Senior Electrical & Instrumentation Technician

  • Irvine Ranch Water District, CA
  • 15600 Sand Canyon Ave, Irvine, California
  • Dec 01, 2023
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades Engineering
  • Salary: $86,340.80 - $122,844.80 Annually USD

Job Description

General Description

We are excited to announce we are currently accepting applications for a Senior Electrical and Instrumentation Technician!

The District

Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) is a progressive, values-driven agency, with an international reputation for its leading-edge financial management practices, water recycling program, water use efficiency practices, water banking, urban runoff treatment, and energy generation and storage. Established in 1961 as a California Water District under the provisions of the California Water Code, IRWD is an independent special district serving central Orange County. IRWD provides high-quality drinking water, reliable sewage collection and treatment, ground-breaking recycled water programs, and environmentally sound urban runoff treatment to its customers. As an independent, not-for-profit public agency, IRWD is governed by a publicly elected five-member Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for the District's policies and decision-making. Day-to-day operations are supervised by the General Manager. Additional information can be found at the District's website:

IRWD Corporate Values

Irvine Ranch Water District believes that its values drive the character, culture, and capacity of our organization. IRWD was built on values, and we weave them into the fabric of everything we do. Values are the ingredients in our recipe for both institutional and individual success. They are a code of conduct to promote positive outcomes for others and ourselves. They are more than words on a wall or a website. We live by them every day. We pledge to keep them relevant in an ever-changing world.

IRWD's employees enjoy working in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment where they form strong bonds with fellow employees. To ensure effective communication and promote a collaborative team environment, employees report to work each day in the office or in the field, depending on their positions.

The Position:

Under general supervision, the Senior Electrical and Instrumentation Technician performs a wide variety of skilled journey-level duties in maintenance, design, modification, construction, installation, and repair of electrical and instrumentation systems, machinery, motors, equipment, devices, plant control systems, and related facilities of District domestic and reclaimed water distribution systems, sewage collection systems, water treatment systems and Bio-solids and gas recovery systems. Provide quality and cost effective service to customers.


Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of the duties assigned. Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties within the series.

Summary of Duties

Lead and train lower level staff.

Plan and execute system modifications.

Develop and perform infrared thermography routes. Maintain reporting database.

Develop testing routes and perform electric motor predictive maintenance testing utilizing electric motor analyzer.

Schedule and oversee the protective relay and circuit breaker testing program.

Plan, coordinate and manage projects performed by outside Contractors.

Install, maintain, calibrate, repair, troubleshoot, test, and modify:

  • Electrical equipment and systems - electric motors, motorized valves, hand and power tools, conduit and wire systems, electrical inspections and start-up testing, building and area lighting, repair enunciation systems, access control systems, cathodic protection, etc.
  • Control Systems - Motor controls, variable frequency drives (VFD's), engine controls, lighting controls. Instrument control loops, PLCs, HVAC controls, pneumatic control systems, etc.
  • Power Distribution Systems - 5 KV power distribution systems, switchboards, motor control centers (MCC's), transformers, power panels, grounding systems, generators, automatic transfer switches, uninterruptable power supply (UPS) systems, solar arrays, etc.
  • Instrumentation systems- Analytical instrumentation (PH, conductivity, turbidity, DO, ORP, chlorine, etc.), safety instrumentation (fixed and portable gas detectors, LEL detectors, etc.), process control instrumentation (air and water flow meters, Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) controllers, level and pressure instrumentation, chemical injection systems, etc.)

Read and interpret electrical drawings, schematics, power distribution drawings, control panel wiring diagrams, and installation manuals for electrical and instrumentation systems. Provide working drawings.

Ability, when called upon, to work on electrical systems up to and including 4160 volts. This would include motor controls, motors, power panels, etc.

Perform preventive, corrective, predictive, and demand maintenance on all electrical and instrumentation systems.

Requisition supplies, materials, tools and equipment utilizing a computerized Purchase Requisition system to ensure maintenance of stock and supply.

Process and track work orders utilizing a Computerized Maintenance Management system (CMMS).

Ability to utilize the Oracle and other District utilized computerized system(s).

Coordinate and work with outside agencies and companies to complete assigned tasks.

Participate in the department after-hours standby program.

Work in vaults and other confined spaces utilizing proper safety techniques and equipment in accordance with Cal-OSHA, District, and departmental safety policies and procedures.

Comply with District safety work-related practices and attend relevant safety training.

Perform other related duties as assigned.



  • A combination of education and experience equivalent to one year of college course work in the area of electronics is required. For degrees obtained outside of the U.S., an official equivalency evaluation is required.


  • Four years of journey level experience installing and maintaining industrial or production electrical equipment, process instrumentation, analytical instrumentation or electronic equipment is required.

  • California Class C Driver's License is required.
  • Grade II CWEA Electrical/Instrumentation Technologist Certificate desired.

Additional Information

The physical and mental demands described below are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Language Ability and Interpersonal Communication

Ability to effectively communicate both oral and written. Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of office/field employees, management and vendors. Represent District in a professional manner when dealing with outside suppliers and customers. Ability to advise and provide interpretation to others on how to apply policies, procedures and standards to specific situations.

Mathematical Ability

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide, and calculate percentages, fractions and decimals. Knowledge of algebra, basic geometry and basic trigonometry.

Technology Ability

Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite. Ability to utilize, IBM Maximo, and Oracle computerized system.

Judgment and Situational Reasoning Ability

Ability to use good personal judgment and discretion in performing all job functions. Read, interpret and apply National Electric Code and other NFPA guidelines in all applications.

Physical Requirements

Will lift 50 lbs. on a routine basis and 75 lbs. with assistance on an infrequent basis. Must be certified annually to wear respiratory equipment. Must be clean-shaven such that facial hair does not interfere with the fit of self-contained breathing apparatus. Ability to exert moderately heavy physical effort in moderate to heavy work, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling. Ability to work at heights of 55 ft. Ability to operate equipment and machinery with some requiring complex and rapid adjustments, such as hand and power tools, facility and truck mounted cranes, forklifts, scaffoldings and man-lifts and test meters associated with the electrical/instrumentation trade.

Environmental Adaptability

Ability to work under sometimes uncomfortable conditions with exposure to environmental factors such as electricity up to 5 KV, explosive environments, weather, toxic agents, wildlife, disease, equipment, traffic, or machinery.

IRWD offers a comprehensive benefits package for eligible employees and their eligible dependents. These benefits include the following: retirement benefits; medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; anda variety of other benefits. Benefits may vary based on employment status. This benefits overview is intended to be a summary, is not intended to be all-inclusive,and may not be applicable to all employees.

Employees hired on or after January 1, 2013:
The District, in compliance with the California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2012 (PEPRA), implemented a third tier for new employees hired on or after January 1, 2013. New employees hired on or after January 1, 2013 who have not been in PERS membership or in membership with a reciprocal retirement system within 6 months of hire date will receive benefits under the California Public Employees Retirement System at a 2 percent at age 62 formula. This formula gradually increases to a maximum benefits of 2.5 percent at age 67. Final compensation calculations will be based on the highest three-year average of regular recurring pay. The District pays the employer's share of these costs. The employee share of the pension cost of 7.50% is paid in full by the employees hired under this formula.

Employees hired on or after September 29, 2012 or "Classic" PERS members hired on or after January 1, 2013:
On September 24, 2012, the IRWD Board of Directors approved the addition of a second tier to the CalPERS retirement benefits. New employees hired on or after September 29th through December 31, 2012, and employees hired on or after January 1, 2013 who have been in PERS membership or in membership with a reciprocal retirement system, will receive benefits under the California Public Employees Retirement System at 2 percent at age 60 formula. This formula gradually increases to a maximum benefit of 2.418% at age 63. The District pays the employer share of these costs and the employee share of the pension cost of 7% is paid in full by the employees hired under this formula. Final retirement compensation calculations are based on the highest three-year average of regular, recurring pay.

IRWDdoes not participate or pay into Social Security except for the Medicare portion.

Medical Insurance
IRWD contracts with CalPERS for medical insurance coverage. Employees may elect coverage from a variety of PPO and HMO plans. The employee and District contribution for health insurance varies by plan.Coverage is effective the first day of the month following the date of hire.

Dental Insurance
IRWD contracts with Delta Dental for dental coverage.IRWD pays 100% of the premium for dental coverage for eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Coverage is effective the first day of the month following the date of hire.

Vision Insurance
IRWD contracts with the EyeMed for vision coverage. IRWD pays 100% of the premium for vision coverage for eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Coverage is effective the first day of the month following the date of hire.

Life Insurance
Elgible employees are provided with life insurance coverage equal to three or four times their annual salary, depending on their level of compensation. Eligible dependents are also covered for a flat benefit amount. Coverage is effective the first day of the month following the date of hire.

Deferred Compensation
Participation in adeferred compensation plan is available through Empower Retirement. Enrollment is voluntary and contributions are employee-paid and subject to IRS limits. The District matches employee contributions up to 3% of base pay after 1 year of employment.

Paid Vacation
Eligible employees begin accruing vacation benefits at the rate of 80 hours per year for the first 5 years of employment and are eligible to use paid vacation time after 6 months of employment. Employees accrue 120 hours per year after 5 years of employment and 160 hours per year after 10 years of employment.

Paid Holidays
The District offers 11 scheduled paid holidaysplus one personal holiday per year.

Sick Leave
Eligible employees accrue 96 hours of sick leave annually.

Flexible Spending Accounts
Eligible employees may elect to participate in the District's Flex Advantage program. This program allows employees to deposit pre-tax dollars into special accounts to be used for a variety of purposes, including paying for qualified miscellaneous health care expenses and dependent care expenses. IRWD contracts with a third party administer to process payments from employee accounts using claim forms or a Flex Spending debit card.

Educational Assistance
The District will share in the pre-approved educational costs of tuition and books for employees who wish to attend college or take certification classes.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


Job Address

15600 Sand Canyon Ave, Irvine, California 92618 United States View Map