Valley Water

Instrumentation & Control Technician I Apprentice

Onsite - San Jose, CA
Application Deadline: 2/15/24

Instrumentation & Control Technician I Apprentice


Valley Water


Salary: $87,459.84 – $109,324.80 Annually


Job Type: Full-Time


Job Number: 01759-E


Location: CA, CA


Department: Raw Water


Closing: 2/15/2024 11:59 PM Pacific





Valley Water is seeking candidates for our on-the-job training class for the Instrumentation & Controls Technician series. If you are technically inclined, enjoy working with your hands and are seeking a career in the field of Instrumentation & Controls, then read on and consider this amazing opportunity!


This rigorous apprenticeship program will require the selected candidate to sign a formal apprenticeship agreement that governs the path to becoming a journey-level technician after completing 6,000-8,000 hours of on-the-job-training combined with related classroom instruction according to the DOL standard.


Selected candidates will work through continued oversight by a journey-level technician and formal classroom instruction while learning to perform the full range of responsibilities as part of this apprenticeship program as assigned. Graduation of the apprenticeship program will be based on the confirmation from the Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC) that all requirements have been met. Upon completion of the program, the incumbent will advance to the Instrumentation & Controls Technician II position.


Eligible candidates will be 18 years or older and must submit their high school transcripts transcripts (unofficial is okay for now) to be considered for this opportunity. The ideal candidate will be someone who is eager, responsible, professional and has a strong interested in the field of Instrumentation & Controls. They will have obtained their high school diploma, have an aptitude to apply mathematical processes, good written and verbal communication, and have the ability to understand concepts of physics and mechanics.


Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


• Study the principles and theories related to the instrumentation and controls field by enrolling and passing required courses with at least a “B” grade (80%).

• Observe and practice the knowledge, skills, and abilities learned in the classroom and on the job.

• Work with a more experienced technician to Investigate and analyze computer and telemetry error messages to identify hardware and software malfunctions; set programmable controllers to appropriate parameters.

• Work with a more experienced technician to develop, document and recommend installation and maintenance plans and procedures; prepare schematics, control loop and layout drawings.

• Work with a more experienced technician to operate and maintain electronic test and calibration equipment including but not limited to, oscilloscopes, analog meters, digital multi-meters, frequency counters, signal counter meters, loop calibrator and calibrators, pressure calibrators, temperature calibrators, software-based instrumentation communication devices and TDRs.

• Work with a more experienced technician to collaborate with engineering, operations, and contract personnel to solve problems and determine needs; estimate labor and materials required to complete assigned tasks.

• Work with a more experienced technician to update and maintain a variety of detailed records of work performed; interpret equipment and process diagrams; prepare clear and concise reports as requested.

• Work with a more experienced technician to learn to work closely with operations, engineering, vendors, and other agencies to develop, plan, and complete projects.

• Work with a more experienced technician to perform and support water distribution related activities in compliance with State Water Resources Control Board DDW regulations including pipeline disinfection and flushing; installation, calibration, operation, and testing of appurtenances including valves and flow meters; installation, configuration and maintenance of HGL pressure transmitters, water quality analyzers, RTUs, and data transmission equipment; and inspection and general maintenance of pipeline turnout stations.

• Employees have a responsibility for safety; for following safety regulations and safety policies and procedures applicable to their work. Adhere to District, OSHA, Cal OSHA, NFPA 70E and other pertinent safety procedures and regulations, including but not limited to, safe work practices relating to electricity, confined space entry, chemical handling, working at heights and working in traffic.

• Pursuant to California Government Code Section 3100, all public employees are required to serve as disaster service workers subject to such disaster service activities as may be assigned to them by their supervisors or by law.

• Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.


Eligibility Requirement:


• No experience required.

• Must have a strong interest in the field of Instrumentation & Controls.

• Must possess High School Diploma or equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade. Completion of post High School related course work, e.g. courses completed in physics, algebra, electronics, or similar is a plus.

• Applicants must be 18 years old or older.

• Applicants must submit high school transcripts (unofficial okay for now) in the application process.

• Selected candidates must pass a pre-employment screening process to include reference and background/criminal checks

• Applicants must be able to work full-time (40 hours/week).

• Applicants must be able to attend evening classes.

• Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license is required. Individuals who do not meet the driver’s license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.


Include ALL of the following with the online application:

• Completed online Employment Application (required) – Note: In the work experience section of the online application, school projects, volunteer and extracurricular activities may be included in lieu of work experience.

• Resume (required).

• Attach .pdf format of unofficial transcript(s) from all institutions attended to the online application (required and must be attached as a separate document).

• Completed supplemental questionnaire (required) – Do not indicate “see resume” as this response to any of the questions will disqualify you.

• Participants in the Apprentice Program must adhere to all district policies at all times.


Apprenticeship Physical & Environmental Conditions:


• Physical Conditions – Essential and other important functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for walking, standing or sitting for extended periods of time; ability to lift 50lbs.; audiovisual acuity; manual dexterity; moderate lifting; operating motorized equipment and vehicles, walking on uneven surfaces including hard terrains, uneven slopes, and inclined surfaces; stooping, pushing, pulling, squatting, crawling, twisting, kneeling, climbing, and bending at neck and waist; simple grasping; fine manipulation; power grasping; work above and below shoulder and in awkward positions.

• Environmental Conditions – Office and field environment; some positions require frequent field visits or occasional field assignments; travel from site to site; work closely with others or alone; exposure to electrical and radiant energy; irregular work hours including overtime and on-call; some positions may involve exposure to inclement weather; heat, cold, dampness, chilling and dry atmospheric conditions; uneven terrain; slippery surfaces; work in confined spaces; work at elevated heights, work with machinery; work around moving vehicles and around high traffic; exposure to biohazards; dirt, dust, fumes, vapors, smoke, gases, noise, poison oak, chemicals, biological and chemical contaminants, wildlife, and other conditions associated with construction sites, water treatment plants and urban and remote field conditions


Required License or Certificate


Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license. Individuals who do not meet the driver’s license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.


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Treatment Plant Maintenance Unit (Position Code A001 & A002)Valley Water Telework Program: Eligibility for telework will depend on the type of work performed, operational needs, and the ability for the employee to perform the essential functions of their job duties while teleworking. Employment with Valley Water requires employees to live within 150 miles of their primary physical work location located in San Jose, California by their start date.


This position requires the individual to be onsite and is typically not a teleworking position.


Selection Process


(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.

(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly recommended.


NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.

Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.

Valley Water’s Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.


Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 408-630-2260.


Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human Resources staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.


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