Instrument Control Technician I/II/III/IV – Environmental Services Department (RWF) 55 views0 applications

Job ID# 1900242
Salary Range: $80,246.40 – $113,027.20 Annually
Closing Date: Monday, March 18th, 2019

About the Department

The San José Environmental Services Department (ESD) is responsible for the management of solid waste collection and recycling; watershed protection and pollution prevention; municipal drinking water and recycled water; community sustainability initiatives, and the operation and infrastructure improvements of the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (Facility). ESD’s mission is to deliver world class utility services and programs to improve our health, environment, and economy. ESD is comprised of a staff of over 530 with a diverse set of skills and specialties among our team. ESD staff demonstrate a strong commitment to teamwork, environmental protection, and building good partnerships.

For more information about the Environmental Services Department, please click here or visit @sjenvironment on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Positions & Duties
Salary Information:

Instrument Control Technician I annual salary: $80,246.40-$97,656.00, hourly $38.58-$46.95

Instrument Control Technician II annual salary: $84,302.40-$102,564.80, hourly $40.53-$49.31

Instrument Control Technician III annual salary: $88,524.80-$107,598.40, hourly $42.56-$51.73

Instrument Control Technician IV annual salary: $92,996.80-$113,027.20, hourly $44.71-$54.34

The San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF) is currently recruiting for Instrument Control Technicians to be part of its team. The Instrument Control Technician is responsible for installing, maintaining, troubleshooting, repairing, and servicing a wide variety of instruments and systems throughout the Facility. This position will utilize your skills and experience with electronic, electric, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical, and other recording, indicating, alarm and control instrumentation devices.

This is a four level flexibly-staffed class that is the entry/journey level in the Instrument Control series. Instrument Control Technicians have responsibility for performing routine instrumentation and telemetric systems maintenance and repair activities. Instrument Control Technician IV is responsible for performing more advanced maintenance and repair work, overseeing program elements and administrative duties, and may serve as a lead to lower-level technicians.

Duties may include:
Repairing, troubleshooting, installation, maintenance, and calibration of process and analytical instrumentation; identifying, isolating, and solving system, network, and equipment problems.

Maintaining, operating, installing, adjusting and calibrating control systems and equipment.

Programming, configuring, designing Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and proportional integral derivative controller (PID), and optimizing the analytical, recording, and electronic or pneumatic control instruments and related equipment.

Design, fabricate and install instrument and telemetric systems and components that include: Ensuring code compliance, system function and installation code requirements are meet.

Use CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) to fill out work orders and maintains records.

Creating and updating engineering drawings, Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID).

Purchases equipment, parts and supplies including: selecting vendors; filling out paperwork; coordinating purchases.

Operating computer programs for testing electrical equipment; operating electrical and electronic test equipment, including meggers, ammeters, voltmeters, multimeters, oscilloscopes, loop calibrators and signal generators. 

Determining and calculating circuit requirements.

Performing other duties of a similar nature or level.

Instrument Control Technicians may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, poor ventilation, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, work space restrictions, and intense noises, and may be required to lift up to 50 pounds occasionally. Some tasks may require the wearing of self-containing breathing apparatus. 

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications

All Levels:

1. Education:  High School Diploma, a General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) or a California proficiency certificate.

2. Experience:

Instrument Control Technician I – One (1) year of instrumentation and controls work experience at an industrial facility similar to that of a wastewater treatment facility.

Instrument Control Technician II – Two (2) years of instrumentation and controls work experience at an industrial facility similar to that of a wastewater treatment facility.

Instrument Control Technician III – One (1) year of Instrument Control Technician experience with the City of San Jose

Instrument Control Technician IV – Four (4) years instrumentation and controls work experience at an industrial facility similar to that of a wastewater treatment facility, including two (2) years Instrument Control Technician experience with the City of San José

3. Licenses or Certificates: Valid California Driver’s License

NOTE: For Instrument Control Technician Levels III and IV: Possession of an ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) Level I certificate OR possession of an IBEW/UA (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers/United Association) Instrumentation Calibration Certification.

Employment Eligibility:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.
Physical Requirements: Ability to perform the essential physical functions of the job as determined by a post-offer medical examination conducted by City of San Jose Employee Health Services


The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history.  Desirable competencies for this position include:

Job Expertise – demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices including: 

– Ability to install maintain, troubleshoot, the following to component levels: 4-20 mA control loops, DP (differential pressure) cells, RTD (resistance temperature detectors), pressure transducers, level indicators, positioners, valve actuators, fixed and portable D.O. (dissolved oxygen), pH, chlorine, TSS (total suspended solids) probes, fixed and portable suspended solids meters, turbine and mag flow meters, density meters, or most control instrumentation devices found in a wastewater treatment facility (or related industrial facilities such as oil refineries, power generation, food-processing, and chemical plants).

– Knowledge and ability to safely use DVM (digital volt meters), control loop simulators, oscilloscopes, pressure and vacuum calibrators, test set-up, and any specialized test equipment found in a wastewater treatment facility or related industrial facility.

– Knowledge of pneumatic controls such as 3-150 PSI pneumatic controllers, I to P converters, and P to I converters.

 – Ability to program, install, and debug various types of PLCs (programmable logic control) and HMIs (human machine interface).

 – Ability to accomplish tasks with minimal or non-existent documentation or support.

 – Associate of Science degree in electronics technology or related field, experience in the repair, installation and maintenance of instrumentation systems and associated hardware/software and technology, and CCST (Certified Control Systems Technician) certification OR possession of an IBEW/UA (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers/United Association) Instrumentation Calibration Certification is desirable.

Creativity – addresses objectives and problems while questioning traditional assumptions/solutions in order to generate creative ideas and new ways of doing business.

Multi-Tasking – can handle multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously; has handled a wide variety of assignments in past and/or current position(s)

Problem Solving – approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem(s); collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.

Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills – demonstrates a positive attitude and flexibility along with the ability to develop effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.

Computer Skills – experience with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel. 

Communication Skills – communicates and listens effectively and responds in an timely, effective, positive and respectful manner; written reports and correspondence are accurate, complete, current; well-organized, legible, concise, neat, and in proper grammatical form.

The Job ID for this announcement is 1900242. To view the full job posting and to apply for this position, please visit If you have questions about the duties of this position, please contact Jimmy Collishaw at [email protected]  If you have questions about the selection or hiring processes, please contact Lisa Harding at [email protected]

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