Mining Applications Support Specialist

Fort McMurray, Canada

About Dexcent
Founded in 2006, Dexcent Inc. (Dexcent) is an engineering consulting firm that provides a range of specialized solutions for clients in a variety of industries throughout the world. Our professionals have modernized IT and OT engineering methodologies into comprehensive solutions, specializing in information analytics, cyber-security, infrastructure, and control systems engineering. As such, we pride ourselves on truly transforming industrial operations to optimize business performance and deliver bottom-line results. 

Job Details

The  Mining Application Support Specialist will have a strong background in database administration, particularly with SQL and Oracle databases, and experience in the mining industry. They will play a critical role in managing data systems, ensuring high performance, availability, and security.

This position will be based onsite in Fort McMurray, AB.

Position Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Database Administration (SQL and Oracle)

    Manage and maintain SQL and Oracle databases ensuring high performance, availability, and security.

    Develop and execute SQL queries and stored procedures to support application functionality.

    Schedule and manage SQL jobs to automate routine database tasks.

    Perform regular database backups and ensure recovery procedures are in place.

  • Microsoft Windows Server Administration

    Perform general administration tasks for Microsoft Windows Servers including user management, security settings, and resource allocation.

    Apply patches and updates to servers to ensure systems are up-to-date and secure.

    Configure and optimize server settings to meet the specific needs of the organization.

  • OT Technical Application Support

    Administer user accounts and access for OT (Operational Technology) applications.

    Troubleshoot and resolve system issues faced by users in the OT environment.

    Provide technical support and training to users as needed.

  • OT Data Archive Management

    Manage and maintain PI Data Historian systems to ensure accurate and timely data collection and storage.

    Utilize PI Vision for data visualization and analysis to support operational decisions.

  • Cyber Security

    Implement and maintain best practices for OT and process systems network architecture to ensure robust security.

    Configure and manage firewalls to protect network integrity and prevent unauthorized access.

    Stay current with cyber security trends and apply knowledge to enhance the organization's security posture.

  • Data Analysis and Manipulation

    Extract and analyze data from various sources using Power BI, MS Access, and Excel.

    Create and modify macros and queries to perform data manipulation and calculations.

    Develop and maintain reports and dashboards to provide insights and support decision-making processes.

  • Bonus Skills:

    Experience in building, repairing, and maintaining computer hardware.

    Knowledge of fleet management practices and experience in managing a fleet of vehicles.

    Familiarity with VM (Virtual Machine) software and infrastructure management.

    Experience with XHQ Data Visualization tools for presenting complex data effectively.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field.

  • Relevant certifications (e.g., Microsoft Certified: Azure Database Administrator Associate, Oracle Certified Professional, Microsoft Certified: Windows Server, CompTIA Security+, etc.) are highly desirable.

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in database administration, specifically with SQL and Oracle databases.

  • Experience in the mining industry with a strong understanding of mining applications, Wenco, Komatsu, or Caterpillar would be preferred.

  • Proven experience with SQL queries, stored. procedures, jobs and scheduling, and database backups.

  • Extensive experience in administering Microsoft Windows Servers, including general administration, patching, and server configuration.

  • Solid experience providing technical application support in an OT (Operational Technology) environment, including user administration and troubleshooting user system issues.

  • Hands-on experience or strong knowledge of OT data archive systems, particularly PI Data Historian and PI Vision.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of cyber security best practices, including OT and process systems network architecture, network configuration, and firewall management.

  • Strong proficiency in data analysis and manipulation using Power BI, MS Access, and Excel, with a solid understanding of macros and queries.

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