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Instrumental Technician Iii

Fairfax County Government
Fairfax, Virginia
$60,056.05 - $100,093.76 Annually
Closing date
Oct 14, 2023

Job Details

Job Announcement

This job opportunity is being re-announced. Applicants who previously applied for this job do not need to re-apply.

Works as part of the Special Operations Division with in the Meter Shop in the Hazardous Materials Section. This position works an 8-hour day, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and reports to the Hazardous Materials Section Battalion Chief. Overtime may be required during major emergency events, or increased workload.

As the Meter Shop lead technician, leads the daily activities of the team and installs, calibrates, maintains, and repairs hazardous atmospheric monitoring instrumentation and other electronic safety and hazard warning equipment used by the Fire and Rescue Department. Schedules and performs inspection and calibration of all departmental equipment based on manufacturer and regulatory requirements. Investigates and analyzes equipment failures on electronic safety equipment via laptop and visual inspections. Completes reports and documents equipment maintenance findings. Performs inventory counts to ensure inventory accuracy and places orders for stock/supply replacement. Performs preventative maintenance and functional checks on assigned vehicle and equipment. Develops and trains team members to perform all tasks. Responds to emergency incident scene, Department Operations Center (DOC), or the county Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during major incidents or catastrophic emergencies and performs National Incident Management System Incident Command System duties within the Logistics Section.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all- inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)
  • Performs lead work in the installation, maintenance and repair of instrumentation and electronic equipment used in atmospheric testing, or air monitoring devices used on emergency response vehicles, remote data logging hardware and telemetry for automated data collection, central processing and reporting;
  • Monitors all instrumentation and identifies problems;
  • Investigates and analyzes equipment failures on multigenerational equipment via monitoring on laptops and visual inspections and corrects any malfunctions;
  • Utilizes Computerized Maintenance Management system and/or Enterprise Asset Management system to monitor, create and close out work orders;
  • Utilizes Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems to identify, troubleshoot and prioritize preventative and corrective maintenance problems;
  • Installs new instrumentation, tests to ensure specifications are met and monitors via laptop;
  • Troubleshoots and calibrates instruments and meters and keeps them clean;
  • Maintains records on parts inventory and on testing, hours, calibration and repairs of all instruments;
  • Leads and provides daily training of the less experienced instrument technicians;
  • Provides input to Supervisor for performance appraisals;
  • Effectively communicates with customers, employees and supervisors;
  • Engages in safe working practices and complies with safety programs and guidelines;
  • Reports and monitors unsafe working conditions;
  • Complies with safety competencies.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all- inclusive list.)
  • Thorough knowledge of the functioning and maintenance of process control instrumentation and electronic equipment;
  • Thorough knowledge of supply policies and procedures;
  • Knowledge of safe work practices as they relate to wastewater instrumentation work;
  • Ability to locate and correct defects in electronic and instrumentation devices;
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions and work from circuit diagrams and manufacturer's manuals;
  • Ability to distinguish different color wiring;
  • Ability to read and interpret schematics, circuit diagrams, and manuals;
  • Ability to comprehend and comply to safety practices;
  • Ability to maintain effective relationships with customers, employees and supervisors;
  • Ability to lead the work of trainee and journeyman instrumentation technicians.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, training, and experience equivalent to graduation from high school, or a GED issued by a state department of education or completion of a vocation course of an instrumentation/ technician/electronic or similar vocational and or apprenticeship program; plus five years of work experience related to the installation, maintenance and repair of industrial instrumentation or electronic, electrical equipment found in water or wastewater utilities.

  • Demonstrated experience leading a team tasked with maintaining life-safety equipment, systems, or personnel.
  • Demonstrated experience using and maintaining Fire and Rescue hazard warning equipment.
  • Ability to prepare succinct reports, speaks and writes effectively, and maintains effective relationships with agency and vendor representatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with employees at all levels.
  • Experience in Microsoft Office computer software applications and other PC-based programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to function with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent work ethic and values-based initiative.
  • Experience working in public safety or life-safety critical mission support programs.

Driver's license (required)

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, driving record check, and sanctions screening to the satisfaction of the employer.

Must be able to sit, stand, reach, climb stairs, pull, push, have fine motor skills sufficient for
precision repairs and adjustments; keen hearing for warning sounds in devices; able to read and recognize colors. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.


Panel interview and may include exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home ( Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others ) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. . EEO/AA/TTY.



Fairfax County, Virginia is a diverse and thriving urban county. As the most populous jurisdiction in both Virginia and the Washington metropolitan area, the County's population exceeds that of seven states. The median household income of Fairfax County is one of the highest in the nation and over half of its adult residents have four-year college degrees or more educational attainment. Fairfax County also is home to an extensive commercial office market and is a major employment center.

Fairfax County Government is a great place to work, with a variety of jobs in different fields, great benefits, and an enjoyable working environment. We serve nearly one million residents in one of the largest counties in the country. Our talented employees have established Fairfax County as a leader in nearly every facet of public service and have won national recognition as innovators in local government.The size of Fairfax County government and the diversity of services it provides to citizens allows opportunities for personal growth and development, without ever having to change employers. In addition to pay, Fairfax County Government provides an employee benefits package worth approximately 25% of your salary in additional compensation. This package of benefits consists of programs designed to protect you and your family during your employment with the county and into your retirement years.

Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
Group Term Life Insurance
Contributory Retirement Plan
Deferred Compensation
Flexible Spending Account Programs
Long Term Disability Insurance
Long Term Care Plan
Tuition Assistance Program
Employees' Child Care Center
Virginia College Savings Plans

Fairfax County's Application Process: Fairfax County uses an online application process called NEOGOV at nearly all positions.

Applicants who need assistance with the online application process are welcome to come to the Application Center at Fairfax County's HR Central where staff will be happy to work with you to establish an account and get your resume into the system. HR Central is located in the Government Center at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 270, Fairfax, VA, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Or call 703-222-5872 for more information.

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12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 270

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