Industrial Electrician/Instrumentation Technician

Non-Exempt (Hourly) – General Bargaining Unit (Union)

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

2022 Salary Schedule
Step I Step II Step III Step IV Step V
$42.43 $44.54 $46.77 $49.11 $51.56

Final filing deadline: Until filled.

A current DMV printout is required with all applications. Must pass pre-placement physical and drug screen.


Under general supervision of the Telemetry Systems Supervisor, installs, inspects, repairs, calibrates, and maintains Electric/electronic instruments, controlling apparatus, PLCs, VFDs, electric motors, gate controllers, medium and low voltage switchgear, backup generators, and other controlling devices used to distribute Irrigation water.


The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Installs, calibrates, maintains, and repairs electrical and electronic/computer-based circuits, transformers, switches, light fixtures, motor starters, VFDs, motors, generators, control panels, electrical components or electronic systems, low voltage and medium voltage systems and equipment.
  2. Utilizes computers and related applications software to program and set up equipment for required operations mode.
  3. Performs preventive maintenance tasks on control valves, metering sensors, telemetry systems, lubricating equipment, battery backup power supplies, and adjusts equipment as needed.
  4. Reads, and interprets wiring schematics, mechanical drawings, and specifications as necessary to install, service, and repair equipment in accordance with related regulations.
  5. Keeps records and makes verbal and written reports of work performed.
  6. Responds to emergency situations.
  7. Maintains parts and equipment inventories.
  8. Conducts inspection of facilities to identify need for repair and maintenance.
  9. Coordinates repairs and maintenance activities with other staff to minimize disruptions of water deliveries.

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

  • Electrical and electronic circuits.
  • Ethernet, Modbus, and other communication protocols.
  • Methods, practices, and tools used in installing, maintain, repairing, and testing equipment.
  • Codes, standard terms, practices, and modern methods common to the electrical trade.
  • Use and operation of measuring and testing devices, hand tools, and equipment of the trade.
  • Principles of instrumentation installation, maintenance, operation, and testing.
  • Ladder Logic Programming.
  • Knowledge of various computer software applications.
  • Practices, procedure and techniques used in the operation and maintenance of wells, pumping equipment.

Ability to:

  • Install, maintain, and repair instrumentation wiring, and other control and electrical equipment.
  • Design, read, and interpret wiring diagrams and specifications.
  • Correctly interpret color-coded wiring, diagrams, and computer screens.
  • Diagnose instrumentation, electrical, and mechanical equipment.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintains effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Maintain various records related to maintenance, repairs, deliveries and assigned activities.
  • Perform a variety of basic labor, unskilled and semiskilled work in construction, repair, inspection, cleaning and maintenance of pumps, structures, and confined spaces, towers, and related facilities.

Education and Experience Guidelines – Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


  • Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by technical courses in information technology, electrical maintenance, or a related field.


  • Four years of experience performing skilled work in electrical and electronic circuitry. Experience in a related area involving electrical or mechanical maintenance. Or a successful completion degree in electric/electronics from an accredited college, trade school, or military experience in a directly related electric field.

License or Certificate:

  • Possession of an appropriate California operator’s license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles. A good driving record of at least two (2) years duration, as evidenced by freedom from multiple or serious traffic violations or accidents. Possession and continuance of a driving record that does not cause adverse effect on the District’s automobile insurance rates is required.

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in an outdoor setting, with travel from site to site; exposure to noise, electrical energy, and heights. May be required to work weekends, nights, or be subject to emergency recall.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an outdoor setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to climb ladders, stairs, and ramps; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate amounts of weight; and to verbally communicate to exchange information. Able to work in confined spaces.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

This job description has been prepared to define typical duties that an employee is expected to perform in this classification. It is not intended to limit the work which may be performed since other tasks may be assigned that are similar in nature. Further, specific duties may be changed or deleted from time to time as deemed necessary or prudent by the Manager.