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Plant Maintenance Technician II – City of St. Petersburg – Odessa, FL

This is advanced, specialized and skilled technical workin the maintenance and repair of treatment and pumping instrumentation and equipment used in water and wastewater treatment plants and pumping stations, with an emphasis on advanced electronics and electrical systems, including equipment calibration from component level to system loop calibrations at the Cosme Water Plant in Northwest Hillsborough County. Work involves inspecting, servicing, calibrating and maintaining sophisticated SCADA equipment, programmable logic controllers (PLC’s), variable frequency drives (VFD’s), electrical systems, telemetering devices, monitoring instruments and control instrumentation; understanding PLC ladder logic and troubleshooting PLC process instrumentation related to water flow, tank level, and pressure; analyzing and diagnosing mechanical and electrical/electronic equipment malfunctions; estimating manpower, materials and supplies; providing training and guidance to skilled maintenance staff; maintaining records of inspection and repair activities including regulatory reports, calibration certificates and safety; and assisting with planning, scheduling and performing a preventive maintenance program for all plant equipment. Due to the sensitivity and required accuracy, work requires considerable independent judgment; the ability to make methodical, thorough inspections to determine operating conditions and needed repairs; and the ability to formulate and successfully carry out repair plans. Due to the critical responsibilities of this classification, an employee in this position must be able to report to work outside of normally scheduled work hours to respond to emergency conditions and/or address urgent needs, at the discretion of management.

$24.18 – $35.33 hourly

Close Date:
12-04-2020 (11:59 PM EST)

To Qualify

Minimum Qualifications. Applicants must:

  • Possess a high school diploma or GED equivalency supplemented with the completion of advanced technical course work in electronics, instrumentation and electrical systems.

  • Possess and maintain a valid State of Florida Class “B” Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) -or- be willing to obtain a Class “B” temporary permit after a conditional offer and before hire, and then obtain the Class “B” license within five and one half (5 1/2) months of hire.

  • Have considerable progressive experience at the journey-man level in the maintenance and repair of industrial plant or water and/or wastewater treatment equipment, monitoring instruments, electrical devices and mechanical systems including troubleshooting experience using the Hart Protocol.

  • Have knowledge of plant instrumentation control and monitoring equipment and systems, including repair, preferably including experience with PLCs, SCADA, VFDs and telemetering devices.

  • Have considerable knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade.

  • Have experience and knowledge of electronics communication equipment, including PLC’s Allen Bradley Communication Protocols.

  • Be available to work varied shifts and overtime, to include evenings, weekends and holidays and be able to report to work to respond to emergency conditions and/or to address urgent needs.

  • Possess computer and data entry skills.

  • Be able to understand and effectively carry out oral and written instructions.

  • Acknowledge this position is designated as Emergency Critical (EC) and if hired into the position, you must be immediately available to the department before, during, and after a declared emergency and/or disaster.

Desirable Qualifications. Preferred Applicants:

  • Are able to read and understand blueprints, construction diagrams and schematics.

  • Have experience leading and instructing subordinates in plant maintenance work.

  • Have experience troubleshooting PLC and understanding PLC ladder logic.

  • Have experience calibrating and troubleshooting process instrumentation related to water flow, tank level and pressure.

  • Are skilled in the use of the specialized tools of the trade.

  • Are able to understand and follow oral and written instructions, communicate clearly and concisely (orally and in writing), maintain accurate and detailed records, and input information into a computer terminal following written instructions.

Selection Process


For purposes of employment, re-employment, promotion, transfer or demotion, the most qualified applicants will be selected to continue in the hiring process. At this point, any prior criminal records will be verified. A prior criminal record will not necessarily disqualify a selected applicant from employment.

The City of St. Petersburg is committed to a Drug Free Workplace and compliance with the Department of Transportation (DOT) drug testing rules. Applicants may be required to successfully complete pre-employment drug testing and/or medical exams.

How To Apply

Apply online at – Select Apply for Jobs/Register/View Job Postings. City employees must use the Current City Employee link or use a City computer to access iRecruitment Employee Candidate.The City of St. Petersburg is committed to affirmative action and equal opportunity employment, and encourages individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply for posted positions. In accordance with Chapter 295 of the Florida Statutes, qualified servicemembers/veterans and the spouses/family members of certain servicemembers/veterans receive preference/priority in employment. Eligible applicants are responsible to apply for Veterans’ Preference at the time of submission of any job application. Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to apply, to interview for positions and to perform the essential job functions.

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