City of Ann Arbor
  • Water Treatment Plant
  • Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • 26.86 (Starting)
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Pay Rate Information

This position is represented by the AFSCME union and the starting pay is $26.86/hour. This position is eligible for step pay increases and progression increases. The top end of the current progression increase for this position is $37.21 per hour. 

Please reference AFSCME's collective bargaining agreement located at for additional information.

Job progressions serve as a way for union employees to demonstrate additional technical competencies, knowledge and skills to enhance their benefit to the City.  The progression allows employees to enhance their job responsibilities and pay through demonstration of increased competencies.

Benefits offered with this position include:

  • Defined benefit pension plan
  • 401a with City match
  • Optional 457 Deferred Compensation plan
  • Reciprocal Pension Credit, available for pension-qualified applicants
  • Retiree health reimbursement account
  • Very generous medical/dental/vision/pharmacy plans
  • Paid vacation, personal time, floating holiday, plus sick days. Unused vacation and sick time rolls over
  • Short-term and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • You can earn up to $500 annually by participating in our Wellness Incentive Programs. These dollars will be deposited into a health reimbursement account (HRA), which can be used toward eligible health care expenses
  • Tuition reimbursement $2500, must be employed 1 year to be eligible
  • Employee assistance program
  • Voluntary benefits like accident coverage, critical illness, LegalShield, and Identify Theft

Role Summary

Installs, tests, trouble shoots, upgrades, repairs and replaces instrumentation and process controls


Incumbent may be responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties:

Essential Duties

  • Plans and manages process improvement projects
  • Completes work process documentation
  • Ensures compliance with electrical code and other technical standards

Related Work

  • Installs, tests, repairs, upgrades and replaces electrical circuits and equipment using appropriate tools and testing instruments
  • Programs, monitors, adjusts and repairs programmable logic controllers
  • Installs, monitors and repairs electrical distribution systems, switch gear, electrical conduit, motors, pumps and other electrical equipment and systems found in the City's water and wastewater treatment plants and related facilities
  • Maintains emergency power generation equipment
  • Ensures compliance with electrical code and other technical standards
  • Assists in moving or placement of heavy equipment
  • Completes work process demonstration
  • Performs related work as assigned

Knowledge of:

  • General operating principles, practices and procedures of a water utilities plant
  • Basic hazard, work safety and water safety precautions for electrical work and the water utilities industry including relevant electrical code
  • Basic wiring
  • DC circuits and batteries
  • AC Circuits and transformers
  • Electrical and electronic systems and components documentation
  • Basic circuit analysis
  • Computers and programmable logic controllers
  • Commercial and industrial electrical print reading
  • City of Ann Arbor procurement policies and procedures
  • Industry and professional terminology and concepts
  • Emergency power management

Skills and Ability to:

  • Communicate through oral and written instruction
  • Function as part of a Self-Directed Work Team
  • Repair equipment and systems using necessary tools
  • Read, interpret, and follow manuals, plans and technical drawings
  • Identify problems and finding solutions
  • Select and use appropriate tools and diagnostic equipment for conducting tests to determine functionality of water utility components and make necessary repairs
  • Use computers and related software applications
  • Install, startup and turnover plant electrical equipment and systems
  • Demonstrate the use of project management methods and techniques

Training and Experience

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent/GED

Licensing Requirements

  • Journeyman Electrician or Federal License (State of Michigan license within 1 year)    


  • Relevant Associates Degree and at least 3 years of relevant experience (or relevant combination of education and experience (CWEA EI II within 1 year))
  • Valid Driver's License

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

The physical ability to perform climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.

Incumbent may be exposed to hazardous physical conditions (i.e., confined spaces, heights, mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibration, etc.), poor atmospheric conditions (i.e., fumes, odors, dusts, gases, and poor ventilation), extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, and intense noise.  More specifically, incumbents must have the ability to perform confined space activities including, but not limited to; ascending and descending ladders to access work areas, enter into and exit from manholes, use of safety retrieval harness, retrieving coworkers weighing up to 300 pounds with a winch assisted retrieval unit, and wearing respiratory protection and all PPE required to perform safe work tasks.  Incumbents must have the ability to lift tools, supplies and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds. The incumbent may be required to use respiratory protection equipment and be subject to a Fit Test and Pulmonary Function test. The incumbent may be expected to walk on rough, uneven terrain, as well as wet and slippery surfaces. The work requires the ability to distinguish colors and to hear audible alarms.

Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.


We are proud of our diverse workforce and our commitment to equal opportunity.  We do not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived age, arrest record, color, disability, educational association, familial status, family responsibilities, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, HIV status, marital status, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, source of income, veteran status, victim of domestic violence or stalking, or weight in any aspect of our hiring or employment process. The City of Ann Arbor has earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which assesses lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality in more than 500 cities across the nation.

Related Titles: Electrical & Instrumentation Tradesperson, Electrical Instrumentation and Controls Technician, Treatment Plant Utilities Electrician, Master Electrician, Electronic Calibration Mechanic, Controls and Instrumentation Engineer, Automation Controls Programmer or Engineer or Technician, Electrical Engineer, Electronics Engineer, Automation Engineer. 

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