Instrumentation/Controls Technician

Company: City of Boulder
Organization Type: Municipality / Public Works
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Job Status: Full-time
Salary: See Below
Job ID: 43939

Under general supervision, to install, maintain, revise, and repair electrical, control, and instrumentation equipment related to the water/wastewater treatment and distribution system facilities, including the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) computer systems, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), and maintenance software packages.

Duties & Responsibilities

1. Performs maintenance, repair, and calibration tasks on treatment plant electronic and electrical operating systems, instrumentation, switch gear, and related equipment. This includes the following:

  • Uses logical troubleshooting techniques to identify and locate problems.

  • Repairs and/or replaces instrumentation equipment as needed. May revise existing equipment and update associated documentation.

  • Assists in monitoring process control systems using diagnostic software. Revises software based on operational and maintenance needs.

  • Tests new and repaired equipment to ensure proper functioning.

  • Develops and maintains a thorough calibration/maintenance schedule of process/system instrumentation, and then performs the required instrumentation calibration and maintenance to ensure accurate feed-back of the water treatment process and system operations.

  • Maintains and revises control panels, programmable controllers, and related input and output equipment.

  • Installs, maintains, repairs, and calibrates various detectors, alarms, analyzers, and sensors for flow, level, pressure, and other process elements such as temperature, pH, and nutrients.

2. Maintains and troubleshoots SCADA System software and monitoring and control components. This includes the following:

  • Assists in the creation and configuration of new SCADA graphics screens related to process operation, including implementation of view only nodes. Revises existing graphics screens to meet needs of operations staff.

  • Maintains SCADA database of input/output tag names related to PLCs (G.E. and Allen Bradley).

3. Inspects, maintains, and repairs electrical, electronic, and telemetry equipment associated with remote facilities.

4. Maintains records of problems encountered, work performed, and parts and materials used. Maintains inventory of parts and accessories, utilizing the Computerized Maintenance Management System software.

5. Provides input to engineering consultants and contractors regarding design and construction of treatment facility improvements and related facilities.

6. Assists in the preparation of labor and materials estimates, reviews bids, and assists in overseeing contracted services.

7. Assists in training the operations and maintenance staff in proper use and care of electrical and electronic equipment, programmable controllers, related software, and awareness of associated safety concerns.

8. Remains generally alert to conditions and events occurring at the Water Treatment Facility indicating anticipated or needed repairs and makes related recommendations.

Related education (examples include: Associate's degree in Electronics, Instrumentation, Process Control), or related licenses/certificates (examples include: Journeyman Electrician's license, or certificates in a related field) plus a minimum of five years of experience in the maintenance and repair of industrial process control instrumentation, or similar automation/communication systems, or an equivalent combination of education or experience.

Knowledge of industrial electrical equipment up to 480 VAC. Knowledge of industrial networking standards and practices, including proper cabling techniques. Computer skills including knowledge of current Microsoft operating systems and domain networking fundamentals, and Microsoft desktop applications. Demonstrated experience with SCADA systems, and programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Ability to work under minimal supervision. Effective verbal and written communications skills. Organizational, and problem solving skills. Physical ability to work in and around equipment, in areas of limited access, elevated structures, and confined spaces requiring standing, walking, lifting, bending, and kneeling. Knowledge of industry safety standards, regulations, and equipment. Ability to complete and update First Aid and CPR Training and certification on an annual basis. Valid driver's license. Have and maintain an acceptable motor vehicle record and criminal history.

Salary: $21.95 - $35.13 Hourly

Closing Date: Continuous

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