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RMW - May 2017

ROCKY MOUNTAIN WATER MAY 2017 | 27 MANAGEMENT PIPELINE Another technology-birthed position I have seen is the job of Instrumentation and Controls Specialist. In the past, most plants, unless they were huge, hired out supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and control work on a project-by- project approach. Many utilities are finding it necessary to have their own SCADA person in-house and don’t have a problem keeping them busy. My district, South Adams County Water and Sanitation, recently posted an announcement for an instrumentation and controls technician. I asked Kipp Scott, Water Systems Manager at South Adams, for his thoughts on what prompted the need for this. Scott said that over the time he has been in the business he has seen change. “Over the last 30 years, utility systems have taken advantage of technology to evolve primarily from a system of manually operated valves and physical system checks, to relying on auto-mation and control to automate processes, provide real time remote access and control, and allow for unattended operation of facilities,” Scott said. He added that positions such as this are becoming more prevalent because they are “the natural evolu-tion of utilities primarily being manually operated systems to systems that now leverage technology to operate smarter and respond quicker.”


RMW - May 2017
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