Electrician - Water Quality Control Plant Job at Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California

Electrician - Water Quality Control Plant

City of Palo Alto , California

Job Information 


Public Works

Mid Level


$91,187.20 - $111,883.20 Annually

Application Deadline 


12/09/2020 11:00 PM PST

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


Public Works provides services integral to the community on a daily basis. The mission of the department is to provide quality services with commitment, courtesy, and pride. In partnership with the Palo Alto community, the Public Works team strives to offer efficient, cost-effective and environmentally responsible services that make Palo Alto a beautiful, vibrant and appealing City in which to live and work.

The Position: 
This is the journey-level electrician position which functions in the Regional Water Quality Control Plant (WQCP). Under general supervision, an Electrician at the Plant, installs, services and maintains all types of electrical systems which includes power distribution substations, instrumentation systems, fire alarm circuits, motor control centers, machine controls, and chemical feed systems. Provides basic instruction and training and performs other related duties as assigned.
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Ideal Candidate: 
The ideal candidate for this Electrician position would have gone through an accredited electrician apprenticeship program and have experience working in a wastewater treatment plan, installing and maintain plant electrical equipment. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of  electrical safety practices when working around water, the ability to effectively communicate with others, make sound decisions when troubleshooting equipment or when issues arise and assimilate necessary information to perform essential job functions. A candidate in this position will be considered an essential worker and required to be on-site and work on-call hours.

Essential Duties

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Installs and maintains electrical substation and generating equipment
  • Installs/replaces conduit, transformers, conductors, switchboard, and equipment necessary to make additional extensions or alterations in electrical installations for power, fire alarm, motors, and Power Meters.
  • Services repairs, and maintains lighting and power systems, pumps, motors and other various electrical apparatus
  • Tests, locates, and repairs malfunctions in electrical circuits including, electromechanical and power metering, and fire alarm circuits
  • Installs, maintains and repairs electric control panels, MCCs, PLCs, VFDs, soft starters, motors, loop-controllers, electric valve controllers/positioners, hazardous chemical feed and monitoring systems, flow metering systems, fiber optic/UTP/coax cable, network hardware, and video surveillance systems
  • Maintains, troubleshoots and repairs, PLCs, VFDs controllers, and miscellaneous "smart" instruments such as pressure transmitter, level transmitter, flow meter, temperature transmitter; pH, DO, turbidity measure/monitor equipment.
  • Maintains inventory of material associated with assigned work
  • Maintains records concerning all functions of assigned work
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Minimum Qualifications

Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities, which would typically be acquired through:

  • Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade
  • Completion of an accredited electrician apprentice program, Associate of Science degree in electronics/Electrical or equivalent experience.
Special Requirements:
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License
  • Will work on standby and/or overtime in emergencies
  • Ability to work under the conditions of a wastewater treatment plant environment and work safely around hazardous chemicals, confined spaces, electricity and water
  • Ability to pass an annual physical certifying incumbent to work in a self-contained breathing apparatus and must maintain a face seal while using the self-contained breathing equipment.

This is a Service Employees' International Union (SEIU) classification. 


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