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Control Systems Technologist at Kent PLC

Control Systems Technologist

Kent PLC Clear Lake, TX Full-Time
Join us. Unleash your energy within. 

If you have world-class ambitions to reach the stars while keeping your feet on the ground, we’re the team for you. We've created a new breed of company – future-focused with reimagined ambition across all disciplines within the energy sector.

We love people who know their own potential and are not afraid to use it. We know that together, we’re far more than the sum of our parts. So, we celebrate people who want to grow and develop as we work together on some of the largest projects on the energy world stage.

Our purpose and beliefs: 

As Kent, we’re tackling the greatest challenge of our time - to bring our world the energy it needs in the most responsible way ever imagined.

It’s the energy of every member of our team driven by our beliefs that is making this happen.  Whatever our skill, our language, or our culture. These beliefs define and direct us every day to be the very best - for ourselves, our clients, our key stakeholders, the communities we operate in and the planet:


Read more about the Purpose, Beliefs and Guiding Principles that drive us: [ Link removed ]

Our vision for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging: 

We recognize that diversity & inclusion are catalysts for success. We’re heightening awareness on the benefits of people diversity, diversity of experiences and diversity of our perspectives. Creating a culture of inclusivity where all employees feel a sense of belonging.  

Our combined energy is fueled by different nationalities, across 6 continents and 24 countries. Our commitment is to celebrate character – no matter what ethnic background, gender, age, religion, identity, or disability.  

About the job: 

Kent is looking for a Control Systems Technologist to support our client in Clear Lake, TX. 

In this position you will support system administration of multiple Windows server domains and stand-alone systems, installation, documentation, maintenance and overall operational excellence of the process control system computing infrastructure and associated local and wide-area networks.

Your responsibilities:  
  • Management of data backups for servers, databases, and network device configurations.
  • Administration of application databases, verification of automated data imports, and monitoring of system health for process control applications.
  • OS and software installation and the application of security patches, hotfixes, and software upgrades.
  • Investigation and resolution of software, hardware, and network issues.  Working with vendors to resolve problems.
  • Monitoring of operational health of network and computer systems and planning for future resource needs.
  • Management of network device configurations to support optimal performance and security.
  • Maintains regular contact with Pipeline Controllers and Engineers, Control Systems Engineer, and the Operations/Maintenance Managers to periodically review control system infrastructure performance.
  • Provides technical assistance and guidance to operating personnel concerning the operations of control system infrastructure.
  • Participates in the development of documentation standards including updates to the pipeline operating manuals.
  • Designs, develops, and prepares formal documentation in support of process control infrastructure design and operation.
  • Provides after hours process control computing, network, and software support.
  • Responsible for managing the security of the pipeline process control systems.
  • Responsible for reviewing periodic security threat notifications and assessing Pipeline PCN infrastructure for vulnerabilities.

Your knowledge/skills, education, and experience: 

Qualification/ Certification:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in computer science, engineering, or similar field of study.  Four to six years’ experience working in mission critical IT or OT environments.
  • Basic networking skills including router and switch configuration is required.  Desired areas of experience include virtual LANs, OSPF routing, TCP/IP addressing, MPLS, NAT, serial communications, 900MZ multi-access radios, microwave radio networks, Cellular modems, and satellite communications.
  • Experience with server and workstation hardware is required, including parts replacement, driver updates, and general maintenance.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft operating systems and office applications, specifically Excel is required.
  • Experience with scripting or programming is preferred with an emphasis on C Sharp Script, Python, Microsoft Power Shell, and VBA.

Skills Requirement:

  • Experience in DCS maintenance/troubleshooting of process control applications (Honeywell, Delta-V, OasysDNA) is a plus. 
  • Familiarity with database administration, specifically SQL and MS SQL server is preferred, Oracle is a plus.
  • Familiarity with report design and configuration using SSRS, crystal reports or similar systems is preferred.
  • Knowledge of cybersecurity methods and tactics is a plus.


  • Effectively communicate priorities and recommendations relating to process control systems infrastructure to all levels within the pipeline.


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