Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Systems and Control Specialist in Houston, Texas

Req ID: 110283

Location: 1111 Bagby St.

BASIC PURPOSE: Primarily responsible for design and configuration of various control systems to support terminal, transload and CNG operations, including PLC Programming, development of supporting HMI and SCADA systems and terminal automation systems. Typically resolves 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 multiple 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 with efficient use. Works 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 monitoring and continually enhance performance of application.

  • Independently analyze 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+ years experience managing small projects or phases of small projects.

  • 3+ years reading and interpreting electronic schematic drawings.

  • 3+ years programmable logic controller (PLC) ladder logic programming.

  • 3+ years supporting Toptech Systems TMS6 or other terminal automation system (preferred)

  • 3+ years experience in all application development concepts including analysis, design, programming, and testing.

  • Experience with alternative fuel control, such as solar, EV charging, and hydrogen A is a plus.


  • 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): Operations

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.

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