Utilities Controls Technician

  • 009206

SUMMARY: Under limited supervision, repairs and provides preventive maintenance service of electronic instruments and control systems including computer hardware and software. Operates and maintains the computerized maintenance system; may lead a team of technicians to provide preventive maintenance service of electronic equipment throughout the Utilities Department, coordinates jobs and tasks of personnel; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Plans, assigns, and coordinates troubleshooting, maintenance test and repair work on the electronic instrumentation, computer, and control systems of the treatment plants and lift stations.
  2. Provides assistance to install, start-up, modify, and maintain computer hardware and software in the utilities department.
  3. Creates upcoming work orders via the computer system, and tracks and updates status of work orders, and generates required reports.
  4. Evaluates proposals, drawings and specifications for instrumentation and telemetry modifications.
  5. Repairs telemetry and automation systems by troubleshooting, identifying and procuring necessary replacement parts and/or upgrades as appropriate.
  6. Attends Division meetings to plan and schedule work and to exchange information on work status.
  7. Trains and requires employees to observe safe working practices, and ensures availability of required safety equipment.
  8. Provides training for employees on the job and determines outside training courses for them.
  9. Attends job related training to improve job knowledge and/or enhance job performance.
  10. Documents changes made to electrical and instrumentation programs, schematic drawings, and operations and maintenance manuals
  • Knowledge of ladder logic programming, HMI programming, calibration of instrumentation, mechanical design and assembly, SQL database systems, PLC programs, UL and NEC codes, ISA standards and practices, NEMA, industry standards for instrumentation and automation, and sources for I&C materials.
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software, including microcomputer disk operating systems, spreadsheet, data base management systems and other applications.
  • Knowledge of water and wastewater plant operations.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards found in maintenance and repair work, and necessary safety precautions.
  • Skill in recognizing and solve problems of a complex nature.
  • Skill in supervising technical personnel; ability to plan and schedule work and preventative maintenance.
  • Skills in computer operations and record keeping.
  • Ability to understand electrical and electronic designs, and repair circuit boards, and troubleshoot circuits and to use oscilloscopes and other test equipment.
  • Ability to conduct component level troubleshooting.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors and team members.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves standing, walking long distances, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling, and reaching with hands and arms. The employee may also be required to sit, climb or balance, grasp, push and pull. The employee is exposed to outside elements, and must be able to work below ground levels, climb, and run. Work requires light to heavy lifting. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing. This position will also require the use of City vehicles on City business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely and have an acceptable driving history.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Associate’s degree from an accredited school or college with specialized training in electronics, information systems or a related field and three (3) years related experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid Florida driver’s license is required.

Last revision date: October 2001
Overtime: Yes
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