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Instrumentation & Control Technician I at Metropolitan Water District Southern California

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

Type: Full Time
Location: La Verne, California

Job Description:
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of twenty six cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitan's mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan's facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five conventional water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.6 billion gallons per day, nine surface water reservoirs, 800 miles of pipeline, and 16 hydroelectric power plants.

Instrumentation and Control Technician I

The Water System Operations Group, Water Treatment Section has one (1) opening for an Instrumentation and Control Technician I at our Weymouth Water Treatment Plant located in La Verne, CA.

Positions at this level learn to apply basic skills in procedures, operations, techniques, tools, materials, and equipment appropriate to area of specialization; work assignments are routine in nature, requiring limited judgment and decision making. Specific and detailed guidelines covering all aspects of the assignment are provided; work is in strict adherence to the guidelines; deviations must be authorized. The work consists of tasks that are clear cut and directly related.

This position is accountable for performing routine maintenance, assisting in the installation of complex digital control systems; performing technical electronic, laboratory and field analysis; and repairing and modifying electronic instrumentation and control systems. Responsible for performing preventative and corrective maintenance of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems equipment and associated peripherals. This includes SCADA workstations, remote terminal units, data communication networks, and associated instrumentation throughout the areas of responsibility. Instrumentation includes pressure transducers, acoustic and magnetic flow meters, electric actuated control valves, tank level gauging systems, and water quality instrumentation such as turbidimeters, chlorine analyzers, ammonia analyzers, particle counters, ph analyzers, and other related instruments.

The duties of this position include, but are not limited to: Perform preventative and corrective maintenance tasks; Assist journey level technicians on projects, special assignments, and equipment and system modifications; Install, maintain and repair industrial electronic/electrical peripherals; Install, maintain and repair electronic/electrical equipment, including pressure transducers, acoustic and magnetic flow members, electrical actuated control valves, tank level gauging systems, and water quality instrumentation, including turbidimeters, chlorine analyzers, ammonia analyzers, particle counters, ph analyzers, and other related instruments; and Install, maintain and repair communications systems (LAN, WAN, telephone).

1. Learns and assists in installing, testing, maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing instrumentation, electronic equipment, and automated control systems.

2. Learns and assists in installing, maintaining, and repairing computer peripherals, data loggers, security systems, and uninterruptable power supplies. Learns and assists with installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting video conferencing and monitoring equipment.

3. Learns and assists to install, calibrate, maintain, and repair water quality and process control instrumentation including flow meters.

4. Learns and assists in installation, troubleshooting, maintenance, field testing, and adjustment of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition components including remote terminal units and programmable logic controllers.

5. Verifies field measurements in the treatment and distribution systems.

6. Learns and assists to install, maintain, and repair telephone equipment.

7. May participate on a project team.

8. Performs other related Instrumentation and Control Technician job duties as required.


Education and Experience: High school diploma or certificate of High School equivalency and completion of 15 semester units in electronics from an accredited college, university, vocational, or military school.

Required Knowledge of: Fundamentals of electronics; safety practices and procedures; and current office technology and equipment.

Required Skills and Abilities to: Read and interpret plans, blueprints, and electrical and electronic schematics; perform applicable mathematic calculations; use applicable software applications and operating systems; manage time; use various testing equipment; problem solve; prioritize and multi-task; communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; work independently and in a team environment; and operate current office equipment including computers and supporting applications.

Work Schedule: 4/10; Monday-Thursday (Tuesday-Friday when needed) .

Employees in this position may be required to obtain and maintain the following certifications, licensing, and registrations:
 * Forklift 
    * Manlift License
 Valid California Class C Driver License that allows you to drive in the course of your employment (Must have at time of application).

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met or may be encountered by an employee to successfully perform the job duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job duties.

Physical Demands: The work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; recurring lifting of moderately heavy items such as personal computers and record boxes. The work may require specific, but common, physical characteristics and abilities such as above-average agility and dexterity.

Work Environment: The work involves moderate risks or discomforts that require special safety precautions, e.g., working around moving parts, carts, or machines, or irritant chemicals; etc. Employees may be required to use protective clothing or gear such as masks, gowns, coats, boots, goggles, gloves, or shields.

Vision Requirements: Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors).

Job Related Selection Criteria:
* 5% Job Preparation (education, experience & training relevant to the position)
* 65% Technical knowledge of general electronics and repair and maintenance of electronic control systems related to computers and other water industry instrumentation and equipment; ability to troubleshoot electronic equipment.
* 5% Organizational Skills
* 5% Teamwork
* 10% Effective Oral Communication Skills
* 10% Effective Written Communication Skills
100% Total 

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