Engineer- DCS

Date: Sep 18, 2023

Location: Tampa, Florida, US, 33619

Company: TECO

Title: Engineer- DCS 
Company: Tampa Electric Company 
State and City: Florida - Tampa
Shift: 8 Hr. X 5 Days




The DCS Specialist/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 Specialist/Engineer coordinates with IT ensuring plant DCS Cyber Security is active, current, and in compliance.  The DCS Specialist/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 contractor 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 (i.e., vibration testing and lube oil analysis).  Make use of and disseminate predictive data to ensure machinery health condition and predict machinery maintenance requirements. 


Required: Minimum of a High School Diploma or GED.  
Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Computer Science Degree with 4 years of related experience as defined below.



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


Required: Minimum of twelve (12) years of Instrumentation & Control experience working in a Process Plant Control environment including experience in developing,  changing, maintaining, and troubleshooting DCS logic; maintaining, replacing and repairing Distributive Control System (DCS) hardware; and installing and maintaining 3rd party software applications. 
Technical degree may be considered in lieu of comparable years of experience.
Preferred: Process control engineering with thorough understanding of control network communications.  Familiarity with NERC CIP standard. Writing DCS Logic. Training facilitation. 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.
Preferred: Knowledge of and experience with ABB Symphony Plus Operations program, ABB SPlus Engineering/Composer, Harmony (Bailey/Infi-90) hardware, S800 hardware, SD I/O.
Knowledge of IT and networking principles, and computer network maintenance.



  • 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


  • Cultivates Innovation and Embraces Change
  • 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. 
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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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