The City of Santa Rosa is accepting applications for Water Systems Technician. There is currently a vacant position working in the operations and maintenance of the City's water distribution system. This system is comprised of 19 water booster pump stations, 21 water reservoir tanks, 6 wells, one water treatment plant, 17 sanitary sewer lift stations and a state-of-the-art supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). The person selected for this position will be responsible for operation and technical work in design, installation, testing, calibration, maintenance, repair of process control and the telemetry, SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), electrical distribution systems and pumping stations.
Ideal Candidate Language: The ideal candidate’s primary focus is safety and will always act in accordance with all City policies and standards. They possess the ability to work collaboratively and engagingly with fellow team members as well as work independently to accomplish the overall goals of SR Water. The ability to problem solve during challenging times, seeing projects through until they are completed, is essential. They are a proactive planner and work efficiently, having a strong desire to bring new ideas and innovative thinking to the City. Possessing pride of ownership of projects, assignments and SR Water facilities and assets.
SELECTION PROCESS: The selection process will begin with a thorough review of application materials, including responses to the supplemental questions. Applicants presenting with the most desirable qualifications will continue in the selection process. Additional steps may include an oral appraisal interview or other activity selected by the Human Resources Department. As a result of the selection process, an eligibility list of qualified candidates will be established to fill the current vacancies and may be used to fill future vacancies as long as the list remains active.
This is a journey level classification which provides considerable detailed technical skill and expertise in the completion of tasks, and ensures that the components of the City's water distribution, wastewater collection and recycled water distribution systems including process control, telemetry and data acquisition systems are operational.
Examples of Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties are considered essential for this job classification:
•Operate, troubleshoot, and maintain the water distribution, wastewater collection or recycled water distribution system via a supervisory control and data acquisition system composed of a variety of microprocessor or computerized components;
•Design, install, test, calibrate, maintain and repair computer, electronic, pneumatic, radio systems and components of process control, telemetry and data acquisition systems, including flow measurement, level measurement, frequency based and process control systems and instrumentation, fiber optic network cable, programmable logic controllers, alarm systems, and pneumatic systems;
•Repair, modify and create software for microprocessor based controllers which operate pump, well and lift stations;
•Make diagnostic checks and repair various motor center equipment;
•Apply a working knowledge of electrical systems up to 12,000 volts while performing journey level electrical work to repair and install equipment such as breakers, starters, switches, and relays;
•Understand and perform analog, digital and calibration of electronic equipment;
•Install related hardware and software for control systems;
• Write computer programs for the operation of process control and data acquisition systems;
•Perform routine maintenance on pumps, valves, electric motors, gas and diesel engines and other mechanical and electrical equipment;
•Troubleshoot mechanical and electrical equipment problems and make necessary repairs;
•Make arrangements for specialists to perform more complex mechanical and electrical repairs and overhauls;
•Monitor and program and make water and wastewater system changes using the controllers via computer;
•Modify software for the master station computer control and database programs;
•Maintain data records on the water and wastewater system operations including reservoir levels, pump operation, run times, system pressures, flows, and calibrations;
•Analyze historical data and trends and recommend water and wastewater system equipment and operational changes and modifications.
In addition to the duties listed in the Essential Duties Section, each employee in this classification may perform the following duties. Any single position may not be assigned to all duties listed below, nor do the examples cover all duties which may be assigned.
•Maintain records on equipment maintenance and schedule preventative maintenance on equipment;
•Coordinate emergency maintenance with system operations;
•and perform related duties as assigned.
Knowledge of: Water distribution, wastewater collection or recycled water distribution systems using supervisory control and data acquisition systems (SCADA); pump, well and valve stations; theory and practice of the principles of electricity including systems up to 12,000 volts, electronics, programmable controllers; computer systems, pneumatics, hydraulics, and radio and fiber optic cable; operation of electronic controllers; methods, materials, tools, equipment and practices used in the design, installation, testing, calibration, maintenance and repair of process control and data acquisition systems; occupational hazards and safety precautions related to the work; computer programming involving advance level computer languages as applied to controllers and electronic test equipment used in controlling systems processes; maintenance and repair of test instruments.
Ability to: Operate microprocessor based equipment and/or personal computer; communicate orally, face to face, in a one on one situation, using a telephone, or in a group setting; estimate costs, time and labor requirements from blueprints or work plans, read plans and diagrams; order replacement parts; work independently and make sound judgments; comprehend and interpret oral and written instructions; prepare and maintain records, reports and schedules; analyze data and trends and make appropriate recommendations regarding equipment maintenance or changes in the water distribution, wastewater collection and recycled water distribution systems performance; read software manuals and prepare a variety of programs; work with electrical systems up to 12,000 volts and when necessary coordinate water system maintenance with electricians, mechanics and other maintenance personnel; enter data into a terminal PC or keyboard device; instruct personnel on the operation of the telemetry system; change charts at pumping stations; make safety inspections at the pumping stations; comprehend and make inferences from written materials; produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation and grammar; review the work product of others; establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, and the public.
Experience and Education: Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Experience - Sufficient experience in the maintenance and repair of instrumentation, electrical, electronic and mechanical systems such as found in a water distribution, wastewater collection or recycled water distribution setting or other industrial processing system to demonstrate possession of the above knowledge and abilities. Programming experience with software for industrial microprocessor based programmable controllers and/or personal computers is highly desirable. Education - Completion of high school supplemented by technical courses in hydrology, water supply, and software programming languages.
License and Certificates:
This classification may require the use of a vehicle while conducting City business. In order to drive, individual must be physically capable of operating the vehicle safely and must possess by the date of hire and maintain throughout employment, a valid Class C California motor vehicle operator's license. Possession of First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification issued by the American Red Cross is desirable.
Possession and maintenance of a Grade I State of California Water Distribution Operator's Certificate is required within one year of the initial appointment and Grade II Water Distribution Operator's Certificate is required within 18 months of the initial appointment.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
In order to ensure compliance with safety standards regarding reservoir levels and pump operations, the incumbent is required to observe and monitor electronic and other recording devices. Auditory warning devices such as alarms are used in monitoring reservoir levels, pump operations and alarm failures. The Water System Technician teaches the telemetry system to other workers both individually and in group settings. Graphics, blueprints, schematic drawings, layouts and other visual aids are used for the purpose of trouble shooting electrical problems. Solvents and potentially hazardous chemicals, such as chlorine, are used to clean and maintain equipment. The job requires the ability to distinguish between colors, the use of intricate electronic devices requiring skillful, controlled, manipulations of small objects such as tools designed for instrument calibration. Some of the work takes place in small cramped areas including pump stations and valve vaults, and requires the individual to carry tools and equipment weighing 20 to 50 pounds short distances. Other assignments may require the individual to climb ladders ranging from 30 to 75 feet in order to check and repair reservoir tanks. In order to access some of the work locations, the individual must walk over rough, uneven or rocky surfaces with exposure to a wide variety of weather conditions. Positions assigned to the Geysers pipeline work around a high pressure (250 psi to 500 psi) pipeline. Work in vaults and other confined spaces may require the use of a self-contained breathing apparatus. The work includes on-call assignments and may include evening and weekend shifts.