Water Agency Electrician/Instrumentation Technician II

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on November 4, 2022
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Position includes a competitive total compensation package* plus a cash allowance of approximately $600/month*  

As a Water Agency Electrician/Instrumentation Technician II, you will be responsible for performing corrective, preventative, and routine maintenance associated with electrical, instrumentation and control systems for Sonoma Water Facilities as well as provide support for construction activities. You will install, maintain, calibrate, repair, and replace digital and analog electrical equipment, machinery, switchgear, controllers, and associated equipment. This position will work closely and collaborate with technical and engineering staff on a variety of construction and maintenance projects throughout Sonoma Water's diverse facilities.

The ideal candidate will be dedicated to supporting the community's water and wastewater services; possess excellent communication, organizational, and analytical skills; and thrive in a collaborative team environment. Additionally, the ideal candidate will also have:

  • Experience performing electrical and instrumentation work for public utilities or in related industries
  • Some experience working with potable water treatment, wastewater treatment, and/or other process industries
  • Completed one or more California Water certifications (T1, D1, Grade 1, or above). A California Water Environmental Association Electrical Instrumentation Grade 2 (or above) certification is highly desired
  • National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) and National Electrical Safety Code (NFPA 70E) training, and working knowledge as it relates to electrical design, construction, and maintenance 
  • Familiarity with electrical documentation (schematics, single line diagrams, schedules, specifications) 
  • The ability to shift quickly between planned, routine work and unplanned, emergency work
  • Be available to work as required to keep critical water and wastewater systems operational on a nearly continuous basis
  • Patience, tact, and a sense humor

What We Offer

Working at Sonoma Water offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $565 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range

About Sonoma Water

Sonoma Water is a special district formed by the California State Legislature in 1949 and is responsible for providing a safe and reliable water supply to its customers in Sonoma and Marin counties. Sonoma Water also maintains 75 miles of flood control channels and provides sanitation services. Employing approximately 250 employees, Sonoma Water consists of seven divisions including Engineering and Resource Planning, Environmental Resources, Community and Government Affairs, Water/Wastewater Operations, Maintenance, Emergency Management and Security, and Administrative Services. Sonoma Water supports the concept of environmental sustainability, focusing on renewable power sources, and strives to be a leader in its water use efficiency and fishery restoration programs.

Employees of Sonoma Water are employees of a special district and are not subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Ordinance of the County of Sonoma.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the International Union of Operating Engineers, Stationary Engineers, Local 39 MOU and our Employee Benefits directory.

This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment. 




Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and work experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed herein. Normally, this would include completion of an academic or vocational program leading to an Associate’s degree, or equivalent, in electronic technology or electrical industry, and three years of experience installing, maintaining, repairing, calibrating, and replacing electrical equipment and machinery. Related experience with electrical equipment and machinery similar to that used in water distribution and/or wastewater treatment systems is highly desirable.

License: Possession of a valid driver’s license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Certificates: California Water Treatment Plant Operator T1, California Water Distribution Operator Grade D1, and California Water Environmental Association Electrical Instrumentation Grade 1 certifications are highly desired.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: operations and services of a comprehensive water treatment and distribution, and wastewater treatment agency; operational characteristics of SCADA systems and devices including PLC’s as they relate to work performed; the principles, methods, tools and equipment used in installing, troubleshooting, maintaining, calibrating, programming, repairing and replacing electrical and electronic equipment, machinery and related equipment; electrical principles of medium voltage, and AC/DC circuits; principles and practices of lockout-tagout and energy isolation; electronic and electric theory, specifically as it relates to decision making for designing,  purchasing and maintaining system components;   operational characteristics of pump and motor control systems; methods and techniques used in the installation and mounting of industrial equipment; methods and techniques of performing electrical load and wire calculations; safety and preventative maintenance requirements for electronic and electrical equipment; the use of electric and electronic testing equipment; occupational safety standards, practices and procedures required by federal, state and related laws related to electronic equipment maintenance.

Working knowledge of: the techniques for providing customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and Agency staff modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination, including computers and software programs relevant to work performed.

Ability toinstall, maintain, calibrate, repair and replace electronic and electrical equipment; interpret and work from technical sketches, drawings and diagrams for electrical, and electronic equipment and machinery; navigate control and logic diagrams; troubleshoot a diverse range of equipment and devices through the use of diagnostic tools; read and interpret construction drawings and related equipment specifications; prepare written policies and procedures; train other employees; perform mathematic calculations as required by the job; independently organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow-up on assignments; effectively use computer systems, software applications relevant to work performed, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks; establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying


  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.