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Principal Engineering Technician (SCADA) - The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA - EXPIRED

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Company: The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

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Within this role you will act as the SCADA technical lead and expert in the design, development, and daily support of Metropolitan's Industrial Control System (ICS) / SCADA communications infrastructure and cybersecurity vulnerability management. Extensive experience with and understanding of the unique requirements of ICS communications and cybersecurity in the SCADA environment is critical.

The Principal Engineering Technician (SCADA) will be responsible for the daily monitoring, isolation and resolution of ICS/SCADA communications issues at water treatment plants and the conveyance and distribution system; remediating cybersecurity vulnerabilities; performing maintenance and enhancing treatment plant and distribution communications systems, implementing vulnerability management and monitoring solutions, and recommending system vulnerability controls to mitigate risks utilizing ICS/SCADA infrastructure best architecture practices and solutions. Qualified applicants will have extensive knowledge of NIST 800-53/800-82 technical security frameworks and DHS defense-in-depth strategies.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Work with ICS network consultants to ensure the successful design, enhancement, implementation and administration of SCADA LAN and WAN communications technologies.
  • Work with ICS cybersecurity consultants to perform system vulnerability audits and investigations, as well as identify and document SCADA security weaknesses and remediation solutions.
  • Work with SCADA consultants to ensure policies and procedures are implemented as defined in SCADA system upgrade plans.
  • Utilize intrusion detection system (IDS) and system monitoring products to detect SCADA attacks and intrusions and perform event correlation across systems.
  • Provide afterhours and weekend support when required to troubleshoot ICS/SCADA communications issues and/or intrusion detection system alerts.
  • You will also work closely with ICS/SCADA consultants and Project Management team overseeing and participating in the design, proof of concept, and upgrade of Metropolitan’s ICS communications and vulnerability monitoring infrastructure as part of a SCADA upgrade project.

This opening for a Principal Engineering Technician (SCADA) is on the Control System Applications Services Team within the Water Systems Operations Group at Metropolitan’s Headquarters in Los Angeles.

This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification / job.
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Education and Experience: Any combination of education and progressively responsible directly related experience in engineering, construction management, or a related field totaling ten years, of which two years must have been at the Senior Engineering Technician level.

Progressively responsible directly related experience is defined as expert level experience with the following:

  • Experience with cybersecurity technologies and critical infrastructure/industrial control systems (ICS) including SCADA HMI systems, PLCs, RTUs, etc.
  • Experience with securing systems running ICS-related communications protocols (e.g. MODBUS, DNP3, etc.)
  • Experience securing cross-domain IT/OT communications and pathways
  • Experience engineering/developing scripts for Linux and/or Windows environments
  • Experience engineering security solutions for real-time and/or performance-sensitive systems
  • Experience creating Functional Design Specifications and Detailed Design Specifications
  • Experience with technical security frameworks such as NIST 800-53/800-82, ISO 27001, etc.
  • Experience applying whitelisting solutions in ICS environments
  • Experience of system security design process, defense-in-depth, identification, authentication, and authorization, intrusion detection, incident handling, auditing, and security testing

License(s): Valid California Class C Driver’s License or equivalent (required at time of application) that allows you to drive during your employment.


  1. Experience implementing, managing and deploying Tenable Security Center and Elasticsearch search and analytics engine
  2. Experience implementing, managing and deploying ManageEngine OpManager management software.
  3. Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Information Systems or Computer Science or another directly related degree
  4. SCADA Security Architect (CSSA) certification, Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) or equivalent


  • Competitive compensation
  • Excellent medical, dental, life, vision plans.
  • Deferred compensation in the form of a 401(k) plan (with matching contribution) and a 457 plan.
  • Retirement benefits under the California Public Employees' Retirement System
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Training and advancement opportunities
  • Excellent working environment
  • Public transportation reimbursements and van pools
  • Hub of public transportation: rail, subway, buses, and taxis
  • On-site fitness center

For more information on MWD benefits, please use the following link: Benefits Regular Full Time Employee

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitan’s mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan’s facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.3 billion gallons per day, nine surface water reservoirs, 800 miles of pipeline, and 16 hydroelectric power plants.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities, who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process, please call (213) 217-7738 or email: [email protected]

MWD is a Federal and State EO employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.

Application Filing Period: Closes at 4:30 pm PST on the date stated in the job. However it may close prior to the filing end date if sufficient applications have been received. If sufficient applications have not been received, then the filing period end date may be extended.

Sponsorship: Applicants for employment with The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States (i.e., H1-B or other employment-based immigration case).