Electrical Technician

  • City of Chico, CA
  • Chico, California
  • Dec 21, 2020
Full Time Engineering
  • Salary: $53,248.00 - $73,403.20 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

NOTICE: The City of Chico is committed to inclusion and a diverse workforce and has made candidate applications anonymous to reduce implicit bias in the hiring process. Candidate names, addresses, and other Personally Identifiable Information (PII) are auto-redacted on applications sent to the department. Due to this redaction, resumes, certificates, or any other attachment with PII will not be forwarded until after an interview schedule is determined. As such, candidates should ensure that the entered "Work Experience" and "Certifications" sections match the submitted resume.

This recruitment is to establish an eligibility list to fill one vacancy within the Public Works - Wastewater Treatment Plant Division.

In addition to the qualifications outlined in the job description the ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to customer service, a positive attitude, good interpersonal and problem solving skills. The candidate will need to be highly motivated and have the ability to work independently. They should have knowledge of Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. In addition the ideal candidate will have field experience with chemical analyzers, pumps, and electric motors. The City will require the selected candidate to obtain a Grade II Electrical/Instrumentation certificate issued by California Water Environment Association(CWEA) within 18 months of employment.

This position is currently scheduled to work Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; however, this position may be required to work weekends and/or holidays and the work schedule is subject to modification.

This position is open until filled.

Job Description


Under general supervision from the Wastewater Treatment Manager and direct supervision from the Electrical/Environmental Supervisor, to perform electrical and instrumentation work with a minimum of technical guidance. Perform complex electrical work and preventative maintenance on electrical distribution systems, motors, pumps, and instrumentation; sewer and storm water collection and pumping systems; supervision of other technical and maintenance personnel; to perform related work as required.

Typical Duties:
  • Perform a variety of skilled tasks in the preventative maintenance, repair, installation, and calibration of electrical, electronic, telephone, pneumatic, hydraulic, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems;*
  • Radio, telemetry, and instrumentation equipment, mechanical equipment, and analyzers;*
  • Install, troubleshoot, repair, and maintain instruments and control systems to assist in the monitoring and control of plant and pumping station processes;*
  • Assists in the development, construction, and installation of new electrical systems and maintenance, repair or replacement of electrical equipment;*
  • Maintain electrical transformers, generators, solar systems, and medium voltage (480-600 volts) distribution and control systems;*
  • Prepare specifications for purchases of parts and supplies;*
  • Maintain accurate records;
  • Research and develop information needed by department management;*
  • Operate computer equipment and software;*
  • Develop field sketches and update record drawings of electrical systems;*
  • Supervise and train less experienced personnel;*
  • Prepare technical reports as required;
  • Perform related assignments as necessary.
*=Essential Function

Duties recorded above are representative of the duties of the class and are not intended to cover all the duties performed by incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class; such assignments shall fall under the category of "other duties, as assigned."

Tools and Equipment Used:

Motor vehicle, generators, multi-meters, analyzers, oscilloscopes, pumps, gauges, common power and hand tools; shovels, conduit bender, wire stripper, wrenches, detection devices; mobile radio, phone, calculator, and a variety of electrical equipment.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand. The employee is occasionally required to walk; talk and hear; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell.

The employee frequently must lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, color perception; and the ability to adjust focus to distinguish colors of electrical tape and electric wiring, and to hear audible alarms, such as chemical and equipment failure alarms.

Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts is and occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The employee is frequently exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals. Some tasks may be performed in cramped quarters, and in a variety of atmospheric conditions, weather extremes and temperatures. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately loud.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of : Design, installation, maintenance and repair of industrial electrical systems; occupational hazards and safety procedures related to the position; medium voltage distribution systems and supervisory controls; National Electric Code and other appropriate standards and specifications; principles and techniques of repairing, calibrating, and maintaining wastewater plant instrumentation; electrical and electronic theory; pneumatic theory; industrial process control; mathematical computations to perform the work; tools and materials used in the development, construction, and maintenance of electrical equipment in the operation of a wastewater treatment plant, including collection system pumping and storage facilities.

Ability to : Diagnose and detect faults in complex electronic and electrical equipment; fabricate various panels, control systems and conduit runs; safely use and care for a variety of tools and equipment; compute power and load requirements for medium voltage industrial systems; operate a variety of test instruments; read and prepare wiring diagrams; maintain accurate records, technical reports and estimates; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; understand and interpret oral and written instructions; operate computer equipment and software. Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of duties. Observe all appropriate safety precautions as required, including Cal/OSHA General Industry Safety Orders, National Electric Code, National Fire Protection Association, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and City safety policies.


Minimum Qualifications:

Experience : Four years of experience in the installation, maintenance, and repair of electrical equipment in a water and/or wastewater treatment plant. Experience in an industrial or commercial environment performing similar or same duties can be considered.

Education : Any combination of equivalent experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be considered qualifying. Course work or possession of specialized training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities is preferred. Successfully complete certification as a Grade II Plant Maintenance Electrical Instrumentation Technologist as issued by the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) within 18 months of appointment.

Additional Requirement : Possession of a valid California Driver License.

Desired Qualifications:
Experience: Experience in the maintenance and repair of electronic programmable logic control systems is desirable.

Equivalency may be established pursuant to the City-Wide Classification Plan.

Additional Information


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Degree, Licenses, Certifications and/or Equivalencies: Candidates must include copies of items listed as a minimum qualification; failure to provide required certificates by the close of the recruitment will result in candidate disqualification. If this position requires a typing certificate: typing certificates must have been issued within one year and the net speed must match the minimum requirement listed in the job description. For standardization, net speed will be calculated by subtracting the number of errors from the gross WPM. Internet generated typing certifications are not accepted. Equivalency for experience and/or education listed within a job description may be established pursuant to the City-wide Classification Plan and through coordination with Human Resources. Candidates seeking an equivalency must contact Human Resources, at (530) 879-7900, for instructions on submitting an equivalency request. Being minimally qualified for a position does not guarantee a candidate progression through the full recruitment process.

Travel and Recruitment Related Expenses: The City of Chico does not reimburse applicants for any travel or expenses in connection with applying for employment, unless authorized by the City Manager.

Pre-Employment Processing: Applicants may be required to pass fingerprinting and a medical examination as a condition of employment or promotion. Medical exams may include a fitness exam, psychological exam, and a drug and alcohol screening, depending on the position. E-verify is used to determine candidate eligibility to work in the United States.

The City of Chico is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports workforce diversity. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The City of Chico will consider individuals with disabilities based on their qualifications to perform the essential functions of the position for which they are applying and will provide reasonable accommodation in the application and/or testing process. If you require accommodation in the application and/or testing process, please notify the Human Resources Office within seven (7) days of the need for accommodation, so appropriate alternative arrangements can be made.

If you have any questions, or need additional assistance regarding City of Chico employment opportunities, please contact the Human Resources Department at (530) 879-7900 or jobs@chicoca.gov .
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