Instrumentation Technician - Santa Rosa, CA

Employer: City of Santa Rosa

Job Description:
Instrumentation Technician
City of Santa Rosa, CA
$84,635 - $92,706 a year

The Position
This open recruitment is being conducted to fill one (1) vacant Instrumentation Technician in Santa Rosa Water, Mechanical Services Section. This list resulting from this recruitment process may be used to fill future openings.

The fundamental reason for the existence of this classification is to provide specialized and complex technical support in the design, installation, testing, calibration, maintenance, and repair of instrumentation and automation systems used in wastewater treatment processes including automated process control, telemetry, data acquisition systems and subsystems as well as ultra-violet light disinfection systems throughout the sub-regional wastewater treatment, water reclamation and bio-solids composting facility, as well as other related City facilities associated with water treatment and distribution.

The City:
The City of Santa Rosa is located just 55 miles north of San Francisco and 30 miles east of the Pacific Ocean with a population of approximately 170,000. Santa Rosa is the seat of Sonoma County and the center of trade, government, commerce and medical facilities for the North Bay. The surrounding area is home to over a hundred wineries and vineyards, many beautiful parks and recreational facilities, including 16 golf courses, and the spectacular Northern California coastline. Santa Rosa is in the center of a nationally recognized cycling area. It boasts many attractions associated with large cities, including a symphony, performing arts center, theater productions and internationally-recognized restaurants, yet still retains the warmth and small town feel of decades past. Santa Rosa has been named one of the 50 greenest cities in the United States with one of the top five mid-sized downtowns in California.

The Ideal Candidate:
The ideal Laguna Treatment Plant Instrumentation Technician candidate has a proven record of professional experience installing, programming, testing, repairing, or maintaining any type or variety of industrial control, automated machine or SCADA/DCS systems. Proficiency in reading & interpreting electrical/electronic schematics, mechanical drawings, block diagrams, or Operation & Maintenance Manuals is required. The ideal candidate is a strong self-starter, dependable, adaptable & equally comfortable working individually and as part of a collaborative team in an industrial environment. They must be both a student and a teacher, learning from and teaching others. Attention to quality and detail, a strong personal work ethic, and overall Integrity are all equally important. The ability to apply critical thinking techniques for the successful troubleshooting of a variety of electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, & hydraulic control systems is only superseded by a safety-first mentality.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities:
Essential Duties:
The following duties are considered essential for this job classification:
- Maintain, repair, calibrate, service, and install automation and instrumentation systems used in field devices such as pneumatic controllers and actuators, electronic and microprocessor based loop controllers, ultrasonic, pneumatic and radar sensing level and flow measuring equipment, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), advanced computer data acquisition and storage systems such as SQL servers and HMI computer work stations voice and data radio communications systems including transceivers, antennas, grounding arrays, duplexers and combiners, power systems for emergency and backup supply as well as primary power automation and monitoring systems up to transmission line voltages, and high speed networks for automation, data acquisition and telemetry to include wired and wireless applications
- Develop, trouble shoot and maintain sophisticated PLC software on various platforms
- Manage, develop and configure SQL server databases
- Develop software and configurations for SCADA human-machine interface systems
- Provide technical support for Sub-regional process applications
- Setup and conduct tests of equipment and components under operational conditions
- Review original factory specifications and make recommendations or repairs to achieve optimal performance
- Assist in identifying and resolving process control problems within the sub-regional system
- Conduct sophisticated radio site analyses including antenna fault and performance measurements, transceiver performance measurements, spectrum purity and interference measurements
- Develop operational procedures and standards for automation and SCADA systems, data acquisition and archival systems, computer-based control and monitoring systems, high-speed data networks for automation and radio telemetry networks
- Effectively communicate with city staff, vendors and contract engineers in the development, maintenance and installation of equipment in the sub-regional system and related facilities
- Perform required duties on energized and de-energized circuits
- Use required personal protective equipment to meet applied safety standards

Additional Duties:
In addition to the duties listed in the Essential Duties Section, each employee in this classification may perform the following duties. Any single position may not be assigned all duties listed below, nor do the examples cover all duties which may be assigned:
- Repair, calibrate, and maintain test equipment
- Maintain accurate records of work performed, materials used, and associated costs
- Purchase required parts and equipment
- Contact vendors and other agencies to determine the availability, applicability, and performance of components
- Inspect and test components installed by contractors
- Conduct comprehensive radio studies which include site survey and intermodulation calculations
- Interpret applicable regulations and standards for electrical, instrumentation, automation, network and radio system installations
- Perform related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:
Knowledge of:
Theory, practice and principles of electronics, computers, pneumatics, hydraulics, and telecommunications; operation of level, flow, pressure, temperature, and chemical concentration measurement systems; automation, process control, instrumentation, programmable logic controller systems; principles of electrical and electronic circuits; standard terms common to the automation/process control, telecommunications and electrical trades; electrical hazards and safety precautions pertaining to the work; applicable mathematics; methods, materials, tools, equipment, and practices used in the design, installation, testing, calibration, maintenance, and repair of automation, process control, radio and data acquisition systems; maintenance and repair of test instruments; computer programming as applied to controllers and electronic test equipment used in wastewater treatment and reclamation facilities; Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR), Optical Time Domain Reflectomertry (ODTR) and spectral measurements in both the frequency and time domain; FCC rules and regulations as related to narrow band and wideband data and voice radio systems; and industrial occupational hazards and appropriate safety precautions;
Ability to:
Understand and perform analog, digital, frequency, and time calibration of electronic systems and components; replace and repair electronic and pneumatic sub-assemblies, integrated circuits, relays, and micro-processing chips; design or improve new or existing electronic systems; operate and maintain electric testing, repair, and calibration equipment; trouble shoot electronic and pneumatic systems to the component level; comprehend, design, configure and write various computer and programmable logic controller languages to include common ladder logic, statement list, Isograph and control system flow chart representations as well as common scripting logic; configure various high-speed networks in multiple protocol environments such as TCP/IP, UDP and ISO industrial Ethernet, Profibus, Field-bus, Heart and various common serial protocols; work independently and make sound judgments regarding work methods and tools; understand oral and written instructions; read and prepare wiring diagrams and blueprints; prepare and maintain accurate records, reports, and job cost estimates; manage multiple tasks and priorities; coordinate work activities with other departments; read, interpret and apply information from technical manuals; relay highly technical information effectively to others in lay terms; relay operational, maintenance and mechanical needs and requirements to others effectively in technical terms; learn in classroom or on-the-job settings.

Experience and Education:
Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Experience - Sufficient years of experience in the maintenance and repair of instrumentation and electronic systems such as found in a water or wastewater treatment or distribution system to obtain the knowledge and abilities listed above, including experience working in a heavy industrial environment with transmission line voltages. Education - Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by the equivalent to two years of technical course work in electronics or instrumentation.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California motor vehicle operator's license. Possession of a California Water Environment Association (C.W.E.A) Electrical/Instrumentation or related certification is desirable. FCC General Radio Telephone Operator License or an industry equivalent such as APCO, NABER or NARTE certification or FCC amateur radio general class license or higher is desirable.

Additional Information:
Work is performed in a high voltage/high current, industrial environment. Normal duties will require the incumbent to ascend and descend ladders, operate and work from elevated platforms to access work areas. Tasks will be performed in confined and enclosed spaces, in cramped quarters, and in a variety of atmospheric conditions and extremes of weather and temperature. The work often involves lifting heavy objects, such as control panels and instruments, weighing up to 100 pounds. The incumbent will be expected to walk on rough, uneven, or rocky terrain, as well as wet and slippery surfaces.

The work requires the ability to distinguish colors of piping, electrical tape, component color codes and electric wiring, and to hear audible alarms, such as chlorine and equipment failure alarms. An incumbent observes or monitors flow meters, amp meters, pressure gauges, digital, and analog displays, and data printouts to determine compliance with prescribed operating or safety standards. Installing electronic or radio equipment requires making precise arm-hand position movement, fine, highly controlled muscular movements to adjust the position of control mechanisms, and standing for extended periods of time unable to sit or rest at will. Operating a forklift or crane requires coordinating the movement of more than one limb simultaneously.
Working on sensors and actuators sometimes involves prolonged bending, stooping, standing, reaching, crawling, and climbing repeatedly or continually. Working on overhead sensors and actuators requires lifting arms above shoulder level. Some work is performed in sumps, vaults, galleys, and other small, cramped areas and involves sitting for extended periods of time without the ability to change position. Work on antenna systems, and roof-mounted equipment is performed at heights greater than ten feet.

Contact Person:
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Application Method: Online:
Base Pay: $84,635.20 - $92,705.60

Posted on October 20, 2020

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