Wastewater Electrical Technician I-II at City of Tulare, CA in Tulare, CA

City of Tulare, CA

๐Ÿ“Œ Tulare, CA
๐Ÿ•‘ January 22, 2021
๐Ÿท๏ธ Full Time
๐Ÿท๏ธ Engineering
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Wastewater Electrical Technician I-II

Position Description

RECRUITMENT OVERVIEW:
Thank you for your interest in our Wastewater Electrical Technician I-II position with the City of Tulare.
To be considered for this promotional opportunity applicants must submit a detailed application with detailed information in each section of the application. In addition to submitting a detailed application, applicants are required to respond to the supplemental question associated with the application.
Applicants that meet the minimum qualifications for this position will be invited to advance to the interview phase which is scheduled for WEDNES DAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2021. Additional details regarding the interview phase will be sent via email to qualified applicants after our screening process is complete, on or before Tuesday, February 9, 2021.
PLANT OVERVIEW:

Our wastewater treatment facility consists of a domestic plant (
6. 0 million gallons per day (MGD) capacity) and an industrial plant (12.0 MGD capacity) treating about
4. 15 MGD in the domestic plant and about
8. 5 MGD in the industrial plant. This includes operation, maintenance and repair of treatment structures, such as lift stations, sedimentation tanks, digesters, filters, pumps and control buildings. Additional operations include 320 acres of storage ponds, 2,200 acres of farmland under permit for beneficial reuse of treated wastewater, and self-generation of renewable energy including the anaerobic bulk volume fermenter, two
2. 8 MW of fuel cells, and
3. 0 MW of solar photovoltaic panels.

POSITION

OVERVIEW:

Under direct or general supervision, performs a wide variety of skilled electrical maintenance and repair work on the City's wastewater treatment facilities and systems; provides technical support to the Wastewater and Water Divisions; and performs related work as required.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Receives direct or general supervision from the Wastewater Maintenance Technician Crew Leader. May provide technical and functional direction to lower-level staff.

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Wastewater Electrical Technician I : This is the entry-level class in the wastewater treatment electrical technician series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents perform duties required to ensure that City infrastructure (with focus on the wastewater and collection infrastructure), systems, and facilities, to which assigned are maintained in a safe and effective working condition and provide the highest level of safety. As experience is gained, assignments become more varied and are performed with greater independence. Incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining the knowledge, skill, experience, licenses, and certifications, which meet the qualifications for and demonstrating the ability to perform the work of the higher-level class.

Wastewater Electrical Technician II : This is the journey-level class in the wastewater treatment electrical technician series. The wastewater treatment electrical technician series performs the full range of duties required to ensure that City infrastructure (with focus on the wastewater and collection infrastructure), systems, and facilities to which assigned are maintained in a safe and effective working condition and provide the highest level of safety. Responsibilities include inspecting and attending to assigned areas in a timely manner, and performing a wide variety of electrical tasks in the maintenance and repair of assigned wastewater treatment facilities and systems. This class is distinguished from Wastewater Maintenance Technician Crew Leader in that the latter is responsible for technical and functional direction over lower-level wastewater maintenance technician staff and is capable of performing the most complex duties assigned to the division.

Examples of Essential Functions

(Illustrative Only) Management reserves the rights to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Troubleshoot and repair 110 through 480-voltage alternating current equipment.
  • Inspects, diagnoses, maintains, and repairs wastewater treatment plant electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic systems, equipment, and fixtures by performing a variety of skilled electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic repair work.
  • Inspects, troubleshoots, repairs, and maintains wastewater treatment plants and equipment including electric motors, engines, gas and electric powered pumps, drive units, emergency systems, power generation systems, pressure and flow regulators, and other treatment plan fixtures and appliances; checks proper equipment operation; notifies supervisors of alarms and equipment failure; requisitions materials and supplies needed; writes work orders for needed repairs.
  • Performs preventative maintenance and services equipment according to an established schedule and inspects facilities and equipment to determine the need for major maintenance or repair.
  • Repairs, overhauls, or replaces malfunctioning, damaged or worn electrical parts, materials, and equipment; installs conduits, wires, pull boxes, switchboards, and switches required for additions, extensions, or alterations to electrical systems.
  • Uses test equipment and services, adjusts, and tunes a variety of equipment, electrical and automated systems, motors, variable frequency drives, alarms, and control systems to ensure proper working conditions.
  • Obtain measurements and readings using electrical and mechanical testing instruments, including digital multi meters, meggers, amp meters, ohm meters, thermography camera, and phase rotation meters.
  • Performs journey-level electrical work including the test, location, and repair of electrical systems; installs plant-related conduits, wires, relays, pull boxes, switchboards, and switches required in making additions, extensions, or alterations in electrical systems.
  • Maintains and repairs specialized wastewater equipment as required.
  • Performs predictive and corrective electrical maintenance on wastewater facilities and equipment, including disassembly, rebuild, cleaning, and overhaul/replacement of valves, filters, pipe fittings, pumps, and other assorted equipment.
  • Perform annual maintenance of motor control centers.
  • Performs electrical maintenance and alterations, tag-out/lock-out, on City buildings and facilities, including administrative offices, wastewater treatment plants, and pumping stations.
  • Performs pipe bending and installation of electrical conduit, equipment, feeders, branch circuits, motors and lighting; maintains tests, and repairs plant lighting and electrical equipment.
  • Confers with operations and maintenance staff to determine equipment problems; suggests methods of minimizing such problems in an operational setting.
  • Coordinate maintenance work with other sections, contractors, and engineers; estimate time, materials and equipment required for repairs; examine various electrical systems and make recommendations for new equipment, repairs, and modifications.
  • Draws, reads and interprets maps, blueprints, sketches, and diagrams in the performance of the work.
  • Makes minor adjustments on service equipment; maintains tools and equipment in working order.
  • Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain electrical work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions.
  • Reviews and controls quality of work of staff and consultants.
  • May train employees in work methods, use of tools and equipment, and relevant safety precautions.
  • Responds to complaints and answers questions from public or escalates to supervisor, as necessary.
  • Responds to maintenance and repair emergency situations as required, and accepts standby duty as needed.
  • Maintains computerized records and logs of daily activities; prepares reports, documentation and correspondence as necessary; creates, inputs, and closes work orders into Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
  • Observes safe work methods, including NFPA 70E standard for electric safety in the workplace, and makes appropriate use of related safety equipment as required.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Qualifications /

Requirements

Knowledge of:

  • Standard terms, practices, procedures, and modern methods common to the electrical trade.
  • The National Electrical Code and the Electrical Safety Orders of the California Industrial Safety Commission.
  • Principles, procedures, methods, equipment, materials, and tools used in the electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical repair of minor and major equipment systems, including engines, pumps, motors, generators, and pressure regulatory devices.
  • Principles, techniques, theory, practices, and methods of various maintenance trades related to the electrical maintenance and repair of various structures, machinery, and equipment.
  • Standard practices, high voltage service and related equipment; local, state and national electrical codes.
  • Solid state electronic systems, including programmable logic controllers, process instrumentation and control equipment.
  • Fundamentals of instrumentation.
  • The operation and minor maintenance of a variety of hand and power tools, vehicles and power equipment.
  • Basic principles and practices of wastewater treatment plant operations.
  • Basic understanding of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system (SCADA), Remote Transmitting Units (RTU), Field Interface Units (FIU), Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC).
  • Applicable Federal, State and local laws, ordinances, regulations, and guidelines relevant to assigned duties.
  • Basic arithmetic related to mechanical, electrical, and electronic components.
  • Safety equipment and practices related to the work, including the handling of hazardous chemicals.
  • Safe driving rules and practices.
  • Basic computer software related to work.
  • English usage, spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service to the public and City staff, in person and over the telephone.

Ability to:

  • Inspect, operate, diagnose problems, and perform preventive, predictive and corrective maintenance and repair work on electric motors, gas and diesel engines, pumps, compressors, control equipment, and power generation equipment.
  • Perform a variety of fabricating and design duties related to wastewater systems construction, maintenance, and repair; interpret sketches and diagrams.
  • Perform a variety of semiskilled and skilled tasks in the construction, maintenance, renovation, and repair of wastewater treatment systems.
  • Inspect, operate, diagnose problems, troubleshoot, and perform preventive, predictive and corrective maintenance and repair work on electrical and mechanical equipment, systems, and facilities.
  • Use aerial boom for overhead work; replace defective overhead and underground cables or other electrical facilities.
  • Read and interpret gauges and other recording devices, and interpret the information as it relates to repair and maintenance activities.
  • Identify and implement effective course of action to complete assigned work.
  • Read and interpret plans, manuals, diagrams, blue prints, and technical regulations.
  • Analyze work problems and make corrections that will facilitate the completion of assignments.
  • Inspect the work of others and maintain established quality control standards.
  • Train others in proper and safe work procedures.
  • Safely and effectively use and operate hand tools, mechanical equipment, power tools, and equipment required for the work.
  • Perform routine equipment maintenance.
  • Maintain accurate logs, records and basic written records of work performed.
  • Operate a motor vehicle safely.
  • Follow department policies and procedures related to assigned duties.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Organize own work, set priorities and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

Education and

Experience

Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.
A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Wastewater Electrical Technician I : One (1) year experience involving skilled industrial electrical maintenance on major equipment and systems.

Wastewater Electrical Technician II : In addition to the above, three (3) years of full-time industrial electrical experience equivalent to Wastewater Electrical Technician I at the City of Tulare.

Licenses and Certifications:

Possession of a valid Class C California driver's license.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, CP
R certification.

Wastewater Electrical Technician I:

  • Within ninety (90) days of the date of entry into the position, must complete the NFPA 70E (National Fire Protection Association)
    - Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace course.
  • Within twelve (12) months of the date of entry into the position, must obtain a Grade I Electrical/Instrumentation Technologist Certificate issued by the California Water Environment Association and maintain a valid certificate for the entire term of employment in this class.

Wastewater Electrical Technician II:

  • Possession of a Grade II Electrical/Instrumentation Technologist Certificate issued by the California Water Environment Association and maintain a valid certificate for the entire term of employment in this class.

Additional Information

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Must possess mobility to work in wastewater treatment plants and related facilities; strength, stamina, and mobility to perform medium to heavy physical work, to work in confined spaces, around machines and to climb and descend ladders, and to operate varied hand and power tools and construction equipment; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; color vision to read gauges and identify appurtenances; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone or radio. The job involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking in operational areas to identify problems or hazards. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate above-mentioned tools and equipment. Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and climb to perform work and inspect work sites. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects up to 75 pounds and heavier weights with the use of proper equipment.

Must be able to wear respiratory protection device for dust protection and while painting and using certain chemicals and solvents. May be required to enter confined space. Must be able to wear S.C.B.A. and perform job duties while wearing protective equipment and S.C.B.A. weighing 32 pounds.

Environmental Elements

Employees work mainly outdoors, and partially indoors, and are exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, vibration, confining workspace, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives, and contractors in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.
Closing Date/Time: 2/7/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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Job Expires: February 21, 2021

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