Instrument Technician, Apprentice

Website City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services

The City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) Operations & Maintenance Group (O&MG) A core aspect of the Bureau of Environmental Services’ work is in operating and maintaining the sewer piping network and treatment system to meet NPDES Permit compliance. Within the Operations and Maintenance Group Wastewater Pumping and Treatment Maintenance Division, this critical work includes installing, maintaining and repairing mechanical, electrical, automation, and instrumentation equipment at two large, complex wastewater treatment plants, 98 pump stations located throughout the City as well as the combined sewer overflow system. Instrument Techs operate at a journeyman level to safely install, maintain, document and repair electrical instrument systems. Cost-effective decisions regarding proper equipment installation, troubleshooting and modifications required are common and are key elements to the success of the technician’s ability to meet project schedules and keep process areas functioning as designed. Instrument Tech duties include performing preventive and predictive maintenance on various types of instrumentation system to maintain reliability and meet permit requirements.  To meet facility operational requirements, they install new equipment, respond to issues, troubleshoot and repair a variety of industrial instruments and precision process control systems. In addition, they participate in a call-out duty rotation for after-hours response.

The apprentice level of this class typically assists with and learns to perform the full range of Instrument Technician tasks under the instruction of a journey Instrument Technician and as active participant in Apprenticeship Program. The apprenticeship program is a structured 4,000-hour program involving classroom instruction plus on-the-job training and work performance. Training progress is subject to review by a training and apprenticeship committee. Upon successful completion of the prescribed training program and acquiring the required license, apprentices will be eligible for appointment as an Instrument Technician.

What you’ll get to do:
Work under the direction of a journey-level Instrument Technician and/or Electrician and assisting in performing a variety of skilled instrument and process control work while also obtaining the required training to get the Oregon Limited Maintenance Electrical license. Instrument technician duties include performing preventive and predictive maintenance on various types of industrial instrumentation and automation systems to maintain reliability. To meet facility operational requirements, an Instrument Technician installs new equipment, responds to issues, troubleshoots and repairs a variety of industrial instruments and precision process control systems. Typical tools of the trade used include precision hand tools, power tools, and precision calibration tools. The work completed by this position will be critical for successful operations of the treatment plant.

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