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Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)


ITRC is offering new/updated Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) short courses focused on irrigation districts, and more specifically SCADA technicians. In general, SCADA technicians are responsible for operating and maintaining existing SCADA systems as well as supporting SCADA expansion projects. These classes are intended to provide helpful technical information and introduce important skills for new SCADA technicians as well as provide a refresher for experienced SCADA-related staff. Over half of the material is presented in hands-on labs.



This class is sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, California-Great Basin Region. Priority registration is given to staff members of districts within the California-Great Basin Region. Other participants will be permitted only as space allows. If you work outside of the CGB region, please contact our office to be placed on a waitlist.


Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)

Winter 2025

(8 AM - 5 PM)

Fee: $250


This course provides an overview of SCADA systems, starting with electric and electronic fundamentals and moving on to typical technician roles and responsibilities. Learn about and practice:



SCADA Technician Class

Cost: $30/day per person


Date: March 27-31, 2023

Participants can register for any or all of the three days (see below for daily agenda)


Location: Henry Miller Reclamation District Office

11704 Henry Miller Avenue
Dos Palos, CA 93620


Funding Agency: Water Conservation Office of the USBR Mid-Pacific Region


Daily Outline

Basic Electronics - Day 1

  • Basic electronics
    • AC and DC forms of electricity
    • Circuits and components
    • Multimeter basics
  • Lab 1 – Basic control circuits
  • Advanced electronics
    • Wire and cable
    • Overcurrent protection
    • Relays
    • Power conversion
  • Lab 2 - Advanced control circuits
  • Off-grid and backup DC power systems
    • Batteries
    • Charging
    • Solar
  • Lab 3 – Solar circuits


SCADA Overview and Sensors - Day 2

  • SCADA overview
  • Reading RTU wiring diagrams
  • Reading sensor specifications and ordering new sensors
  • Sensor installation practices
  • Sensor calibration procedure and processing
  • Lab 1 – Sensor installation
  • Lab 2 – Sensor calibration


Radios and RTUs - Day 3

  • Radio basics
    • How they work
    • Types and frequencies
    • Working with the FCC
  • Radio system design and field testing
    • Computer design
    • Field radio survey overview
    • Measurements and results interpretation
    • RTU wiring diagrams
  • RTU Maintenance and record keeping
  • SCADA implementation process and pitfalls
  • Lab 1 – Outdoor radio test
    • IP addressing
    • Test measurements and results
  • Lab 2 – RTU troubleshooting
    • Wiring diagram
    • Multimeter
  • Lab 3 – RTU maintenance and record keeping
    • Cleaning
    • Checklist
    • Record-keeping