ELECTRICAL POWER TECHNICIAN

Location
Arlington, Virginia
Salary
$57,283.20 - $102,003.20 Annually
Posted
Nov 19, 2021
Closes
Dec 24, 2021
Ref
2688-22A-DES-DB
Industry
Specialty Trades
Hours
Full Time
Position Information
Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services (DES) is seeking a highly motivated, team oriented, and technically competent Electrical Power Technician (EPT) 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 each day from residences and businesses.

Specific duties include:
  • Performing predictive, preventive and corrective maintenance using a variety of diagnostic tools, historical data, blueprints, factory specifications and the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS);
  • Performing necessary maintenance, corrective repair and/or reconditioning of equipment;
  • Analyzing system failures or conditions to determine root cause or potential for breakdown;
  • Evaluating problems or work assignments to determine scope of project, to set priorities, to project resource needs and to plan follow-up activities;
  • Leading projects including documenting work and maintaining records;
  • Coordinating work with other agencies or contractors;
  • Assisting in the training of staff; and
  • Evaluating complex electrical industrial systems and equipment in the Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) and at remote lift stations to identify maintenance needs and to establish project plans for design, predictive, corrective or preventive action.
The full performance Electrical Power Technician II (EPT II) is responsible for designing, installing, maintaining, and repairing complex industrial electrical equipment and systems in the Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) and the Water and Sewer Lift Stations. The employee works in the field, at the input-output level, diagnosing and resolving complex electrical problems on a wide variety of rotating, moving and heavy equipment including medium voltage (483V and 4160V) distribution centers, motor control centers, three-phase motors, control panels, alarms, sump pumps, variable speed motor controllers, pumps, generators, presses, conveyor belts, lighting system and underground cable. Additionally, the employee performs diagnostic work up to the Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and the Digital Control System (DCS).

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

Selection Criteria
Minimum:

Electrical Power Technician I - High school diploma or the equivalent and successful completion of the County's technical in-house training program, plus three years of experience assisting with performing electrical preventive and corrective maintenance, including one year in an industrial setting with medium voltage 480V to 416V systems. See special requirements below.
Electrical Power Technician II - High school diploma or the equivalent, plus five years of experience independently performing electrical preventive and corrective maintenance, including three years in an industrial setting with medium voltage 480V to 416V systems. See special requirements below.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education requirement. A year of directly-related technical school training beyond the high school level, completion of an applicable apprenticeship program or a college degree in Electrical Engineering or a directly-related field may be substituted for one year of the experience requirement.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
  • Experience in an industrial electrical control environment which includes assisting with the installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, repair and calibration of electrical controls;
  • Experience with, and/or knowledge of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and Distributed Control Systems (DCS) programming; and/or
  • Familiarity with fluid dynamics and hydraulics, OSHA mandates and other federal, state, and local codes relevant to operations.

Special Requirements
1) Electrical Power Technician I requires the ability to obtain Journeyman Electrical License within three (3) years of hire date, including participation and successful completion of the County's in-house technical training program, and the ability to obtain a Confined Space Entry certification within one (1) year of hire date.

2) Electrical Power Technician II requires a NEC Master's Electrician License and Confined Space Entry certification.

3) Both levels require the ability to pass a respirator fit test and work in confined spaces.

4) Both levels require the 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.

5) Applicants 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.