The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Job Details


The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of twenty six cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitan’s mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan’s facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five conventional water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.6 billion gallons per day, nine surface water reservoirs, 800 miles of pipeline, and 16 hydroelectric power plants.

Job Summary

OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN IV - MECHANICAL

The MWD’s Water System Operations Group, Operations Support Services Section has two (2) openings for an Operations & Maintenance Technician IV-Mechanical in the Conveyance & Distribution Section, Desert Unit, Iron Mountain Pumping Plant located in Earp, California. Positions located at the Iron Mountain Pumping Plant are eligible to rent Metropolitan Water District housing.
 
Within this role, you will utilize journey level mechanical skills, experience and knowledge in the practices, procedures, and methods of installing, maintaining, and repairing complex and general water utility and facility mechanical systems. You will monitor and inspect mechanical equipment and related systems for reliable operating condition and performance, including predictive and diagnostic testing; preventive and corrective maintenance; improving equipment and asset capacity and upgrading systems to meet treatment, conveyance and distribution operating and service demands.

You will maintain and improve mechanical/electrical equipment related to Metropolitan’s significant revenue-generating assets, systems, processes, supporting facilities, and infrastructure including those within treatment plants, pump plants, chemical unloading and transfer facilities, conveyance and distribution structures, reservoirs, hydroelectric plants, and right-of-ways. Employees in this title ensure ongoing reliability and capacity primarily through maintenance activities, to ensure the operational service necessary to convey, store, treat, and distribute water and hydroelectric power effectively to member agencies and other customers.
 
You will be responsible for: operating and maintaining large equipment such as generators and motors, overhead hoists and cranes, compressors and pneumatic systems, hydraulic power units, domestic water systems in plant and residential facilities and other associated pump plant mechanical equipment and systems. Preventive and corrective mechanical maintenance duties include, but are not limited to: lubricating bearing, rebuilding various pumps and valves, repairing and installing piping, troubleshooting and repairing water system equipment failures, lubricating and exercising small and large diameter valves and actuators, rebuilding, replacing and installing pumps, refurbishing and/or rebuilding valves and associated piping, operational duties and high-voltage switching operations.

Work tasks in treatment and pump plants, and conveyance and distribution involve collecting a wide variety of operational process and maintenance data including equipment readings, treatment and conveyance flow information, and water quality samples, to ensure effective operations, equipment/asset maintenance, and protection/security of public health and District assets on a routine and emergency response basis.


JOB DUTIES
1. Performs a wide variety of journey mechanical preventive and corrective maintenance on aqueduct pumping plant related systems, processes and facilities to ensure aqueduct plant reliability that may include work on: large rotating equipment, overhead hoists and cranes, rigging systems, compressors, hydraulic power units, valves of various sizes, configuration and operation control (manual, hydraulic and motor) including pneumatic and hydraulic process controls.

2. Performs a wide variety of preventive and corrective maintenance on pipelines, feeders, aqueducts, canals, siphons, reservoirs, pumps, motors, generators, lubrication and cooling equipment, control and head gate structures and associated equipment/assets.

3. Rebuilds and repairs aqueduct pumping plant infrastructure, equipment, systems and processes as necessary, requiring planning, fabrication of parts using general machine shop equipment, welding and/or assembly and installation to bring equipment/processes to as-designed operating tolerances and conditions.

4. Completes preventive and corrective activities on large-scale water conveyance and distribution infrastructure and assets including aqueducts, delivery lines, head gates and associated structures, pipelines, aqueduct sand traps, canals, radial gates and reservoirs, to maintain distribution system integrity, capacity, and operational reliability.

5. Utilizes state-of-the-art technology such as SCADA, perform predictive and preventive maintenance activities to determine infrastructure and large rotating and moving equipment wear. Assist with the performance of predictive analysis through laser alignment, vibration and oil analysis to anticipate maintenance needs and determine appropriate actions to maintain and enhance equipment life and uptime.

6. Performs and preventive and corrective maintenance of mechanical/electrical systems.

7. Performs preventive and corrective maintenance on valves of differing size, configuration, age, and operating control systems. May include lubrication, exercising and repair, and replacement of parts to ensure effective water movement and valve longevity.

8. Performs preventive and corrective maintenance to ensure structure integrity, safety, security and appearance standards of all pumping plant and residential facilities.

9. Improves mechanical systems associated with construction and improvement projects such as building and infrastructure enhancements directly associated with pumping plant and residential systems including modifications, rebuilding, and relocating structures, assets, and equipment.

10. Completes, at times in collaboration with Specialist level or Control Technicians, complex predictive, preventive and corrective maintenance on mechanical/electrical systems associated with large motors, pumps, generators, valves, varied equipment and other mechanical related systems associated with the effective movement of water and power.

11. Utilizes instrumentation to test and monitor the capabilities, limits, and effectiveness of equipment and subsystems of equipment, as well as other mechanical processes and systems directly related to power and water systems, to measure the ongoing effectiveness of those systems and to assure the quality of maintenance and/or improvements.

12. Performs water analysis such as PH, hardness, chlorine and turbidity measurement at various facilities including reservoirs, to test for contaminates and other essential water quality elements.

13. Performs preventive and corrective maintenance on circulating, fire and domestic water distribution systems and swimming pool maintenance. When necessary maintain septic and associated systems.

14. Inspects, tests, calibrates, and records readings for a variety of mechanical/electrical systems and equipment to meet reliable equipment life and service expectations, including motors, compressors, valves, pumps, flow meters, cranes and lifts, chemical storage and feed systems, sand traps and related equipment to ensure effective water operations and movement.

15. Assists with the planning and coordination of scheduled predictive, preventive and corrective maintenance, as well as unplanned outages, shutdowns, and other emergency situations, to minimize equipment downtime and interruption of service to member agencies or other customers.

16. Performs operational duties which include: setting up, starting, stopping, and securing main pump units, monitoring, inspecting, recording, calculating, and reporting pump plant operations data and operating conditions of main motors, pumps, power transformers, and related pump plant equipment, water flow changes, including dewatering and refilling pipelines in association with system maintenance and repairs, earthquake and emergency response, switching operations and safety related inspections of facilities and systems. Handle and log hazardous materials and maintains storage area.

Work Schedule: Modified 4/10 schedule

Job Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
High School diploma or Certificate of High School equivalency in addition to a minimum of 6 years in a mechanical maintenance position in a pump plant, treatment plant, hydroelectric or conveyance and distribution facility or similar environment.

OR

High School diploma or Certificate of High School equivalency in addition to the attainment of journey level skills through a recognized mechanical trade training program.

Journey level experience as demonstrated by practical application of general and advanced techniques and practices specific to the operation, maintenance, and repair of mechanical systems in treatment or pump plants, conveyance and distribution, power generation systems, and related apparatus.

Required Knowledge of: Theories and practices of mechanical systems and their application to large-scale mechanical/electrical systems and equipment related to hydroelectric power plants, water treatment and distribution systems, as well as general and utility facility mechanical systems, applying methods, practices, machine shop equipment for metal fabrication, and tools to ensure reliable operations for the movement and treatment of water, generation of power, and optimization of assets and equipment to meet operational demands within established limits and standards, contemporary maintenance reliability analysis and troubleshooting methods including determination of failure causes, diagnostic analysis through failure mode, and root cause analysis, using traditional analog and precision digital instruments to ensure critical measurements and alignments as part of diagnostic and predictive maintenance, including laser alignment equipment, analog and digital meters, calipers and other tools related to close tolerance analysis and work, and safety practices and regulations for operating or working near electrical and/or mechanical equipment, high voltage systems, hazardous materials, and associated tools and equipment.

Required Skills and Abilities to: Understand and interpret mechanical and electrical engineering data necessary to effectively implement predictive, preventive, corrective, and improvement activities. Frequently perform or assist in the drafting, design, layout and development of procedures, manuals, orders and similar documentation to ensure safe operating techniques and/or for training, to interpret complex schematics, blueprints, electrical diagrams, instructions, manuals, operating and maintenance procedures, and specifications related to water treatment, conveyance and distribution and pump plant, as well as building, facility and hydroelectric power systems/equipment, and experience to utilize tools and diagnostic equipment to test and monitor equipment and asset condition, as well as repair, install and replace equipment necessary to meet water and electrical generation demand and/or capacity, use and maintain mechanical/electrical tools and equipment traditionally used in hydroelectric plants, pump plants, treatment plants, and within water and power control and distribution infrastructure and facilities, apply and guide others in adhering to safety practices and regulations for operating or working near electrical and/or mechanical equipment, high voltage systems, hazardous materials, and associated tools and equipment.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES and REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS:

Employees in this position may be required to obtain and maintain the following certifications, licensing and registrations:
• Valid Drivers license from state of residency equivalent to a California Class A, B, and/or C with appropriate commercial license endorsements (required at time of application.)
• Crane Certifications
• Welding Certification
• Forklift Certification
• Manlift Certification
• Water Treatment Certification Grade II
• MWD High Voltage Switching Certification

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT
Expectations of Hours of Service, Emergency and Stand-by Service:
Employees in this position may be required to work off-shift hours and/or stand-by service to address operational needs and emergencies as required. Pump plant personnel assigned stand-by are required to respond within 15 minutes. May be required to work extended periods away from the normal reporting location.

Physical Demands: Heavy tasks may require lifting and carrying items weighing up to 50 pounds, with intermittent need to lift and carry materials and/or equipment weighing up to 100 pounds with assistance. Frequently requires pushing, pulling, turning and positioning parts, assemblies, equipment and tools weighing as much as 100 pounds with assistance. May be required to lift and move heavy items with the assistance of others and with lifting devices such as jacks, hoists and cranes of varied types and capacities. Physical effort includes frequent walking, stooping, bending, reaching, standing, crawling, climbing, kneeling and sitting for long periods of time. At times may be required to use Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) or other respiratory filtration and personal protection devices.

Work Environment: Work is performed indoors and outdoors at large pumping, treatment, hydroelectric or control facilities, or associated assets, under all types of conditions including extreme temperatures, open and confined spaces ranging from crawl spaces to sub-structures as well as varied types of terrains. Job tasks frequently require working from heights and functioning from elevated platforms suspended by lifts, hoists, scaffolds and cranes over surfaces ranging from earthen materials to concrete, steel and water. Work frequently is conducted in close proximity to high volume/pressurized water, as well as exposed, electrically energized equipment including high voltage systems. The work environment often involves exposure to equipment and tools producing high levels of noise, as well as potentially dangerous materials, chemicals, and machinery that require careful adherence to extensive safety precautions, rules and regulations.

Job Related Selection Criteria:
10% Job Preparation (education, experience and training relevant to the position)
50% Technical knowledge of and skills in:
o Corrective and preventative maintenance
o Troubleshooting and repair of industrial equipment and systems
o Operational and maintenance practices of water treatment equipment and systems
o Read and interpret blueprint/drawings and instructions
o Safety practices related to the industry
10% Interpersonal/Teamwork Skills
10% Planning & Organizing
10% Decision Making Skills
10% Oral Communication Skills
100% Total

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BENEFITS 

• Competitive compensation
• Excellent medical, dental, life, vision and retirement plans, including pension plan and 401k (with matching contribution), tuition reimbursement, and more
• Training and advancement opportunities
• Excellent working environment
• Public transportation reimbursements and van pools

This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. To receive a copy of the complete job description, please send an email to jobs@mwdh2o.com.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities, who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process, please call (213) 217-7738 or email jobs@mwdh2o.com.

MWD is a Federal and State EO employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.

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