Instrumentation & Electrical Technician I

Salary:  $22.60 – $33.95 per hour


Locations:  Trinidad, TX




Position Summary:


Instrumentational & Electrical Technician I is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of water district electrical distribution and lighting systems.  They work as part of a team to assist with other duties such as vegetation maintenance, structure inspection and repair, and manual labor.



Essential Functions and Responsibilities:


The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this position.


  • Test faulty equipment to diagnose malfunctions, using test equipment or software, and applying knowledge of the functional operation of electronic units and systems
  • Study blueprints, schematics, manuals, or other specifications to determine installation procedures
  • Keep maintenance logs that record performance problems, repairs, calibrations, or tests.
  • Perform scheduled preventive maintenance tasks, such as checking, cleaning, or repairing equipment, to detect and prevent problems
  • Calibrate testing instruments and installed or repaired equipment to prescribed specifications
  • Examine work orders and converse with SCADA operators, supervisors, or engineers to detect equipment problems and to ascertain whether mechanical or human errors contributed to the problems
  • Coordinate efforts with other workers involved in installing or maintaining equipment or components
  • Enter information into computer to copy program or to draw, modify, or store schematics, applying knowledge of software package used
  • Maintain inventory of spare parts
  • Advise management regarding asset performance or suggestions for asset improvements
  • Plan layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, based on job specifications and local codes
  • Use a variety of tools or equipment, such as power construction equipment, measuring devices, power tools, and testing equipment, such as oscilloscopes, ammeters, or test lamps
  • Inspect electrical systems, equipment, or components to identify hazards, defects, or the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance with codes
  • Prepare sketches/follow-up blueprints to determine the location of wiring or equipment, ensure conformance to building/safety codes and provide cost estimates for materials or service
  • Diagnose malfunctioning systems, apparatus, or components, using test equipment and hand tools to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the problem
  • Repair or replace wiring, equipment, or fixtures, using hand tools or power tools
  • Assemble, install, test, or maintain electrical or electronic wiring, equipment, conduit, appliances, apparatus, or fixtures, using hand tools or power tools
  • Perform business management duties, such as maintaining records or files, preparing reports, or ordering supplies or equipment
  • Operate equipment such as back hoes and trenchers
  • Assist with floodway and facility electrical issues
  • Perform data entry on work orders and for time-keeping
  • Uphold safety standards and clean work environment
  • Interact and coordinate with other TRWD personnel
  • After hours Emergency Response
  • Hazmat Response team
  • Participate in applicable condition assessments
  • Maintain familiarity with strategic District levels of service
  • Continuous improvement monitoring and innovation efforts
  • Perform other duties as required



Required Experience: 


  • Four (4) years of experience in electric field, or two (2) years in instrumentation or related degree/certification program
  • Ability to read and interpret NEC book
  • Ability to read, understand and modify electrical schematics and drawings



Desired Experience: 


  • Prior experience in a related field
  • Experience hauling and backing utility trailers



Required Education/Certification/License:


  • Electrical Journeyman License, or graduation from a two (2) year technical school or National Joint Apprenticeship program
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid Texas driver’s license



Desired Education/Certification/License:


  • None



Success Factors/Job Competencies: 


  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others’ needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job
  • Independence — Job requires developing one’s own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done
  • Self-Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks



Physical Demands and Work Environment: 


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Physical demands: While performing duties of job, employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hand to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk and hear. Employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  Muse be able to visually differentiate between various colors.
  • Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee typically resides within a computer workroom, pump station office and/or out in the field exposing the employee to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  This position will also work in confined spaces, on ladders/scaffolding, on water ways such as lakes or rivers, and at various heights.  Potential exposure to Arc Flash conditions.



(HR Use Only:  Pos # 340)


Lake Current Level Conservation Level* Level Difference**
Arlington 548.58 550.00 -1.42
Benbrook 687.93 694.00 -6.07
Bridgeport 820.78 836.00 -15.22
Cedar Creek 320.56 322.00 -1.44
Eagle Mountain 642.21 649.10 -6.89
Lake Worth 590.94 594.00 -3.06
Richland-Chambers 312.52 315.00 -2.48
*Conservation Level: The permitted level of water an entity is allowed to hold in a lake. Any amount above the conservation level is used for the temporary storage of flood waters and must be released downstream.
**Difference: Amount above or below conservation level.
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