Instrument Technician, Apprentice - Portland, OR

Employer: City of Portland

Job Description:
The Position

Workplaces across Portland, the United States and the world are making tough decisions about how to protect their employees and community from COVID-19. We, too, find ourselves in the middle of this complex situation at the City of Portland. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety for our employees and our community. As a part of this commitment, all City employees are required to be fully vaccinated, effective October 18, 2021. Proof of full vaccination, or documentation of plans to become fully vaccinated (e.g., partially vaccinated however too soon for second dose, etc.) will be required prior to being hired by the City of Portland. The required vaccination is a minimum qualification requirement to be hired by the City of Portland. We understand that some are unable to be vaccinated for a variety of reasons, including medical and religious/spiritual reasons. Should you be offered employment with the City of Portland, there is an exception process that provides for an exception and reasonable accommodation based on a qualified medical condition or religious/spiritual reason. Exception Request Process for COVID-19 vaccine .

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Are you service-minded with strong facilitation, reporting, analytical and writing skills?
Are you seeking to apply your knowledge and expertise toward meaningful work?
If so, this may be a rewarding opportunity to support the needs of the Bureau of Environmental Services as an Instrument Technician.

The City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) Operations & Maintenance Group (O&MG) A core aspect of the Bureau of Environmental Services’ work is in operating and maintaining the sewer piping network and treatment system to meet NPDES Permit compliance. Within the Operations and Maintenance Group Wastewater Pumping and Treatment Maintenance Division, this critical work includes installing, maintaining and repairing mechanical, electrical, automation, and instrumentation equipment at two large, complex wastewater treatment plants, 98 pump stations located throughout the City as well as the combined sewer overflow system.

What you’ll get to do:
Working under the direction of a journey-level Instrument Technician and/or Electrician you will assist in performing a variety of skilled instrument and process control work while also obtaining the required training to get the Oregon Limited Maintenance Electrical license. Instrument technician duties include performing preventive and predictive maintenance on various types of industrial instrumentation and automation systems to maintain reliability. To meet facility operational requirements, an Instrument Technician installs new equipment, responds to issues, troubleshoots and repairs a variety of industrial instruments and precision process control systems. Typical tools of the trade used include precision hand tools, power tools, and precision calibration tools. The work completed by this position will be critical for successful operations of the treatment plant. Below are some common tasks.

Assists in set up, installation, and calibration of various analytical and communication equipment and instrumentation.
Interprets and works from plans and/or develops sketches or designs for work, as appropriate.
Participates in performing a variety of programming, diagnostic, analytical, and documentation work involving programmable controllers and graphical-user (human machine) interfaces for a variety of equipment, including but not limited to programmable logic controllers (PLCs), control panels, communications panels, distributed control systems, and pneumatic/hydraulic/instrumentation panels; research information as necessary to perform duties and maintain currency.
Works to maintain and repair existing process measurement and control instrumentation equipment and systems and related transmitting equipment and systems to ensure proper operation and service.
Assists in performing preventive maintenance, service and repairs
Contributes in reconfiguring the programs to accommodate system upgrades and other environmental changes; documents work.
Participates in designing, upgrading, installing, connecting and testing new and repaired control and monitoring systems.
Collaborates to create supporting documentation, i.e., P&IDs, loop drawings per ISA Standards, Instrument Specification Sheets, etc.
Assists in evaluating and assessing the safety, operability, and condition of systems; assists in ensuring that repairs and installations operate properly.
Maintains records, supplies and equipment; assists in determining materials needed.
Works with others to ensure quality customer service.
Responsible for appropriate safety precautions
Assists with designing, fabricating (exclusive of welding), installing and/or retrofitting instrument equipment and certain piping and tubing.

The Ideal Candidate will have:

Exposure to analytical instrumentation
Process control experience and calibration
Associate degree in instrumentation or equivalent vocational Certificate of Completion and or equivalent.

The position will sit at the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant located in North Portland but be expected to travel to the Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant located at Lake Oswego and any of the other 100 pump stations/facilities owned and operated by the O&M Group.

About the Bureau of Environmental Services
BES is seeking talented individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds with knowledge, ability, and experience working with a broad range of individuals and communities; and that desire to work collaboratively and creatively to broaden the variety of innovative ways to partner with and serve all Portland communities.
To learn more about the work we do at BES, click on the link:

Our BES 10-Year Strategic Plan can be found here:

This classification is represented by The District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU). To view this labor agreement, please go to and click on the appropriate link. Applicants start at the entry salary rate. If you are a DCTU represented employee, see labor agreement for additional information or talk to your union representative

City of Portland Core Values: Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility

These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City's core values, please click here.

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

Work Location
Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed remotely due to COVID. In the future, current positions classified as “full-time remote” will: 1) become a remote/onsite mix or 2) revert to full-time at a city work location.

To Qualify

The following minimum qualifications are required for this posting:

Ability to understand and follow oral and simple written instructions
Experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships
Ability to learn and apply safe work practices
Experience writing legibly and fill out simple forms with training
Knowledge of basic instrumentation

Applicants must also possess:

Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate. If unvaccinated, exception process must be completed by date of hire. Exception guidelines/process can be accessed here: Exception Request Process for COVID-19 vaccine.
The ability to be at least 18 years of age at time of hire.
The ability to be a high school graduate or possess a GED Equivalency Certificate at time of hire.
Ability to register as a PCC student.
A valid state’s driver’s license and acceptable driving record at time of hire.
Ability to pass the Physical Capabilities Test after an offer of employment has been made and accepted.
Ability to pass pre-employment physical examination after an offer of employment has been made and accepted.

The Recruitment Process

A qualifying review includes a review of each applicant’s yes/no responses to the minimum qualifications in the Supplemental Questions. Those candidates passing this review will have their work experience, education and certificates/licenses and responses to the minimum qualifications in Supplemental Questions No. 13 and 14 evaluated, weighted 100%. Only those candidates passing the work experience, education, certificates/license and Supplemental Application review for minimum qualifications will be placed on an equally ranked list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information.
Additional evaluation may be required prior to final selection and/or establishment of the eligible list.

Recruitment Activity Schedule:

Posting: 04/18/2022
Applications Reviewed: 05/09/22
Eligible List: 05/23/22
Selection Phase Begins: 05/23/22

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment. All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process. Do not attach materials not requested. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Additional Information

Applicants MUST FOLLOW the process below and submit the following application materials to be considered for this position. Failure to submit the required application materials will result in elimination from further consideration:

A COMPLETED Resume or Work Experience document. This document should contain information about work experience, education, certifications and licenses.
Please note, a cover letter is NOT required for this recruitment. A resume or work experience document should be attached.
Submit responses to the minimum qualification Supplemental Questions:
Read and complete the yes / no minimum qualification Supplemental Questions 3- 12.
Provide written responses to the minimum qualification Supplemental Questions 13-14. Failure to respond to this minimum qualification questions (13-14) will result in elimination from further consideration.

Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Language Pay Differential: City of Portland employees who speak one or more languages in addition to English, may be eligible to receive a “language pay differential.” This is compensation for qualifying multilingual City employees who use their language skill to assist the community. More about the language pay differential can be found here.

Did you know? The City of Portland offers "How to Apply Classes" that are free and review best practices for applying to the City. Follow the link for the most recent list of scheduled dates:

Overview of the Apprentice Program

This is a 4000-hour (approximately 2 years) program that provides apprentices with the knowledge and skills required to be a journey Limited Maintenance Electrician, working as a Instrument Technician, through a combination of on-the-job and outside classroom training.

In addition to the 4000 hours of on-the-job training, 288 hours of related classroom training is required. The Apprentices' skill development is assessed throughout the program and raises are based on progress in the program.

Apprentice will be attending classroom training at Portland Community College Swan Island Trades Center. Each apprentice will be required to enroll as student with PCC and pass any required math testing administered by the college. There is a process in place for reviewing credit for previous education, work experience, and training which may shorten the actual length of your apprenticeship program. They will also be required to submit monthly job reports to verify training is on-track with the program adjectives. Classroom training is held on weekday evenings and some Saturdays. Attendance is required for classroom training.

All applicants must review the PCC website associated with this job posting. The PCC apprenticeship website is

The approximately 4000 hours of On-The-Job Training are in the following areas:

Work Process
Motors and generators (500 Hours)

Assembly and testing
Repair and maintenance
Internal and external connections to change direction of rotation and speed, and for a change of supply of voltage
Motor settings, drives, pulleys, gears, coupling devices
Related mechanical equipment: Traction units, cranes, winches, hoist
In place motor cleaning, (100 hours maximum credit)

Controls (1000 hours)

Manual and automatic, including magnetic and solid state

Trouble shooting (1000 hours)

Power Distribution (500 hours)

Inside and outside, high and low voltage distribution systems, maintenance and replacement

Lighting (500 hours)
Electrical and oriented drawings (100 hours)

The remaining time is necessary to complete the apprenticeship
program shall be applied according to the apprentice’s training needs
by the apprenticeship committee and the employer

The 288 hours of classroom related training is in the following areas:

Course Hours

Electricity and electronics 36
Fundamental mechanical principles 36
Mathematics of the trade 18
Instrumentation and controls 18
Federal, state and local electrical laws, codes and rules 140
Blueprint reading, electrical drawings and pictorial, block, one-line and schematic diagrams 36
Industrial electrical safety: A certified CPR (Cardiopulmonary
Resuscitation) course of the committee’s choice 4

Karen Ehn, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Contact Person:
Location: Portland, OR
Application Method:
Base Pay: $34.96-$41.52/hr

Posted on May 09, 2022

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