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PLC / SCADA Programmer


Houston, TX, US, 77001

Req ID: 138454

BASIC PURPOSE: Primarily responsible for design and configuration of various control systems to support CNG, solar, legacy terminal and transload operations. This includes PLC programming, development of supporting HMI and SCADA systems and terminal automation systems. Typically resolves moderately complex problems or problems that do not have routine solutions. Operates under minimal supervision. May train or coach more junior staff. Responsible for analyzing moderately complex engineering and business problems and deriving potential solutions. Has detailed insight to design and implement automation requirements by either coding and testing an application or installing a purchased package and developing interfaces to other existing systems with little guidance. Provides ongoing support and enhancements to these systems as operational requirements necessitate. Works individually or in a team environment and follows formal software development processes.



  • Responsible for design and configuration of various control systems including HMI, SCADA and terminal automation.
  • Solves problems by designing and customizing computer applications that will meet the business requirements by utilizing best practices, corporate standards and technology.
  • Determine and outline multiple approaches and recommend best option.
  • Provide ongoing support and enhancements to computer applications or packages which includes: diagnosing problems, researching possible solutions, determining effects on the entire process, coding, thoroughly testing, documenting and implementing.
  • Proactively monitor and continually enhance performance of application.
  • Independently analyze moderately complex problems by communicating with leaders, employees, and    customers.
  • Document findings and communicate findings through written documents and models.
  • The analysis tasks include: Understanding and researching functionality and applicable technology of both potentially new applications/packages and new releases of existing   applications/packages.
  • Engage other areas in initial analysis phases to identify infrastructure and support needs. This involves supporting multiple environments for 24/7operations.
  • Interacts in a constructive manner with co-workers to create a synergy to develop business solutions.
  • This position requires regular involvement with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations and legacy petroleum offloading terminals which are geographically dispersed.
  • This position will require 25% - 50% travel.
  • Manages daily priorities, support efforts, tasks related to projects and phases of small projects utilizing project management tools.
  • Ensure adequate and appropriate response to support calls as   required:
  • This includes business hours and after hours calls on a rotating basis or as business needs require
  • Travel to sites as required for installations and issue   resolution



  • Education:
    • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
    • HS Diploma or equivalent and 8+ years demonstrated, commensurate experience in lieu of degree
  • Experience:
    • 3 - 5 years’ experience managing moderate projects or phases of moderate projects.
    • 3 - 5 years reading and interpreting electronic schematic drawings.
    • 3 - 5 years programmable logic controller (PLC) ladder logic programming, preferably with Allen Bradley controllers.
    • 1 -3 years supporting Toptech Systems TMS6 or other terminal automation system (preferred)
    • 3 - 5 years’ experience in all application development concepts including analysis, design, programming, and testing.



  • Skills:
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office Outlook, Microsoft Excel, and ability to learn new software applications and computer programs.
    • Build & Sustain Relationships- Uses appropriate interpersonal skills and communication methods to build constructive relationships with customers, business units, service organizations and other stakeholders to meet shared goals and objectives.
    • Contribute to Team Success; Demonstrates cooperation and collaboration while participating in a group or team.
  • Typical Physical Demands:
    • Requires prolonged sitting, some bending and stooping.
    • Occasional lifting up to 25 pounds.
    • Manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer keyboard and   calculator.
    • Requires normal range of hearing and vision.

Job Function(s): Information Technology

Clean Places, Friendly Faces. It's been the guiding principle at Love's for more than 50 years, and it's leading us into the future. We're passionate about serving drivers with clean, modern facilities stocked with plenty of fuel, food and supplies. Love's has two primary kinds of stores. Our 'Country Stores' are fueling stations with a convenience store attached. The larger 'Travel Stops' are located on interstate highways and offer additional amenities such as food from popular restaurant chains, trucking supplies, showers and more. 



The Love's Experience

Love’s was founded in 1964 on the values of integrity, customer focus, strong work ethic, innovation and perseverance. We are looking for these in every person we hire. No matter what job you do for Love’s, your commitment to these values will not only continue our legacy of growth, it will also ensure your successful career.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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