to work in an industrial environment leading the work of other technical or process employees. Good interpersonal oral & written communication skills. 
Knowledge and use of personal computer, spreadsheets, databases & digital control software. Good analytical and technical skills. 


Must be willing and able to respond to plant needs with 24/7 coverage
Must be willing and able to work in dusty, hot and noisy environments


Must be willing and able to pass a baseline physical with pulmonary function and negative pressure respirator fit test.
Must be willing and able to use personal protective equipment (PPE) on-the-job.
Must be willing and able to work from elevated platforms
Must be willing and able to ascend and descend from ladders and stairs


Builds Strong, Collaborative Relationships 
Cultivates Innovation and Embraces Change
Develops People and Teams
Drives Operational Excellence for Customers
Speaks Up on Safety, Health, and the Environment
Takes Ownership & Acts with Integrity
Thinks Strategically & Exercises Sound Judgment


The successful applicant will be required to take and pass a Baseline Medical Examination as part of the pre-employment screening once an offer has been accepted. A pre-employment drug screening, as well as a background check (including education, employment, criminal and motor vehicle) will also be conducted as part of the pre-employment screening. 
Must successfully complete the following physical worker medical exam:
Physical Worker Medical Exam

TECO offers a competitive Benefits package!!

Competitive Salary *401k Savings plan w/ company matching * Pension plan * Paid time off* Paid Holiday time * Medical, Prescription Drug, & Dental Coverage  *Tuition Assistance Program * Employee Assistance Program * Wellness Programs * On-site Fitness Centers * Bonus Plan and more!


STORM DUTY REQUIREMENTS....Please make sure to read below!!!  Responding to storms will be considered a condition of employment.

TECO Energy and its companies serve a role in providing critical services to our community during an emergency. Team members are required to participate in the response/recovery activities related to emergencies/disasters to maintain service to our TECO Energy customers. Team members are required to work in their normal job duties or other assigned activities. Proper compensation will be made in accordance with the company's rules and procedures.


TECO Energy is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

TECO Energy is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by law, except where physical or mental abilities are a bona fide occupational requirement and the individual is unable to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodations.

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities for all individuals, employment decisions at TECO Energy will be based on skills, knowledge, qualifications and abilities.

Pay Transparency Non-Discrimination Statement
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

ADA policy
It is the policy of TECO Energy to provide reasonable accommodation for all qualified disabled individuals who are employees and applicants for employment, unless it would cause undue hardship. The corporation will adhere to applicable federal and state laws, regulations and guidelines, including, but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1970s.


Application accommodations
Applicants may request reasonable accommodation in the application process five business days prior to the time accommodation is needed.


Pre-employment physical exams may be required for positions with bona fide job-related physical requirements regardless of disability. 



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