Roles and Responsibilities of SCADA, DCS and PLC Programmer (Control System Engineer)

Control System engineers develop skills in specific control disciplines such as:

  • advanced process control (APC);
  • distributed control systems (DCS);
  • programmable logic controllers (PLC);
  • supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA).

The use of these disciplines will depend on the exact nature of individual job roles. In general, however, tasks and responsibilities can include:

  • designing and developing new control systems;
  • testing, maintaining and modifying existing systems;
  • analysing data and presenting findings in written reports;
  • managing operations;
  • working collaboratively with design engineers, operation engineers, purchasers and other internal staff;
  • liaising with clients, suppliers, contractors and relevant authorities (e.g. the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority);
  • project management within cost and time constrained environments;
  • understanding and ensuring compliance with relevant health and safety regulations and quality standards;
  • providing advice and consultancy support;
  • purchasing equipment;
  • writing computer software and test procedures;
  • developing new business proposals.

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