Electrical & Instrument Technician I

Requisition ID:  18248

Iowa City, US, 52240

What You Can Expect 


Our Iowa City based Electrical and Instrumentation Technician will be responsible for maintenance and installation of plant and distribution electronics and instrumentation, at our Power Plant, steam, chilled water and drinking water plants on campus and at the satellite location.  This Technician will also be working with metering communications and controls systems including network administration and security.   


No two days are the same in this role. The only thing that is assured is that we are going to start the day focused on safety. We will be lining out the day’s work, safety procedures as required by OSHA and company policy  and making sure that we have all of the materials to complete the scheduled tasks safely and efficiently.  Skills like reading diagrams and schematics and drawings of utility systems are used daily.  We also troubleshoot and design and implement Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s) both  electrically and through software and firmware configurations.  You will also recommend updates and system improvements for a variety of internal groups. The daily work will consists of a  variety of  new installations and upgrades to unscheduled maintenance that will challenge your troubleshooting skills. This position requires multiple commitments. The first is to safety the second is to learning, and adapting to new systems, and software and maintaining your expertise in your craft.


  • This employee is required to be on-call on a scheduled basis and must be able to respond on location within 1 hour of notification


  • This role requires the ability to work in confined spaces in the plants and in utility tunnels throughout the campus.  You must be physically capable of entering and working in a confined space (crawl spaces, shafts, small enclosed areas, pipes and the like) as required


What You’ll Bring  


  • You’ll have a minimum of a High School Diploma or Ged
  • This position requires a combination of 6 six years of experience and education, Such as an associates degree in electrical or electronics, bachelors in electrical engineering, engineering technology or military training. With this experience you will have gained four years of knowledge and experience in utility systems, industrial or power plants  and 2 or more years of experience using MS Server and  configuration and servicing of networking switches in an industrial environment
  • You will be experienced in proper application of hand tools, multimeters, and other testing and repair equipment to effectively troubleshoot, and repair electrical, instrumentation and controls equipment
  • You have experience applying proper electrical codes, manufacturer guidelines and  the regulations and guidelines of local, state, and national electrical and safety codes
  •  You are skilled in the calibration of utility instrumentation, and knowledgeable in control systems. You use high-level programming concepts such as objects, functions, routines, data types, tag naming conventions and can code and run simple PLC programs. You have experience in installation and configuration of  control system hardware and software
  • You are experienced in network architectures and Ethernet networks using routers and switches. You understand the variations in platform protocols and understand the role of protocol layers in data networks
  • You have developed strong communications skills and communicate professionally via email detailed technical information and instructions. You complete written reports in the Maintenance  Management System.  and communicate technical details and safety concerns or  instructions  verbally with other technicians, vendors, students staff and the general public
  • You will have strong problem solving and math skills you will be able to perform problem decomposition and stepwise refinement in problem solving, after identifying the root cause of a problem you have analyzed available options and made recommendations and implemented solutions to systems problems


Additional Details


  • Must possess a valid U.S. driver’s license/clean driving record
  • Must be willing and able to comply with all ENGIE ethics and safety policies 
  • This role requires daily attendance at worksite 
  • Must be physically capable to hear and understand audible alarms, detect changes in noise levels of equipment and portable radio communication
  • Capable of frequently standing; walking; balancing; sitting; climbing (ladders, stairs, ramps, catwalks and the like as required); kneeling; pushing; pulling; lifting (min. 50 lbs).
  • Capable of performing repetitive motions as required
  • Required to have eyesight corrected at 20/40 to accurately read and interpret such as but not limited to instruments, gauges, and manuals
  • Must be physically capable of entering and working in a confined space (crawl spaces, shafts, small enclosed areas, pipes and the like) as required
  • Must be physically capable of wearing protective equipment (PPE) including but not limited to half and full-face respirators, fall protection equipment, hardhat, safety shoes, safety glasses, etc.
  • The position consists of 85% work indoors and 15% work outdoors; outdoor work may expose the employee to weather conditions





Salary Range:  $36.30 – $53.74 USD, hourly


This represents the average expected pay range for a qualified candidate.

Actual offered salary may depend on geography, experience, industry knowledge, education, internal pay alignment, or other bona fide factors.


ENGIE complies with all federal, state, and local minimum wage laws. Actual salary offered may vary depending on geography, experience, education, internal pay alignment, or other bona fide factors.  


In addition to base pay, this position is eligible for a competitive bonus / incentive plan and emergency or on-call pay.


Your talent acquisition partner can share more specific information regarding the benefits or the salary for the position based on the work location


At ENGIE, we take your well-being seriously. Our comprehensive benefits package includes affordable options for medical, dental, and vision coverage, life insurance, employer-paid short-term and long-term disability insurance, generous paid time off including vacation, holidays, sick leave, and parental leave, and a 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan with a company match from day 1. But that's not all – we're dedicated to the health and happiness of your entire family, offering supplemental benefits for full time employees that enhance emotional and physical well-being, including fertility plans. Explore our employee benefits to see how we can support you. Learn more. 




ENGIE North America isn’t just participating in the Zero-Carbon Transition, we’re leading it!  Join us as we develop energy that is renewable, efficient, and accessible to everyone.   



In 2020 The University of Iowa (UI) entered a 50-year, trailblazing partnership with the University of Iowa Energy Collaborative (UIEC), a joint venture between ENGIE, Meridiam, and Hannon Armstrong, to operate, maintain and enhance the university’s Utility System.  As the founding member of this joint venture, ENGIE designs, builds, operates, and maintains the energy infrastructure delivering safe, reliable, cost-effective, and sustainable energy solutions in producing and distributing steam, electricity, chilled water, and domestic water to the main campus in Iowa City, Iowa and a nearby satellite campus.  


At ENGIE, our goal is to support, promote, and thrive on diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We do so for the benefit of our employees, customers, products and services, and community.  ENGIE is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, and we are firmly committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment for all employees. 


We are committed to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status. 


If you need assistance with this application or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at ENGIENA-ENGIEHR@engie.com. This email address is reserved for individuals with disabilities in need of assistance and is not a means of inquiry regarding positions or application status. 


We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment visa for this role at any time.


 The safety of our employees is our number one priority. All employees at ENGIE have both a duty and the authority to STOP WORK if unsafe acts are observed. 



Business Unit:  GBU Energy Solutions
Division:  ESI NORTHAM
Legal Entity:  ENGIE North America Inc.
Contract Type:  Permanent
Job Type:  Full - Time
Professional Experience:  Skilled ( >3 experience <15 years)
Education Level:  High School Diploma/GED/A Levels

Nearest Major Market: Iowa City