Utilities Instrument & Control Technicia… job – RichmondGov.com – Richmond, VA

The purpose of the class is to maintain instrumentation and control equipment associated with public utility systems. The class is responsible for troubleshooting, repairing, calibrating, and installing instrumentation and electronic control devices. The class works according to some procedures, but decides how and when to do things under general supervision.

Exercised: Classification typically does not supervise.
Received: Typically reports to the Utilities Instrument & Control Technician Supervisor.
Note: Other reporting relationships may apply

Example of Duties:

The Department of Public Utilities is seeking a highly qualified individual for the position of Utilities Instrumentation and Controls Technician I for the City of Richmond’s Water Utility maintenance department.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Calibrating, repairing, maintaining and troubleshooting to identify issues with electronic control equipment as found within a water purification and distribution system;
  • Providing assistance with maintenance activities and supporting a rotating on-call roster;
  • Revising and developing Instrumentation and Control drawings and documentations;
  • Completing and filing calibration data sheets for record keeping purposes;
  • Interfacing with customer to define system requirements, providing regular reporting of project status and maintaining open communications with project team.

The selected candidate will be required to work 24 hour, weekend and holiday call duty as scheduled.

Qualifications, Special Certifications and Licenses:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires high school or GED and specialized vocational training;
  • Requires one year of experience;
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience (as approved by the department) may be used to meet the minimum qualifications of the classification;
  • Requires possession of a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

The successful candidate will demonstrate through a complete on-line application and Supplemental Questionnaire:

  • Expertise in working in industrial instrumentation electronics, wire tracing of process facilities, embedded computer systems, computer interfaces, various operating systems, data storage, data communication and transmissions;
  • Familiarity with Variable Frequency Drives (VFD’s) and Adjustable Frequency Drives (AFD’s), high level programming languages, process control systems hardware and software integration;
  • Knowledge of Bristol Babcock and Modicon hardware/software, Modbus communication standards, loop circuits and telemetry circuits is a plus;
  • Working knowledge of Network Protocol, familiarity with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Human Machine Interface (HMI), Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), Remote Terminal Units (RTU’s) and Distributed Process Control (DPC) systems are strongly preferred;
  • Possession of a State Driver License or ability to obtain such within 30 days of hire.

Americans with Disabilities Act Requirements:

PHYSICAL AND DEXTERITY REQUIREMENTS: Physical and dexterity refers to the requirement for physical exertion and coordination of limb and body movement.

Requires medium to heavy work that involves walking, standing, stooping, lifting, digging, pushing and raising objects and involves exerting between 20 to 50 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis and 50 to 100 pounds of force on a occasional basis.

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS: Environmental hazards refer to the job conditions that may lead to injury or health hazards even though precautions have been taken.

The job may risk exposure to bright/dim light, dusts and pollen, extreme heat and/or cold, wet or humid conditions, extreme noise levels, animals/wildlife, vibration, fumes and/or noxious odors, traffic, moving machinery, electrical shock, heights, radiation, disease/pathogens, toxic/caustic chemicals, and confined space.

SENSORY REQUIREMENTS: Sensory ability refers to hearing, sight, touch, taste, and smell required by the job.

The job requires normal visual acuity and field of vision, hearing, speaking, color perception, sense of smell, depth perception.


The City of Richmond, Virginia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires the City to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are invited to discuss accommodations.

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