Instrument Technician - Open Continuous/Extended

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 11/25/2022
The City of Portland is seeking Instrument Technicians to join our dynamic team of highly qualified and innovative technicians that work on very complex and varied instruments and control systems. Instrument Technicians operate at a journeyman level to safely install, maintain, document and repair electrical, electronic instrument systems. These systems are used to meter, record, analyze, control and monitor water and/or wastewater. Incumbents inspect and test instruments and systems, determine the cause of malfunctions, service and repair the instruments and then calibrate the system. Work responsibilities can include developing Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) systems and maintaining and improving existing systems. Strong skills in maintaining, developing and troubleshooting networking and SCADA systems is a plus. Additionally, skills with PC hardware and operating systems are desired. Work is typically performed in a shop environment and/or outdoors as required in all weather conditions. Incumbents are typically required to lift up to 50 pounds; wear protective gear; work with hand and power tools and are exposed to electric currents.

What you will get to do:
  • Set up, installs, repairs, and calibrates various analytical, instrumentation, controls, and communication equipment; interprets and works from plans and/or develops sketches or designs for work, as appropriate.
  • Perform a variety of programming, diagnostic, analytical, and documentation work involving programmable controllers and graphical-user (human-machine) interfaces for a variety of equipment, including but not limited to programmable logic controllers (PLCs), control panels, communication panels, distributed control systems, and pneumatic/hydraulic/instrumentation panels; research information as necessary to perform duties and maintain currency.
  • Maintain existing process measurement and control instrumentation equipment and systems and related transmitting equipment and systems to ensure proper operation and service; performs preventive maintenance, service and repairs; inspects and tests equipment and systems; locates, reviews, reformats, converts and downloads existing control system programs; reconfigures the programs to accommodate system upgrades and other environmental changes; documents work.
  • Design, upgrade, install, connect and test new and repaired control and monitoring systems.
  • Create supporting documentation, i.e., P&IDs, loop drawings per ISA Standards.
  • Create new program database reports; downloads and manipulates data using standard office suite and drawing software.
  • Review designs and the work of contractors to ensure safety and compliance with specifications and standards, evaluates and assesses the safety, operability, and condition of systems; ensures that repairs and installations operate properly.
  • Maintain records, supplies and equipment; determines materials needed.
  • Work with others to ensure quality customer service. As assigned, may train, guide and lead the work of others. Is responsible for appropriate safety precautions, i.e., lockout tagout, confined space entry. May be required to provide work review when acting as a lead.
  • Design, fabricate (exclusive of welding), install and/or retrofit instrument stands, brackets, supports and panels that are intended for instruments, and related equipment.
  • Design, fabricate, install and/or retrofit piping and tubing intended for but not restricted to instrument air, sample analysis, instrument hydraulics, signal/control, stilling wells, and related instrument systems.
  • Participate in a call-out rotation several weeks throughout the year to respond to after-hours emergencies when required.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
Although the current vacancy is in the Bureau of Environmental Services, the eligible list created from this recruitment may be used to fill future positions in the Water Bureau. Instrument Technician duties within the Water Bureau will include climbing to heights of 150' and working in confined spaces (underground vaults.)

At BES, we value our customers and partners; Portlanders’ sense of connection to their waterways; conscientious stewardship of our watersheds, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and financial resources; a diverse, collaborative, healthy, and engaged workforce; leadership among our employees and in our City and community; equity in our workplace, business practices, and service delivery; clear communication and transparency; innovative, sustainable, and resilient solutions.

BES is seeking talented individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds with knowledge, ability, and experience working with a broad range of individuals and communities; and that desire to work collaboratively and creatively to broaden the variety of innovative ways to partner with and serve all Portland communities.
To learn more about the work we do at BES, click on the link:

Our BES 10-Year Strategic Plan can be found here:

This position is represented by District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU) collective bargaining agreement, view the agreement at:
External applicants start at the entry salary rate.

City of Portland Core Values: Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility

These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City's core values, please click here.

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

Work Location
Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed remotely due to COVID. In the future, current positions classified as “full-time remote” will: 1) become a remote/onsite mix or 2) revert to full-time at a city work location. Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their supplemental question responses and resume/work history how their education, training and/or experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications

1. Knowledge of tools, materials, processes and techniques of precision instruments, process control equipment and electronics including troubleshooting techniques.
2. Skill in repairing, troubleshooting, maintaining, modifying and installing precision instruments and process control equipment; maintaining, developing and troubleshooting networking as well as other electronic equipment, electronics and communications devices. Although not required, please also include experience with SCADA systems.
3. Ability to perform layout and sketch designs for process control installations, modifications and repairs.
4. Ability to communicate effectively and establish and maintain effective working relationships and work constructively as part of a team and independently.

Applicants must also possess:
  • A State of Oregon Limited Maintenance Electrical license within six months of time of hire. (A higher level/broader electrical license may be substituted for the Limited Maintenance Electrical license.)
  • A valid state driver's license and acceptable driving record at the time of hire.
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their résumé or work history and answers to the supplemental questions, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

**PLEASE NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies**

This is an open continuous recruitment: Open Continuous recruitments have multiple review periods (outlined below) and can be opened for up to 6 months.
  • If you apply and are notified you meet minimum qualifications/placed on the eligible list, please do not reapply. Any applications received after being placed on the eligible list will not be reviewed and will be rejected as a duplicate application.
  • If you apply and are notified you do not meet qualifications and the recruitment is still open, you may reapply and update your materials.

Recruitment Timeline:
*Timeline is approximate and subject to change

Job Posting: 7/4/22-12/12/22

  • Round 1 Closes 7/18/22
  • Eligible List Round 1: Week of 7/25/22
    • Interviews: early/mid August
    • Offer: end of August
  • Round 2 Closes 8/1/22
  • Eligible List Round 2: Week of 8/8/22
    • Interviews: mid/late August
    • Offer: early September
  • Eligible List Round 3: Week of 8/22/22
    • Interviews: mid September
    • Offer: late September
  • Subsequent Eligible Lists every 2 weeks or as applicants qualify

Application Instructions

IMPORTANT Instructions
Applicants must submit a professional résumé or work history online and answer all required supplemental questions, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:

  • Your résumé or work history and answers to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your answers to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your résumé or work history should support the details described in the answers to the supplemental questions.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your answers to the supplemental questions any transferable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.
  • For important additional information regarding Veteran's Preference, Notification Periods, and Optional Information Sessions, please see below.

Do not attach materials not requested.

Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

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Karen Ehn, Sr. Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Listing Type
Government/Public Agency
Position Type
Full Time
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$42.49 - $45.89 Hourly
Salary Type

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