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CONTROL TECHNICIAN

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CONTROL TECHNICIAN
607F
Category: Maintenance Trades & Labor

Definition

This is the journey level of the series. Independently installs, inspects, tests, services, maintains and repairs various mechanical, electronic, pneumatic, and electrical control systems.  Exercises independent judgment to make decisions concerning operations and safety.   Works calls for fully qualified technical skills and thorough knowledge of standard methods, procedures, and protocols. Consults with higher-level staff to resolve complex problems.

Typical Work

Inspects, tests, services, maintains and repairs various mechanical, electronic, pneumatic, and electrical control systems on apparatus such as heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, or refrigeration systems; uninterruptible power systems, fire alarm systems, clock systems, low voltage lighting, and irrigation systems; 

Installs, maintains, calibrates and operates equipment to monitor temperatures, energy  usage, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, refrigeration, security, fire, water flow, and equipment status in various buildings, facilities or grounds;  

Operates and maintains fluid and electronic testing and measuring instruments such as manometers, air flow meters, volt meters, ammeters;  

Keeps records of work performed and supplies used;  

Maintains and operates electronic equipment such as multi-meters, oscilloscopes, signal generators, and electronic counters; diagnoses control equipment to component level, such as, amplifiers, resistors, capacitors, inductors, and electronic counters; 

Installs, maintains, operates and calibrates pneumatic controls pertaining to environmental control systems;  

Maintains and repairs air conditioners; electric controls on such items as, dryers, incinerators, gas and oil furnaces, electronic door systems, boilers; 

Monitors relays, timers, meters and switches with local or remote computer control; reads and interprets control and wiring diagrams;  

Assists in the maintenance and repairs of uninterruptible power systems which supply power to computer centers, to include electrical and electronic circuitry for controlling high AC and DC voltage and current capabilities, and battery banks capable of supplying 1,500 amps at 480 volts AC during power outages;  

Maintains and repairs fire alarm systems, and clock systems. May assist in the maintenance of low voltage controlled lighting systems;  

Maintains and repairs high and low pressure boiler controls, absorption, centrifugal and heat recovery systems;  

Installs, maintain, repair and adjust electronic control devices and monitoring systems;  

Trouble-shoots and repairs central supervisory control system components, such as, I/P, E/|P transmitters and transducers, digital controllers and PLCs;  

Orders and stocks temperature controls, valves, and related parts for repair and installation of electrical, mechanical, electronic and pneumatic control systems; 

May supervise lower level staff.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: electrical and electronic theory, standard practices, methods, materials, tools and equipment; electrical class II code; and safety procedures. 

Ability to: read, interpret and update blueprints; estimate time and materials; instruct helpers; use all types of hand and power tools; properly install all types of control and signal wiring, fittings; work out of a bucket truck, on top of extension ladders and high above floors.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification.  It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Completion of a two-year approved institution course as a Control Technician Trainee, or four years of applicable experience in installation, repair, and maintenance of electrical and pneumatic control systems. Vocational or trade school training in control mechanisms may be substituted, year-for-year, for work experience up to a maximum of two years.  

Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license may be required.

Class Specification History

New class, consolidates 5335 Control Technician, 72700 Control Systems Technician; adopted
May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.

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