Tucson Water Maintenance Division

Recruitment #2302-2250-001


Tucson Water is the second largest water utility in Arizona, serving over 730,000 customers over a 390 square mile service area. Tucson Water is recognized internationally as a leader in water conservation, sustainability, and service. Our employees are proud stewards our community’s most precious natural resource, working to embody the utility’s motto of “Pride in Service.”

The Maintenance Division of the Tucson Water Department is looking for highly skilled Instrumentation & Control/Electronics Technicians with a solid understanding of electrical theory to be responsible for installing, troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining electronic systems, and related water system components. This position requires periodic work schedules that may include: holidays, shift work, stand-by and on-call status.


The City of Tucson offers a wide range of generous benefits for eligible employees. Some of those benefits include:

  • Medical: Choice between a high deductible plan (HSA or HRA), or Network plan
  • Dental: Choice between a national dental PPO and a local dental HMO
  • Vision: Coverage for annual eye exam and glasses or contacts, plus LASIK
  • Life: City-paid coverage for you & dependents, plus option to buy more
  • Long-Term Disability: Income replacement of up to 60% of your base salary in the event of a qualifying disability
  • Employee Assistance Program: Enhance your wellbeing when life doesn’t go as planned
  • Flexible Spending: Pay for qualified health and dependent care expenses using pretax dollars
  • Colonial Voluntary Benefits: Financial help in the event of cancer, hospitalization, accident, and more


Your Security and Future

  • Pension: Generous pension plans that help both civilian and public safety employees retire more comfortably
  • Deferred Compensation: Save more toward a comfortable retirement with a 457(b) plan
  • Training & Tuition Assistance: Pursue your dream through internal training or financial help toward a degree
  • Back-Up Care: Care for your loved ones when your regular care is unavailable


Your Peace of Mind

  • Paid Parental Leave: Six (6) weeks paid leave when you welcome a child, plus other generous leave policies for FML, Medical and USERRA
  • Paid Time Away: New hires enjoy 37 days of paid time off in the first year, with time increasing steadily thereafter (In year one: 13 accrued days of vacation, 13 accrued days of sick leave, and 11 paid holidays)
  • Employee Discounts: Generous discounts, ranging from car rentals to computers, gifts to groceries, electronics to entertainment
  • Social Connectedness: Forge connections with the community we serve through paid volunteerism and payroll-deducted charitable giving

For a full description of benefits offered to eligible employees, or to inquire further about the City of Tucson's benefits options, please visit:

General Description

Electronics Technicians in the Tucson Water department perform preventative maintenance, repair, install, calibrate, and program instrumentation; along with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and communication equipment. Electronic Technicians also work on discrete and analog devices as it pertains to process control and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition).

Essential Functions

  • Troubleshoot and repair issues with pressure, flow, level, and water quality instrumentation
  • Conduct work in confined spaces, requiring the proper safety protocols to be followed Work with DC voltage up to 24 volts and AC voltage up to 120 volts, which at times maybe mixed in with 480 voltage
  • Troubleshoot issues with 4-20 milliamp current loops and resolve issues
  • Troubleshoot communication issues with remote sites to the SCADA system and may see different network topologies or protocols
  • Work with open and closed circuits and need a solid understanding of electrical theory
  • Assist other crews; electrical, mechanical, and other departments
  • Work on process control for chemical pumps and may come in contact with chemicals
  • Calibrate air quality monitors, and issue out as needed, proper documentation is required
  • Maintain contact with contractors, assisting other field personnel on any upgrade projects, and attend meetings
  • Utilize Enterprise Asset Management system to obtain work orders, service requests, and procure needed parts
  • Install new instrumentation and program parameters according to site specific needs and at times will be coordinating site shutdowns with Central Operations for new installs
  • Ability to read and understand electrical/electronic schematics
  • Follow all electrical safety protocols, such as LOTO (Lock Out Tag Out), Arc Flash, etc.
  • Perform preventative maintenance by testing and verifying that equipment is operating properly and correcting minor errors
  • Modify programming in PLCs or instrumentation parameters to meet changing needs
  • Provide emergency response for critical equipment failures

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Associate's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years of experience in maintaining and repairing electronic equipment, two way radio, microwave, fiber optic, and related communications systems 

Valid and Unrestricted D - Driver's License

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of this position may be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidates will possess the above minimum qualifications as well as relevant experience in the areas listed below:

  • Two or more years of experience performing preventative maintenance, installs and repairs in a large water utility or water treatment plant
  • Two or more years of experience maintaining and repairing Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
  • Two years or more of experience calibrating electrical instruments and working on 4-20 mA current loop signal

Selection Plan

**You are encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important dates and information that will not be available online once this position closes.**

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in a Written Examination. 

  • Written Examination will be held March 29, 2023

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:      

  • 90% of your rating for the written examination 
  • 10% of your rating for education and work experience 

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that may be utilized to fill vacancies occurring at Tucson Water within the next 6 months.

  • Hiring interviews may be conducted post-list in mid to late April 2023  

If you are in need of an Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please contact Roxie Escarcega at at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.


Communication during this process will be sent via email to the email address on file, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly; this may include your junk box/spam filter.  Failure to respond or follow instructions may result in disqualification.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Basic Physical

50 lb Lift Test

Unless at Transportation, then some positions require a DOT Medical Clearance.

Unless at Water, then: None

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.