SCADA engineer


A Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Engineer is responsible for the design, deployment, test, and management of SCADA systems used to monitor and control the various components of offshore wind farms, leveraging real-time data and control capabilities.

Lifecycle stages

Operations and maintenance.

Typical employer

Developer, EPCI contractor or specialist consultancies.

Place of work

Office. May be required to travel to onshore maintenance sites.

Typical working pattern

Full-time. Flexible working arrangements may be available.

Education, training and qualifications

Minimum NFQ level 7, in automation and controls engineering, power electronics engineering, computer programming engineering or equivalent, applicable experience and knowledge may be substituted for the degree requirement. Experience (1-2 years) as a SCADA engineer in a relevant field.

Knowledge and an understanding of design and engineering, project economics, interfaces, risks and commercial aspects of offshore wind farm development and additional certifications such as Certified SCADA Security Architect (CSSA) is highly desirable.

Graduate and apprenticeship schemes are available at NFQ level 7 and NFQ level 4.

Typical entry position & transferable sectors

Entry roles can include automation technicians, control system technicians and human machine interface developers.

Highly transferable from similar industries such as rail infrastructure, automotive, construction, aviation, maritime and oil and gas.

Career possibilities

SCADA engineers can progress to become senior SCADA engineers and technical specialists in areas such as cybersecurity, advanced data analytics or system optimisation.

Full time salary estimate

€45,000 (control system technician) -€90,000 (technical specialist) per year, depending on experience.