Industrial Instrument Technician - South Plant (SDA/TLT)

King County   Renton, WA   Full-time     Manufacturing / Production / Operations
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Posted on June 9, 2021

The King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) has a staffing need for an experienced and technically proficient Industrial Instrument Technician.

The Industrial Instrument Technician will be responsible for performing the day-to-day operation of instrumentation and control systems at a wastewater collection and treatment facility, including pumping and regulating stations. Performing a variety of highly skilled technical journey-level duties to design, construct, maintain, troubleshoot and modify computerized systems, electrical, electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics and related instrumentation maintaining a wide variety of equipment and conducting preventive maintenance programs. These positions require the use of analytical skills in implementing various aspects of process control. Working as a journey-level instrument technician, independently or cooperatively with other instrument technicians, other skilled trades and industrial plant operations staff. To work safely in an industrial setting using appropriate PPE, using proper Lock- Out Tag-Out procedures around electrical, mechanical, and environmental hazards, including working in Permit-Required Confined Spaces. Ability to work in emergency situations and be a part of an on-call standby rotation.

This Special Duty Assignment (SDA)/Term Limited Temporary (TLT) position may be filled for up to two years.

The work associated with this position will primarily be performed onsite; this is not a telework position. Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint. 

WHO MAY APPLY:  This position is open to all qualified applicants.  First priority will be given to qualified S.E.I.U., Wastewater Local 925 internal candidates.  

WORK LOCATION:  South Treatment Plant - 1200 Monster Road SW, Renton, WA 98057.  

WORK SCHEDULE:  This position works a 4 day/10 hours per day schedule. Candidates must be available to work any assigned schedule. This position is covered under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is overtime eligible. 


Job Duties

  • Troubleshoot, repair and maintain all plant computer, electronic, pneumatic and hydraulic instrumentation control systems.
  • Install, troubleshoot and repair distributed and supervisory control systems (DCS/SCADA), programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and single loop controllers (SLC's); Apply electronic theory, digital electronics and proportional integral derivative (PID) control strategies to implement program changes to DCS/SCADA and PLC.
  • Analyze industrial processes in troubleshooting and repair of process control instrumentation. Design new controls and implement modifications to existing control systems. Update technical and process documentation, Work with operations personnel, engineers and suppliers to explain the function of processes and procedures needed for the operation of new equipment.
  • Make recommendations on purchasing and inventory requirements for all instrument related equipment and determine the appropriate inventory of spare parts for instrumentation.
  • Review or modify blueprints and shop drawings to conform to established plant standards. Assist in inspection of instrumentation installed by contractors. Witness and assess loop commission testing.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Knowledge of the products, materials, equipment, and tools related to the industry
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of instrumentation and electronics (typically found in a four-year apprenticeship program, two years of college-level training or an equivalent combination of education and work experience).
  • Demonstrated work experience (three years) in journey-level industrial instrumentation or a related field such as electronics.
  • Knowledge of the application of physics and chemistry techniques and principles; Knowledge of the application of mathematical techniques and principles including algebra, trigonometry, and geometry for performing duties of this classification.
  • Experience in the installation, configuration, and maintenance of analyzers/sensors, control system computers, single-loop controllers, signal converters, distributive and supervisory control systems, detection equipment/sensors, fuses, indicators, isolators, programmable logic controllers, pneumatic equipment, process control equipment, receivers, recorders, relays, rotometers, flow transmitters, level transmitters, pressure transmitters, temperature transmitters, signal conditioning equipment, small motors, switches, tachometer generator, thermocouples, Resistance Temperature Device (RTD's), transformers, control valves, pneumatic and electric actuators and positioners.
  • Experience with Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) control loops including single loop controllers and configuration. Knowledge of soldering techniques and principles.
  • Experience using the techniques necessary to analyze industrial processes for the design, modification, troubleshooting, and repair of plant control instrumentation.
  • Experience using test equipment such as but not limited to Oscilloscope, Tachometer, fixed and portable power supplies, analog and digital multimeters, voltage testers, pressure simulator, capacitance tester, temperature tester, decade box, frequency generator, gas analyzer, signal generator, pneumatic calibrator, electronic handheld calibrator.
  • Knowledge of the application of safety techniques associated with power and hand tools. Knowledge of basic electrical, electronic, pneumatic and hydraulic safety procedures and proper procedures for working safely in hazardous environments, handling of hazardous materials and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
  • Demonstrated skill in troubleshooting equipment malfunctions or failures using limited to no documentation.
  • Knowledge of the application of Instrument Society of America (ISA) standards in designing or modifying, instrumentation loops, Piping and Instrumentation drawings (PID), control schematics and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and ladder logic diagrams.
  • Skill in utilizing a computer and associated software applications including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, single-loop controller (SLC) and programmable logic controllers (PLC). Working knowledge of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and/or Distributed Control Systems (DCS) including networking and interconnect protocols.
  • Knowledge of oral and written communication techniques and principles and to apply these techniques to read, write and follow oral and written instructions. Skill in establishing and maintaining a working relationship with a diverse group of people in varying occupations and working in a team environment.

  • A valid Washington State Driver's License

  • Completion of an apprenticeship program, or two years of technical schooling in instrumentation/electronics and/or the equivalent related experience (documentation may be required)

Supplemental Information

Application and Selection Process: Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness including online application, cover letter and resume, and responsiveness to the list of qualifications, skills, and abilities. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews. Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for this position.

  • King County Application
  • Responses to supplemental questions

This position is represented by S.E.I.U., Wastewater Local 925.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Rodney O. Dungo
Human Resource Analyst  

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If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement. 

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant And Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
Are you currently a Wastewater S.E.I.U. Local 925 member?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you currently in the Industrial Instrument Technician classification?
  • Yes
  • No
I certify that the statements made by me on the application and supplemental questions are, to the best of my knowledge, true, complete and correct. I understand that any misrepresentation or material omission of fact on this or any other document required by King County may constitute grounds for rejection, or if employed by King County, for disciplinary measures, including dismissal.
  • Yes
  • No

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