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Arlington, Virginia
$57,283.20 - $102,003.20 Annually
May 16, 2021
Jun 20, 2021
Specialty Trades
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services (DES) is seeking a highly motivated, team oriented and technically competent Control Systems Technician (CST) for their state-of-the-art Wastewater Treatment Plant , a 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, continuous operation facility that treats 24 million gallons of wastewater daily for residences and businesses.

Specific duties include:
  • Performing installation, maintenance and repair of electronic, hydraulic, pneumatic and mechanical instrumentation;
  • Performing predictive, preventive and corrective maintenance of computer-based process control, SCADA, and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), using a variety of diagnostic tools, historical data, blueprints, factory specifications and the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS);
  • Analyzing system failures or condition to determine root cause or potential for breakdown;
  • Evaluating problems or work assignments to determine, scope of project, set priorities, project resource needs and to plan follow-up activities;
  • Leading projects;
  • Documenting work and maintaining records;
  • Coordinating work with other agencies or contractors;
  • Assisting in the training of staff; and
  • Monitoring work and systems to ensure compliance with Federal, State, and County codes, regulations, standards and mandates.

The Control Systems Technician II (CCST) performs the full range of systems analysis and diagnostic work required to design, repair and maintain all instrumentation and control systems and equipment in the WPCP and remote lift stations. This includes responsibility for designing, installing, maintaining, and repairing complex industrial control systems and equipment in the Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP), Potable Water Pumping Stations and Sewage Lift Stations. The employee works in the field, at the input-output level, diagnosing and resolving complex problems involving a variety of designs and modifications.

Work is performed in an industrial environment and involves exposure to high voltage wire, hazardous chemicals, strong odors, drafts, noise, dust, grease, and dirt with extended periods of standing, walking, bending, crouching, lifting light to very heavy objects and equipment, and working in confined spaces.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: High school diploma or the equivalent and successful completion of the County's technical in-house training program, plus three years of experience in an industrial process control environment which includes assisting with the installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, repair and calibration of electronic controls. See special requirements below.

Substitution: Additional qualifying technical training/applicable educational coursework may substitute for up to one year of experience.

Special Requirements

1) Ability to obtain International Society of Automation (ISA) Certified Control Systems Technician Level I (CCST I) certification within three (3) years of hire date.

2) Control Systems Technician II level requires ISA CCST II certification, valid driver's license, Confined Space Entry certification including participation and successful completion of the County's in-house technical training program.

3) Ability to obtain Confined Space Entry certification within one (1) year of hire date.

4) Able to pass a respirator fit test and work in confined spaces.

5) Ability to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

6) Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide, a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Additional Information

Work hours: 6:00a.m. - 2:30p.m., Monday through Friday, some overtime will be required; must be available for holdover and/or callback in emergency situations.

Employees hired as a Control Systems Technician I (CST I) will be hired at the Trainee level and will remain as a Trainee for no more than three (3) years until they obtain the required ISA CST Level I certification at which time the employee may receive a pay increase, not to exceed the range maximum, and the employee's probation period will begin.

The CST I may advance to the CST II level after completing the CST training program, meeting all minimum qualifications of the CST II, and demonstrating the ability to proficiently and independently perform advanced duties.

Permanent status with the County is not obtained until successful completion of training and certification requirements for the positions, followed by a 12-month probationary period. All employees must complete all stated requirements within the specified timeframes, or they will be subject to separation from County employment.

These positions are part of a two-level Control Systems Technician I/II Multi-Grade pay band which includes Grades 8 and 9 (Grade 7 for trainee), CST I, and CST II level work. Experience will be evaluated by the Department of Environmental Services and the supervisor will talk with each new employee about how the competencies can be achieved, both through training and experience on the job.

The salary range at the top of this announcement is effective July 1, 2021 and encompasses entry at trainee level to maximum at CST II level.

Salary ranges (effective July 1, 2021):
CST I (Trainee): $57,283.20 - $87,464.00
CST I: $62,025.60 - $94,681.60
CST II: $66,747.20 - $102,003.20

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

This position is listed as "open continuous." Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed, and qualified applicants referred on a continuous basis. Interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Do you have at least 3 years of full-time experience in an industrial process control environment which includes assisting with the installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, repair and calibration of electronic controls?
  • Yes
  • No


Describe your experience in an industrial process control environment which includes assisting with the installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, repair and calibration of electronic controls. If not applicable, put N/A.


Describe your experience performing installation, maintenance and repair of electronic, hydraulic, pneumatic and mechanical instrumentation. If not applicable, put N/A.


Please check if you possess any of the following valid ISA Certifications
  • ISA Level I certification
  • ISA Level II certification
  • Not applicable


Check if you have experience with any of the following: Please ensure the detail of any experience is reflected in your application.
  • PLC/DCU platforms
  • Understanding and programming code in ladder logic, function block, and structured text
  • Understanding of the potential signal quality issues with Foundation Fieldbus
  • Using test equipment to monitor signal quality
  • PH/DO Analyzers
  • None of the above


Do you possess a valid Driver's License?
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question

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