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Operational Technology Application Support Specialist

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VT)

This is a Contract position in Blacksburg, VA posted October 16, 2020.

Thank you for your interest in joining the Hokie Nation! Virginia Tech, like many universities, has modified our operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this unprecedented time and following recent guidance from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, we have suspended active searches for many of the universitys open positions. If you do not see a position posted that meets your background and interest, we encourage you to complete an expression of interest form so that we may contact you in the future once hiring processes resume.Operational Technology Application Support SpecialistApply now Job no: 513856Work type: StaffSenior management: VP Campus Planning and FacilitiesDepartment: FS – Virginia Tech Electric ServiceLocation: Blacksburg AreaCategories: Information Systems / TechnologyJob DescriptionUnder the general supervision of the Virginia Tech Electric Service Director, the Operational Technology Application Support Specialist will provide day-to-day application management of the several OT systems for the VTES Group including the OSI PI Soft System. This staff member – in coordination with the VTES Director, IT group and/or the OT Software vendors – will work to determine system changes and upgrades needed for system expansion as well as seek to identify any for potential impacts to the OT systems pre and post deployment. In a primary-role, this staff member will on a day-to-day basis check and maintain the integrity of the connections to the multiple systems the data is collected from and exported to, including the room scheduler. The staff member will also work closely with the IT group to ensure the data from the OSI PI Soft System is exported to the IT Utility Billing Software.This position will also provide day-to-day support to assure the OT component of the OSI PI Soft system is functional, updated and maintains connectivity to the campus BAS and industrial controls systems that utilize IP, BACNet, Modbus, Hart, SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) and other protocols. This position will also maintain wired, wireless and wireless mesh network, and will also work with vendors that provide support and enhancements to the multiple systems supported by the Engineering and Energy Department. The successful staff member will be well versed in both IT and OT systems.This position will coordinate software and hardware updates, access control, tree structures, database management and backups with Shared Services IT and OSIsoft or contracted OSI partners. The position will also provide support to campus users of the ODW applications, including updating screens, providing training and other support as needed.Required QualificationsBachelors degree OR education and experience that equates to a Bachelors degree.Training in computer science or computer networking.Years of progressively responsible experience with OT and IT Systems.Experience in generating and reading network diagrams.Ability to stay abreast of the latest OT & IT trends and recommend enhancements.Experience in evaluating the security and setup PEN tests or other measures to identify system vulnerabilities.Experience in reviewing physical OT infrastructure and recommending improvements to maintain resiliency and operations.Preferred QualificationsExperience with OSI PI Soft Historian, BAS (DDC) Systems, Computer Networks, SCADA systems, Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS), Crystal Reports, SQL Databases and ARCGIS.Training in the following areas:utility meteringelectronicssteam boilersHVACelectrical or building automationKnowledge of programming languages such C++, Python, and Visual Basic.Knowledge of application program interfaces such as Restful API or SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol).Knowledge of building mechanical and electrical systems.CCNA Certification preferred.BAS and Industrial Control System certification preferred.Appointment TypeRegularSalary Information$65,000-$75,000Review DateAugust 12, 2020Additional InformationAbility to work in, on around, over and under fixed equipment and machinery.Ability to manipulate heavy equipment, tools, and supplies and / or exert force up to 50 lbs.Ability to concurrently manipulate multiple controls on equipment and machinery.Ability to work in hazardous or irritating environments, confined spaces, and adverse weather or temperature conditions.Ability to wear and work in personal protective equipment.Incumbent is deemed an Essential employee, subject to a 24 hour day, 7 day week span of operation.The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.About Virginia TechDedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Operations HR at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.Advertised: July 17, 2020Applications close: Open until filled