City of Tampa

Instrumentation & Control Supervisor (#331500) S18

$39.74-$59.55 Hourly / $6,888.27-$10,322.00 Monthly / $82,659.20-$123,864.00 Yearly


This is highly technical work involving the supervision of instrumentation maintenance and management of the host control computer network at Water Production.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class performs work of considerable difficulty in assisting the Production Supervisor in planning, organizing and supervising the daily activities of subordinate operations supervisors and operators in performing the technical duties of advanced water treatment.  Working under direction, the employee exercises considerable initiative and independent judgment in acting as System Manager for the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) computer system, maintaining host computers, doing daily data entry, making system backup tapes, purging old files and auditing system files.  Work is reviewed through conferences, reports submitted, and observation of results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Creates report formats for automatic reporting of data from SCADA files on pumping, filters, all metered flows of plant use water, washwater, reclaim water, chemical inventory, and turbidity reports; programs and maintains Process Logic Control (PLC) computers for plant operation and automation control loops; installs new systems, both hardware and software, to host SCADA computer and PLC’s; designs and constructs control systems for chemical feed PID loops, calibrates instrumentation and process loops to assure correct response; installs additional new control points to SCADA, pulls wire, makes connections in I/O racks, programs logic in PLC’s to communicate with I/O rack connections.


Creates SCADA screens for process control points, remote telemetry points, calculation of chemical feed points, flow control metering, pumping control, and filtration operation; troubleshoots all SCADA, PLC, and I/O communications problems in operations; installs new instrumentation in plant process train to report back into the SCADA system, i.e. on-line finished water pH meter, on-line finished water turbidity meters, basin and BC pH probes, basin surface scatter turbidimeters and on-line filter turbidimeters; maintains all instrumentation equipment installed including calibration of all turbidity and pH meters; evaluates new proposed instrumentation equipment to be used in the treatment process train; trains operational personnel on SCADA system dynamics and changes to plant process controls.


Plans work assignments and schedules projects for the instrumentation and control technicians within the SCADA group; maintains chemical inventories; orders and schedules chemical deliveries; orders supplies and spare parts for control systems and instruments.


Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Extensive knowledge of:  water treatment operation principles, practices, procedures, and equipment; treatment chemistry of ground and surface waters; chemical handling and safety pertaining to potable water production; OSHA standards and policies and federal and state regulatory requirements for water treatment parameters under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Considerable knowledge of:  computer systems and networks; programming and maintenance of PLC computers; instrumentation control systems and PID loops; practices, methods, materials and tools of the instrumentation technology and mechanical trades; effective supervisory techniques; chemical inventory control; shift scheduling.

Ability to:  act as SCADA system manager, perform network maintenance, maintain host computers, performs system backups, and purge and audit system files; plan, organize and supervise the work of subordinates; conduct installation of new instrumentation and computer systems, both hardware and software; perform basic calibration of instrumentation systems; conduct basic laboratory tests; create and maintain appropriate records; prepare and submit clear and concise reports for supervisors and management; maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public.

Skill in:  operation and maintenance of equipment utilized in water treatment operations.


Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school, supplemented with a minimum of two years college level course work in biology, chemistry, engineering or natural sciences, and five (5) years of  course work in theories, principles and supervision of water treatment operations and acceptable course work in instrumentation and control systems, including basic electrical skills and three (3) years of  progressively responsible experience working in a lead capacity; or a high school diploma and seven (7) years of  course work in theories, principles and supervision of water treatment operations and acceptable course work in instrumentation and control systems, including basic electrical skills and five (5) years of  progressively responsible experience working in a lead capacity.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of:  a State of Florida Class “A” Drinking Water Operators License; certification for Basic Electrical Skills and Level I I&C Skills per Tampa Water Department Training Program.


Possession of a valid Florida driver's license required.


During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 331500; EST: 12/15/2015 12:38:00 PM; REV: 1/31/2018;