Instrumentation Control Technician for Wastewater

City of BOulder | Boulder, CO

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Posted Date 9/10/2021

The City of Boulder is a great place to live, work, grow and play.

With over 300 miles of dedicated bikeways and more than 150 miles of hiking trails, Boulder values active lifestyles and access to nature. Forty-five thousand acres of land provide open space for parks and a green belt around the city.  With world class restaurants and art and music venues, The City of Boulder values diverse culture. 

Respect is one of our five City Values (including Customer Service, Collaboration, Integrity and Innovation) and we are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We celebrate and support our differences across all spectrums, including but not limited to ethnicity, gender, age, disability and sexuality. Through our focus on Racial Equity, our employee benefits, and the many programs resources we offer our staff, we continually strive to weave respect for one another into the fabric of our organization. 

Add your voice and talents to the City of Boulder and help us grow in service excellence for an inspired future.



Under general supervision, to install, maintain, revise, and repair electrical, control, and instrumentation equipment related to the water/wastewater treatment and distribution system facilities, including the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) computer systems, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), and maintenance software packages, and perform related duties as required.



  1.    Performs maintenance, repair, and calibration tasks on treatment plant electronic and electrical operating systems, instrumentation, switch gear, and related equipment.  This includes the following:
  •          Uses logical troubleshooting techniques to identify and locate problems.
  •          Repairs and/or replaces instrumentation equipment as needed.  May revise existing equipment and update associated documentation.
  •          Assists in monitoring process control systems using diagnostic software.  Revises software based on operational and maintenance needs.
  •          Tests new and repaired equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  •         Develops and maintains a thorough calibration/maintenance schedule of process/system instrumentation, and then performs the required instrumentation calibration and maintenance to ensure accurate feed-back of the water treatment process and system operations.
  •          Maintains and revises control panels, programmable controllers, and related input and output equipment.
  •          Installs, maintains, repairs, and calibrates various detectors, alarms, analyzers, and sensors for flow, level, pressure, and other process elements such as temperature, pH, and nutrients.


  1.    Maintains and troubleshoots SCADA System software and monitoring and control components.  This includes the following:
  •         Assists in the creation and configuration of new SCADA graphics screens related to process operation, including implementation of view only nodes.  Revises existing graphics screens to meet needs of operations staff.
  •          Maintains SCADA database of input/output tag names related to PLCs (G.E. and Allen Bradley).


  1.     Inspects, maintains, and repairs electrical, electronic, and telemetry equipment associated with remote facilities.


  1.     Maintains records of problems encountered, work performed, and parts and materials used.   Maintains inventory of parts and accessories, utilizing the Computerized Maintenance Management System software.


  1.     Provides input to engineering consultants and contractors regarding design and construction of treatment facility improvements and related facilities.


  1.     Assists in the preparation of labor and materials estimates, reviews bids, and assists in overseeing contracted services.


  1.     Assists in training the operations and maintenance staff in proper use and care of electrical and electronic equipment, programmable controllers, related software, and awareness of associated safety concerns.


  1.     Remains generally alert to conditions and events occurring at the Wastewater Treatment Facility indicating anticipated or needed repairs and makes related recommendations.


  1.    Other:
  • Performs related duties as required to meet the needs of the city.
  • Takes proper safety precautions to prevent accidents.        Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and equipment.  Uses all required safety equipment and follows all safety regulations, policies and procedures. Required to wear protective safety gear and use safety equipment.  Reports all accidents and damage to city property.
  • Responsible for knowing and complying with all city and department policies; participating in professional trainings and development; and adhering to attendance and workplace attire policies.
  • Conducts job duties with a continuing awareness of the environmental implications of decisions and a focus on providing municipal services in a sustainable manner.


Generally duties are listed from most to least critical or time consuming.



The City of Boulder is committed to service excellence for an inspired future and the following values:

  •         Customer service-We are dedicated to exceeding the expectations of our community and our co-workers by demonstrating consistent and professional service with a solution-oriented approach
  •         Respect -We champion diversity and welcome individual perspectives, backgrounds and opinions. We are open-minded and treat all individuals with respect and dignity.
  •         Integrity-We are stewards of the public’s trust and are committed to service that is transparent and consistent with city regulations and policies. We are honorable, follow through on our commitments and accept responsibility.
  •         Collaboration-We are committed to organizational success and celebrate our shared dedication to public service. We believe community collaboration and the sum of our individual contributions leads to great results.
  •         Innovation-We promote a forward-thinking environment that supports creativity, calculated risks and continuous improvement. We embrace change and learn from others in order to deliver leading edge service.


(1) TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:  Process Automation System Program Supervisor 




Related education (examples include: Associate's degree in Electronics, Instrumentation, Process Control), or related licenses/certificates (examples include: Journeyman Electrician’s license, or certificates in a related field) plus a minimum of five years of experience in the maintenance and repair of industrial process control instrumentation, or similar automation/communication systems, or an equivalent combination of education or experience.  

Knowledge of industrial electrical equipment up to 480 VAC.   Knowledge of industrial networking standards and practices, including proper cabling techniques.  Computer skills including knowledge of current Microsoft operating systems and domain networking fundamentals, and Microsoft desktop applications.  Demonstrated experience with SCADA systems, and programmable logic controllers (PLCs).   Ability to work under minimal supervision.  Effective verbal and written communications skills.  Organizational, and problem solving skills.  Physical ability to work in and around equipment, in areas of limited access, elevated structures, and confined spaces requiring standing, walking, lifting, bending, and kneeling.  Knowledge of industry safety standards, regulations, and equipment.  Ability to complete and update First Aid and CPR Training and certification on an annual basis.  Valid driver's license.  Have and maintain an acceptable motor vehicle record and criminal history.


DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS – In addition to the required minimum qualifications:

Experience working at a water/wastewater treatment facility. Experience working with ladder logic diagrams. Hydro-electric Certification Level #1.  ISA Certified Control Systems Technician Certification.  Knowledge of Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS), GE Intelligent Platforms iFix SCADA and Historian, GE Intelligent Platforms Machine Edition ladder logic programming, Allen Bradley RSLogix 500 ladder logic programming, and ABB software packages.  Colorado Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certification.


WORKING CONDITIONS - Required Physical and Mental Effort, and Environmental Conditions:

In addition to the information listed above.

Physical and Mental Effort: Effective verbal and written communication skills.  Ability to perform a wide range of physical and manual tasks in an indoor and outdoor environment.  Ability to work in odorous, dirty conditions associated with a Wastewater Treatment Facility.  Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, which permits the employee to work in an industrial setting.  Work will include periods of time viewing a computer monitor and operating a keyboard.   Ability to work under stress from demanding deadlines, and changing priorities and conditions.

Work Environment: Works primarily in an industrial environment.  Works in a setting subject to continuous interruptions and background noises.  May work in permit required confined spaces that require ventilation and other measures to protect against dangerous gases and fumes.

Machines and equipment used include, but are not limited to the following: Precision and non-precision hand and power tools, computers, electronic test devices, measuring devices, telephone, photocopy machine, facsimile machine, calculator, and City vehicle.


ACCOMMODATIONS:  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.


Note:  The above description is illustrative only.  It is not meant to be all-inclusive

The City of Boulder provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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