Electronic Systems Technician

City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 3/08/2021


Electronic Systems Technicians (ESTs) work in the Data Acquisition and Notification Services (DANS) Section in the Technical Services Group at the City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services.  The DANS section is located within the Environmental Information Division - a technical data hub that supports bureau mission and objectives, such as regulatory compliance, utility design and construction, wastewater and stormwater management, watershed assessment, and pollution control.
BES is a dynamic organization that provides sewage and stormwater collection and treatment services, protects surface and groundwater quality, and works for clean rivers and healthy watersheds.  The Bureau’s vision is to be recognized as a trusted service provider and innovative environmental leader through a demonstrated commitment to our mission and our community.
ESTs perform field and office work to support an electronic system created to collect, monitor, report, and manage data from 200 remote monitoring locations. This is a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system that monitors sewer flow, rainfall, and pump station operations and alarms.  ESTs design, implement, maintain, configure, operate and troubleshoot data collection, instrumentation, and communication systems.
ESTs perform technical duties requiring knowledge of instruments, electronics, wiring, and an understanding of SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems, communications, network security for SCADA systems, and SQL database/historian software.  ESTs must have and maintain the physical capability to work in inclement weather, perform confined space entries, and to perform after-hour on-call duties for emergency response for communication failures and critical system failures.
To perform their duties, the EST must have and maintain a Limited Energy Class A license.



Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their cover letter and résumé how their education, training, and/or experience meet each of the following minimum qualifications:  

  1. Ability to participate in all fieldwork related to data collection, instrumentation, and communication systems in municipal wastewater and stormwater collection system.
  2. Ability to perform data evaluation and maintenance using effective troubleshooting skills and judgment.
  3. Ability to do electrical troubleshooting and maintenance.
  4. Experience with standard practices, National Electric Code, and procedures to install, configure, maintain, calibrate, operate and apply network security to network-enabled SCADA and communication equipment.
  5. Ability to work in and around confined spaces for evaluation, inspection, repair, maintenance, and installation of instrumentation, and at remote monitoring locations including underground pump stations, sewer monitors, and rain gauges.
  6. Knowledge of circuitry, series/parallel circuits, batteries and power supplies, simple circuit and wiring analysis, materials sourcing and purchasing, and understanding of specification sheets.
Applicants must also possess:
  • A valid State driver's license with an acceptable driving record by date of hire.
  • Confined Space Entry certification required post-hire.
  • In-person lift certification required post-hire.
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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