Utility Systems Technician / Senior Utility Systems Technician

City of Poway | Poway, CA

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Posted Date 6/25/2020

The City of Poway is looking for a qualified Utility Systems Technician experienced as an electrician in pump installation, radio transmission connections, and SCADA control integration. The ideal candidate is seasoned, yet ready to learn a new system; a self-starter; and works well both independently and with a team. 

Applications accepted through Sunday, July 19, 2020. Visit our online application center to apply today!

Under direct or general supervision, performs electrical, electronic, Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) programming, spread spectrum radio communications, software development, and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) work in the design, repair, alteration, construction, installation, and maintenance of systems and equipment at City-owned water, wastewater, and reclaimed water utility and pumping facilities; uses and operates a variety of manual and power tools and light to heavy power driven equipment; and performs related work as required.
Receives direct or general supervision from the Utility Systems Supervisor or assigned supervisor.  Exercises no direct supervision over staff.  

Key Responsibilities

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Performs a wide variety of duties and activities involved in the inspection, maintenance, repair and replacement of structures, machinery and equipment at the City's water treatment plant, water storage reservoir, potable and reclaimed water pumping stations, wastewater lift stations and back flush pumping systems.
  • Designs, inspects, repairs, installs, tests, services, and maintains electrical, electronic, and SCADA systems including related software, conduit and duct systems, light and power circuits, generators, control equipment, switches, and switchboards.
  • Designs and installs interior and exterior wiring for equipment, time clocks, special circuitry for SCADA equipment, remote data sensing and transmitting equipment, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), radio software and network, computer systems and networks, power supplies, recorders, controllers, filters, valves, and pump control equipment.
  • Wires new and altered equipment, chemical feeders, chemical mixers, chlorination controls, pumps, and emergency generators; installs raceways and panels; pulls electrical wire; fabricates brackets, holders, boxes, and supports.
  • Constructs, installs, maintains, tests and repairs various electrical mechanisms, control circuits and lighting fixtures.
  • Plans and lays out assigned tasks; operates tools and instruments, including meggers, ammeters, voltmeters, conduit benders, multi-meters, oscilloscope, protocol analyzer, calibrators, metal detectors, cathodic analyzers, signal generators, arc welders, and computer based diagnostic programs.
  • Disassembles, replaces, and repairs Clayton valves; inspects pump and lift stations; performs preventive maintenance and diagnoses equipment failures; disassembles, repairs, and assembles pumps used in water treatment and distribution and in wastewater and reclaimed water pumping.
  • Makes estimates of labor and material costs for jobs; researches catalogues to locate materials and parts required for jobs; requisitions, receives, and stores parts and materials; purchases parts and materials on open purchase orders; maintains records of time and materials.
  • Diagnoses and repairs solid state circuitry, synchro systems and measuring devices; uses lockout/tagout procedures to block electrical sources during electrical maintenance.
  • Updates and document changes made to systems upon completion of any modification; modifies software applications in PLC logic and computer applications for the SCADA system; works with specialized software for computerized valve actuators, spread spectrum radio communications, and SCADA systems.
  • Designs, installs, maintains, and troubleshoots radio systems network.
  • Designs, programs, updates, and maintains computer software for SCADA, radio systems, and control of maintenance schedules.
  • Reviews specifications and plans for reservoirs, pump stations, lift stations, pressure reducing stations, software, and a variety of other equipment.
  • Works from blueprints, schematics, and rough sketches; makes rough sketches and working drawings.
  • Cares for and stores tools and provides for security of tools, materials, and equipment; makes recommendations to superiors regarding appropriate types of equipment to be purchased.
  • Monitors contractors working with and around utility systems to ensure the work is appropriately performed to code; addresses discrepancies as necessary.
  • Maintains public facilities, shop and garage areas, storage sites, and other work areas in a clean and orderly condition, including securing equipment at the close of the workday.
  • Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions.
  • Maintains accurate logs and records of work performed and materials and equipment used.
  • Responds to after-hours emergencies.
  • Maintains attendance and punctuality that is observant of scheduled hours on a regular basis.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements/License or Certificates Required


 Utility Systems Technician:  Two years of water treatment plant operations and/or water and/or wastewater utility systems mechanical maintenance experience and/or electrical/electronic repair, installation or maintenance experience.
Senior Utility Systems Technician:  Four years of experience equivalent to Utility Systems Technician at the City of Poway programming, designing, installing and maintaining SCADA and instrumentation systems and associated hardware/software and technology.
Utility Systems Technician and Senior:  Equivalent to the completion of the 12th grade supplemented by specialized training in electrical engineering and/or instrumentation technology OR successful completion of an accredited electrical/electronic technician apprenticeship program.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • A valid class C driver's license with satisfactory driving record.
  • Utility Systems Technician: Must obtain a valid D3 Water Distribution Operator Certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board within three years of employment.
  • Senior Utility Systems Technician: Must possess and maintain a valid D3 Water Distribution Operator Certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Ability to pass SCBA/Fitness Testing and the certification process.
  • Ability to possess and maintain Confined Space Certificates.
  • Ability to obtain, possess and maintain CPR and First Aid Certificates.
  • Crane certification, desired.

Must possess mobility to work in and around water treatment plants and water and wastewater pump/lift stations and related utility systems and facilities; strength, stamina, and mobility to perform light to medium physical work, to work in confined spaces and around machines, to climb and descend ladders, and to operate varied hand and power tools and equipment, and to operate a motor vehicle and visit various City sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone or radio.  The job involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking in operational areas to identify problems or hazards.  Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate above-mentioned tools and equipment.  Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and climb to perform work and inspect work sites.  Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push and pull materials and objects weighing up to 100 pounds, or heavier weights with assistance and/or with the use of proper equipment.
Environmental Elements
Employees work in and around water, wastewater, and reclaimed water utilities and in the field and are exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, confining workspace, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes.  Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives and contractors in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.
May be required to be on-call and to work various shifts or emergencies on evenings, weekends, and holidays.  In case of a Citywide emergency or natural disaster, employees in this class may be required to serve as an Emergency Response Technician.

Examination Process

A completed NeoGov application, including supplemental questions, must be submitted through NeoGov for consideration by the application deadline. Application materials will not be accepted separate from NeoGov or after the deadline.


Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of relevant training, education and experience as presented in the application and supplemental questions. The process may include interviews and/or performance tests. Successful candidates will be placed on the eligibility list established, which will be in effect for a period of up to six months. A background investigation including LIVESCAN fingerprinting and a verification of a valid driver's license and satisfactory driving record from the Department of Motor Vehicles may be required. All appointments are also subject to the successful completion of a post-offer physical examination that includes a drug screening. Applicants will be required to submit verification of the legal right to work in the United States. The City of Poway participates in E-Verify. All employees are required by law to sign a loyalty oath to the United States and the State of California Constitution at time of hire.


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Local Government
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