Water Production Electronic Technician Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Under the general direction of the Water Production Maintenance Supervisor, performs highly skilled technical, electronic and electro-mechanical installation and maintenance related work in the operation, maintenance, calibration and repair of equipment utilized in the water treatment facilities.  Work involves installation, inspecting, testing, calibrating, and repairing all electrical, electronic, pneumatic, hydraulic, computerized control systems, telemetry systems and laboratory equipment associated with the operations of the water treatment plant.  Work is performed with considerable independence within established guidelines, policies, and procedures.  Work is reviewed through observation, conferences, reports, and the results obtained.

Incumbent is expected to exercise sound judgment and initiative in resolving complex electric, electronic, electro/mechanical and other maintenance related problems.  

Performs other related work as required.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

A.  ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Performs a wide variety of duties and tests using approved procedures to ensure that all telemetry and instrumentation systems are within the operating parameters of the water treatment plant, booster stations, and elevated water storage tanks.

Isolates all problems to their faulty component then remove, bench test, and repair.  Uses a variety of electronic testing equipment to ensure accuracy of diagnosis and repairs; maintains test equipment and tools in working order.

Troubleshoots, repairs, programs, calibrates, tests and monitors equipment used in water treatment systems, including SCADA and radio equipment, process instrumentation, computer systems and the associated networks.

Troubleshoots and repairs laboratory equipment.  Responds to trouble calls, as needed, to make necessary repairs.

Draws schematic diagrams for all systems and keep updating as changes are made.

Performs related electrical work as required.  Work involves the responsibility of performing tasks using necessary safety precautions applicable to work.

Performs inventory of supplies and submits orders to water plant supervision for supplies and materials needed for day to day maintenance and repair activities.

Informs and advises supervision of all pertinent matters.

REQUIREMENTS

A.    TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in water technology, electronics technology, computer science, information technology, or related field. A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in the direct operation, maintenance, calibration, installation and repair of electrical, electronic equipment, and SCADA systems associated with a large water treatment facility. Experience must include field service support and repair of PLC’s, HMI, SCADA, programming VFD’s, switchgear and working in an industrial environment. Desk/design work does not count toward experience.

Must possess and maintain a State of Florida Journeyman Electrician License.  Applicants who possess an out of state Journeyman Electrician license must obtain the Florida license within 10 days of employment.

Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida Driver's license.  Applicants who possess an out of state driver’s license must obtain the Florida license within 10 days of employment.

B.    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

In depth technical knowledge of the theory and troubleshooting practices to repair electronic and electrical circuits.

Knowledge of GE Proficy HMI/SCADA software to include iFix and CIMPLICITY.
    
Knowledge of digital communication protocols: RS-232/422/485, USB and Ethernet.

Knowledge of automation control systems including electrical motors and motor controllers.

Knowledge of modern electronics technology including analog and digital discrete and integrated circuits, computer electronics and computer communications.

Extensive knowledge of SCADA/HMI software systems, PLC networks and computerized industrial processes.

Good computer skills with office productivity software for e-mail, word processing and spreadsheets.

Ability to use calibrators, multimeters, megohmmeters, signal generators, oscilloscopes, network analyzers, logic analyzers, pulse and function analyzers, power supplies and other associated test equipment.

Prepares, and continually updates preventative maintenance schedules.

Participates in commissioning, system integration testing and troubleshooting of system elements.

Interprets system diagnostics, alarm messages, indicators and coordinates appropriate corrective actions relating to SCADA network.

Coordinates the implementation and maintenance of policies for SCADA hardware and software.

Establish procedures that minimize or eliminate downtime when system components are being upgraded, modified or new applications/functions are being installed.

Maintains accurate records of all work performed, including repairs and calibration records, requisitioned parts and maintains spare parts inventory.

Overall knowledge in telemetry and control systems for water treatment plants such as pump status with alarm signal, water level measuring and recording equipment, pump controllers, and on-line process instrumentation.

Ability to read and draw schematic diagrams and prints for updating or changing instrumentation and telemetry systems.

Maintain test equipment and tools in working order.
    
Working knowledge of computer systems and interface equipment; process stability, mode characteristics, and general process control loops.
    
 Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, the public, technical representatives, and representatives of telephone and power companies.   

C.    PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to hear, speak and understand conversation in English in normal tones of voice.  Use of senses which include sight, smell, hearing and touch as aids in the evaluation and troubleshooting of malfunctioning equipment.

Ability to see and read and comprehend letters, numbers, words, characters, or symbols which are both large and small, as well as identify and distinguish colors.

Ability to print and draw letters, numbers, words, characters, and symbols which are legible and understood by others.

Ability to use pneumatic tools, power tools, and small hand tools which require the use of hands, wrists, and fingers.

Ability to walk, stand, and sit for periods longer than 30 minutes but not to exceed 8 hours consecutively.

Ability to walk continuously for more than 10 minutes at a time throughout the working day.

Ability to walk on uneven surfaces

Ability to wear personal protective equipment

Exposure to outdoors, heat, noise, vibration, confined work space, chemicals, mechanical hazards, and electrical hazards.

Ability to lift, carry, push and pull items which weigh up to 50 pounds.

Ability to lift and/or carry items which are considered awkward to grasp or hold on to.

Ability to stay in a bending, kneeling, or squatting position for periods less than 10 minutes.

Ability to go from a standing or sitting position to a bending, kneeling, or squatting position, or vice-versa, periodically.

Ability to move back and forth and sideways while in a bending, kneeling, or squatting position.

Ability to learn tasks and remember how to complete tasks without assistance once trained.

Ability to operate motor vehicles (i.e. pickup trucks, etc.), load or unload vehicles with objects weighing no more than 50 pounds.

Ability to work in adverse environmental weather conditions (day or night) when electrically safe.

Ability to work around chemicals used in maintenance of facilities and water treatment processes.
 
Ability to climb stairs four stories high.

Able to climb ladders up to 35 feet high.

Ability to operate equipment such as pickup trucks, lifting devices, portable pumps, etc.

Ability to work in undesirable conditions including dust, dirt, chemicals, welding flash, heat, cold, fumes, odors, noise, wetness, and humidity.

Ability to respond to emergency calls as needed - day or night, holidays, etc.


THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS AN ALL INCLUSIVE LIST OF ALL THE RESPONSIBILITIES, SKILLS, OR WORKING CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE POSITION.  WHILE IT IS INTENDED TO ACCURATELY REFLECT THE POSITION ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS, MANAGEMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY, ADD, OR REMOVE DUTIES AND ASSIGN OTHER DUTIES AS NECESSARY.  THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A WRITTEN OR IMPLIED CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT.

Revision date: 8/19/16