Job Details

Alameda County Water District
  • Position Number: 5397362
  • Location: Fremont, CA
  • Position Type: Facilities Management

THE POSITION: The Alameda County Water District, located in Fremont, CA, is seeking to fill an Instrument and Controls Technician I/II position in the Operations and Maintenance Department. This position under supervision of the Systems Maintenance Supervisor, installs, tests, repairs, inspects, and maintains metering and recording instruments, controlling devices, data logging and display equipment, communications, and telemetry systems; prepares and maintains a variety of records; makes verbal and written reports of work activities.

SALARY: Depending on qualifications and experience, this position may be filled at either level. The annual salary ranges for the respective levels are as follows: Instrument and Controls Technician I: $110,996 - $134,920, and Instrument and Controls Technician II: $123,332 - $149,914, plus excellent benefits.

Instrument & Controls Technician I is the entry-level class in the Instrument & Controls Technician series. Under close to general supervision, within a framework of established policies and procedures, incumbents perform routing duties including install, maintain, troubleshoot, repair, and document a wide range of industrial instrumentation, electronic monitoring, metering, controlling, and signaling devices used in the production, treatment, and distribution of water, requiring basic knowledge of control systems and components including Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Programmable Logic Control (PLC) software and hardware

Instrument & Controls Technician II is the experienced, journey-level in the Instrument & Controls Technician series. Under general supervision, within a framework of established policies and procedures, incumbents perform the most difficult and complex duties and are fully qualified to troubleshoot and resolve the most complex telemetry, SCADA system, and PLC software and hardware issues. Incumbents may direct entry-level Instrument & Controls Technician I in developing journey-level knowledge and competencies. Assignments are given in general terms and subject to by the Systems Maintenance Supervisor review while in progress and upon completion. There is significant latitude for independent judgment and action in well-defined areas of work.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of: electrical and electronic circuits; mechanical linkage and telemetering systems; the basics of PLC and SCADA software and hardware; electronic schematic diagrams and blueprints; methods and techniques of calibrating electronic equipment; use and safe operation of a wide variety of standard hand and power tools and electronic and electric test equipment related to field and shop work; basic methods and techniques for troubleshooting and diagnosing equipment failure; laws, rules, and regulations governing maintenance and operation of radio, telemetry, and telephone equipment; safe work practices and the ability to identify workplace hazards and/or unsafe conditions and take appropriate corrective action; modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work, including word processing, database, and spreadsheet software. Skill and Ability to: inspect, test, repair, and install industrial instrumentation and controls according to established procedures and standards, read instruments accurately; work from and interpret wiring and mechanical drawings; safely use hand and power tools and equipment to test and calibrate instrumentation and controls; accurately estimate labor and materials costs; prepare and maintain neat, accurate, and complete records; perform essential duties of the job without causing harm to self or others. operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and specialized software applications programs; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements: The essential duties of these classifications require the ability to work outdoors under various climatic and geographic conditions with potential exposure to a variety of chemicals, noise, temperature extremes, humidity and hazardous equipment and machinery; to work overtime as needed and subject to standby duty and emergency call-outs as required; physically capable of crawling into confined spaces, responding to chemical spills, or climbing ladders/stairs to reach high places wearing respiratory protection equipment, including SCBA's; to complete necessary Continuing Education (CEU) as required to obtain, maintain and renew requisite certification. The essential duties of these classifications require the ability to sit for extended periods of time in front of a computer; repetitive use of feet and hands to operate vehicles, equipment and tools; the ability to speak to verbally exchange ideas and information; to hear to receive verbal detailed information and instruction; to see at arm's length to twenty feet with a good field of vision and the ability to distinguish basic colors; to walk, twist, bend, crawl, reach, climb ladders and stairs and work in positions and spaces that may be awkward or difficult to access; to lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds; and finger dexterity and hand strength to operate a computer and related hardware and to grasp tools and equipment on a daily basis.

Education and Experience:

Instrument & Controls Technician I: Four (4) years of full-time experience as an Instrument & Controls Technician, performing skilled work in both mechanical and electro-mechanical repairs or electronic circuitry repair, which includes two (2) years' experience working on industrial instrumentation and controls.

Instrument & Controls Technician II: Seven (7) years of full-time experience as an Instrument & Controls Technician I, which includes at least three (3) years of full-time experience equivalent to that of an Instrument & Controls Technician I within the District. Additionally, applicants for the Instrument & Controls Technician II position must pass District-approved proficiency evaluations for diagnosing and making changes to PLC and SCADA software and hardware.

Additional Requirements: - Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record. - Position is required to be on call 24 hours a day and be required to work unusual or long hours, weekends, and holidays.

Instrument & Controls Technician I:
- Must possess a Water Distribution Operator Grade 1
certificate within 18 months of hire.

Instrument & Controls Technician II:
- Must possess a Water Distribution Operator Grade 2 upon hire.

- Possession of an Instrumentation Society of America (ISA) Control Systems Technician Level 2 Certificate (CCST 2) is highly desirable.


  1. Application materials must be submitted online at no later than 5:00 p.m., on Friday, July 26, 2024. Application materials must include a completed Alameda County Water District Employment application. Incomplete applications will not be given further consideration.

  2. All application materials will be evaluated, and candidates who present the best job-related qualifications will be invited to participate in a written test. Successful candidates from the written test will be invited to a qualification appraisal interview panel.

  3. Employment offers are normally made following conduct of reference checks and are always contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment physical exam, and security background checks. Employment is made contingent upon verification of identity and legal right to work in the U.S.A. pursuant to federal law, and the signing of a loyalty oath, pursuant to state law.

  4. Represented employee applicants receive promotional consideration consistent with the provisions of the MOU.

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