Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Elec Instrument & Test Mechanic Foreman (#20007425)

General Statement

Under general supervision, has charge of skilled work in the repair and maintenance of plant process control equipment, power distribution systems, and voice and data communication networks, including telemetry.

Essential Job Functions

Essential job functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in a classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are designed to be descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete one or all of the job duties listed or tasks of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Performs first-line supervision of assigned Electrical Instrument and Testing Mechanics and Electrical Instrument and Testing Mechanic Leadmen. Plans, schedules, directs and inspects the work of subordinates according to the approved instructions, standards, plans and specifications of the job.
  • Makes estimates of material and labor required to complete work assignments; requisitions material, supplies, tools and equipment required for the work and maintains accurate records of time spent on jobs.
  • Ensures shop equipment is up-to-date with current technology and in good working condition, either by recommending purchase of new equipment, or facilitating repair and certification of existing equipment.
  • Oversees a safe, efficient repair shop utilizing good housekeeping procedures.

Other Job Functions

  • Is responsible for the custody and care of all tools and equipment used in performing electrical instrument repair and testing.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Environmental Conditions

Typical duties involve exposure to industrial equipment or operations including working near operating mechanical equipment and loud noise. Duties may also involve working in close proximity to or in conjunction with construction activities. Work may be performed in a variety of weather conditions and may involve working in confined spaces or at heights. Duties could include contact with hazardous or toxic materials and exposure to noxious odors. Some positions require the operation of a District vehicle.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of the operating and repair procedures of a wide variety of electric, electronic, or mechanical process instrumentation, including fiber optics and radio communication devices.
  • Considerable knowledge in the testing and calibration of equipment and relays for power distribution systems.
  • Considerable knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions associated with the work, relating especially to low, medium and high voltage equipment.
  • Skill in the operation of computers necessary to perform equipment configuration, maintain essential databases, and data entry to document work done and materials used, as well as to perform record keeping, prepare reports, plan, schedule, and coordinate work at several work locations in a manner conducive for the best possible use of District resources.
  • Skill in the repair and calibration of process instrumentation and automated systems including programmable logic controllers (PLCs).
  • Skill in the use and care of the equipment and tools of the trade.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from a standard senior high school or the equivalent and six years of experience in the repair and calibration of electronic process instrumentation.


Additional experience may substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis. Each completed course or recognized formal training program in process instrumentation may substituted for four months of the required experience. Completion of two years of college level course work in process instrumentation at a recognized college, junior college or technical vocational school may be substituted for two years of experience.

Promotional Requirement

  • One year of service with the District as Electrical Instrument and Testing Mechanic Leadman or two years of service as an Electrical Instrument and Testing Mechanic.
  • Civil service status in one of the foregoing classes.

CLASS: 20007425; EST: 1/1/1900; REV: 7/1/2013;