SWEETWATER AUTHORITY: Instrument and Control Technician - Chula Vista, CA

Employer: Sweetwater Authority

Job Description:
Perform routine skilled duties in maintenance, repair, installation, modification, construction, and calibration of a wide variety of electrical and electronic control systems, plant control systems, programmable logic controllers (PLC), remote terminal units (RTU), variable frequency drives (VFD), motor control centers, communication systems, field telemetry systems, and related equipment and devices used in the treatment, storage, pumping and distribution of potable water, maintenance and repair of chemical feed equipment.

Supervision Received/Exercised:

· General supervision is provided by the Director of Water Quality and Water Quality Manager.

· Direct supervision is provided by the Plant Maintenance Supervisor.

· Technical and training assistance is provided by the Plant Maintenance Technician Leadworker and Instrument & Control Specialist III.

· Responsibilities include the technical and training assistance for the Instrument and Control Technician I.


Example of Duties/Responsibilities:

· Test, troubleshoot and calibrate; repair and perform preventative maintenance on a variety of complex electronic, telecommunications and instrumentation systems, components and devices associated with the operation of a large, state of the art water treatment and distribution system; rebuild equipment to manufacturer’s specifications, including motors, motor controls, programmable logic controllers, flow and pressure standards, soft start/hard start motor controls, variable frequency drives, standard and specialized testing equipment, and correct defects in instrumentation.

· Install, maintain, repair and calibrate a wide variety of pneumatic and electronic recording and indicating instruments such as differential pressure flow meters, sonic flow meters, pressure and temperature recorders, signal conversion modules, level sensing devices, valve actuators, and pneumatic controllers.

· Perform preventative maintenance to chemical feed equipment and related process equipment.

· Perform a variety of unscheduled work in response to emergency situations or to repair unexpected equipment failures.

· Perform a variety of administrative tasks: Reconcile work orders, research vendors and technical information, prepare reports, and other related activities.

· Perform preventative maintenance to vertical and horizontal pumps, compressors, gear drives, and exhaust ventilators.

· Perform maintenance and minor repairs to buildings, appurtenances, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment.

· Maintain inventory of critical parts and instrumentation.

· Troubleshoot and repair programmable logic controllers (PLC), input/output cards, and load programs.

· Rebuild equipment to manufacturer’s specifications, including motor controllers, flow and pressure standards, and standard and specialized testing equipment and correct instrumentation defects.

· Use computerized maintenance management system to receive and complete work orders, preventative maintenance plans, and requisitions of materials and spare parts.

· Support systems and networks used for the transportation of electronic signals across a wide geographic area utilized by the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system; support software-based control and instrumentation logic and perform other related duties.

· Input information on new equipment into applicable databases.

· Inspect and test gas detector assemblies, based on original equipment manufacturer (OEM) specifications.

· Perform routine monitoring, troubleshooting, and preventative maintenance on 480 voltage of alternating current (VAC) and direct current (DC) motors and motor control circuits.

· Calibrate gas detector sensors, flow transmitters, pressure transmitters, electrical conductivity meters, level transmitters, turbidity meters, and other related equipment.

· Conduct research and price comparisons for new equipment.

· Install new instrumentation.

· Interpret and maintain wiring diagrams and schematics; troubleshoot and upgrades prints.

· Respond to after-hours work emergencies on an on-call basis.

· Perform work on mechanical equipment and building facilities.

· Pickup and delivery of maintenance materials and equipment from Treatment Plant sites, vendors and contracted repair shops.

· Serve as an Entry Team member on the Authority’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) team and ensure that chemical and hazardous material spills are handled in accordance with State and Federal regulations.

· Provide assistance to the Plant Maintenance Technicians as necessary.

· Perform wash down and cleaning of sedimentation basins.

· Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, customers, vendors, Board members, and the public.

· Perform other duties of a similar nature or level.


Knowledge of:

· Modern office procedures and practices, equipment, and clerical techniques.

· Computer programs and software, such as Microsoft Office.

· Practices, theories, methods, techniques, mathematics, shop procedures, tools and equipment used in the design, installation, testing, calibration, maintenance and repair of electrical, electronic, process and instrument controls, supervisory control, radio and telemetry-based SCADA systems, radio communication and telecommunication equipment and devices common to a large waterworks system.

· Some PLC ladder logic programming; telemetry remote terminal unit (RTU) configuration, diagnosis and support.

· Operating characteristics of electronic components, including microprocessor controls; practices, methods, techniques, tools and equipment used in the design, installation, testing, maintenance and repair of industrial electrical equipment common to a large waterworks system.

· Fiber optic basics.

· Codes, ordinances, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other regulations and specifications pertaining to the work and electrical safe work procedures.

· Mechanical equipment principles and operating and maintenance requirements.

· Basic maintenance and mechanical skills including pumps, motors and basic plumbing techniques.

· Records maintenance principles.

· Electrical power basic theory and application.

· Alternating current/direct current (AC/DC) power systems and applications.

· Proportional integral derivative (PID) loops descriptions.

· Motors and control centers.

· Variable frequency drives (VFD).

· Instrumentation procedures.

· Programming software.

· Maintenance programs.

· PID loop descriptions.

· Motors and control centers.

· Programs in preventive maintenance.

· Record keeping.

· Safety practices and regulations related to hazardous chemicals, confined spaces, and electrical.

· Proper English usage, including spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Ability to:

· Troubleshoot, maintain, and repair mechanical equipment.

· Plan and install critical chemical piping.

· Prepare reports and maintain records.

· Operate a forklift, power tools, and heavy equipment.

· Work at heights.

· Interpret diagrams, drawings, and manufacturer’s literature.

· Prioritize work.

· Understand, interpret, and modify ladder logic.

· Use test instruments.

· Perform repairs.

· Interpret measurements.

· Perform proper techniques and procedures for confined space entry, fall protection and safe electrical practices.

· Understand and follow oral and written instructions and work independently.

· Pass and certify as a hazardous materials technician.

· Operate a computer and related software applications.

· Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

· Keyboard proficiently.

· Use interpersonal skills effectively as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisors, and the general public.

Education/Training/Experience (positions in this class typically require):

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:

· Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented with college-level course work, or specialized training.

· Two (2) years of experience in the design, installation, maintenance and repair of complex electrical and electronic equipment and devices common to a large water treatment system.

· Two (2) years of technical training in electronics, mechanical maintenance, and water technology.

· Three (3) years directly related experience in electrical and electronics, mechanical repair, preventative maintenance, and basic computer skills; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Licenses/Certifications – Required Conditions of Employment:

· Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver License.

· Maintain an acceptable, safe, and active driving record, together with proof of insurability.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the following essential functions:

· Hear normal conversation in person and on the telephone.

· Mobility of arms to reach, and the dexterity of hands to grasp and manipulate small objects and to write legibly.

· Visual ability (which may be corrected) to read small print and video messages, including good peripheral vision and depth perception.

· Speak in a normal voice; able to be heard and understood on the telephone, in person, and to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

· Sit or stand for prolonged periods of time.

· Use office equipment such as personal computers, copiers and fax machines.

· Mobility to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; bend and extend legs and walk on uneven ground.

· Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when performing tasks, which includes respirators, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), and a Level A suit.

· Potential exposure to fumes or airborne particles, risk of electrical shock and vibration.

· Operate standard passenger vehicles.

· Exert in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

· Work outside in weather extremes of the local climate.

· Exposure to alternating noise levels.

· Work near moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, poor ventilation, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures, work space restrictions, and intense noises.

· Keyboarding for extended periods of time.

· Fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.

· Work from ladders, scaffolding and other approved high-work platforms.

· Use hands to operate hand and power tools.

Working Hours:

· Flex Schedule: Monday through Thursday 6:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Friday 6:30 AM to 3:00 PM and every other Friday off or, as assigned by the supervisor.

Other Conditions:

· Work conditions require that a uniform be worn; to be provided by the Authority.

· Work around various types of animals and insects such as dogs, snakes, spiders, bees, rodents, etc.

· It is important that incumbents in this position maintain a professional and businesslike image to the public at all times:

· A neat, clean and pressed appearance in clothing, hair and personal hygiene is important every day.

· Good judgment is expected in determining proper dress and appearance.

· All facial hair must be kept neat and trimmed.

Contact Person:
Location: Chula Vista, CA
Application Method: Online: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sweetwater/jobs/4010348/instrument-and-control-technician-ii-iii?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs
Base Pay: $83,116.80 - $111,446.40 /YR

Posted on May 17, 2023

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