The work involves responsibility for performing skilled level instrumentation work including the design, installation, operation, problem diagnosis and maintenance of process instrumentation systems and equipment within the Syracuse Water Department as well as its Ultraviolet Disinfection facilities. Employees in this class work with considerable independence and are directly supervised by Construction Engineers. This class may direct the work of a small number of skilled and semi‑skilled workers. This position requires employees to set priorities, determine work to be done and lays out the work with or without plans, diagrams, and specifications. Employees in this class may be required to operate motor vehicles and power‑driven equipment. Does related work as required.




Repairs, maintains, and installs process control, monitoring, recording, and indicating instruments, such as flow meters, level and pressure sensors, SCADA system, radio, telemeter devices and any other type of transducer that measures pressure, flow, liquid levels and related physical properties.

Plans and lays out work consistent with applicable standards and codes.

Maintains and repairs instrumentation test equipment such as volt and ohm meters, gas detectors, oxygen deficiency meters, pH testers, dissolved oxygen meters and related equipment.

Maintains and repairs digital computer equipment, such as analog to digital converters, contact input/output boards, line printers, teletype and magnetic tape equipment and related equipment.

Recommends changes designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

Directs the work of a small number of skilled, semi‑skilled, and relatively unskilled workers in installation, maintenance, and repair of instrumentation equipment.

May supervise a small number of professional or paraprofessional employees.




Good knowledge of methods, materials, tools, equipment, and applicable codes, used in installation, maintenance and repair activities in industrial instrumenta­tion.

Good knowledge of operation and theory of transducers for the measurement of physical properties such as pressure flow, and liquid level in process piping.

Good knowledge of the workings of a water utility and water quality operation.

Working knowledge of theory and operation of digital computer logic, equipment and SCADA systems.

Skill in the use of tools and test equipment used in installation, main­tenance and repair of industrial instrumentation equipment.

Ability to plan and layout instrumentation work.

Ability to read and interpret plans, diagrams and specifications.

Ability to use a variety of tools and test equipment used in instrumentation work.

Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

Ability to perform moderate to heavy manual labor.





  1. Five (5) years of work experience, or its part-time equivalent, in industrial instrumentation installation, maintenance and repair work which must have included laying out of work and the diagnosis of malfunctions; OR,


  1. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Industrial Automation Engineering Technology or a closely related field.




When required to operate a motor vehicle, possession of a valid New York State Non-CDL or CDL, including any special endorsements, as required for the type of vehicle being operated.


3/2012 Date of Original Composition