Senior Wastewater Mechanic



JOB CODE: 1257

PAY GRADE: 1180

SALARY RANGE: $33,825 - $57,585

LOCATION OF WORK
Department of Environmental Services

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Under the direction of an employee of a higher classification, performs supervisory and journeyman level mechanical work in the construction, maintenance, and repair of equipment at sewage pumping, storage, and treatment facilities and storm water pumping stations. Work involves maintenance and repair of pumps, gearboxes, bar screens, basins, motors, blowers, compressors, drive shafts, etc. Assignments are given orally or in writing. An employee of this class may be on twenty-four-hour call. Performs other work as requested.

ESSENTIAL WORK TASKS
Supervises and assists personnel engaged in maintaining and repairing mechanical equipment at sewage pumping, storage, and treatment facilities and storm water pumping stations that includes pumps, gearboxes, bar screens, basins, motors, blowers, compressors, drive shafts, etc. Supervises and assists personnel engaged in maintaining and repairing various types of pumps: grit/grit classifier, plunger, sump, sludge/scum, primary plant effluent, and recirculation. Meets with operations at the beginning of each work shift and personally checks for any newly issued work orders daily. Prioritizes daily work based on criticality of facilities, in absence of directives issued by an employee of higher classification. Develops and implements preventative maintenance and repair schedules; checks progress of completion of preventative maintenance activities and the closeout of related paperwork. Communicates the status of equipment put in service, taken out of service, repairs, etc. on a consistent basis. Personally inspects the adequacy of maintenance work and ensures pumps and other equipment are functioning properly. Performs major installation, maintenance, and repair work with other Wastewater employees. Maintains and repairs explosion proof submersible pumps and devices; modifies and/or adapts submersible pumps and equipment for special emergency situations. Troubleshoots, repairs, and tests air compressors, control panels, and air release valves. Requisitions materials and maintains records, parts inventory, and equipment information. Diagnoses trouble with equipment and assigns job to subordinates. Assists manager with preparing work schedules and adjusting schedules if necessary. Responsible for performance management of subordinates daily, including documenting work that exceeds or does not meet requirements, and contributing in PMAS planning and evaluations. Trains employees on current and new mechanical equipment at sewage pumping, storage, and treatment facilities and storm water pumping stations. Operates and maintains various hand and power tools. May operate and maintain a light automotive vehicle and/or a forklift.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of the operation of sewage pumping, storage, and treatment facilities and storm water pumping stations. Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of pumps, machines, machine tools, motors, and other mechanical equipment utilized in sewage pumping, storage, and treatment facilities and storm water pumping stations. Knowledge of principles and practices of explosion proof submersible pumps and internal workings of these pumps through manufacturer's specifications. Knowledge of principles and practices of the electrical trade. Knowledge of pipefitting and the use of hydraulics. Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of sewage pumping, storage, and treatment facilities and storm water pumping stations. Skill in the safe operation of a variety of hand and power tools. Ability to maintain and repair various pumps and other mechanical equipment utilized at sewage pumping, storage, and treatment facilities and storm water pumping stations. Ability to plan, organize, train, and supervise the work of subordinate personnel performing maintenance on mechanical equipment. Ability to follow schematic drawings. Ability to utilize computer equipment and software applications related to assignments. Ability to operate powered metal-working tools. Ability to diagnose and correct operating trouble in mechanical equipment. Ability to work with close tolerances. Ability to climb and descend ladders and stairs. Ability to participate in a standby schedule. Ability to work after scheduled hours and during emergency situations. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENCE
High school diploma, GED, HiSET, or equivalent certificate of competency, supplemented by completion of vocational school in a mechanical related field, and five years of experience in mechanical repairs, including three years of experience with automatic pumps.

SUBSTITUTIONS
One year of experience in a related area may substitute for completion of vocational school; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

CERTIFICATIONS / LICENSES / REGISTRATIONS
(Unless otherwise specified below, must possess at the time of appointment and must be maintained current throughout employment in this classification.) Position(s) of this classification may require a Class IV Wastewater Collection or Treatment Certificate as issued by the Louisiana State Department of Health. If certificate is required must be maintained throughout employment in this position. Position(s) of this classification may require a factory trained certificate on submersible pumps from manufacturer within six (6) months of date of appointment. If certificate is required, must be maintained throughout employment in this position. Position(s) of this classification may require a valid Louisiana driver's license or a valid Louisiana Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class A, B, or C with appropriate endorsements. If license is required, must be maintained throughout employment in this position.

OTHER JOB ASPECTS
None.


NOTE:
The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the job.