Water Quality Control Plant Mechanic I/II

City of South San Francisco | San Francisco, CA

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Posted Date 8/31/2020
Description

Applications are being accepted for the position of Plant Mechanic I/II with the City of South San Francisco. 

OPEN UNTIL FILLED RECRUITMENT: Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Once it is determined that there are a sufficient number of qualified candidates who meet the minimum requirements, the next phase of the selection process will be scheduled. Please ensure timely and complete submission of employment application and supporting documents as recruitment may close at any time.

THE CITY OFFERS AN ATTRACTIVE BENEFIT PACKAGE, AS WELL AS CALPERS RETIREMENT PLAN AND SOCIAL SECURITY PARTICIPATION.

The City of South San Francisco is a General Law city with a population of 68,000 residents that grows to 110,000 during business hours. South San Francisco is strategically located on the west shore of the San Francisco Bay, in northern San Mateo County, 10 miles south of San Francisco. This City is also located along the Bay Area's main transportation routes, included 101, 280, Caltrain, BART, San Francisco Bay Ferry, and the San Francisco International Airport.

The City of South San Francisco is a full-service city with 12 City Departments including Police; Fire; Parks and Recreation; Public Works; Economic and Community Development; City Attorney; Library; Finance; Information Technology; Human Resources; City Clerk; and Office of the City Manager.  The City has a Council-City Manager form of government with more than 460 full-time regular employees.

The City of South San Francisco proudly remains The Industrial City, a reflection of its steel mill and ship building past.  In recent years, the City has been redefined to reflect the innovative, entrepreneurial and industrious spirit, which has made South San Francisco the Biotech Capital of the World.

South San Francisco’s biotechnology cluster is the largest in the world, with roughly 45,000 life science workers, 200 biotech companies, and over 12 million square feet of office/R&D facilities – with an additional 9 million square feet of new R&D facilities in the development pipeline. 

South San Francisco enjoys a high quality of life with an extensive public parks system, active library and learning programming and a dynamic, engaged community making South San Francisco a great place to live, learn, work, and play. 

THE WATER QUALITY CONTROL PLANT:

The Water Quality Control Plant (WQCP) processes wastewater discharge for the cities of South San Francisco, San Bruno and the Town of Colma. The Water Quality Control Plant is a division of the Public Works Department staffed by 38 employees including: Plant Superintendent and Assistant Plant Superintendent of WQCP; Maintenance, Laboratory and Environment Compliance Supervisors; Senior Chemist; Chemist; Lead Plant Mechanics; Plant Mechanics; Lead Plant Operators; Plant Operators; Electricians; Senior Environmental Compliance Inspector; Environmental Compliance Inspectors, Utility Workers, and two Administrative Assistants.

THE POSITION:

Depending on the strength of eligible candidates and their fit within the Public Works Department - WQCP Division, the vacancy will be filled as a Plant Mechanic I or as a Plant Mechanic II.

Mechanic I - this class represents the entry level for the Plant Mechanic series where incumbents may be assigned increasingly responsible duties with the expectation of eventually promoting to the journey level class of Plant Mechanic II. This class is distinguished from the Plant Mechanic II by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions. Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have limited or no directly related work experience.

Mechanic II - this is a journey- level within the Plant Mechanic series. Employees within this class are distinguished from the Plant Mechanic I by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned. Positions assigned to this class are required to have complete working knowledge of water quality control plant maintenance and are expected to carry out assigned duties and responsibilities with minimal supervision. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. 
 

THE SELECTION PROCESS:

The process will first consist of a review of application materials and responses to the supplemental questionnaire, which must be detailed and complete. A resume may be included but does not substitute for a complete application. Applications with "see resume" as a substitution for the work experience description; those with unclear past employment information; or those with insufficient information to evaluate possession of minimum qualifications will not be consideredThe most highly suitable and qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the next phase of the selection process, which will consist of any or all of the following: oral panel interview, Training and Education Evaluation, written exercise, or other assessment procedure deemed appropriate.

Upon completion of this phase, an eligible list will be established which will be used for the appointment to the position. Possession of minimal qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the selection process and placement on the eligible employment list. Top scoring candidates will be invited to the next phase of the selection process which will consist of any or all of the following: a departmental interview and written/performance exercise. All applicants will be notified by email as to whether or not they are invited to participate further in the selection process.

Appeals concerning administration of an examination must be submitted in writing within 2-business days from the date the event occurred.  

Note: The City of South San Francisco reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process. Admission to the examination process may be limited to those applicants who demonstrate the best combination of qualifications on the application and resume, in addition to an assessment of supplemental questionnaire responses. Applicants possessing the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed admission to the examination.

To review complete job descriptions which include all special requirements, please go to www.ssf.net

 
 

Ideal Candidate

The ideal Plant Mechanic I/II will have knowledge of basic practices of repairing and maintaining electrical and gas motors, engines and pumps and other electrical and mechanical equipment associated with wastewater treatment; water quality control plant maintenance, repair, and construction operations; safe use and care of various materials, lubricants, supplies, and tools used in general repair and preventative maintenance work; and basic knowledge of wastewater treatment processes.  The incumbent will also have the ability to learn to effectively and safely perform a variety of semi-skilled and skilled tasks in the construction, repair, and maintenance of water quality control plant and pump station facilities; accurately perform basic mathematic calculations; safely use and maintain a variety of hand and power tools, and operate light motorized equipment and vehicles; and organize their own work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow-up on assignments with minimal supervision.  

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:

Mechanic I:

Experience:  One year of experience performing duties involving the maintenance of mechanical equipment at a water quality control plant or similar position in a related facility.

Training:  Equivalent to graduation from high school.

Licenses and Certificates:  All licenses and certificates must be maintained as a condition of employment.

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, and maintain an appropriate, valid California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Grade I Mechanical Technologist Certificate issued by the California Water Environment Association by the end of the probationary period.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain and maintain, a Confined Space Certification by the end of the probationary period.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain and maintain, a Forklift certification by the end of the probationary period.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain CPR/First Aid certification.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Hazardous Materials First Responder Certification by the end of the probationary period.

Mechanic II:

Experience:  Two years of experience comparable to a Plant Mechanic I with the City of South San Francisco, which is two years of experience performing duties involving the maintenance of mechanical equipment at a water quality control plant or similar position in a related facility.

Training:  Equivalent to graduation from high school.

Licenses and Certificates:  All licenses and certificates must be maintained as a condition of employment.  In addition to the certificates/licenses required for Mechanic I (listed above):

  • Possession and maintenance of a Grade II Mechanical Technologist Certificate issued by the California Water Environment Association.
 

Benefits

Salary:  Mechanic I - $35.84 - $43.56/hour; Mechanic II - $39.45 - $47.94/hour

Retirement:  CalPERS retirement formula is 2% at age 60 for Classic members or; 2% at age 62 for “new members” as defined by Government Code §7522.04(e). Social Security and Medicare participation and option to participate in 457 deferred compensation plans. City contributes equivalent of 1.5% of base pay towards a medical after-retirement account.

Health Insurance: City offers a choice of medical HMO (two providers) or PPO plan, and offers vision and dental coverage. City pays 100% of vision and dental premiums for employee and eligible dependents. Employees shall contribute 10% of the HMO premium cost based on category of coverage (single, two, family).  For PPO, employee pays cost difference between PPO and HMO plans. City provides 100% City-paid short- and long-term disability insurances. The City offers a discretionary benefit account for employees who demonstrate health coverage elsewhere.

Vacation:  Fifteen to thirty working days annual vacation, based on the length of service.

Holidays:  Thirteen paid holidays per year, including one floating holiday.

Programs:  457 Deferred Compensation, Unreimbursed Medical and Dependent Care Expenses, Education Expense Reimbursement Program, Employee Assistance Program, Long Term Care, Credit Union, Recreation Classes, and Reduced-fee Child-care Programs are available. 

This classification is in an employee bargaining unit.

 

Special Instructions

OPEN UNTIL FILLED RECRUITMENT: Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Once it is determined that there are a sufficient number of qualified candidates who meet the minimum requirements, the next phase of the selection process will be scheduled. Please ensure timely and complete submission of employment application and supporting documents as recruitment may close at any time.

To be considered for this employment opportunity, you must complete the online application and supplemental questionnaire in their entirety. A resume may be included but does not substitute for a complete application. Applications with "see resume" as a substitution for the work experience description, those with unclear past employment information or those with insufficient information to evaluate possession of minimum qualifications will not be considered.

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Prior to hire, and after a conditional offer of appointment has been made, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a pre-employment physical and drug screening (when applicable), a driving record review, reference check, and a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint check. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment. Determinations are made on a case-by-case basis with consideration given to nature and recency of the conviction and relationship to job duties. All City standards must be met before the final appointment is made.

Candidates requesting veteran’s preference must provide a copy of U.S. Government Form DD 214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" as an attachment to their CalOpps application.

Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process should advise the Human Resources Department upon submittal of application.  Documentation of the need for accommodation must be submitted to HR.

The policy of the City of South San Francisco is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status or national origin.  It is the intent and desire of the City of South San Francisco that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.  The City of South San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

DISCLAIMER: This general announcement does not constitute an express or implied contract and is subject to change. Any provisions contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice. Tests may consist of any combination of written, oral or other exercises or assessment procedures as deemed appropriate by the City, in order to evaluate job knowledge, skills and/or abilities as they relate to the position. The City may, without notice, change or eliminate any particular assessment component or combination of components as needs dictate.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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