Instrument Technician

Alameda County Water District | Fremont

Salary Range: 106,680-$129,674 annually
Open Date: 04/29/2021
Close Date: 05/24/2021

Position Description

Under supervision from the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor, this position installs, tests, repairs, inspects, troubleshoots, calibrates, and maintains metering and recording instruments, controlling devices, data logging and display equipment; SCADA, communications and telemetry systems; investigates and troubleshoots PLC logic and control issues; interprets ladder logic diagrams; prepares and maintains a variety of records; makes verbal and written reports of work activities; and performs related work as required.

Knowledge of: electrical and electronic circuits; mechanical linkage and telemetering systems; the basics of PLC and SCADA software and hardware; electronic schematic diagrams and blueprints; methods and techniques of calibrating electronic equipment; use and safe operation of a wide variety of standard hand and power tools and electronic and electric test equipment related to field and shop work; basic methods and techniques for troubleshooting and diagnosing equipment failure; laws, rules and regulations governing maintenance and operation of radio, telemetry and telephone equipment; safe work practices and the ability to identify workplace hazards and/or unsafe conditions and take appropriate corrective action.
Skill and Ability to: inspect, test, repair and install industrial instrumentation and controls according to established procedures and standards, read instruments accurately; work from and interpret wiring, P&ID, ladder logic and mechanical drawings; safely use hand and power tools and equipment to test and calibrate instrumentation and controls; accurately estimate labor and materials costs; effectively use a computer for data management and to generate reports; prepare and maintain neat, accurate and complete records; communicate effectively both orally and in writing to technical and non-technical persons; establish and maintain effective working relationships; and perform essential duties of the job without causing harm to self or others.
Working Conditions/Physical Requirements: The essential duties of these classifications require the ability to work outdoors under various climatic and geographic conditions with potential exposure to a variety of chemicals, noise, temperature extremes, humidity and hazardous equipment and machinery; to work overtime as needed and subject to standby duty and emergency call-outs as required; physically capable of crawling into confined spaces, responding to chemical spills, or climbing ladders/stairs to reach high places wearing respiratory protection equipment, including SCBA’s to complete necessary Continuing Education (CEU) as required to obtain, maintain and renew requisite certification.

The essential duties of these classifications require the ability to sit for extended periods of time in front of a computer; repetitive use of feet and hands to operate vehicles, equipment and tools; the ability to speak to verbally exchange ideas and information; to hear to receive verbal detailed information and instruction; to see at arm’s length to twenty feet with a good field of vision and the ability to distinguish basic colors; to walk, twist, bend, crawl, reach, climb ladders and stairs and work in positions and spaces that may be awkward or difficult to access; to lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds; and finger dexterity and hand strength to operate a computer and related hardware and to grasp tools and equipment on a daily basis.

Position Qualifications

High school diploma or its equivalent; and Four (4) years of journey-level experience as an Instrument Technician, performing skilled work in both mechanical and electro-mechanical repairs or electronic circuitry repair with at least two (2) years’ experience working on industrial instrumentation and controls. Must possess a valid California driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record.

How to Apply

Application materials must be submitted online at by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 24, 2021. Application materials must include a completed Alameda County Water District Employment application. Incomplete applications will not be given further consideration. Candidates who present the best job-related qualifications will be invited to continue in the recruitment process which may include a written exam and interview panel. Candidates passing the qualifications appraisal process will be ranked on an employment list for further consideration. Top-ranking candidates will be invited to a personal interview with the hiring Supervisor.
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