Instrumentation & Control Technician I

City of Austin - Austin, TX (30+ days ago)4.2

Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent, plus two (2) years of experience in the repair, installation, maintenance, and calibration of instrumentation and control system equipment, or
  • An Associate of Arts or Science Technology degree from an accredited institution in a field related to instrumentation or control systems

  • Licenses and Certifications Required:
    • Valid Texas Class “C” Driver’s License.

    Notes to Applicants
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    When completing the City of Austin employment application:
    • Please be sure to detail on the application all previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications.
    • A detailed, complete employment application is required. It helps us to better evaluate your qualifications and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position. Be sure to provide job titles and employment dates for all jobs you wish to be considered. Your work history should include the duties you performed, and any related equipment and computer software used.
    • A résumé may be submitted, but will not substitute for a complete employment application. Please include contact information from previous employers.
    • A cover letter may also be submitted. In the cover letter candidates should describe, in concise detail, their interest in this position and highlight any prior experience that is relevant to this position.
    If you are selected to interview:
    • Your skill level in some of the competency areas for this job will be assessed through an in-person skills testing appointment in Austin, TX.
    • Military/Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214 verifying honorable discharge, at the time of initial interview to receive military/veteran interview preference.
    If you are selected as a top candidate:
    • Verification of your education (which may include high school graduation or GED, undergraduate and/or graduate degrees) will be required. You must provide proof of education from an accredited organization/institution.
    Driving Requirements:
    • A valid Texas Class C Driver License is required.
    • Applicants must be at least 18 years old, hold a current applicable driver license, and have no more than six (6) points assessed on Driver Record Evaluation (DRE). Please review the City of Austin Driving Standards to assess your driving record. DRE will be verified through the Department of Public Safety. Job offer is contingent upon having a driving record that meets the City’s Driver Record Evaluation Standards.
    Physical Requirements:
    • This position will require that you be able to perform the following essential job functions with confidence and with or without reasonable accommodations: Occasional carrying or lifting up to 50 lbs., occasional pushing or pulling up to 50 lbs., frequent standing and walking, occasional sitting and lying, frequent climbing of stairs and ladders, occasional reaching overhead, crawling, and twisting, frequent kneeling, stooping/bending, and repetitive hand/foot movement, far and near vision with color differentiation, hearing and communicating, frequent finger dexterity, grasping or squeezing, traveling to work sites, ability to wear personal protective equipment, exposure to extreme weather conditions, atmospheric and hazardous conditions and very loud noise.
    • Selected candidate will be required to complete and pass a pre-employment physical exam to be considered for this position, which includes a Functional (FC) strength/agility test.
    Confined Space Entry and Climbing Requirements:
    • Candidates must be able to work in environments which may have hazardous atmospheres or in confined spaces where there is limited or restricted means for entry and exit, or where the activities of an employee are hindered.
    • Candidates must be able to perform duties with confidence at sites where climbing heights of up to 200 feet is required on ladders that support up to 300 lbs., and descending into confined spaces up to 30 feet deep with the use of a required SRL body harness that supports up to 283 lbs.
    • Candidates must be able to qualify for Austin Water’s Respiratory Protection Program.
    This position will be required to work overtime and on-call shifts, which include nights, weekends and holidays.

    Effective October 1, 2014, all Austin Water worksite locations are tobacco-free. Use of tobacco products and/or e-cigarettes is not permitted on any AW worksite – including construction sites, parking lots, garages or in any personal vehicle located on the premises.

    Pay Range
    $22.83 – $28.39 per hour

    • Monday through Friday, 6:30am to 3:00pm
    • This position will be required to work on-call shifts on a rotating basis, including nights, weekends and holidays.
    • Overtime and call-back time will vary and are required for this position.

    Job Close Date


    Type of Posting

    Austin Water Utility


    Grant Funded or Pooled Position
    Not Applicable


    South Service Center, 3616 S. 1st St., Austin, TX 78704

    Preferred Qualifications
    • Associate of Applied Science degree or higher, specifically in the field of instrumentation or control systems technology
    • Demonstration of strong technical knowledge and experience in the maintenance and calibration of instrumentation and control systems equipment such as pressure transmitters/transducers, flow meters, PLC’s and pump/motor control circuitry
    • Experience working in a water/wastewater facility or related process facility

    Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

    Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
    • Performs routine and assists with complex diagnostics to analyze problems associated with instrumentation and control systems and programmable logic controllers using test equipment such as electronic meters, simulators, and software applications related to configuration and communications protocols for plant control, networking, DCS, and SCADA systems
    • Performs routine and assist with complex installations, calibrations, diagnostics, repairs, and replacements of instrumentation and control systems equipment and components for Water and Wastewater facilities, such as treatment plants, pump stations, and lift stations
    • Performs routine and assist with complex installations, calibrations, maintenance, and programming of flow meters, transmitters, controllers, and analytical equipment
    • Service hydraulic, electric, pneumatic and mechanical instruments used for controlling, analyzing, measuring and recording
    • Monitor compliance and communicate safety issues to personnel
    • Reads, interprets, modifies and updates blueprints, schematics, ladder logic and diagrams in order to troubleshoot, repair, or modify equipment, and to accurately reflect current operating systems.
    • Monitors and makes visual inspections of control and instrumentation equipment to determine operating condition and perform preventative maintenance.
    • Perform routine and assist with complex equipment modifications in order to implement required design changes
    • Maintains accurate inventory and maintenance logs
    • Participate in on-call program and scheduled/unscheduled overtime.

    Responsibilities – Supervisor and/or Leadership Exercised:

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

    Knowledge of Federal, State and local laws
    Knowledge of city practice, policy and procedures
    Knowledge of Water and Wastewater treatment facilities
    Knowledge of the methods, procedures, tools and equipment used in testing instrumentation and control systems and devices
    Knowledge of installation, operation, and maintenance of instrumentation and control systems, and related equipment
    Knowledge of the laws, theories, rules and standards pertaining to instrumentation and control systems installation, construction, and maintenance
    Knowledge of safety rules and procedures when working with energized systems and equipment involving voltage
    Skill in oral and written communication
    Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing
    Skill in using computers and related software
    Skill in planning and organizing
    Ability to operate and select proper breathing apparatus, respirators, which includes SCBA and atmospheric monitors, in compliance with Utility Respiratory Protection Policy/Procedures
    Ability to work in environments which may have hazardous atmospheres
    Ability to climb ladders and work at heights of up to 200 feet
    Ability to work in confined spaces where there is limited or restricted means for entry and exit, or where the work activities may be hindered or energized equipment and electrical voltage
    Ability to safely wear Anti-fall (SRL) body harness for confined space entry that supports up to 283 lbs
    Ability to use special tools and equipment used to perform diagnostics, maintenance, repairs and installations of instrumentation/control systems
    Ability to read, interpret, modify and update blueprints, schematics, ladder logic and diagrams
    Ability to draw schematics of instrument and control circuits
    Ability to disassemble and repair instruments and controls in the field using hand tools
    Ability to implement effective safety and training programs
    Ability to respond quickly and perform strenuous work in emergency situations and all weather conditions
    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other City employees and the general public

    Does this job require a criminal background investigation?
    This position does not require a criminal background investigation

    City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

    Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within
    the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.