Bargaining Unit: Miscellaneous Non-Supervisory Unit
Salary Code: 17
Fair Labor Standards Act Designation: Nonexempt
Effective Date: February 21, 2023
Under the supervision of the Lead Electro-Mechanical Technician, performs operation, maintenance, repairs, and inspections of the Pleasant Valley Pumping Plant and related equipment, structures, and facilities. Depending on the needs of the District, the work schedule for this position may be 12:01 a.m. Saturday through 12:00 midnight Friday. Incumbent will work a schedule of seven days work, two days off, three days work, and two days off with the pattern repeating again. Electro-Mechanical Technician is a skilled level classification.
EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED:
The information below is meant to serve as examples of the job duties and responsibilities for this classification. This list is neither inclusive nor exclusive, but indicative of several types of duties performed.
- Maintains and repairs large and complex equipment such as piping systems, gear boxes, drive mechanisms, pumps, compressors, hydraulic power and pressure units, refrigeration and air conditioning systems, valves, penstocks, gates, trash racks, turbines, and motors; demonstrates best methods of doing work and ensures that work is done according to plan.
- Supports and assists with installing, maintaining, repairing, troubleshooting, modifying, and testing electrical equipment and components, including up to 7,000 HP synchronous motors, generators, motor control centers, potential and current transformers up to 4,160 volts, large storage battery banks, high voltage switching and switchgear up to 115 KV, manual and combination starters, relays, and control circuits.
- Supports and assists with installing, troubleshooting, repairing, calibrating, and testing simple and complex protective relaying and demand recorders, automatic telemetry control equipment, canal elevation, and flow control equipment, SCADA systems, high voltage circuit breakers and disconnects, and buried communications cables, and status of neighboring facilities.
- Supports and assists with High voltage substation switching procedure in accordance with Western Area Power Administration (PSOM) regulations.
- Maintains replacement circuitry, revamps electrical facilities and electrical drawings.
- Issues and receives safety clearances and performs high voltage switching at the Pleasant Valley Pumping Plant and related facilities.
- Uses arc welding, brazing, and torch-cutting equipment.
- Operates two-axle dump truck, front-end tractor loader, forklift, mechanical trash rake, and bridge cranes.
- Provides guidance and assistance with repair backlog and the oversight of contract work.
- Operates pumps and radial gate check structures on the Coalinga Canal manually when necessary.
- Supports and assists with training employees in safe work practices and helps ensure that effective safety practices are understood and observed.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience: Any combination of equivalent education and experience that has led to the acquisition of the knowledge required by the position. A typical way of acquiring the knowledge would be:
Completion of the twelfth (12) grade and five (5) years of experience performing a variety of duties related to electrical, operation, maintenance, repair and troubleshooting of pumping plants and water distribution facilities. Certification of successful completion of an Electro-Mechanical or Maintenance Mechanical program at an accredited trade or technical institution must be obtained within two (2) years of appointment into the position.
- The National Electrical Code and relevant Electrical Safety Orders of the California Division of Industrial safety.
- The applicable safety and accident prevention procedures of the California Occupational Safety and Health Act.
- Western Area Power Administration and District high voltage switching orders.
- The operation of permanently mounted bridge crane up to 20-ton capacity.
- Overhead crane operation limits and load rigging principles.
- The operation of a wide variety of electrical measurement, diagnostic, and testing instruments.
- Overhead crane operation limits and load rigging principles.
- Operating criteria for the Pleasant Valley Pumping Plant.
- Standard operating procedures for the Pleasant Valley Pumping Plant, Coalinga Canal and related facilities.
- Electronic, automatic, and manually operated valve actuator troubleshooting and repair procedures.
- Pump dynamic head and flow design and repair procedures.
- Machine shop tool set-up and operation procedures.
- Welding and fabrication procedures.
- Principles, methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in the maintenance, and modification of electrical, electronic, mechanical and hydraulic systems.
- Understand, interpret, and apply department policies, rules, regulations, and procedures.
- Follow oral and written instructions.
- Safely operate and maintain assigned tools and equipment.
- Read and interpret maps, electrical and engineering drawings, diagrams, sketches, plans and specifications.
- Communicate effectively is required.
- Perform basic record maintenance of work performed.
- Establish and maintain effective interpersonal relationships at all organizational levels as well as with the public.
- Operate a District vehicle and/or equipment observing legal and defense driving practices.
Must qualify to be authorized by the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) to issue and receive safety clearance procedures and to perform high voltage switching at the Pleasant Valley Pumping Plant facilities within (12) months of assignment.
- Heavy lifting up to 100 pounds.
- Use of hazardous materials.
- Possess the physical strength and agility to work outdoors under adverse climatic conditions.
- Exposure to dust, dirt, and/or weed abatement chemicals.
- Use of grit blaster for surface cleaning and applies protective coating and molecular materials.
- May stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, sit, stand, and walk for extended period.
- Possess the physical characteristics to perform the critical and important duties of the job, including the ability to climb stationary ladders up to 100 feet in height, work suspended above ground level (approximately 45 feet) in a bosun chair or aerial lift, and work in confined spaces such as in excavations (approximately 20 feet below ground level), buried dewatered pipelines and manifolds (ranging in size from 3 feet to 13 feet in diameter), and dewatered sumps and turnout facilities (approximately 30 feet below ground level).
- Respond to emergency calls on a 24-hour-a-day basis.
- Possess a valid California Class C Driver’s License with a driving record acceptable to the District’s automobile insurance provider is required.
- Upon the discretion of the Department Supervisor, possession of a valid California Class B Driver’s License with air brake endorsements may be required.