2022-01-05 2022-02-06

Instrument Technician / Electrician

Union Sanitary District
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Union City, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 80182
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Union City, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 80182
  • Organization Website

Salary: $108,849.10 - $132,306.72 Annually
*Salary will receive a COLA adjustment effective 3/1/2022 as per M.O.U.

Final Filing Date: Sunday, 2/6/2022, 4:00 p.m.

Online Written Exam: 2/9-10/2022

Hands-On Practical Exam: 2/22-23/2022

Virtual Qualifications Appraisal Interviews: 2/28/2022 or 3/1/2022

Finalist Interviews: 3/8/2022

USD is Building its Future – Join us and Build Yours, too!

Are you passionate about protecting the San Francisco Bay? Are you looking for a place to grow and develop your skills, to have the opportunity to do meaningful work and serve your community? Come join us!

Union Sanitary District (USD) is an award-winning, innovative independent special district formed in 1918 providing wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal services to the residents and businesses in the Tri-cities of Fremont, Newark, and Union City in southern Alameda County (south-eastern Bay Area). USD offers careers with a great work/life balance. We are proud of our diverse workforce of professionals. We currently have an opportunity for an Instrument Technician/Electrician to join our Fabrication, Maintenance and Construction (FMC) Team.

About the Job
Under general supervision, the Instrument Technician/Electrician performs journey-level work involving installation, troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair of industrial electrical motor controls and electrical equipment. This includes working on instrumentation, analyzers, SCADA and PLC systems and related equipment used in wastewater treatment plants, pump stations, transport systems and administrative facilities.

As an Instrument Technician/Electrician, the following lists just some of the things you will be working on:

  • Inspect, install, repair, maintain, calibrate, test, and troubleshoot electrical systems to include circuits, switchgear, distribution equipment, motor control centers, VFD's, electric motors, switches, power generating equipment and emergency backup systems (up to 12,000 volts);

  • Work with instrumentation components to include analyzers, indicators, recorders, flow meters, transmitters, transducers, regulators, chlorination dosing control equipment, valve actuators, sensors, cathodic protection systems;

  • Maintaining SCADA/PLC systems to include PLC hardware and software, specifically Allen Bradley Control Logix and Siemens 505 series processors, Intellution iFix SCADA software; and other equipment related to the District's wastewater treatment plant and related facilities.

  • Diagnose equipment and hardware problems by logical tracing of the failed function from its source to its final destination and determine needed repairs or modifications.

  • Perform reverse-engineering of circuits and create basic diagrams.

  • Perform emergency field repairs which may occur at night and/or in inclement weather.

  • Use computer software to develop, troubleshoot or make requested changes to SCADA screens and/ or PLC programs for the purpose of monitoring operational processes and field equipment.

  • Read and interpret electrical and electronic schematics, mechanical and instrumentation drawings, wiring diagrams, instrument loop diagrams, and construction drawings necessary to install, service, and repair equipment in accordance with related regulations and vendor OEM specifications.

For the full job descriptions please go to: https://www.unionsanitary.ca.gov/about-us/careers-at-usd/job-opportunities


About You
You will need the following education and experience. A typical way to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities for this position include:

Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities indicated below. A typical way of gaining knowledge, skills, and abilities is:

  • Completion of the twelfth grade or its equivalent, and

  • Journey-level experience in electrical and instrumentation repair and maintenance. Experience with PLC's and SCADA in an industrial environment is preferred.

Knowledge of: The principles, practices, materials, tools, and equipment used in the installation, calibration, maintenance, and repair of electrical motors, electrical control equipment, transformers, circuitry and other types of lighting and power equipment and instrumentation; control systems and electrical theory and application to wastewater and associated facilities; telemetry and SCADA hardware systems, process instruments, communication systems, and data logging equipment common to a wastewater treatment plant and pumping stations; building and electrical codes related to the work; safety practices and regulations pertaining to the work.

Skill in: Reading and interpreting electrical and electronic schematic diagrams; diagnosing defects in a variety of electronic, pneumatic, and electrical equipment common to instrumentation and electrical apparatus common to a wastewater facility and pumping stations; operating hand and power tools.

Ability to: Inspect, install, repair, maintain, calibrate, test, and troubleshoot electrical, electronic instrumentation, SCADA, PLC's and related equipment; read and interpret electrical and electronic diagrams and schematic wiring diagrams; learn District-specific computer systems; understand and carry out oral and written instructions in English; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Licenses, Certificates, or Credentials: Must possess a valid Class C California driver's license, have and maintain a satisfactory driving record, and be insurable by the District to operate District vehicles.

Other Requirements: Must possess the physical characteristics to perform the critical and important duties of the class, including sufficient strength to lift parts and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds with appropriate equipment, and sufficient stamina to perform strenuous work for extended period of time. Must be willing to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and work overtime as needed. Must be able to climb stairs and work at heights. Must be able to identify and distinguish colors. Will be required to be in an on-call status one week out of every four weeks. Unforeseen circumstances may result in being on- call more frequently. May be required to be clean shaven in order to wear respiratory protection equipment.


Excellent Benefits
We also offer an excellent benefits package including:

  • CalPERS retirement 2.5% at 55 formula. (If new to CalPERS or not from an agency with reciprocity with CalPERS, the formula is 2% at 62 by pension reform law.)

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance substantially paid for by the District for the employee and family.

  • Two weeks' vacation per year (increasing with longevity); and 13 paid holidays per year.

  • STD, LTD and Life Insurance paid by the District.

  • Alternative Work Week Schedule.

  • Deferred Compensation Plan with Matching Funds.

  • Educational Reimbursement, Student and Computer Loan programs for non-probationary employees.
(For more information about our benefits, go to: https://unionsanitary.ca.gov/images/documents/Classified-Benefits-Summary-2022.pdf

The Details (otherwise known as Important Application Information)
Applicants must apply online at http://www.unionsanitary.ca.gov by 2/6/2022,at 4:00 p.m. Union Sanitary District is not responsible for the failure of Internet forms in submitting your application.

Candidates who are best qualified will be invited to an Online Written Exam scheduled for Wednesday, 2/9/2022, or Thursday, 2/10/2022.

Those candidates scoring highest on the exam will be invited to a hands-on Practical Exam on Tuesday, 2/22/2022, or Wednesday, 2/23/2022. Candidates moving forward in the recruitment process will be invited to a Virtual Qualifications Appraisal Interview scheduled for Monday, 2/28/2022, or Tuesday, 3/1/2022. Finalist interviews are scheduled for Tuesday, 3/8/2022.

You will be contacted regarding all phases of this recruitment via email, so please check your inbox for correspondence regarding next steps and results through the exam process. Please ensure that the email address on your application is correct and current before submitting your application. Finalists must provide references. Before appointment to the position, the candidates must pass a background check, criminal Live Scan fingerprinting and a pre-employment physical.

Disaster Service Worker:
Employees of Union Sanitary District are, by state and federal law, Disaster Service Workers. In the event of a declaration of emergency, any employee may be assigned activities which promote the protection of public health and safety or the preservation of lives and property either at the District or within the local, or your own community.

Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or selection process should advise Human Resources by emailing kathleenk@unionsanitary.ca.gov upon submittal of application.

Union Sanitary District is an equal opportunity employer encouraging workforce diversity.

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