Utility Systems Technician – City of Newberry

Salary Range: $23.15 – $32.41 Hourly

The City of Newberry is accepting applications for individuals to fill the full-time position of Utility Systems Technician.  This is a highly technical position with responsibility for servicing, maintaining, calibrating, repairing, and installing the various process instrumentation and controls systems, electrical motor control centers, variable frequency motor drives, soft-start motor drives, telemetry systems, and data acquisition systems for the City’s potable water, wastewater, and electric facilities. This position also maintains the city’s SCADA, GIS and AMI systems.  The work is performed under the supervision and direction of the Utilities and Public Works Director.

The Utility Systems Technician will serve as a member of the Water and Sewer Department’s team as an information technology liaison, assists with departmental tasks and works directly with other City departments and external agencies as needed.

Role and Responsibilities

This is a highly technical position with responsibility for servicing, maintaining, calibrating, repairing, and installing the various process instrumentation and controls systems, electrical motor control centers, variable frequency motor drives, soft-start motor drives, telemetry systems, and data acquisition systems for the City’s potable water, wastewater, and electric facilities. This position also maintains the city’s SCADA, GIS and AMI systems.

Illustrative tasks:

  • Performs diagnostic operations and procedures on complex computer, electrical, electronic, pneumatic and hydraulic instrumentation and control systems for problem identification and correction of unscheduled equipment and system impairments and outages.
  • Performs field and bench maintenance, calibration and repair service on instrumentation and control systems, electrical motor control centers, variable frequency motor drives, soft-start motor drives, telemetry systems, and data acquisition systems. Defines problems as hardware or software related and makes appropriate corrections and system restoration. Develops and implements appropriate procedures to prevent recurrence when possible
  • Assists in establishing and implementing an appropriately sized and cataloged inventory of spare parts and supplies needed to maintain and quickly repair all instrumentation and control equipment.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of preventive and predictive maintenance programs for all instrumentation and controls systems, electrical motor control centers, variable frequency motor drives, soft-start motor drives, telemetry systems, and data acquisition systems.
  • As requested, provides recommendations concerning procurement of services and equipment repairs, upgrades and improvements to the facilities.
  • As requested, assists in the design, planning, organization, budgeting, purchasing and installation of water/wastewater instrumentation equipment and system initial acquisitions, upgrades and modifications, including participation in field and factory tests.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with City staff, external agencies and the general public.
  • Assists in developing, implementing and maintaining operational control procedures for basic operating procedures of the instrumentation and electrical systems.
  • Maintains accurate and comprehensive maintenance and repair records.
  • Provide professional oversight and internal consulting to the SCADA, GIS, and ICE systems.
  • Operates and maintains the SCADA and GIS systems.
  • Foster project management excellence by establishing, implementing, and continuously improving standardized processes, procedures, tools, training and support functions
  • Participate in the development and implementation of all SCADA technical policies and procedures
  • May act in a supervisory capacity in water and wastewater department in the absence of and/or at the request of the Director.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s, Associates, or Technology degree in industrial instrumentation, electrical, electronic, computer, or a related field preferred.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience with installation, maintenance, and repair of control and microprocessor-based instrumentation and control systems for potable water and/or wastewater required.
  • An equivalent combination of education and technical experience sufficient to perform the essential duties of the position may qualify.
  • Ability to use specialized relevant types of equipment.
  • Must maintain good interpersonal and communication skills to deal with public
  • Must be able to speak, write, and comprehend English language
  • Possession of a valid State of Florida driver’s license with driving record acceptable to the City Driving Policy and insurance program, or ability to obtain within time limits established by the State of Florida.
  • Possession of a FDEP Class C Water and/or Wastewater treatment operator license is desired.

Preferred Skills

  • Knowledge of electrical, analog/digital electronics, computers, pneumatics, fiber optics, and radio telemetry equipment utilized in instrumentation and control systems.
  • Knowledge of modern and complex principles and practices of electrical construction.
  • Knowledge of troubleshooting, maintenance, installation, and commissioning of various types of electrical equipment.
  • Knowledge of electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and thermal automated processes.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally in written and verbal form.
  • Ability to provide interface between plant operation staff and contractors, suppliers, or factory representatives to insure the effective, efficient, trouble-free operation of system instrumentation and control equipment.
  • Ability to understand and use DOS, Windows, Windows for instrumentation and control system application.
  • Ability to use computers for data base management and word processing in order to maintain records, review analytical results, track maintenance/repair, and prepare correspondence.
  • Skilled in the use of contemporary electronic, pneumatic, and hydraulic test equipment and procedures for evaluation, maintenance, calibration and repair of instrumentation and control systems.
  • Skilled in reading, interpreting, update and modification of instrumentation control and electrical system equipment schematics.

Additional Notes

Working Conditions
Work is primarily performed outdoors and requires some exposure to environmental changes (e.g., outdoor weather and/or field conditions, warehouses, garages, etc.) or irate customers, extreme noise, odors, heights and/or dust.

Risk/Safety Conditions
This position requires some exposure or risk to physical health and/or physical safety (e.g., exposure to environmentally hazardous material, heavy equipment, etc.).  This position may require the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and may include completing and successfully passing medical evaluations or clearances.

Essential Physical Activities:
Stooping, sitting, crouching, walking, pulling, lifting, grasping, hearing, seeing up close, seeing far away, kneeling, reaching, pulling, talking, standing, finger movement, repetitive motions, depth perception.  Frequent lifting of 10 to 25 pounds; occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds.

The City of Newberry is an Equal Opportunity Employer & Drug Free Workplace. The City offers competitive benefits including but not limited to: a retirement plan through the Florida Retirement System, health, life, dental, vision and life insurance. As well as paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave benefits.

Application are available at City Hall Annex located at 25445 West Newberry Road Newberry Fl. 32669 or www.ci.newberry.fl.us . Contact Human Resources:

352-472-2161 ex. 112. Application must be returned to Human Resources. Position open until filled.

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