Instrumentation Tech / Water Operator D3 / T2

  • Location: California - Bay Area
  • Type: Contract
  • Job #55

POSITION TITLE: Instrumentation Technician / Water Operator

  • Under general supervision of the Operations Supervisor the Instrumentation Technician performs a variety of highly skilled, journey-level work in the installation, maintenance, repair and calibration of electronic, mechanical and pneumatic instrumentation, controls and other equipment related to water distribution and treatment facilities; services and maintain pumps, motors, chemical feed equipment, pressure filters, control systems and other equipment and facilities required to produce, store and distribute a domestic water supply; performs water quality field tests and collects water quality samples; may provide lead supervision and training to subordinate personnel; and performs related duties as assigned.
  • This is a journey level classification responsible for the inspection, testing and preventative maintenance and repairs of electrical and electronic equipment, motors and pumps and assisting with the programming, troubleshooting and maintenance of the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for the water distribution and treatment facilities. This classification independently performs a variety of advanced technical duties and is distinguished from the higher level classification of Operations Supervisor by the latter’s responsibility for the supervision of the water operations division.


  • Inspects water production, treatment, and storage facilities; make adjustments as needed to ensure effective operations.
  • Tests, troubleshoots, repairs, and installs telemetry, radio, computer control equipment, electrical and electronic controls and recording and measuring devices.
  • Reports unusual operating conditions and major needs for repair.
  • Installs, maintains, and repairs pumps, motors, generators, chemical feed equipment, pressure filters, mechanical and pneumatic instrumentation and electrical and electronic controls.
  • Fills sodium hypochlorite tanks when a prescribed level is reached.
  • Collects water samples and makes routine chemical and physical tests monitoring for changing conditions and chemical feed requirements.
  • Sounds and chemically treats wells on a scheduled basis.
  • Records gauge and level readings, sample test results and other pertinent data on standard forms and computers.
  • Assists with maintaining, programming, troubleshooting, and making modifications to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and SCADA and radio systems.
  • Makes process adjustments to optimize plant performance.
  • Performs water distribution and water treatment activities; makes adjustments to well pumps.
  • Operates, tests, troubleshoots, and services the water system.
  • Maintains, repairs, modifies, and updates the electrical systems for all agency's facilities.
  • Maintains facility sites in a clean and orderly condition.
  • Observes safe work methods and safety precautions relevant to the duties performed.
  • May provide lead supervision on assigned projects.
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Operate, maintain and adjust water treatment and distribution plant equipment.
  • Interpret and apply the principles, practices, techniques, and regulations pertaining to water distribution and treatment operations.
  • Use personal computers and software applications related to the job.
  • Read, interpret and record data accurately.
  • Perform mathematical calculations accurately.
  • Interpret blueprint schematics.
  • Safely and skillfully use a variety of tools and equipment related to maintenance and installation of electrical and electronic equipment.
  • Exercise sound judgment within established guidelines.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Work independently with little direct supervision.


  • Operational principles, practices, techniques and materials used in the installation, repair, replacement and maintenance of pumps, motors, pneumatic instrumentation, electrical and mechanical equipment and components.
  • Electrical theory and practices.
  • Safety procedures relating to the duties performed, including knowledge of applicable standards contained in the National Electrical Code and techniques for the proper handling and storing of hazardous materials.
  • Proper use and care of hand and power tools, including testing devices.
  • Current principles, practices, codes and regulations related to water distribution and treatment systems.
  • Operation and maintenance of valves, metering control systems and chemical feed equipment.
  • Computerized plant monitoring and operation system (SCADA).
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping.
  • Principles and procedures of confined space entry.


  • Must have a minimum of 3+ years of journey-level experience that has included installation, repair, replacement and maintenance of instrumentation, electrical, and mechanical equipment, systems and components, pumps, motors and various testing devices, used in the operation and maintenance of a water distribution and treatment system.


  • State of California SWRCB Distribution Grade 3
  • State of California SWRCB Water Treatment Grade 2

OTS Employee Name: David Sibelman
OTS Employee Number: 424-203-6352
OTS Employee Email:

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