The Northwest Clean Air Agency seeks a full-time (35 hours/week) Air Quality Instrument Specialist for our agency in Mount Vernon, WA. Position reports to Atmospheric Measurements Manager. This is an FLSA exempt, non-union position.
The Air Quality Instrument Specialist under general supervision, installs, operates, maintains, calibrates and repairs a variety of electronic, optical, pneumatic, analytical, and meteorological instruments, electrical and mechanical control and support equipment used in air monitoring and meteorological data collection work; performs related work as assigned.
This position performs a variety of technical duties involved in field repairing, calibrating, testing, installing, and operating electronic and mechanical instrumentation used in air monitoring and meteorological observations. The incumbent demonstrates initiative, experience, and judgment used in selecting different methods of analyzing and correcting instrument malfunctions within defined procedures and guidelines. This position also provides as-needed back-up to the source test coordinator.
Essential duties and responsibilities:
Education and experience:
Equivalent to an Associate degree from an accredited college with major coursework in electronics, chemistry, engineering, physics, meteorology or a closely related field. Bachelor’s degree preferred in environmental, engineering or related program.
One year of experience in installing, operating and maintaining a variety of mechanical and electronic scientific measuring instrument; OR any combination of training and experience that provides the desired knowledge and abilities; with an additional two years of experience in installing, operating and maintaining a variety of specialized air monitoring and quality assessment instruments, source test engineering equipment or meteorological equipment.
Knowledge of: Operating, servicing, and repairing electronic and mechanical instrumentation and equipment; theories and principles of physics, chemistry, and electronics as applied to the calibration, repair, and maintenance of air monitoring instruments and equipment; methods used in the measurement and monitoring of air contaminants; techniques for installing, calibrating, and repairing instrumentation used in the air monitoring program.
Ability to: Read, interpret, and perform operating and maintenance procedures; understand and follow oral and written instructions for installing, operating, servicing or repairing air quality monitoring instrumentation; respond to emergency service calls in a timely manner and restore instruments to service; perform specialized calibrations and functional checks; manage special projects independently with minimal guidance; prepare and maintain accurate logs, records, and reports; and work cooperatively with co-workers; operate, service, repair, calibrate, or adjust air quality monitoring instrumentation; set up and install air monitoring instruments, using various tools, electronic testing equipment, material and processes.