SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) is a system used to collect data from equipment and sensors in a controlled or automated environment. A SCADA engineer develops, deploys and maintains SCADA systems to control processes.
Most employers require at least a bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline. Along with education, these professionals have several years of experience in automation engineering, as well as process control programming languages such as PLC (programmable logic controller).
Developing, deploying and maintaining a SCADA system includes designing hardware and software functional specifications for automated processes. After the specifications are designed, these professionals test the system to ensure functionality and monitor systems to quickly address problems or adjust automated processes.
Salary can vary for a SCADA engineer depending on the industry. As of August 2010, Indeed listed a national average salary of $91,000 per year for this occupation.