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Electrical Instrumentation Supervisor

  2022-05-18     County of Santa Cruz - Department of Public Works     701 Ocean St. Room 410     $7,079 - 8,949 month  

THE JOB: Positions in this series perform work related to the design, fabrication, installation, maintenance, operation, inspection, and testing of a variety of control systems equipment including, but not limited to, electrical, electronic, pneumatic, computer, microprocessor and variable frequency drive, electromechanical, digital, telemetry, and analog components used in wastewater process control systems, and perform other duties as required. Electrical Instrumentation Supervisor is the supervisory class in this series, and under direction, assigns, supervises, and evaluates the activities of lower level staff performing mechanical and electrical instrumentation tasks. The list established from this recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies during the life of the eligible list.

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain these would be:

Two years of experience as an Electrical Instrumentation Technician II with the County of Santa Cruz.


An Associate of Science technology degree in instrumentation, computers, electronics or 24 college-level semester units in instrumentation, computers, electronics AND four years of journey-level experience in the design and/or maintenance of process instrumentation and control equipment, including the maintenance of computer equipment.


Six years of journey-level experience in design and/or maintenance of process instrumentation and control equipment, including the maintenance of computer equipment.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License.

Certificate: Certification from the California Water Environment Association is highly desirable.

Special Working Conditions: Exposure to variable temperatures and weather conditions; heights, such as working while standing on a ladder; and electrical hazards.

Other Special Requirements: Available to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, nights, holidays, and on an as-needed basis.

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of analog and digital system fault diagnostic techniques and procedures; principles underlying the construction and use of scientific instruments; principles underlying the construction and use of chemistry and physics; electronic and electrical low voltage circuits; methods, practices, and equipment used in maintaining, repairing, testing, and adjusting electromechanical, pneumatic, electronic and other types of recording, control, and measuring instruments; safety practices necessary for the work; electrical and electronic theory and practice as applied to process instrumentation and control equipment; analog and digital system fault diagnostic techniques and procedures; principles of chemistry and physics; architecture, maintenance, and operation of digital computer systems; operation of telemetry systems; materials, methods, and equipment used in the inspection, testing, calibration, maintenance, and repair of process instrumentation and control equipment; and principles of preventative maintenance and maintenance documentation. Working knowledge of inspection, testing, calibration, maintenance, and repair of process instrumentation and control equipment; operation of instrumentation shops; and some knowledge of the principles of personnel management and supervision.

Ability to: Read and interpret analog equipment schematics, analog system network diagrams, plans, blueprints, and electrical wiring diagrams; read and interpret recording charts, gauges, and other instruments; learn the operation of special purpose scientific measuring devices and correct malfunctions and sources of error; work with hand tools and test instruments; work and communicate with operations and maintenance personnel; keep records; present data; prepare reports; respond to emergency calls; work while standing on a ladder; stand on a platform elevated over twenty (20) feet above ground; lift fifty (50) pounds of objects; work outside under all weather conditions; work in heavy traffic; distinguish colors used in electric wiring color-coding; set priorities and meet deadlines; direct the work of subordinate technicians; read and interpret plans, schematics, process control flow diagrams, system/network drawings, detail drawings, and wiring diagrams; perform complex maintenance tasks involving analog and digital equipment; perform some original circuit design work as required to implement minor analog and digital equipment modifications; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; prepare maintenance service reports; prepare new and/or modified equipment operating and maintenance procedures; troubleshoot and repair analog and digital controls down to the board level; direct and evaluate the work of subordinate staff; determine training needs of staff; read and interpret plans, schematics, process control flow diagrams, and system/network drawings; order parts and make repairs to equipment in a timely manner; detail drawings and wiring diagrams; provide direct assistance in the solution of unusual or difficult maintenance problems involving analog and computer equipment; monitor data collection equipment necessary to manage the electrical power purchasing program and power quality program; analyze and evaluate maintenance records to establish preventative maintenance schedules and spare part inventories; anticipate material and equipment needs; and establish and maintain effective cooperative relationships with those contacted in the workplace.

THE EXAMINATION: Your application will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply online at or mail/bring an application to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. For information, call (831) 454-2600. Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711. Applications will meet the final filing date if received: 1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date.

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

Some positions may require Fingerprinting and/or Background Investigation.


ANNUAL LEAVE - 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years of service. Available for vacation and/or sick leave.

HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays per year.

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE – 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.

MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.

DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.

VISION PLAN - County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.

RETIREMENT - Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. County participates in Social Security.

LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $20,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.

DISABILITY INSURANCE - Employees in the General Representation Unit participate in the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. This program is funded 100% by employee payroll deductions.

DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing “pre-tax dollars.”

H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium may elect this pre-tax program.

HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) - Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.

DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.

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