Water Resources Instrument Control Technician

  • City of LIvermore
  • Livermore, California
  • Sep 20, 2021
Full Time Environmental Services Natural Resources
  • Salary: $6,624.53 - $8,052.16 Monthly USD

Job Description



Under general supervision, the Water Resources Instrument Control Technician installs, operates, maintains, calibrates, and repairs computer hardware, process instrumentation, data logging, and telemetry; de-bugs, modifies, and customizes software; modifies, maintains, and repairs all components of a programmable logic controller (PLC) based supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems/distributed control systems; and performs other duties as assigned.


This classification is distinguished by the specialized, technical assignments in support of SCADA systems, PLC's, distributed control systems, computer networking systems, software and instrumentation, telemetry, lab analytical equipment, safety systems, and other related systems. Incumbents will be expected to work independently in modifying, maintaining, and operating the above referenced systems.


General supervision is provided by a Public Works Supervisor and the WR Coordinator - Electrical & Instrumentation Control.



Examples of Important and Essential Functions:
Technical Functions
Installs, calibrates, programs, maintains, and repairs instruments, PLC based system/distributed control system components, meters, analyzers, recorders, control and feed systems, computers, monitors, printers, transducers, microprocessors, and data transmission systems; repairs electronics, electrical, pneumatic, mechanical, and hydraulic systems; maintains and repairs laboratory and safety equipment including gas detection, alarm systems, pH and DO meters; analyzes software problems; modifies computer programs to optimize plant operations and operator convenience; analyzes problems and repairs equipment to component level; analyzes problems and repairs 480 volt alternating current (AC) motor control centers; installs and configures security systems including access control and video system; performs service and maintenance work on a variety of electrical installations, systems, pumps, meters, and other equipment in City facilities; operates diagnostic instruments such as a voltmeter, megger, ammeter, ohmmeter, transistor checker, loop meter, and other electrical test equipment installs and repairs; replaces outlets, lighting fixtures, switches, ballasts, conduit runs and distribution panels; assists in planning and scheduling preventative maintenance programs; develops and implements emergency situation plans; performs all tasks in a safe manner observing all safety practices in performance of assigned duties; trains others in the operation of new or modified computer/instrumentation systems; and upgrades existing systems as needed.

Administrative Functions
Assists system users in solving data and systems problems and suggests alternative methods of operation; maintains accurate records and updates shop drawings, schematics, and wiring diagrams as changes are made; maintains an inventory of parts, materials, supplies, and equipment used in everyday tasks; ensures that work orders are completed in a timely manner; provides information for budget preparation; may provide direction to temporary employees; and evaluates systems performance and recommends actions to be taken.

Job Related and Essential Qualifications:
Demonstrated Knowledge of :
Methods, practices, materials, and tools of computer/instrumentation trade; the theory, terminology, operations, equipment, and principles of electronics including practices, techniques, and tools used in the installation and maintenance and repair of electrical or electronic systems; electrical, pneumatic, instrumentation, computer, PLC, SCADA systems, and distributed control systems as they apply to wastewater treatment plant systems; applicable programming languages; computer operating systems; Electrical Safety Orders of the Division of Industrial Safety, California Code, and the National Electric Code; effective communication techniques; and federal, state, county, and local regulations and safety practices.

Demonstrated Skills to :
Install, program, maintain, modify, and repair computer hardware, software, PLC, and SCADA/distributed control system components; install, calibrate, maintain, and repair process instrumentation, telemetry, communication systems, and other related equipment; maintain, calibrate, and repair laboratory and safety equipment, gas detecting and alarm systems; diagnose and repair motor control systems; interpret, use, and update technical manuals, blueprints, and schematics; keep accurate, up-to-date records and prepare reports; work independently with minimal supervision; maintain parts and equipment inventory; communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing; relate effectively to those contacted in the course of work; practice safe work methods when using hand tools, test equipment, and other related equipment; understand and work from oral and written instructions as well as procedural manuals; exercise initiative and creativity in performing assigned duties; and exemplify an enthusiastic, resourceful, cooperative, and effective customer service attitude with the public, co-workers, and others contacted in the course of the work.

Ability to :
Effectively apply the knowledge and skills necessary for this position; and learn the systems, procedures, practices, and operations of the treatment facility and have a proactive approach to continually improve all assigned areas of responsibility.

Experience, Education, and Training Guidelines
Any combination of experience, education, and training that would provide the best qualified candidates. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:
Experience : Three years of progressively responsible experience in a wastewater treatment facility or related industrial facility, including experience maintaining and operating computer and other electronic systems.

Education : Vocational/technical school certificate or an Associate degree with course work in computer science, electronics, or process control/instrumentation is desirable.

Training : Any recent training such as academic courses and certification programs, which are relevant to this job classification.

Certification : Possession of a California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Plant Maintenance Technologist I certification is required prior to the completion of the probationary period. Possession of a CWEA Electrical/Instrumentation Technologist Grade II certification is required within 3 years of employment.

License : Possession of a valid California driver's license and a satisfactory driving record as determined by the City. Requires possession of a valid California Class A license with the appropriate endorsements prior to the completion of the probationary period.

Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) Requirement : Incumbents in this job classification may be called upon, at any time, to perform safety sensitive functions, and therefore, may be subject to the Federal Highway Administration D.O.T. regulations and the City's policy concerning drug and alcohol testing as a continuing condition of employment with the City of Livermore.

Other Requirements : Must be willing and able to work scheduled and emergency overtime and be available on call as required; work under adverse conditions, such as in confined and awkward spaces, in the presence of noxious odors, toxic chemicals, biological agents, and sewage; work in potentially hazardous areas; work outdoors in all weather conditions; wear and use appropriate safety clothing and equipment, including self-contained breathing devices; and travel to and attend meetings, seminars, training schools, conferences, and workshops during work and non-work hours.

Special Requirements : Essential duties require the mental and/or physical ability to read fine print and fine details with no color deficiencies; drive a motor vehicle; converse on the telephone and in person and be clearly understood; detect noises in electronic equipment; operate a computer keyboard and other electronic equipment necessary for this position; manipulate small parts and components; strength to safely lift and maneuver equipment and tools weighing up to 50 pounds; and bend, stretch, reach, stoop, and climb flights of stairs for prolonged periods of time and/or numerous times each day.

Additional Information:
The City of Livermore is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Livermore, California United States View Map