Utility Mechanic I, II, Senior (Water)

City of Vallejo | Vallejo, CA

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Posted Date 6/28/2020
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Senior Utility Mechanic application period closes 5:00 PM Monday, June 29, 2020

Utility Mechanic I/II series application period closes 5:00 PM Monday, July 20, 2020

THE CITY OF VALLEJO

The City of Vallejo is located in Solano County and has a population of approximately 121,000 residents. Vallejo is a rapidly changing, highly diverse community located midway between the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento. It is a friendly, active waterfront community that attracts innovative, hardworking people and takes great pride in its 148-year history and maritime heritage. Residents of Vallejo are situated to take advantage of the best of what the area has to offer. Golf, museums, performing arts, boutique shopping, brewpubs and a wide selection of restaurants are all available in Vallejo. Residents and visitors alike enjoy Vallejo's delightful historical downtown area, weekly downtown farmer's market, and beautifully restored Victorian homes and business facades. Vallejo is also home to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, one of America's only combination wildlife, oceanarium and theme parks.

THE DEPARTMENT
The Vallejo Water Department is a dynamic organization engaged in growth and positive change for the benefit of our customers and community. The Department provides potable water to 121,000 customers through a highly complex system including multiple raw water sources, three treatment plants, 600 miles of distribution pipe, 8 pressure zones, 27 pump stations, and 37,000 service connections. Vallejo Water is a Treatment-5/Distribution-5 system.

In 2017, Vallejo water services transitioned from a division of Public Works, to a standalone Water Department reporting directly to the City Manager. This change gives drinking water-related operations and issues greater visibility and strategic direction for the benefit of rate-payers.  The Water Department's strategic goals include: infrastructure reliability, public trust, sustainability, organizational performance, and financial viability. Key initiatives include:

  • Rehabilitation and replacement of aging infrastructure.
  • Revenue streams that help offset water rates.
  • Innovative approaches to management and technologies.
  • Sustainable budgets and staffing.
  • Pursuit of regional partnerships.
  • Strategic, proactive engagement with the expanding regulatory environment.


The Water Department's growth and enthusiasm about the future reflect the larger community's excitement and positivity. The City of Vallejo is on the move with many economic development opportunities underway, including the redevelopment of Mare Island (former Naval shipyard). New eateries, a thriving arts community, parks, and water front development are all contributing to Vallejo's revitalization. The City engages with all facets of civic life, and the Water Department's services provide a vital resource to our residents, businesses, schools, City departments, and community organizations. The Water Department has six Divisions: Water Treatment, Engineering, Distribution, Facilities Maintenance, Water Quality, and Administration/Conservation.

The Utility Mechanics will report to the Facilities Division. This team oversees the maintenance of the City's Water treatment plants, pump stations, reservoirs and watershed lands, lakes, and dams. The Utility Mechanic is a key member of the team and performs planned and emergency repairs, maintenance, and replacement work on mechanical equipment including pumps, motors, pump stations and other elements related to the operation of the treatment plants, pumping stations reservoirs, and overall system. The Facilities team, including the Utility Mechanic, are critical to maintaining the water system and supporting the delivery of potable water to residents.

THE POSITION
This recruitment is being conducted to fill two full-time vacancies. The list established by this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, limited term, and temporary vacancies for up to one year. The department may choose to fill these vacancies at the I or II level, depending on the qualifications of the candidate pool.

The City of Vallejo is seeking to fill their Utility Mechanic, as a collaborative member of the City's Water Department. This position is flexibly staffed and can move from a I to a II level once qualifications have been met.

The ideal Utility Mechanic will be able to make minor and major repairs to a variety of utility systems and mechanical equipment including pumps, motors, pump stations, and related facilities; and to assist other departments with mechanical systems as required. The incumbent selected for the position of Utility Mechanic is expected to be placed on the Department's on-call rotation and to respond to after-hours service needs all hours of the day and night, including weekends and holidays.

While not required, possession of a Water Distribution Operator Grade D-2 issued by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) is highly desirable. Other highly desirable cetifications include State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Treatment Operator T2, California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Mechanical Technologist 2, and NCCCO Certified Crane Operator.

Candidates must be able to pass a federal government background investigation during the length of employment (For access to Travis Air Force Base)

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL HAVE
 

  • Knowledge of principles and procedures of hydraulic systems, high pressure air systems and high pressure water systems;
  • Basic materials, methods and tools used in the installation, operation, repair and maintenance of water utility systems;
  • Maintenance and repair of mechanical equipment, gas and diesel engines, electric motors, pumps, valves and compressors;
  • Safety precautions necessary for working in hazardous environments, including but not limited to confined spaces, aerial lift platforms, pump stations and other water utility structures and components; 
  • Effects of hazardous chemical conditions;
  • Operation and repair characteristics of a wide variety of mechanical, pumping and treatment equipment used in water utility systems; and
  • Two years of experience performing major equipment repair duties involving maintenance of mechanical equipment used in a water utility system; and 
  • A high school diploma and college course work in a related field; and
  • The ability to respond to afterhours call outs as needed and when assigned to standby duty


SALARY 
Utility Mechanic I: $26.85 - $32.63 Hourly  $2,147.77 - $2,610.63 Bi-Weekly  $4,653.50 - $5,656.36 Monthly  $55,842.04 - $67,876.35 Annual

Utility Mechanic II: 29.64 - $36.02 Hourly  $22,370.99 - $2,881.96  Bi-Weekly $5,137.16 - $6,244.24 Monthly  $61,645.86 - $74,930.93 Annual

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Utility Mechanic I – This is the entry level class in the Utility Mechanic series.  This class is distinguished from the Utility Mechanic II by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within the series including inspecting, diagnosing, locating and repairing mechanical difficulties on mechanical equipment; repair, overhaul, and rebuilding pumps, valves, motors, meters, tanks, and reservoirs as knowledge and experience grow and develop.  Since this class is typically used to provide such additional training as may be necessary to bring appointees to full journey level, appointees may have only limited related work experience.

Utility Mechanic II – This is the full journey level class within the Utility Mechanic series.  Employees within this class are distinguished from the Utility Mechanic I by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned including all inspection, diagnosing, locating and repairing mechanical difficulties on a variety of mechanical equipment including water pumps, internal combustion engines, generators, chemical feed systems, and pneumatic and regulator-controlled pressure systems; as well as repairing, overhauling, or rebuilding pumps valves, motors, meters, tank and reservoirs, and performing design, welding, fabricating, installation and maintenance duties.

Senior Utility Mechanic - This is an advanced journey level position. Incumbents in this position are expected to provide lead supervision.  Positions assigned to this class coordinate and perform the full range of skilled repair, installation and maintenance of utility systems and associated components.
 
Work in this class is distinguished from that of a Utility Mechanic II by the level of responsibility and the daily coordination of subordinates.  Incumbents in this position are expected to work with a greater degree of complexity and a high degree of independence.  Incumbent are expected to exercise independent judgment and initiative in the performance of their duties.  Incumbents in this position are responsible for the supervision and training of new staff.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Utility Mechanic I
Receives immediate supervision from more experienced staff, supervisory and management staff.

Utility Mechanic II
Receives general supervision from more experienced staff, supervisory and management staff.

May provide technical and functional work direction to less experienced staff.

Senior Utility Mechanic 
Receives general supervision from the Water Facilities Superintendent.

May exercise technical and functional supervision over the Utility Mechanics I and II's in the absence of the Water Facilities Superintendent.

Examples of Duties
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Utility Mechanic I
- Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Inspect, diagnose, locate and repair mechanical difficulties on a variety of mechanical equipment including water pumps, electric motors, internal combustion engines, generators, chemical feed systems, and pneumatic and regulator-controlled pressure systems.
  • Repair, overhaul, or rebuild pumps valves, motors, meters, tank and reservoirs. 
  • Install/repair piping and plumbing to and from chlorinators including valves and regulators; maintain chlorinators and seals. 
  • Inspect, maintain, and repair valve operators including hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical control systems. 
  • Repair, remove, and replace flow meters; repair pressure gauges; repair pressure recorders as required. 
  • Change instrument charts that record flow pressure in the water system; start and stop pumps and various equipment as required.
  • Perform a variety of preventative maintenance duties on water facilities production and distribution equipment and maintain preventative maintenance records.
  • Maintain and repair shop equipment including hoists, welders, compressors, and various equipment.
  • Perform light maintenance on pump and plant buildings, including light carpentry, masonry, and concrete work.
  • Maintain work, time, and material records.
  • Assist other mechanics in the performance of mechanical repairs as required.
  • Remove large mechanical equipment from service on a periodic basis; disassemble, inspect and overhaul as needed; place equipment back in service. 
  • Estimate time, materials and equipment required for jobs assigned, requisition materials as required.
  • Perform preventative maintenance on equipment as required. 
  • Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provide information within the area of assignment; resolve complaints in and efficient and timely manner.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.


Utility Mechanic II
- In addition to the duties established for Utility Mechanic I:

  • Rig and lift heavy and oversized loads.
  • Design, weld, fabricate, and assemble parts and equipment for City mechanical equipment as required.
  • Coordinate with other departments for the repair of equipment as required.


Senior Utility Mechanic

  • Receives written and oral work assignments from the Water Facilities Superintendent and/or Plant Maintenance Supervisor, assist in determining type of equipment, personnel and material needs.
  • Provides lead supervision and participates in the installation, repair and maintenance of pumps, clarifiers, chemical feed systems and all related utility equipment.
  • Coordinate with other departments for the repair of equipment as required.
  • Oversees and instructs personnel in the safe operation of equipment and tools used in the repair of water utility equipment.
  • Prepares reports and maintains a variety of records
  • Orders materials as needed.
  • Assists in the development and planning of water utility maintenance programs.
  • Assist in the supervision, training and evaluation of subordinate employees.
  • Responds to emergency and after hour calls.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Typical Qualifications

Utility Mechanic I

Knowledge of:

  • Tools, equipment, and procedures used in the overhaul, repair, and adjustment of mechanical equipment.
  • Procedures of preventive maintenance related to utility mechanical equipment.
  • Operation and care of internal combustion engines and hydraulic equipment.
  • Methods, materials, equipment, and tools used in routine welding and fabrication work.
  • Principles of carpentry, masonry, electricity, and plumbing.
  • Basic hydraulic theories as related to pumps.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices necessary in the area of work assigned.
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping.
  • Safe work practices.


Ability to:

  • Perform mechanical work including the diagnosing, trouble-shooting, fabricating, and repair of utility equipment.
  • Learn to diagnose, disassemble, repair, and rebuild mechanical equipment used in water treatment and distribution.
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision.
  • Use a variety of equipment maintenance tools and equipment.
  • Maintain a variety of shop and repair records.
  • Read and understand various manuals, blueprints, and schematics.
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions. 
  • Learn to perform preventative maintenance on mechanical equipment as required.
  • Use and operate hand tools, power tools, and mechanical equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Read and interpret maps, sketches, drawings, specifications, and technical manuals.
  • Perform a variety of manual tasks for extended periods of time and in unfavorable weather conditions.
  • Learn to apply good judgment and practical knowledge to resolve unusual or irregular problems in the area of work assigned.
  • Perform duties in a manner to maximize public safety in the area of work assigned.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

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Utility Mechanic II
In addition to the knowledge and abilities established for Utility Mechanic I:

Knowledge of: 

  • Principles and procedures of hydraulic systems high-pressure air systems, and high-pressure water systems.
  • Operating and repair characteristics of a wide variety of mechanical, pumping, and treatment equipment used in water utility systems.


Ability to:

  • Perform journey level mechanical work including the diagnosing, trouble-shooting, fabricating, and repair of utility equipment.
  • Diagnose, disassemble, repair, and rebuild mechanical equipment used in water treatment and distribution.
  • Accurately determine mechanical repair needs and estimate the cost and time of repairs.
  • Perform preventative maintenance on mechanical equipment as required.
  • Apply good judgment and practical knowledge to resolve unusual or irregular problems in the area of work assigned.
  • Respond to emergency call outs.


Senior Utility Mechanic

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and procedures of hydraulic systems, high pressure air systems and high pressure water systems.
  • Basic materials, methods and tools used in the installation, operation, repair and maintenance of water utility systems.
  • Maintenance and repair of mechanical equipment, gas and diesel engines, electric motors, pumps, valves and compressors.
  • Safety precautions necessary for working in hazardous environments, including but not limited to confined spaces, aerial lift platforms, pump stations and other water utility structures and components.
  • Effects of hazardous chemical conditions.
  • Operation and repair characteristics of a wide variety of electro-mechanical, pumping and treatment equipment used in water utility systems. 


Ability to:

  • Perform advanced journey level electro-mechanical work including the diagnosing, troubleshooting, fabricating and repair of water utility equipment.
  • Effectively plan, schedule, assign and supervise the activities involved in the efficient water utility maintenance.
  • Order replacement parts and keep maintenance records.
  • Follow oral and written instruction.
  • Diagnose, disassemble, repair and rebuild electro mechanical used in water distribution.
  • Assist in the supervision, training and evaluation of subordinates.
  • Read plans, diagrams, schematics and blueprints.
  • Make plumbing repairs.
  • Operate welding equipment.
  • Perform daily tasks using computer software programs.
  • Train personnel in safety methods and procedures. 

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Experience and Training Guidelines
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Utility Mechanic I
Experience:
Some experience performing minor and major equipment repair duties involving the maintenance of mechanical equipment.

Training:
Formal or informal education or training which ensures the ability to read and write at a level necessary for successful job performance including specialized training in maintenance and repair of mechanical equipment.

License or Certificate:
Possess and maintain a valid, appropriate California driver's license and have a safe driving record.

Obtain a Water Distribution Operator Grade D 1 issued by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) within 24 months of employment as a Utility Mechanic I.

Utility Mechanic II
In addition to the experience and training guidelines established for Utility Mechanic I:

Experience:
Two years of experience performing minor and major equipment repair duties involving maintenance of mechanical equipment equivalent to that of Utility Mechanic I with the City of Vallejo.

Training:
Formal or informal education or training which ensures the ability to read and write at a level necessary for successful job performance including specialized training in maintenance and repair of mechanical equipment.

License or Certificate:
Possess and maintain an appropriate, valid California driver's license and have a safe driving record.

Possess and maintain a Water Distribution Operator Grade D1 issued by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) throughout employment in this class.

Senior Utility Mechanic

Experience:
Two years of experience performing major equipment repair duties involving maintenance of electro-mechanical equipment used in a water utility system.
 
Training:
A High School Diploma is required. College course work in a related field is highly desirable.
 
License or Certificate
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California Class C driver's license at the time of the appointment. 
 
Possession of or ability to obtain a Water Distribution Operator Grade D-2 issued by the State of California Department of Public Health (CDPH) within 18 months of appointment.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION 

Working Conditions
Office and inspection site environment; exposure to dust and noise; some climbing, stooping, light lifting and inspecting in confined areas.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Senior

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