Bargaining Unit: Operating Engineers Local #3
Salary Code: 15
FLSA Designation: Nonexempt
Revision Date: 10/15/18
Under general supervision of the Senior Mechanical Maintenance Worker, or Lead ElectroMechanical Technician, performs and may direct a crew performing construction, maintenance, fabrication, and repair work on water distribution and drainage systems and related equipment. Mechanical Maintenance Worker 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.
- Troubleshoots, disassembles, diagnoses, repairs, reassembles, and assists in manufacturing parts for vertical and horizontal pumps; butterfly, check, gate, and air valves; water delivery meters; traveling water screens; electrical and hydraulic components of valve actuators; and other mechanical facilities.
- Implements power and water pumping schedules of the Pleasant Valley Pumping Plant to accommodate District delivery demands.
- Inspects, removes, and reinstalls, vertical pumps up to 30 inches, 20-inch horizontal pumps, motors varying in size up to 7,000 HP, gate and check valves up to 24 inches, traveling water screens up to 40 feet tall; and inspect, repair, replace, or upgrade butterfly valves up to 54 inches pressure-reducing valves up to 8 inches in diameter, sleeve valves up to 24 inches, gate valves, check valves, and air release valves.
- Issues and receives safety clearances and performs high voltage switching at the Pleasant Valley Pumping Plant facilities and switchyard based on procedures from the U.S Bureau of Reclamation and Western Area Power Administration.
- Operates material-handling equipment, including truck-mounted cranes up to eight-ton capacity, arc and gas welding and compaction equipment, and hand and power tools; including portable equipment.
- Operates, inspects, maintains, troubleshoots, and overhauls large pumps (230 cfs), motors (7000HP), switches, valves, (up to 54 inches), and canal check structures and turnouts from unit control panels or remotely from a control center such as Pleasant Valley Pumping Plant.
- Reads piezometers and stress meters, as required by Pleasant Valley Pumping Plant.
- Balances vertical pumps by stress relieving, shimming, trimming, filing, counter-weighting and dynamic balancing.
- Operates pumps and canal check stations manually when necessary.
- Handles arc welding, brazing, and torch-cutting equipment.
- Sandblasts and applies protective coatings and molecular materials.
- Utilizes procedures for confined space entry, the use of hazardous materials, along with crane and heavy equipment safety.
- Operates forklift and material handling equipment.
- Assists in the development and implementation of maintenance programs for pumping plants.
- Assists other departments with various tasks, including the set-up, operating and maintenance of machinery and piping fabrication.
- 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:
Possession of a United States’ high school diploma, GED, or equivalent and four (4) years of experience performing a variety of duties related to mechanical maintenance of vertical and horizontal pumps or a large pumping plant facility; or any combination thereof.
Note: One (1) year experience as an Operations and Maintenance Trainee with Westlands Water District will substitute for two (2) years of the required experience.
Note: Recruitment may be limited to candidates with an education or experience background related to the specific position vacancy.
- The National Electrical Code and relevant Electrical Safety Orders of the California Division of Industrial safety.
- Principles, methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in the installation, operation, maintenance, and modification of electrical, electronic, mechanical, and hydraulic systems.
- The operation of folding or telescoping truck-mounted cranes up to one-ton capacity and overhead shop cranes up to 20-ton capacity.
- The operation and maintenance of electrical recording instruments and pneumatic and hydraulically operated valves and controls. ▪ Operating criteria for the Pleasant Valley Pumping Plant.
- Load lifting and rigging techniques.
- Principles, methods, techniques, tools, and equipment used in a water distribution and drainage system.
- The use and operation of arc and gas welding and cutting equipment.
- Apply knowledge, techniques, and materials employed in construction, maintenance, and repair of irrigation systems.
- Follow and prepare both verbal 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.
LICENSE, CERTIFICATE, OR CREDENTIAL
Depending on assignment, must be certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) within twelve (12) months of assignment.
Depending on assignment, training in safety clearance procedures and ability to perform high voltage switching at the Pleasant Valley Pumping Plant facilities may be required to be obtained within (12) months of assignment.
- Heavy lifting of supplies and materials up to 100 pounds.
- Use of hazardous materials.
- Possess the physical strength and agility to work outdoors under adverse climatic conditions.
- Works in an environment with exposure to dust, dirt, and/or weed abatement chemicals.
- May stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, sit, stand, and walk for extended period of time.
- 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).
- Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License with a driving record acceptable to the District’s automobile insurance provider is required.
- Depending on assignment, possession of a valid California Class A Driver’s License with air brake endorsements, or a California Class B Driver’s License must be obtained within twelve (12) months of assignment along with a driving record acceptable to the District’s automobile insurance provider is required.