Electrical Instrumentation Technician

  • Type: Contract
  • Job #450

Operational Technical Services (OTS) is one of the fastest growing private water and wastewater utility staffing providers in the country. We provide certified water treatment, distribution, wastewater treatment, collections, engineering, laboratory, water quality, maintenance, and training professionals to municipalities, special districts, and private utilities throughout the country. OTS offers temporary, temp to hire, direct hire and emergency on-call opportunities including great benefits.

LOCATION: Northern California

POSITION: Electrical Instrumentation Technician

CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Electrician Certification from the State of California is desirable. 

JOB SUMMARY: This position will receive general supervision and will be responsible to perform duties to support the design, installation, testing, calibration, maintenance, and repair of electrical, electronic, instrumentation and control systems as found in the collection system, wastewater treatment plant, pump stations and related facilities. 

SCHEDULE: TBD Based off company needs. Must be able to work standby, holidays, weekends and overtime as required.

SALARY: $45/hr+


  • Installation, calibration, testing and maintenance of SCADA and PLCs and all instrumentation and equipment related to these systems.
  • Ability to interpret schematics and electrical drawings and conceptualizes and sketches changes for electrical engineering approval
  • Establishes and maintains communications between remote site PLCs and SCADA; verifies accuracy of data collection at PLC and SCADA human machine interface (HMI) levels; troubleshoots and optimizes connectivity.
  • Installs, fabricates, tests, performs diagnostics on, troubleshoots, repairs, and maintains electrical, electronic, and associated power generating equipment and systems found in wastewater treatment and collection system facilities including electrical circuits, transformers, switches, light fixtures, motor starters, motors, generators, electrical components of electronic regulatory systems and equipment; calculates power load distributions to various motors and related equipment
  • Ability to program, troubleshoot, and correct issues of PLCs
  • Database management, development and configuration
  • Modifies or develops HMI or Operator Interface Terminals (OIT) screens
  • Inspects and performs preventative maintenance on instrumentation, PLCs, and communication equipment; cleans, lubricates, calibrates and/or adjusts equipment as needed.
  • Troubleshoots and diagnoses electromechanical instrumentation malfunctions and completes component level repairs
  • Conducts sophisticated radio site analyses, including antenna fault and performance measurements, transceiver performance measurements, spectrum purity and interference measurements
  • Assists in identifying and resolving electrical and instrumentation issues; suggests methods of minimizing such problems in an operational setting
  • Develops operational procedures and standards for electrical and instrumentation controls and systems, including automation and SCADA systems, data acquisition and archival systems, computer-based control and monitoring systems and high-speed data networks for automation and radio telemetry networks
  • Communicates with District staff, vendors and contractors in the design, installation, maintenance, and repair of equipment; inspects and tests components installed by contractors
  • Interprets applicable regulations and standards for electrical, instrumentation, automation, network, and radio system installations
  • Reads and interprets schematics, drawings, diagrams, and related technical documentation necessary to install, maintain and repair equipment in accordance with requirements and vendor specifications
  • Estimation of labor, materials and supplies needed to complete assignments; orders materials and supplies as needed
  • Ability to operate and maintain a variety of hand and power tools and testing equipment
  • Maintain safety operations by following to all company, local and federal regulations
  • Training of and demonstrations to new staff members
  • Maintains accurate logs and records work performed and materials and equipment used
  • Performs other duties as assigned by direct supervisor


  • Equivalent to the completion of twelfth grade
  • Completion of an electrical or instrumentation apprenticeship or completion of a two-year program at an accredited college or trade school
  • Ability to communicate clearly in English (verbally and written)
  • Valid California Driver’s License
  • Minimum 5 years of journey-level experience troubleshooting and maintaining instrumentation, electrical and/or electronic systems
  • Knowledge of hydraulic principles related to the operations of recording and metering instruments
  • Knowledge of national electrical codes applicable to the installation, maintenance, and repair of designated facilities and equipment
  • Ability to effectively use computer systems, software applications and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks


  • Employee frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. Employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl
  • Employee must regularly lift and or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and or move up to 50 pounds
  • Employee may be exposed to pollen, dust, loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, confining workspaces, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards and hazardous physical substances. 

Operational Technical Services, (OTS), is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colors, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. 

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