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Instrument Technician I

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Posted June 20, 2017

The Instrument Technician I is responsible for performing skilled technical work involved in water plant electronic communications or control system and related electronic equipment. The E&I Tech is responsible for the preventive maintenance, repair, fabrication, assembly, installation, modification and/or functional testing and adjustment of the electronic system, equipment and components used in control of the water treatment system, internal and external communications systems, security and alarm systems.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to the following:

  • Fabricates, modifies and repairs electronic communications and control equipment from engineering drawings, technical manuals and other instructions. Installs, repairs, maintains, modifies and tests indicating, recording, telemetering and controller instruments used to measure and control water treatment plant variables such as water pressure, flow, temperature, motion, force and chemical composition, using hand tools and precision instruments.
  • Tests electronic components, circuits and sub-systems; diagnoses and corrects malfunctions and calibrates equipment to ensure conformance with established standards and regulations using various equipment specific to each unit. Assembles and tests electronic equipment and system installations using engineering drawings, wiring and/or schematic diagrams, technical manuals, sketches, and oral or written instructions.
  • Disassembles malfunctioning equipment; examines and tests mechanism and circuitry for defects; makes repairs to equipment according to manufacturer specifications or sound maintenance techniques; reassembles and tests assembly for conformance with specifications.
  • Troubleshoots equipment in or out of the control system and replaces or repairs defective components and/or wiring; makes emergency repairs and assists other maintenance and operations personnel as needed; adjusts mechanical parts; installs system components; may operate equipment.
  • Periodically inspects instruments and makes minor calibration adjustments to ensure functioning within specified standards; may calibrate instruments according to established standards; may adjust and repair final control mechanisms, such as automatically controlled valves.
  • Coordinates instrument repair work with operations and maintenance personnel; assists in the design of various units and participates in assuring economical methods of construction, modification, repair and testing of units and systems.
  • Makes written reports and compiles test data related to routine tasks and special assignments.
  • Maintains complete and accurate records concerning the maintenance and repair history of all instrumentation and electronic equipment.
  • Creates and maintains record loop drawings for the Distributive Control System (DCS).
  • Configures digital and analog points related to the DCS and creates updates and maintains graphical displays in the DCS.
  • Installs, maintains, tests and repairs fiber optic cable and related equipment.
  • Performs related duties as required or assigned.
  • Attendance must be punctual, reliable and complete. Must be able to report to and work in all types of weather conditions including seasonal extremes such as ice and snow as required.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The minimum qualifications required to perform the essential duties and responsibilities are listed below. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

EDUCATION: High school diploma or general education degree (GED); Successful completion of basic and advanced electronic technical courses is highly desirable and preferably will be supplemented by college level courses in electronic or electrical engineering.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum of three years’ experience working with mechanical and electronic indicating and control systems, preferably including one year in a water treatment facility.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS: Must possess a current valid driver’s license.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of the technical functions and maintenance of electronic devices and equipment used in control, monitoring and sensing of water treatment plant operations; Considerable skills in the use of hand tools and reading and interpreting schematic designs and engineering drawings; Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations; Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals; ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public; Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems; ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.,) in its most difficult phases; ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.


The physical demands described in the attachment to this job description entitled “Physical Demands of the Instrument Technician Essential Job Functions” are those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities. While performing the duties of this position the E&I Tech is exposed to indoor and outdoor weather conditions and extreme heat and wet or humid conditions all non weather related. The E&I Tech occasionally works in high, precarious places, near moving mechanical parts, and is at risk of electrical shock and/or vibration. The E&I Tech is exposed to fumes and airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals and is required to wear personal protective equipment where appropriate. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but is occasionally loud in a field setting.

Submit resume by mail, fax or e-mail ONLY to:  

Beaver Water District Human Resources Director
PO Box 400, Lowell, AR 72745
Fax: 479-717-3821
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Equal Opportunity Employer