Wastewater Lead Mechanic

City of Meridian | Meridian, ID

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Posted Date 9/16/2020




Job Title:                             Wastewater Lead Mechanic

Department:                      Public Works, Wastewater Division

Reports To:                         Maintenance Supervisor

Open Date:                         September 15, 2020

Close Date:                         Open Until Filled

Hiring Range:                     $20.90 - $26.71 per hour, DOE

Salary Range:                    $20.90 - $31.35 per hour, DOE


Job Summary: 


This position provides lead responsibilities including; oversight, coordination, training, and guidance to assigned staff performing complex, industrial maintenance and repair services to the wastewater treatment facility and buildings and associated lift station systems. Position is required to perform technical in-field maintenance and repairs as well as administrative and lead duties.  Works independently under the direction of the Wastewater Maintenance Supervisor and acts as the Wastewater Maintenance Supervisor in the absence of.  This position exercises advanced decision making and problem solving with independence within the framework of established policies, procedures and guidelines. Position is subject to callback, overtime, and weekend/holiday emergency call outs.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:


Provide coaching and mentoring to a team of Wastewater Mechanics.


Responsible for the development of assigned staff annual employee performance reviews including documentation, coaching, and employee development. Position also provides input into progressive disciplinary actions.


Provides input into workforce planning and goal-setting activities, provides input in the evaluation and review of employee performance, makes hiring and discipline recommendations, and oversee staff success and accountability.


Troubleshoots and performs diagnostics of mechanical, electrical, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and lift station systems for repair, replacement, and new installment of equipment and structures.


Checks, lubricates, maintains and makes repairs and adjustments on pumps, mechanical equipment, and other related equipment within the treatment plant and at lift stations.


Performs daily, weekly, monthly, and semi-annual maintenance related activities as required;


Monitors equipment performance and has the ability to recognize equipment failure, provide corrective action, and initiate follow up measures;


Adjusts and troubleshoot Variable Frequency Drives (VFD); and able to correspond with outside vendors for information or assistance.


Performs some plumbing and carpentry tasks, in addition to regular work, and other related work as may be required for proper plant operation;


Occasionally performs minor maintenance on pickups, skid steer, boom lift, telehandler, and other heavy equipment;


Performs fabrication with welding involving use of steel, stainless steel and aluminum;


Maintains and repairs chemical feed equipment;


Maintains and repairs pumps and motors, as well as boilers and centrifuge.


Maintains and repairs digester gas system components;


Maintains spare parts and equipment inventory;


Handles, maintains, and stores oils, solvents and other shop chemicals; reads and follows Safety Data Sheets (SDS)


Utilizes standard shop tools and machines (such as parts washer, plasma cutter, etc.)


Respond to wastewater emergencies as required.


Serves in emergency standby capacity; provides customer service and performs aspects of maintenance and repair during after hour’s periods including holidays and weekends.


Assist in development, management, and execution of annual division operating and capital budgets by identifying and recommending required expenditures;


Assists in obtaining quotes and bids for repair work, equipment purchases and services.


Reviews and makes recommendations on acceptance of bids for equipment and contracted work.


Support the implementation and ongoing utilization of asset management software, and ensure that all work orders are entered into the asset management software.


Assist in scheduling, directing, and tracking of the preventative maintenance program which includes creating maintenance schedules for new equipment as it comes online.


Effectively and courteously communicate with supervisor, employees, other departments, public, outside agencies, or other individuals or groups


Oversee training regarding work methods, procedures, utilizing specialized tools and equipment, and all related safety aspects. 


Oversee and administer the program’s training and development requirements to ensure licensures, certifications and qualifications are intact and current for all staff.


Develop appropriate Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for section processes;


Performs detailed data entry to maintain records of work performed and issues as they arise;


Work is performed under minimal direct supervision and requires independent discretion in decision making while in the field.


Must perform work safely, efficiently, and accurately.


Demonstrates and supervises safe working practices in the field.


Regular sift schedule may include weekend days.


Performs other duties as assigned.


Job Specifications:


High school diploma or GED required;


Associate or Bachelor degree in related field preferred;


Minimum of four (4) years’ experience as a journey-level industrial mechanic in an industrial setting.


One (1) year experience in a lead/foreman/supervisory position is desirable.  Direct supervisory experience is preferred.


Must have significant experience reading, interpreting, and applying blue prints in an industrial setting;


Must have excellent knowledge of the operation, repair, and servicing requirements of pumps, motors, electrical systems, mechanical equipment, and control equipment commonly found in wastewater treatment and collection lift stations;


Must have excellent knowledge of occupational safety standards and hazards associated with various trades, industrial maintenance, and waste water operations;



Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:


Ability to work effectively with hand and power tools, ability to recognize and diagnose equipment failures, ability to act in an emergency;


Extensive experience with electrical and mechanical equipment with work experience in a variety of work elements including equipment repair, servicing and lubrication, trouble shooting and wastewater treatment processes.


The ability to determine preventative maintenance scheduling for a large technically complex facility;


Ability to supervise others and keep excellent maintenance records;


Ability to understand, perform, and direct work in manners that meet IPDES permit compliance requirements


Knowledge of team building, relationship building, and leadership practices;


Working knowledge of safety regulations, policies, and practices;


Working knowledge of safe rigging practices;


Must display an attitude of cooperation and the ability to work well with others;


Ability to effectively direct the activities of subordinate in a manner which will accomplish program objectives;


Ability to train and evaluate subordinates in the skillful and safe operation of maintenance equipment;


Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with respect to subordinates, other city personnel and the public


Ability to use tact and diplomacy when dealing with citizen complaints;


Must be able to read, write, and speak English;


Ability to maintain records and prepare activity reports;


Be proficient at keyboarding, word processing, database management, record filing and have proven skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook;


Working knowledge of asset management programs and software;


Working knowledge of basic budgeting and financial analysis;


Proficient technical and business writing skills;


Integrity, in the performance of assigned tasks;


Ability to utilize a pickup truck, reach lift, fork lift, man lift, and truck mounted crane.


This position requires on-call availability and reports to facility in cases of emergencies; evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays as required.


Licenses and Certification:


Must hold a valid State of Idaho Driver’s License & safe driving record;


Obtain a Wastewater Treatment Operator Class 1 or Operator-in-Training (OIT) license within one year of hire.


Obtain a Wastewater Collection Operator Class 1 or Operator-in-Training (OIT) license within one year of hire.


Work Environment and Physical Demands:


Job requires extensive walking, bending, and other physical movements


Routinely requires lifting and moving up to 50 pounds and occasionally lifts and/or moves more than 100 pounds;


While performing the duties of this job, the employee works in an office environment while sitting at a desk for intermittent periods of time.  The noise level often in the work environment is usually quiet in the office and moderate to loud in the field;


Frequently works near moving mechanical parts and in extreme outside weather conditions;


Frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibration;


Requires driving a motorized vehicle or maintenance equipment;


Occasionally is exposed to risk of electrical shock;


Employees work in/at heights, confined spaces and are exposed to mechanical, electrical hazards;


Employees work on or around walkways of expanded metal, uneven concrete, and rocky areas which can become slippery and icy; on lift equipment and step ladders in confined areas; in and around moving mechanical parts;


Work includes protected exposure to infectious bacteria, bodily fluids, and chemicals;


Additional environmental conditions include: exposure to sewage, methane, hydrogen sulfide and other possible toxic gases and hazardous substances.


Travel Requirements


Local travel is required, often using City vehicle


Regional travel is required on occasion


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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