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SCADA Applications Engineering 

Non-Union Position
Pipeline IS Gas Management; Portland, Oregon (US-OR)  

Hybrid schedule available for Oregon & Washington residents. 
Regular FT 
Posting # 4842  


About Us:


At NW Natural, we offer more than rewarding career opportunities and a vibrant, inclusive work culture. We invite you to join us in providing safe and reliable utility services and renewable energy to better the lives of the communities we serve. Our vision is to be the leader in service excellence, innovation and environmental stewardship for our customers, while building on our strengths as a trusted energy provider and environmental leader for our industry.  


In addition to environmental stewardship, We’re also deeply committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at NW Natural. Our DEI Council started 21 years ago, and today we continue to foster a culture where all employees can experience a sense of belonging, shared purpose and possibility.

The Role:


Responsible for the design, development, and maintenance of gas management/control systems (HMI/SCADA and others) to enable safe monitoring and control of NW Natural’s transmission and distribution systems. 


IT&S Cultural Pillars 

Our Core Values are in everything we do, we expect everyone to embody the Information Technology & Services department’s four cultural pillars…
Accountability & Integrity 
We hold ourselves to a high standard and follow through on our commitments.  Our transparency, and ability to deliver on our promises make us a trusted and respected business partner.

Customer Focus 
We understand our customers’ needs and advocate for them.  Our relationship with our customers ensures the technical needs of the business are met.

Growth & Learning 
We embrace new technology and skills to better meet the company’s needs.  Our passion for new technology keeps us ahead of future opportunities for the business.

We relate with inclusion, kindness, curiosity, and humility.  Respect for differences leads to innovation and collaboration.

Day to Day:


  • Provides application development, configuration and maintenance of the main SCADA application (IFIX), J5 application suite, alarm management applications, as well as its associated data polling applications and interfaces with field remote terminal units (RTUs) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs).
  • Designs and programs custom .Net applications, HMI screen layouts, graphical user interfaces, and system interfaces.
  • Maintains SCADA system data access and configuration tools.
  • Troubleshoots problems and provides support to gas controllers with system issues.
  • Works with various departments in IT and operations to support design and commissioning of telemetry sites.
  • Develops and maintains system documentation including process maps, data flows, infrastructure diagrams, as well as installation and configuration procedures.
  • Provides on-call (24-hour) systems support, on a rotating basis, with other Gas Management Systems team members.
  • Supports Company’s commitment to a culture of safe work practices.

Come on your first day with:


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, management information systems, or equivalent combination of related education/experience.
  • 3+ years’ experience as a system analyst or controls system developer.  5+ years’ experience for a level 3 position. 
  • Experience in designing, implementing, troubleshooting, and commissioning applications and demonstrated problem solving skills using IT systems.
  • Experience in architecting and developing solutions utilizing VB, C#, .Net, python, and SQL is preferred.
  • Experience with SQL server.
  • Proficiency with Visio, and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience with Version Control Software (GIT, VSS, Subversion, etc.).
  • Experience reading Schematics and P&ID preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to be decisive with strong reasoning, problem solving, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex problems and issues in a concise manner to many different audiences (customers, peers and upper management).
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate effectively.
  • Demonstrated high level of initiative and effectiveness working independently and on small teams in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • ITIL Foundations certified or must successfully complete within 90 days of hire date.
  • Experience in supporting or working in control room environment is preferred.
  • Experience with Alarm Management preferred.
  • Experience in computer programming, scripting and application development is preferred.
  • Experience with Eclipse and BIRT is preferred.
  • Strong change management and control systems security experience is preferred.
  • Knowledge of Natural Gas business is preferred.
  • Subject to random drug testing.

What we offer:

Health & Wellness –

  • Rich health insurance benefits with competitive employer contribution
  • Free access to an online wellness resources platform 


Work Life Balance -

  • Up to 23 Vacation Days 
  • 80 Hours of Sick Time 
  • 10 paid holidays and 3 floating holidays
  • Flexible work arrangements 
  • 3 weeks paid parental leave
  • Green Team / Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council / Safety Team / Women’s Network and many other Employee Resource Groups
  • 1500 sq foot exercise facility and secure bike room  


Financial -

  • Meaningful annual incentive bonus opportunity in addition to base salary
  • Competitive 401K company contribution and match 
  • 15% discount on NW Natural stock through Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Up to $5250 a year in tuition reimbursement  
  • Wellness incentive program  


Discounts -

  • 20% off natural gas service 
  • Up to 30% discount at NW Natural Appliance Center
  • TriMet Pass for all HQ employees
  • Generous discounts with Verizon & AT&T Wireless  


Base salary range: $83,850.00 - $119,450.00 (Level 2) or $93,100.00 - $132,650.00 (Level 3) per year, depending on qualifications

Annual Target Incentive: Level 2, 9.5% target
                                           Level 3, 9.5% target
Targets are calculated using eligible earnings during plan year participation. Payout, if earned, is based on company and individual performance for each plan year and may range from 0% – 200% of target. Targets are subject to change in subsequent plan years. Must be employed by September 30 in order to receive any prorated payout.    


Application Process: To be considered for this position, submit a complete electronic application including cover letter and resume via our website.


Deadline: 8/20/24


Disclosure: We are a drug free workplace and we comply with Federal Drug Free Workplace Act and Department of Transportation regulations. 


All applications must be submitted through NW Natural’s Electronic Application System. Resumes submitted via email, fax or mail will not be accepted in lieu of an electronic application.


NW Natural is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and embrace our candidates’ diversity and take affirmative action to employ and advance individuals without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy (including childbirth or related medical conditions), national origin, marital status, genetic information, and all other legally protected characteristics. We forbid discrimination and harassment in the workplace based on any protected status or characteristic. A criminal history is not an automatic bar to employment with NW Natural. Instead, we make individualized assessments regarding qualifications and backgrounds. NW Natural is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation as part of the application process, please contact us at or  (971) 979-6341.


NW Natural does not accept unsolicited submissions or assistance from search firms for posted positions. Resumes submitted by search firms working under a valid and current written contract with NW Natural valid written Statement of Work in place for this position from NW Natural HR/Employment will be deemed the sole property of NW Natural. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by NW Natural as a result of the referral or through other means.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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