Instrument and Control Technician
City of Bend, OR - Bend, OR

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The City of Bend is actively recruiting for one Instrument and Control Technician. The opportunity is a regular, full-time opportunity within the Public Works - Utilities division. The position is non-exempt (hourly, overtime eligible) and is represented by the City of Bend Employees Association (COBEA).

It is required that you submit your application, cover letter and resume no later than the closing date and time specified for this job announcement. In addition, be sure to thoroughly complete the application including all relevant education and experience you possess. Incomplete application packets will not be considered

This is a specialized working level for the instrumentation, automation, and electronic maintenance function. Incumbents perform the full range of instrumentation and control maintenance duties to ensure process control, monitoring, and telemetering systems and equipment are fully functional in the Water, Water Reclamation, and Laboratory divisions.

Functions, 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. Shown are duties intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

Installs, maintains, calibrates, and repairs micro-computer based data acquisition and control systems, including process control, monitoring, and telemetering equipment and instrumentation.

Programs, troubleshoots, and performs updates to programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and other controlling devices and software.

Inspects and performs periodic preventive maintenance on various control, metering, recording, and display equipment; cleans, lubricates, calibrates, and/or adjusts equipment as needed.

Troubleshoots and diagnoses electronic, electromechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic instrumentation malfunction; completes component level repairs or advises management of other repair or replacement alternatives.

Reads, interprets, and prepares wiring schematics, mechanical drawings, and specifications as necessary to install, service, and/or repair equipment.

Performs research and initiates the purchase of equipment, supplies, and tools necessary to complete all repairs or replacement. Maintains a spare parts inventory and utilizes the electronic inventory control system.

Plans and provides technical direction and assistance concerning automation and instrumentation installation, modification, maintenance, and repair.

Assists in the preparation of the annual automation budget.

May provide direction and serve as a field lead to other lower grade technical staff on larger and more complex projects.

Maintain records and prepare regular and special reports on all systems. May be required to formally present information to city management staff.

Develop and maintain all maintenance records in the computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) according to Public Works standards.

Assists and provides training to end users and other maintenance personnel.

Complies with safety requirements of the position and actively promotes safe work practices.

In an emergency event or an officially declared State of Emergency, responds as directed to ensure the restoration of essential public services, facilities and infrastructure.

Performs other duties of a similar nature or level within the Public Works Department as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications:

Knowledge of:

· Electrical and mechanical theory, practices, work methods, tools, and testing equipment used in the installation, maintenance, calibration, and repair of the Department’s Water, Water Reclamation, and Laboratory facilities.

· Principles of variable frequency drives, motors, control systems, PLCs (i.e. – Allen Bradley), and other equipment and control systems as found in water, wastewater, and laboratory facilities.

· Telemetry and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) equipment. (i.e. – Wonderware)

· Regulations pertaining to electrical and electronic installation, maintenance, and repairs.

· Electrical and electronic schematic diagrams and process and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs).

· Thorough knowledge of the proper procedures to be taken when exposed to hazardous chemicals, poisonous gases, and infectious bacteria.

· Thorough knowledge of occupational hazards and standard safety procedures.

Skill in:

· Maintaining accurate and complete maintenance records and related documentation.

· Communication enabling effective interaction with regulatory agencies, industry, the public and other City personnel. Presentation skills.

· Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with City, county, state and federal employees.

· Understanding and applying environmental regulations in the inspection and data collection process.

· Assessing, estimating, prioritizing, and scheduling multiple tasks, projects and demands.

Education, Experience, Certifications and Licenses Required:

An associate’s degree in electronics, electrical, instrumentation, or controls, or equivalent structured course work and training. Other combinations of experience and education that attain the minimum qualifications may be substituted.

Preferred work experience in maintaining, installing, troubleshooting, programming, and repairing a wide variety of pneumatic, electro-mechanical, electronic, and mechanical equipment, control systems, and communication systems.

Licensing Requirements:

· Oregon driver’s license, or the ability to obtain and maintain within 6 months.