Instrument Technician Supervisor (Supervisor I)

City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services
Portland, OR


The purpose of the Instrumentation Program is to properly maintain wastewater and stormwater treatment systems at the wastewater treatment plants, pump stations, and for the combined sewer overflow (CSO) system to meet the required levels of service while minimizing asset life-cycle costs at an acceptable level of risk. The program protects public health, water quality and the environment by operating and maintaining wastewater treatment and pumping systems in a manner that assures compliance with all applicable permits, regulations and contracts.  This includes the installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of instrumentation and automation systems at the Columbia Boulevard and Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plants, the CSO system, and 98 pump stations located throughout the City in an effective and efficient manner.  This program also provides support for the implementation of Capital Improvement Program Projects at the treatment plants and pump stations.

The Electrical & Instrumentation Program is comprised of 3 work groups including the Electrical Shop (10 FTEs), the Instrumentation Shop (10 FTEs) and the Automation Support Team (7 FTEs). This position will oversee the Instrument Shop to manage the functions and work of the unit. This includes planning, assigning, supervising, and inspecting the work of journey-level instrument technicians involved in the design, installation, testing, calibration, modification, maintenance, repair and servicing of industrial instruments, equipment, devices, and controls used in the wastewater collection system and at large, state-of-the-art pump stations and wastewater treatment plants.


The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Knowledge and experience working with the principles, methods, techniques, tools and equipment used in the installation, maintenance and repair of industrial process control instrumentation systems common to a large wastewater collection and treatment system or similar industry. 
  2. Knowledge of the principles and standards of employee supervision, including training, scheduling and performance evaluation.    
  3. Ability to supervise a multicultural workforce, promote an equitable workplace environment, and apply equitable program practices to diverse and complex City services.
  4. Ability to analyze complex program, operational and administrative issues, evaluate alternatives and recommend and implement logical and effective courses of action.
  5. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, staff, and others encountered in the course of work.
Applicants must also possess:
  • A valid state driver’s license and an acceptable driving record at the time of hire.