* * * Control Systems Operations - Maintenance Division* * *

Recruitment #1806-2022-001



The Tucson Water Department is seeking an experienced Water Control Systems Engineer to be part of the Control Systems Operations Section. This position is responsible for designing and managing the City's water process control systems and ensuring uninterrupted system delivery of potable and reclaimed water to customers throughout Tucson and Pima County.


General Description

Designs and manages the City's water process control systems and ensures uninterrupted system delivery of potable and reclaimed water to customers throughout the City of Tucson and Pima County.

Essential Functions

Managing projects and overseeing the process control system and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems; identifying, evaluating, and troubleshooting systems performance issues through reports or customer feedback; developing and implementing systems policies; working with vendors to resolve issues; designing and updating database information; reviewing operations and implementing changes during site visits.

Using computer operating systems, multiple hardware platforms, various programming language servers, programmable logic controllers, network equipment, communication protocols, graphical formatting and display software.

Designing, managing, administering and implementing projects for new process control systems, additions to existing systems and capital improvements by defining requirements; preparing specifications, developing scopes of work, creating and maintaining project schedules and managing contract budget issues; scheduling and leading project team meetings and projects; evaluating and making judgements on deliverables; implementing complex software and approving plan deviations.

Optimizing control system strategies to implement cost savings by evaluating system performance to identify potential improvements; developing and optimizing control system strategies; implementing and recommending procedural or policy changes to reduce energy usage and maintenance costs.

Developing data archiving techniques; designing databases; generating reports and providing data reporting tools used by the department by creating user-friendly interface tools to retrieve data; training and assisting internal customers to use online information sharing; preparing data extraction queries; providing daily reports of real-time data used in policy decisions; incorporating real-time data with data collected by other sections to produce reports, and providing graphs to be published on the City's website.

Development and implementation of security business practices to protect control systems from known and anticipated cyber threats; fostering relationships with state and federal cyber agencies to maintain currency in cyber security knowledge and upcoming regulations; experience diagnosing, mitigating, and recovering from cyber incidents.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 5 years in designing and managing process control systems using Windows, SQL servers, logic controllers, network equipment, communication protocols, graphical formatting and display software

Special Job Requirements

A Bachelor's Degree from an ABET-accredited program is required. ABET is the recognized U.S. accreditor of college and university programs in applied and nature science, computing, engineering, and technology.

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an Oral Board interview.   

  • Oral Board Interviews will be held: July 25, 2018.

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:      

  • 10% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 90% of your oral board interview   

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to Roxie.Escarcega@tucsonaz.gov. The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of an Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please contact Roxie Escarcega at 520-837-2138 at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


Communication during this process will be sent via email, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from jobs@tucsonaz.gov and check your email account regularly. Failure to respond or follow instructions may result in disqualification.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.