Thursday, December 8, 2022

Instrument Technician II, Zone 7

Recruitment #18-4994-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification. Applications will only be accepted on-line



Zone 7 provides treated drinking water to four major water retailers serving around 220,000 residents and businesses. The retailers are: the City of Pleasanton; the City of Livermore; California Water Service Company - Livermore; and Dublin San Ramon Services District, which provides water service to Dublin and the Dougherty Valley area of San Ramon.


Under general supervision, installs, inspects, troubleshoots, maintains and repairs metering and recording instruments, controlling apparatus, data logging and display equipment, communications, radio telemetering and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems used in the Zone 7's Water Treatment, Production and Distribution System; and to perform other related work as required.


In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications stated below, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a track record of success in the following areas:

· Several years of recent industrial instrumentation experience in a water/wastewater facility or other industry which includes flow, pressure, level, temperature and analytical instruments.

· Recent experience with the use of SCADA and PLC hardware and programming software for troubleshooting system processes.

· Ability to diagnose mechanical, electrical and electronic process control difficulties in instrument and telemetering systems and utilize drawings and control schematics for troubleshooting and repairs;

· Experience with preventive maintenance, modification, calibration, programming, repairs and installation of all field instrument loop and control systems to enhance equipment reliability to meet water treatment regulations;

· Ability to provide technical support for repair and troubleshooting of network communications;

· Good interpersonal skills, mathematical aptitude, logical problem solving, and recordkeeping ability;

· Ability to work in a safe manner, indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions;

· Flexibility to work nights and weekends when necessary;

· Experience working at a water/wastewater treatment or similar facility with a computerized maintenance/asset management system is desirable.

· Completion of coursework in an apprenticeship program or trade school in instrumentation, electronics, electrical or computer field is desirable.

· Possession of an Instrumentation Systems and Automation Society of America (ISA) Control Systems Technician Level II Certificate (CCSTII) or California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Electrical/Instrumentation Technician Grade II certification is desirable.


NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Installs, maintains, repairs, overhauls, calibrates, and tests a wide variety of pneumatic instrumentation, electronic recording, indicating, controlling, telemetering, and testing instruments including level, flow, pressure, temperature, position, water analysis and gas detectors.

2. Makes periodic preventative maintenance inspection of all metering control instruments.

3. Lays out, installs, aligns, and places into service new metering and recording devices, calibrating as required.

4. Reads and interprets wiring diagrams, mechanical drawings, and specifications in making installations or performing major repair work.

5. Makes estimates of labor, materials, and supplies necessary for the performance of specific assignments.

6. Keeps records, makes verbal and written reports of work performed.

7. Updates shop drawings, schematics and wiring diagrams as changes occur.


Either I


The equivalent of three years full-time experience as an Instrument Technician I, Zone 7 or higher-level class in the Alameda County classified service, which included instrumentation resources duties and responsibilities. (Non-classified includes District Attorney's Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)



The equivalent of completion of the twelfth grade.


The equivalent of four years of full-time experience performing skilled work in both mechanical and electromechanical repairs, or electronic circuitry and instrumentation repair, at least two years of this time having involved work in industrial instrumentation. (Possession of a valid 2-Year Program in Instrumentation & Industrial Automation Technology from Perry Technical Institute or equivalent may be substituted for two years of experience).


Must possess a California Driver's License.


Possession of an Instrumentation Systems and Automation Society of America (ISA) Control Systems Technician Level II Certificate (CCSTII) is desirable.

Other Requirements:

Must possess physical characteristics to perform the critical and important duties of the class, including sufficient physical agility to work in high or confined spaces. Positions in this class are required to be clean shaven on a scheduled basis as required to wear respiratory protection or other safety equipment to comply with OSHA, Cal/OSHA rules and regulations.

NOTE: The Civil Service commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.



The extent the candidate has achieved a satisfactory level of technical and professional skill or knowledge in functional areas related to the position; keeping up with current developments and trends in areas of expertise


Uses tools, machines, and vehicles to transport goods or people, or to create work products.


Identifying and correcting conditions that affect employee safety; upholding safety standards.



Identifying and understanding issues, problems, and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.

Quality Orientation

Accomplishing tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks; being watchful over a period of time.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

• Electrical and electronic circuits.
• Industrial Instrumentation methods, practices, and tools used in maintaining, repairing, testing and adjusting electromechanical recording and metering instruments.
• Mechanical linkage and radio telemetry systems.
• Safety practices.
• Laws, rules and regulations governing maintenance and operation of radio, telemetry and telephone equipment.
• Electronic schematic diagrams, blueprints and piping (or process) and instrument diagrams (P&ID).
• PLC and SCADA hardware and software

Ability to:

• Effectively communicate orally.
• Diagnose mechanical, electrical, and electronic process control difficulties in instrumentation and telemetering systems.
• Read and interpret ladder logic and wiring diagrams and mechanical drawings.
• Make extensive repairs and overhauls to metering and control instruments.
• Make estimates of labor and materials.
• Maintain clear and accurate records.
• Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates' application to verify possession of minimum requirements.  Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. A review of the supplemental questionnaire to determine the best qualified.
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score.  The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment. 



Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit.  Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position.  Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance.  The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


Deadline for Filing:

Monday, January 14, 2019 

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for Best Qualified:

Friday, February 1, 2019 

Oral Interviews:

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes.  To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.



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Monique Hill, Personnel Services Manager
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda
510-208-4841; email -