Plant Process Control Electrician

County of San Diego
$79,227 - $95,118 Per year California USA



See NOTE(S) below for future wage increases and/or additional compensation opportunities. 

Plant Process Control Electrician positions install, test, adjust, modify and maintain the most complex motor control and power systems, electrical machinery and equipment in a water treatment plant, wastewater treatment plant, water pump station, wastewater pump station and/or storm water pump station; design, modify and make programming and software improvements on computerized electrical system control and data acquisition operations; analyze problems and make necessary repairs on electrical control systems required to interface with process control computers; instruct Electricians in the more difficult and complex aspects of their work assignments; may lead the work of lower level staff; and perform other duties as assigned.

  • Employees in job classifications represented by AFSME Local 127 are scheduled to receive the following general wage increases:

4% effective 7/1/24 

2% effective 1/1/25 

5% effective 7/1/25  

  • In addition to the scheduled general wage increases, the following special salary wage increase is also scheduled to take effect for Plant Process Control Electrician: 
        5% effective 1/1/25
        5% effective 1/1/26

  • Eligible benefitted employees  originally hired on or after July 10, 2021, will be automatically enrolled in the San Diego City Employees Retirement System (SDCERS).

  • Plant Process Control Electrician employees may be required to work overtime, weekends and/or holidays, and participate in stand by duty.  
  • Some Plant Process Control Electrician positions are required to pass a medical physical, respiratory fit test and obtain Confined Space Certification within six months from date of hire. Employees will be required to obtain and maintain Confined Space Certification to retain employment.
  • Plant Process Control Electrician employees who operate commercial vehicles are required by California State Law, as a condition of employment, to submit to drug and alcohol testing.  Prior to hire, a background check will be completed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse and with former employers regarding drug and alcohol testing results.


You must meet the following requirements on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated.
EXPERIENCE:  One year of full-time experience in ALL phases of work as a journey-level electrician diagnosing, troubleshooting, repairing and programming programmable logic controllers at a water or wastewater treatment plant or industrial production plant.
1. Successful completion of an accredited four-year Electrician Apprenticeship Program.
2. Four years of full-time experience in ALL phases of work as a journey-level electrician, of which two years must include installing, troubleshooting and repairing a variety of electrical machinery and equipment in permanent building systems, power generation plants, water or wastewater treatment plants, or industrial plants. Qualifying experience MUST include commercial or industrial wiring, installing and repairing electrical conduit systems, and troubleshooting industrial motor control systems, mechanical motor starters, soft starters, and variable frequency drives.     


  • Experience in residential electrical work only is NOT qualifying.
  • Experience installing, diagnosing, troubleshooting and repairing industrial electronics at a water or wastewater treatment plant and/or industrial production plant is required for positions working at the wastewater treatment plants.
  • City of San Diego employees using Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA) experience to qualify must submit written documentation signed by their appointing authority or payroll specialist, detailing the work performed, dates, and total number of qualifying OCA hours.  OCA experience without the required documentation will NOT be considered.
CERTIFICATE: Some positions may require a valid California crane operator certificate within a year from date of hire.
LICENSE: A valid California Class C Driver License is required at the time of hire.
  • Some positions may require a valid California Class B Driver License at the time of hire.
HIGHLY DESIRABLE:  Highly desirable attributes for Plant Process Control Electrician positions vary by department and are not all inclusive.
  • Experience installing, modifying, and troubleshooting motor control systems.
  • Experience in confined space training. 
  • Experience in fiber optics training.
  • Experience in personal computers.
  • Experience and knowledge in the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70E (Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace), and 900 MHZ radio controlled Supervisory Controlled Advisory Data Acquisition (SCADA).
  • Experience troubleshooting and maintaining electric motors, engine driven generators and automatic transfer switches.
  • Experience repairing, troubleshooting and installing level, pressure or flow rate instrumentation, motorized valve systems and industrial electronics.
  • Experience installing programmable logic controllers.
  • Proof of apprenticeship completion, if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.
  • For City of San Diego employees, proof of Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA), if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.  
Required documents should be attached electronically to your application.  If you are unable to attach at the time of application submittal, you must submit them as soon as possible via fax:  (619) 533-3337; or to the Employment Information Center:  City of San Diego Personnel Department, 1200 Third Avenue - Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101.   Include your name and the title of the position for which you are applying.


Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental questions will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system.  If you are successful in this initial screening process, your application will be reviewed for applicable education, experience, and/or training to ensure all minimum requirements have been met.  Successful candidates will be placed on a list which will be used to fill position vacancies during the next six months (180 days).  For each vacancy, only those candidates with the most appropriate qualifications will be contacted by the hiring department for an interview.


PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS: Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes applicable to this position, which may include the following: confirmation of citizenship or legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review and exam (which may include drug and alcohol testing); reference checks; and fingerprinting. Fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes, including a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All screening processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test result for alcohol, cannabis/marijuana, illegal drugs, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, or misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening or selection process, may constitute cause for disqualification or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes an express or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego. Candidates must notify the Personnel Department of any change in their name, mailing address, email address, or phone number, otherwise they may miss employment opportunities.

Rev. 23 – July 03, 2023 (Pay Notes Added)