Instrumentation & Controls Technical Specialist (Sr - Principal) GENERATION

AEP Service Corporation
Remote friendly

Job Summary

Based on education, experience and interview evaluation, this opportunity will be filled at either of these titles:

Technical Specialist Principal (grade 9) = bachelor's degree + 10 years of experience; OR, associate's degree + 12 years of experience. Professional registration or certificate related to engineering, projects or technology is preferred.

Technical Specialist Sr. (grade 8) = bachelor's degree + eight (8) years of experience; OR, associate's degree + 10 years of experience

INITIAL / BASE SALARY FUNDING: ($92,377 - $141,032). In addition to base salary, AEP offers competitive Total Rewards including: discretionary annual incentive, 401k, pension, health insurance, vacation, etc.


Configures, administers, implements, and maintains programs/ systems/ equipment required to support the AEP generating fleet with a journey level proficiency. Stays up to date on program requirements, system/equipment upgrades, and operational issues.  Assumes a lead role, in collaboration with local and/or remote resources, to support the forecasting, planning, installation, and commissioning of enhancements to these programs/systems/equipment to meet AEP requirements.  Helps site personnel troubleshoot issues.

Job Description


Assumes responsibility to configure, administer, implement, and maintain specialized programs/ systems/ equipment to support the Generation Organization.

- Supports the development and maintenance of the required processes and programs.

- In collaboration with local and/or remote resources, leads the administration and implementation of these processes and programs for specific sites.

Supports the care and maintenance of the specialized programs/ systems/ equipment within the plant.

- Troubleshoots system/equipment hardware and software.

- Schedules, performs, and tests system/equipment upgrades.

- Reviews and approves plans for changes and/or modifications.

- Performs other project-related support activities as assigned.

Maintains strict documentation standards for the specialized programs/systems/equipment to document plans, processes, and procedures.

- Maintains program/system/equipment records and documents plans and procedures.

- Electronically archives records for historical purposes/evidence.

- Serves as the primary contact for providing historical information or details about future enhancements.

- Develops, implements, and improves tools to automate managing and reporting functions where possible.

Communicates and collaborates with local personnel to manage the specialized programs/systems/equipment in alignment with Generation’s requirements.

- Works with Plant Staff, Plant Management, and others to facilitate a successful local program for the specialized program/system/equipment at specific sites.

- Collaborates with other sites to recognize common platforms and to promote consistency and continuous improvement within the Generation Organization.

Coordinates and/or provides, as needed, required and appropriate specialized training of employees with a thorough understanding of any training elements that are necessary.

Participates in planning and implementing projects associated with any new program requirements or system/equipment upgrades or repairs.

Leads, facilitates, and coordinates work activities of others within the work group, team, department, corporate entity, or those external to the company as required to perform all routine work. Provides guidance and exercises judgment and discretion in providing guidance and direction to others.

Assures safety of all activities.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in applicable technical field or Associate’s degree with 2 years of relevant work experience.

Work Experience: In addition to any experience required above, 8 years of direct experience and journey level knowledge of the specialized programs/ systems/ equipment is typically required for this particular role.


Physical demand level varies depending on specific job duties/requirements.

Knowledge and skills:

  • Must have a desire to work in the Generation Cyber Security and NERC CIP fields.

  • Must have advanced level knowledge, understanding, and application of SCADA and OT networks.

  • Must have the ability to analyze, interpret, and develop technical writings and drawings such as network one-line diagrams, elementary diagrams, wiring diagrams and other schematics.

  • Experience with servers, computers, thin clients, and computer-based instruments is a plus.

  • Experience with Ethernet, Modbus, OPC, or other communications protocols, including the ability to troubleshoot issues, is a plus.

  • Experience with Fortinet firewalls and Cisco switches is a plus.

  • Experience with solar, battery, and/or wind farm network equipment is a plus.

  • Proficiency using MS Access, Excel, Word, SQL, SharePoint, and Visual Basics is a plus.

Working Conditions, Environment, and Requirements:

  • Candidate may be required to workdays and/or nights as required for the assigned task.  Availability to work overtime required.

  • Travel is required, ~30% more or less.  Some day trips and some overnight, up to a week, possibly more.

  • When visiting any electrical generating station, the use of a hard hat, eye and hearing protection, steel toed shoes with distinctive heel and non-slip soles plus any site-specific criteria are required at all times.

  • When visiting an electrical generating station, the candidate may be required to work in an environment that consists of exposure to hot surfaces, dust, grease, hazardous fumes and chemicals, loud noises, small and large operating machinery and equipment, indoors and outdoors in extreme heat and cold, rain, ice, snow, and all other forms of weather.

Compensation Data

Compensation Grade:


Compensation Range:

$92,377.00-120,089.00 USD

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