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Date: Jan 11, 2018

Location: Houston, TX, US, 77056

Company: Williams

Tech Specialist III (Automation)
ReqID: 93302
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Houston, Texas 77056
Operating Area/Functional Area: Atlantic - Gulf


Bring your energy to ours. Help us become the premier provider of large-scale natural gas infrastructure in North America. At Williams, we’re focused on being great. If you are a high-performer and are committed to contributing to something much bigger than yourself, you are going to love working here. We’re well positioned to help meet the growing demand for natural gas as a cleaner-burning domestic energy source.
Hear from our employees on why they chose a career at Williams:


Our organization is seeking a highly skilled Automation Engineer/Technical Specialist to join our workforce. The primary responsibilities of this role are to provide controls expertise for ongoing operations, changes to operating conditions and integration of new technology and facilities. The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring that electronics and programs in compressor station engine and station control PLC’s, HMI’s, meter stations, offshore platforms, and valve automation systems are functioning properly, effectively and reliably. Responsibilities will include providing subject matter expert assistance to Operations on issues related to automated control systems, attending project design reviews, commissioning of new facilities.



  • Provide Tier II automation technical support for the Cypress Division facilities in  Texas, Louisiana, and offshore Gulf of Mexico in areas of Station Control, MU controls, Pipeline OPP, pipeline valve control, Gas Turbine, reciprocating, and centrifugal  Controls, Auxiliary control systems, meter stations, offshore platforms (TWIC required), and HMI’s. 
  • Provide guidance and technical support to District Technicians in automation practices.  Recommend & lead training opportunities to District management.
  • Interface with Engineering and Operations to identify preferred alternatives for integrating new projects into existing infrastructure.
  • Review proposed Instrumentation and Electrical Engineering designs as they pertain to station automation systems for new projects.
  • Provide technical support during equipment inspection and at various vendor’s facilities for automation equipment purchased for Williams’ projects.
  • Provide technical assistance during selected construction and start-up activities.
  • Prepare information for automation equipment budget recommendations.
  • Provide Tier II support for medium voltage systems, MCC’s and electric motors used for pumps.
  • Perform on-site work or provide team supervision for projects listed above.




  • BS Engineering, Technical School degree, significant technical training or equivalent  experience in automation and electronics.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in automation and controls.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience with pipeline operations and maintenance
  • Experience in automation of reciprocating and centrifugal compression and plant operations.
  • Experience with ScadaPak, Control Logix, SCADA / HMI.
  • Knowledge and experience in PLC & HMI programming.
  • Ability to communicate effectively – verbally and in writing.
  • Experience leading and working in a team environment.
  • Ability to plan work activities with customers and adjust priorities as requested with minimal direction.
  • Experience installing, calibrating, and troubleshooting instruments and controllers.
  • Ability to design and assist with installation, program and commission of control panels.
  • Knowledge and experience with LAN, router and SCADA communications.
  • Understand station and unit control philosophy. 
  • Experience with Williams Standards, Specifications and Operating Manual requirements.



  • Knowledge of Microsoft operating systems, servers and network administration. 
  • Experience programming Allen Bradley PLC software packages including PLC5, RSLogix500, and RSLogix5000
  • Experience in programming Wonderware HMI and RSView studio software.
  • Experience in communicating with Allen Bradley software packages using RSLinx and Factory talk utilizing ControlNet and Ethernet/IP drivers.
  • Proficient with pneumatic controls


Regular/Temporary Assignment: R
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
FLSA Status: E
Shift: N-Not Applicable
Percent of Travel: Up to 50%
Relocation Offered: Yes

Williams is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other basis protected under applicable discrimination law.

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