Job Details

City of Vallejo
  • Position Number: 4582520
  • Location: Vallejo, CA
  • Position Type: Computer and Information Technology

Senior Instrument Technician (Industrial Electrical and Controls Systems)

: $92,833.31 - $112,839.58 Annually

Location: Vallejo, CA

Job Type: Regular Full-Time

Job Number: 2023-SD-09


Opening Date: 09/11/2023

Closing Date: 11/13/2023 5:00 PM Pacific

This recruitment is being conducted to fill one full-time vacancy. The list established by this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, limited term, and temporary vacancies for up to one year.

The City of Vallejo is seeking to fill their Senior Instrument Technician position, as a collaborative member of the City's Water Department.

The ideal Senior Instrument Technician will have extensive background in Industrial Electrical and Control Systems. Incumbents will need to have experience performing maintenance/repair in large pumping plants and raw water distribution systems / water treatment plants. Additionally, incumbents will need to have experience testing low / high voltage electrical equipment, interpreting diagrams / schematics, perform work according to drawings, knowledge operational methods associated with the water treatment process and familiar with use of variety of specialized electrical test equipment. The incumbent selected for the position of Senior Instrument Technician is expected to be placed on the Department's on-call rotation and to respond to afterhours service needs all hours of the day and night, including weekends and holidays.

While not required, possession of a California Department of Public Health Distribution Operator D3 License, a California Department of Health Water Treatment Operator T2 License, and a California Water Environment Association Electrical Instruments Technician Grade II Certification is highly desirable.


The Vallejo Water Department is a dynamic organization engaged in growth and positive change for the benefit of our customers and community. The Department provides potable water to 121,000 customers through a highly complex system including multiple raw water sources, three treatment plants, 600 miles of distribution pipe, 8 pressure zones, 27 pump stations, and 37,000 service connections. Vallejo Water is a Treatment-5/Distribution-5 system. This position will have an emphasis of the Industrial Electrical and Controls systems associated with Large municipal Water Treatment and conveyance infrastructure.


This is the advanced journey level classification in the Instrument Technician series, fully competent to lead, oversee, and participate in the more complex and difficult work of staff responsible for performing the maintenance, repair, replacement, design and calibration of programmable logic controllers; process instrumentation; electronic, electrical and mechanical instrumentation; and, equipment employed in the operation of water treatment plants, pumping stations and a hydroelectric power plant; and, other related duties as required.


Receives general Supervision from Plant Maintenance I&E Supervisor and/or Water Facilities Superintendent.
Exercises technical and functional supervision over maintenance staff.


The City of Vallejo is located in Solano County and has a population of approximately 121,000 residents. Vallejo is a rapidly changing, highly diverse community located midway between the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento. It is a friendly, active waterfront community that attracts innovative, hardworking people and takes great pride in its 148-year history and maritime heritage. Residents of Vallejo are situated to take advantage of the best of what the area has to offer. Golf, museums, performing arts, boutique shopping, brewpubs and a wide selection of restaurants are all available in Vallejo. Residents and visitors alike enjoy Vallejo's delightful historical downtown area, weekly downtown farmer's market, and beautifully restored Victorian homes and business facades. Vallejo is also home to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, one of America's only combination wildlife, oceanarium and theme parks.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

- Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Provides lead direction, training and work review to assigned staff.
Schedules and coordinates installation, repair and maintenance work for assigned projects and programs.
Assists in developing and implementing work standards and procedures.
Assists in planning and budgeting for instrumentation work.
Installs, maintains, calibrates, and repairs microcomputer-based data acquisition and control systems, including telemeters, programmable logic controllers, monitoring and process control equipment and instrumentation.
Makes inspections and performs periodic preventative maintenance on various control, metering, recording and display equipment.
Cleans, lubricates, calibrates and/or adjusts equipment as needed.
Troubleshoots and diagnoses electronic, electro-mechanical instrumentation malfunctions.
Completes component level repairs or advises system contractor(s) of other repair requirements as appropriate.
Uses software diagnostic routines and tests equipment to verify and/or adjust control system equipment according to manufacturer's recommendations.
Installs, maintains and repairs multi-channel system radio and telephone, and calibrates microwave electronic equipment, antennas, battery backup power supplies and grounding systems including connections to existing systems.
Reads and interprets wiring schematics, mechanical drawings and specifications as necessary to install, service and/or repair equipment in accordance with related regulations.
May make estimates of labor, materials and supplies necessary for the performance of specific assignments.
Train assigned employees in their area of work in maintenance and repair methods, techniques and in the set up and use of equipment.
Perform the full range of duties assigned in the assigned area of work.
Verify the work of assigned employees for accuracy, proper work methods, techniques, and compliance with applicable standards and specifications.
Keeps records and makes verbal and written reports of work performed.
May inspect relevant work performed by contractors installing new electronic equipment in City facilities.
Installs, maintains, monitors, overhauls, calibrates and tests a wide variety of electronic recording, indicating, controlling, telemetering and other test instruments including but not limited to programmable logic controllers, communications systems, digital and/or analog instrumentation, printed circuits, magnetic flow meters, differential pressure transducers, multiplex equipment, flow meters, process control equipment, loss-of-head indicators, level indicators, solid state equipment, alarm circuits and systems, pressure and temperature regulators, gauges and recorders, chemical feeder controllers and telemetering receivers and transmitters.
Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications/Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Experience and Training Guidelines

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Two years of journey-level experience in instrument repair work at a level equivalent to the City's class of Instrument Technician.


Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade; two years technical school or college-level course work in a related field.

License or Certificate:

Must possess a California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record.

Possession of a California Department of Public Health Distribution Operator D1 certification within twenty-four (24) months of employment.

Although not required, possession of a California Department of Public Health Distribution Operator D3 License, a California Department of Health Services Water Treatment Operator T2 License, and a California Water Environment Association Electrical Instruments Technician Grade II Certification is highly desirable.

Knowledge of:

Methods, practices and tools used in maintaining, repairing, testing and calibrating electro-mechanical recording and metering instruments, programmable logic controllers, process control equipment, and mechanical linkage and telemetering systems.
Principles of lead supervision and training.
Safety practices, precautions and procedures pertaining to the work.
Microwave point to point and point-to-multi-point channel radio data communications equipment.
Telephone line interface for data communications.
Software diagnostic routines and test equipment.
Metering instruments and flow in open channel and closed loop systems.
Principles, techniques and operations involved in water treatment and distribution.
Common equipment, tools and materials used in electronic and instrument maintenance and repair, applied principles of electronic and electrical theory, including Ohm's law.
Basic D.C. circuit analysis.
A.C. circuit analysis.
Applicable mathematics including algebra, geometry and trigonometry as related to specific work applications.

Ability to:

Diagnose mechanical, electrical and electronic difficulties/malfunctions in instrumentation, programmable logic controllers, control and telemetering systems.
Read and interpret wiring schematics, diagrams, mechanical drawings and specifications
Make repairs to electronic, electro mechanical metering and process control instruments.
Estimate labor and materials to effect repair or replacement as needed.
Direct the work of other employees.
Keep accurate records and make oral and written reports.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
Perform skilled maintenance, calibration and repair of a variety of plant, electronic, and electro mechanical instrumentation.
Lift and carry tools, supplies, and equipment which may exceed 50 pounds.
Use a variety of tools, including a variety of test equipment as required.
To work independently, efficiently, and accountably under general direction.
To install metal or PVC electrical conduit.

Additional Information

Working Conditions

Must possess physical characteristics to perform the critical and important duties of the class, including sufficient physical agility to work in high or confined spaces. Must be willing to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and work overtime as needed.

The Recruitment & Selection Process

1. Final applications are due by 5:00 P.M. on Monday, November 13, 2023. First round applications of will be reviewed the week of October 9, 2023. Applicants must submit a completed City of Vallejo online application, including all responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire (Resume/Cover Letter Optional), by the posted deadline in order to be considered.

NOTE: If you have problems creating a user account, obtaining your already created account information, or submitting your online application, please contact applicant support directly at 855-524-5627. City of Vallejo staff are unable to assist with these issues.

2. Applications will be screened for overall qualifications the week of October 9, 2023.

3. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental responses scored by subject matter experts the week of October 9, 2023. The most qualified applicants from the scoring of the supplemental questions will be invited to participate in an Oral Panel Interview which will include a practical exam.

4. Oral Panel Interviews are tentatively scheduled to take place tentatively the week of October 23, 2023. Oral Panel Interviews are weighted at 100% of the candidates' score. Candidates must achieve a minimum passing score of 70%. Those achieving 70% or higher will be placed on the Register of Eligibles (eligible list) and may be considered to fill positions for up to one year.

The City reserves the right to limit the number of candidates to those determined to be best qualified based upon all requested application materials, including training and experience, current resume, and responses to supplemental questions.

5. Candidates placed on the Register of Eligibles (eligible list) will be referred to the department for final interviews based on their performance in the exam. The number of candidates referred for a hiring interview is at the discretion of the hiring department.

The City of Vallejo is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application, assessment or selection process may contact the Human Resources Department to request an accommodation. Please contact Sukari Dixon at (707) 648-4398 or send an email to: no later than November 13, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.


The selected candidate will be required to: 1) Submit to reference checks 2) Submit to and successfully pass a pre-employment background check, including fingerprint check. 3) Successfully complete a job-related pre-placement medical exam. 4) Provide proof of legal right to work in the United States.

To Apply:

Disaster Service Workers - All City of Vallejo ("City") employees are designated Disaster Service Workers ("DSW") by state law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all DSW-related training as assigned and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Veteran's Preference - Veteran's preference points will be applied in accordance with Civil Service Rule 24. A copy of the DD 214 form must be filed at time of application.

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) - The City of Vallejo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Vallejo to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, or denial of medical and family care leave, or any other non-job-related factors.

Note: The provisions in this bulletin do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.

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