Instrumentation Technician

City of Buckeye, AZ
January 21, 2023
Buckeye, AZ
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GENERAL PURPOSE: Under general supervision, performs installation, maintenance, repair and calibration of metering devices and electronic instrumentation systems for the Water Resources Department. Independent judgment is used in accomplishing work with results reviewed by the department management team and/or director.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

  • Provides feedback, identifies opportunities for improvement and works to resolve problems with the daily System Operating Plan.
  • Reviews, approves and recommends plans and specifications for instrumentation, computer systems and other devices.
  • Installs, calibrates, maintains, and repairs measuring equipment used for monitoring water and wastewater parameters such as level, pressure, flow, temperature, pH, chlorine, and dissolved oxygen.
  • Performs corrective and preventative maintenance to ensure proper operation and calibration of water, wastewater, and reclaimed water system instruments, control loops, and monitoring circuits.
  • Prepares, plans, schedules, processes, and completes work orders utilizing a computer maintenance management system to aid in asset management and inventory control.
  • Reviews data quality and initiates corrective action if necessary.
  • Troubleshoots 480 VAC systems (VFD, soft starts, MCC, transfer switches)
  • Installs, wires and program instrumentation devices (flow meters, pressure transmitters, PLC's, etc.)
  • Reviews operating protocols and makes recommendations for improvements and operates equipment accordingly.
  • Monitors and maintains materials, inventory, and supplies
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications & Position Requirements

Education and Experience:

Three (3) years experience in the water/wastewater industry.

Preferred: Instrumentation certifications and ADEQ Grade certifications in water treatment/distribution or wastewater treatment/collections.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Analog and digital control systems and devices.
  • Analog and digital electronic theory, terminology and application.
  • Automation systems.
  • Inventory principles and record keeping.
  • Variety of hand and power tools and related electronic equipment.
  • Endress & Hauser, Rosemount, Khrone, Hach or similar control instruments for pH, temperature, flow and other measurements.
  • Design, construction, and installation of Control panels.
  • Electrical plans and wiring diagrams used in the control strategies of process controls.
  • City policies and procedures.
  • Principles and practices of water and wastewater operations.
  • Methods and procedures for installation, maintenance, and repair of electronic controls and devices.
  • Hazards and safety practices of the trade.

Skill in:

  • Operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of business software.
  • Use and care of tools and equipment, including calibration test equipment, common hand tools, volt and amp meters.

Ability to:

  • Test and analyze instrumentation, detect errors or malfunctions, and take corrective action, both in the office and the field.
  • Maintain a variety of electronic control devices/instruments and modify and install a variety of supervisory controls including switches, relays and control loops.
  • Prioritize and complete assigned work.
  • Understand and carry out written and oral instructions.
  • Read blueprints, schematics, drawings, and/or construction drawings.
  • Read technical manuals and work instructions and apply them to maintenance and operation activities.
  • Perform maintenance processes and practices.
  • Prepare and maintain a variety of maintenance records.
  • Produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts.
  • Demonstrate expertise in the use of a variety of software applications including word processing, common spreadsheet applications and e-mail.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with technical, non-technical, management and operations/maintenance staff.
  • Work in a complex environment and in times of high stress.
  • Demonstrate ability and experience in analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Establish and maintain positive, effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of work.

Additional Information
Special Requirements: Possession of a valid Arizona Driver's License is required. After-hours, shift, weekends, and on-call work may be required. This position requires employees to be on-call on a rotating basis. On-call employees must be available to respond to the job site within one (1) hour from the time they receive the call.
Physical Demands / Work Environment: Work is performed in a standard office environment, outdoors in inclement weather and in public facilities.
Reports To: Water Resources Supervisor or other supervisory staff.
Supervision Exercised: None
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Employee Benefits & Wellness

The City offers a comprehensive benefits package to full-time classified and management employees. Part-time classified employees may be eligible for select benefits where defined.

For complete Benefit Plan & Wellness Information, please visit the City website at:
Benefits & Wellness

City benefit plans are subject to change at any time.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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