Water Instrument Maintenance Technician I

City of Pittsburg, CA - Pittsburg, CA

The City of Pittsburg seeks a Water Instrument Maintenance Technician I for the Public Works Department.

The Water Instrument Maintenance Technician I is located at the Water Treatment Plant and is responsible for preventative maintenance, repairs, overhauls, adjustments and installation of water plant equipment, instrumentation and facilities. Other duties include replacement and new installation of pneumatic, hydraulic, electrical, mechanical and electro-mechanical equipment, instruments, switch gear, telemetry, controllers and machinery commonly used in the operation of a modern water treatment plant and distribution system; performs installation, maintenance and repair of microcomputer/PLC based data acquisition and control systems; writes to and modifies hardware and software of these systems; and performs other duties as required.

The Water Treatment Plant Division is responsible for the maintenance and 24-hour/day operation of the City's 32 million gallon-per-day water treatment plant, seven pump stations and eight drinking water storage reservoirs. The Water Treatment Plant ensures that the water distributed by the City is of the highest quality possible and meets or exceeds all State and Federal health standards.

The ideal candidate for Water Instrument Maintenance Technician I will possess the following:
Working knowledge of water treatment and distribution system methods, principles and practices
Knowledge of laws, codes, rules and regulations pertaining to water treatment operations
Strong attention to detail
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills to interact with staff and the public
Ability to adapt to changing work priorities
Have relevant computer skills in the use of Microsoft Outlook and Word for electronic communication and to create/update a variety of reports and documents
Work effectively in a team environment
Ability to work overtime, serve on-call/standby and respond to emergency situations as required
Ability to work outdoors under various weather and environmental conditions for extended periods of time

Tentative Structured Oral Board Date: April 30, 2019

Examples of Duties: Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Performs highly skilled mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, electronic, telemetry and instrumentation installations, maintenance and repairs in the water treatment plant and associated pump and well stations and remote facilities; troubleshoots and diagnoses a variety of problems and potential problems with treatment plant and distribution system equipment; ensures that work is performed safely according to plans, specifications and manuals.
  • Assists in planning and scheduling preventive maintenance programs; develops and implements emergency plans; makes recommendations to improve efficiency and cost effectiveness.
  • Maintains administrative and maintenance records; develops and maintains logs and databases using computer software programs; monitors and gathers data and prepares reports.
  • Inspects switch gear, transformers, relays, motors, pumps, generators and a variety of other types of electro-mechanical equipment for proper operation and makes adjustments, repairs or replacements as directed; repairs, replaces, disassembles, assembles, installs and tests electrical equipment, telemetry and conduit/wiring for power, lighting, and instrumentation; works under applicable provisions of the electrical code, approved plans and specifications and standard industry practice.
  • Reads and interprets wiring diagrams, drawings, operation manuals plans and specifications; estimates labor and materials for projects; interprets and applies applicable regulations.
  • Lays out, installs, starts, calibrates and maintains pipes, valves, pumps/motors, meters, analyzers, recorders, control systems, feed systems and other water treatment plant and distribution system equipment; operates, cleans, services, maintains and paints structures/buildings, equipment, pipe lines, storage tanks and other items found in a modern water treatment facility and distribution system.
  • Maintains inventory and assists in ordering tools, equipment, parts and supplies; maintains laboratory instruments and equipment; assists in keeping up to date maintenance records.
  • Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of state/local agencies, associations, City management and staff, and the public; participates in divisional, departmental and citywide committees; inspects relevant work performed by contractors to assure compliance with plans, specifications and standards.
Minimum Qualifications: Education: Qualified applicants must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent supplemented by vocational courses in the electrical/instrumentation field.

Experience: Three years of experience at a journey level in the electrical/instrumentation field with a minimum of one year experience in industrial equipment maintenance and repair, both preferably in water or wastewater treatment.

Certification (desirable): Possession of a California Department of Public Health Water Plant Operator T2 Certification is desirable.

License: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver's license and proof of auto liability insurance is required.

Additional requirements: The incumbent must be capable of working independently and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions; lift and carry tools, materials and equipment of at least fifty (50) pounds; climb ladders and stairs and tolerate catwalks and heights up to fifty (50) feet; wear all varieties of breathing apparatus and personal protective devices; enter confined spaces and work with and around hazardous materials and voltages to 480 AC. The incumbent must be available for overtime, serve on-call/standby and respond to emergency situations as required; communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, and establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Qualified applicants must also possess:
Knowledge of:
Tools, materials, methods and practices of the electrical, electronic, telemetry and instrument trade; principles, theory and practice of electricity, electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics and mechanics as they apply to maintenance and repair of equipment and machinery commonly found in a water treatment facility and water distribution system (including National Electrical Code and basic AC/DC circuit analysis); methods and techniques for basic report preparation and record keeping; standard operating procedures of a water or wastewater treatment plant (or similar industrial process); procedures and practices of preventive maintenance programs; complex principles and practices of instrument operation and maintenance work; tools and equipment used in mechanical maintenance and repairs; applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations; operational characteristics of process control and communication equipment; occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

Ability to:
Manage and oversee the operation of water treatment plant process control equipment; use and operate computers, measuring and testing devices, hand tools and equipment of the trade; install, operate, maintain, calibrate, analyze, troubleshoot, test and repair instruments, telemetry, electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic and electronic equipment found in a modern water treatment plant; install, maintain, repair and write to PLC and SCADA hardware/software; analyze a complex issue and develop and implement an appropriate response; prepare clear and concise technical and maintenance reports; develop, evaluate and modify standard operating procedures, associated maintenance programs and databases; apply applicable laws, codes and regulations; understand and follow complex written technical instructions and diagrams.

Skill to:
Operate safely and maintain diverse equipment, tools and machinery used on assigned projects; safely and effectively use gas and arc welding equipment; use computer software applications in developing, maintaining and modifying databases and generating reports (MS Word, Excel and Access).
Selection Process: 1. Application process: Applicants must complete an online employment application at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pittsburg which may include a supplemental questionnaire and other required documentation such as a valid typing certificate submitted by the final filing deadline. Employment applications will be disqualified if a resume is submitted in lieu of completing the application or if sections of the applications are left blank that relate to the minimum qualifications of the job such as education and work history. Applications will be evaluated to determine if it meets the minimum qualifications of the job. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase in the process. All communication regarding your application status will be sent via email only.

2. Testing process (Weighted 100%): Testing assessment process will consist of the following: multiple-choice written examination (weighted 40%) and a structured oral board examination (weighted 60%). The City reserves the right to utilize alternate testing methods if deemed necessary.

4. Eligibility List: Candidates who successful complete all testing components with a passing rating will be placed on an eligibility list (hiring list). The hiring department may contact candidates on the list for a hiring interview to fill the vacancies.