Senior Electrical/Instrumentation Systems Programmer

Moulton Niguel Water District | Laguna Niguel, CA

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Posted Date 8/06/2018

Under the direction of the Superintendent of Operations and the general supervision of the Electrical/Instrumentation Services Supervisor, is responsible for the safe, skillful, and efficient performance of complex electrical, instrumentation, and SCADA system work within the District. This is the advanced journey-level, working-lead class in the job series.  Incumbents provide first-line direction, technical assistance and training to the assigned crew.  Incumbents are responsible for assisting the supervisor in formulating and developing crew goals and objectives, supervising assigned personnel and directing day-to-day activities. Duties and responsibilities are carried out with considerable independence within the framework of established policies and procedures. The work of this class involves accountability and decision-making responsibilities.

Essential Functions
The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position.

  1. Troubleshoot problems with electrical and telemetry equipment, electric motors and complex motor control systems; read and interpret maps, schematics, plans, blueprints, and specifications; execute tasks with an increased level of responsibility and efficiency.
  2. Calibrate instrumentation loops and telemetry equipment; repair motor control equipment and motors; perform monitoring of PLC software; perform electrical/electronic maintenance, repair, and calibration to a variety of E/I equipment.
  3. Perform daily electrical/electronic preventative maintenance of the District's water and sewer facilities.
  4. Contribute technical and practical input to the assembling of data and reports; maintain accurate records.
  5. Ability to successfully accomplish standard operating procedures as assigned by supervisor.
  6. Operate small equipment, including generators, small power tools, and equipment associated with electrical maintenance.
  7. Work varying shifts, nights, weekends, holidays, overtime, standby duty and respond to call backs.
  8. Respond to emergencies during and after work hours consistent with the Incident Command System (ICS), Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and National Incident Management Systems (NIMS).
  9. Perform work to design, program, troubleshoot, test, and monitor the District's software related to PLC's and E/I control systems; personally performs installation, maintenance, design, and testing of hardware used with PLC's and other control systems.
  10. Evaluate effectiveness of PLC software programs; design and implement changes to software, hardware, and other systems necessary to provide accurate and reliable control systems.
  11. Review system requirements with Operations and Engineering staff; make changes based on staff feedback, personal observations, and operational problems; provide technical expertise to District staff related to PLC's and control systems.
  12. Document and record all programming testing and updates to software program.
  13. Train and develop other District staff in proper application and use of SCADA systems, PLC's, and other related control system devices.
  14. Maintain communication interface between equipment, controls, field hardware, and central computer; perform troubleshooting and repair of electronic systems, PLC's, and other related equipment.
  15. Provide direction to technicians assigned to assist with electrical and
  16. Perform necessary tasks for work plan administration; coordinate personnel, tools, materials, and shop equipment.
  17. Proficient in reading blueprints, sketches, manufacturer's instructions, and written instructions.
  18. In the absence of the Electrical/Instrumentation Services Supervisor, oversees the operation of the Electrical/Instrumentation Services Department.
  19. Assist in overseeing Facilities National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 70e Standards are being maintained.
  20. Perform other duties as assigned.

One single guiding principle in every search for new Moulton Niguel Water District team members is identifying those applicants that are humble, motivated, and hard-working.  Moulton Niguel expects new team members to uphold its workplace culture of an environment in which all employees interact with co-workers, supervisors, and the public in a positive, cooperative, and supportive manner.

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) may be qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the KSAs is:

  1. High school diploma or equivalent certificate.
  2. Must possess a valid California driver's license and maintain a safe driving record.
  3. Knowledge and understanding in most areas of electrical work, electronics, and programmable logic controllers (Allen Bradley or equivalent).
  4. Thorough knowledge of PLC programming, communications, and SCADA System.
  5. Experience in the electrical and instrumentation industry, which includes experience in programming.
  6. Possession of California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Grade 3 Electrical/Instrumentation Certificate or International Society of Automation (ISA) Certified Control System Technician (CCST) Level 2 or higher classification, or ability to obtain within 12 months of job placement.
  7. Possession of California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Grade D2 Water Distribution Certificate, or ability to obtain within 12 months of job placement.
  8. Must have the ability to perform the job functions of the Electrical/Instrumentation Services Supervisor in his/her absence.

Physical Qualifications
Position requires the ability to work in a field maintenance environment with the ability to carry, pull, and lift equipment and parts weighing up to 50 pounds. Must be able to stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and climb during field maintenance and repair work.  Must be able to stand and walk for extended time periods. Must have hearing, vision, and eye-hand coordination sufficient to operate equipment and maintain good awareness during maintenance and repair jobs.  Must be able to work in an environment that could produce exposure to dust, dirt, and significant temperature changes

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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