An Electrical Controls Specialist performs skilled electrical/instrumentation installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair work related to electrical equipment up to 15kv and instrumentation equipment used to operate and monitor the City’s water, wastewater, and gas systems. Duties include: installing, programming, calibrating, and commissioning various electrical/instrumentation devices including variable frequency drives, level transmitters, flow meters, radios, power monitoring equipment, and programmable logic controllers (PLCs); developing electrical and electronic system designs, plans, specifications, wiring schematics, and basic one-line diagrams; assisting in the start-up, commissioning, and troubleshooting of the process control system including correcting problems with communications, field process variables, or design engineering; coordinating and acquiring materials and equipment to repair or install at facilities; acting as technical lead on new projects including new gas, water, wastewater facilities, substations, pump stations, plants, etc.; reviewing drawings, plans, specifications, and submittals from the City’s Engineering Department or a consultant for utility projects; enforcing compliance with City standards and technical specifications for utility projects; providing technical and inspection assistance to the City of Mesa Construction Inspectors; assisting Design Engineers or Engineering companies with design criteria for process controls and electrical distribution projects; performing calibration and verification for Arizona Corporation Commission on gas regulator stations; certifying calibration for Inter-Agency flow meters; and creating, modifying, and updating AutoCAD and/or Visio drawings for new and existing projects. Other duties include: diagnosing and troubleshooting single-mode and multi-mode fiber optic networks and fiber splicing with a fusion or mechanical splicer on Citywide projects. Incumbents may be subject to call-out and after-hours stand-by duty for emergency repairs, and must be willing to work overtime as required. An employee in this class is required to use appropriate safety equipment and follow safety procedures in performing assignments. This class performs related duties as required. |
This class may involve hazardous conditions typically associated with high voltage, natural gas, raw sewage, toxic chemicals, laser beams and confined work areas. This class receives general supervision from a Lead Controls Engineering Specialist who reviews completed work for conformance and compliance with installation, maintenance, and repair specifications and standards. This class is FLSA nonexempt.
Qualifications & Requirements:
Minimum Qualification(s) Required. Any combination of training, education, and experience equivalent to a four-year electrical apprenticeship OR graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate’s Degree in Electrical, Electronics, or related field. Considerable (3 - 5 years) experience as a journey-level Electrician. Good (1 - 3 years) experience in the instrumentation field involving the installation, maintenance, calibration, and repair of electronics solid-state controls, instrumentation, data communications, and related equipment.
Special Requirement(s). Must possess a valid Arizona Driver's License by hire date. Must meet the qualifications to wear a tight fitting respirator by passing a medical evaluation in accordance with CFR 1910.134 by hire or promotion date and must maintain certification (by assignment to Water Treatment Plants). Must successfully complete operator qualification training administered by the Energy Resources Department within 18 months of hire/promotion into the class and must retain qualification throughout employment in order to work on the City of Mesa’s natural gas system.
Substance Abuse Testing. This class is subject to DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) drug and alcohol testing as outlined in 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 199.
Preferred/Desirable Qualification(s). Experience with medium voltage switchgear and starters; installation of fiber optics; variable frequency drives; and AutoCad or Visio is highly desirable.
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