Key Accountabilities:

This instrumentation, control & automation (ICA) technician will be working in a multi-disciplinary team, alongside a range of operational teams such as systems, mechanical, and electrical technicians.

The successful candidate will be responsible for installing, modifying and commissioning new plant equipment to relevant standards, and to diagnose and repair faults on systems and plants. Proactively identifying and reporting follow on work or areas for enhancement and delivering cost-effective improvements to assets and systems.

You will be required to carry out instrumentation, control and automation maintenance on a variety of wastewater assets including planned maintenance and preventative and reactive maintenance. There will be a need to liaise with and supervise contractors and suppliers where necessary.

This vital role also involves the investigation into plant failures and the implementation of subsequent repairs as quickly and efficiently as possible in order to avoid interruptions to the supply process. Additionally, you will conduct risk assessments and create appropriate method statements when required to safely carry out maintenance activities.

You will be responsible for providing specialist technical advice where appropriate with up to date technical knowledge, and provide training support for technical trainees and support project development and input into capital delivery projects.

Participate in a stand-by rota following the relevant training.

To be successful you will have the following skills and experience:

  • A good, practical understanding of operational plant and control systems is essential. As well as an understanding of Wonderware (desirable) and ClearSCADA, relay logic and PLCs (Rockwell & Alan Bradley) which will include management and programming. The ideal candidate will have the ability to read and fault find from circuit diagrams as well as have previous experience of inverter drives.
  • Examples of some instrumentation you could be working on are flow meters, pressure levels, ultrasonics, and telemetry.
  • We are looking for someone with experience in the calibration and maintenance of front line instrumentation. Ideally, you will be qualified to HNC level or otherwise will have City and Guilds Part 2 or NVQ level 3 (or equivalent) in an electrical subject.
  • The work will require physical fitness and the ability to work in confined spaces with successful completion of the appropriate training; as well as the flexibility to work on an out of hours rota when necessary.
  • Team player
  • Ability to prioritise and self-motivated
  • Knowledge of waste treatment processes (desirable)
  • Due to the nature of the role, a valid driving licence is essential and as the post will work across a number of sites in your assigned region.

What’s in it for you:

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to join a multidisciplinary team working across several sites in the local area to maintain and ensure the smooth running of wastewater treatment works

You will have excellent training and development opportunities and there will be plenty of scopes to progress your career within an enthusiastic operations team.

Our competitive salary package includes an excellent contributory pension, 24 days holiday per year increasing to 28 with the length of service and a wider benefits scheme. This includes an annual pay review, season ticket loans, voucher scheme giving you money off in major retail outlets, loyalty awards for continuous service plus much more, including our referral scheme, where you can receive £750 for helping someone get a permanent position within the company. 

We’re also proud to be here for our local community, offering everyone two days of paid volunteer leave a year, as well as proudly supporting a lot of local events and charities.  

About us:

Thames Water is the UK’s largest water and wastewater company. We make a daily difference to millions of customers by supplying 2.7 billion litres of world-class water to around 10 million homes.  

As our world changes, the need to take care of our most precious resource is greater than ever, both locally and globally. That’s why, at Thames Water, every one of our actions, big and small, matters every day. Water is essential to daily life, and that means our business is always open. We’re passionate about providing world-class tap water, now and for the future.

We’re also turning waste into power, self-generating 20% of the energy we use and, in turn, doing our bit for the planet. We’re reducing plastic waste by celebrating our tap water and rolling out an ambitious water fountain project. We’re using our voice to lobby for change and partnering with WaterAid to provide clean water to the world’s poorest communities.

Together, we’re building a better future for our customers, our region and our planet.

Thames Water is a unique, rewarding and diverse place to work. If you join our team, you’ll enjoy fast-tracked career opportunities, flexible working arrangements and unparalleled benefits. We’re also proud to be an equal opportunity employer, Stonewall Diversity Champion and Disability Confident Leader, welcoming individuals from all walks of life and leading the way with award-winning mental health and well-being strategy.


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