Wastewater Mechanic



JOB CODE: 1256

PAY GRADE: 1160

SALARY RANGE: $30,681 - $52,231

LOCATION OF WORK
Department of Environmental Services

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Under the direction of an employee of a higher classification, performs 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. May also perform various machinist work. 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
Inspects, maintains, and repairs 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. Maintains and repairs various types of pumps: grit/grit classifier, plunger, sump, sludge/scum, primary plant effluent, and recirculation. Installs, removes, and repacks pumps. Rebuilds return activated sludge (R.A.S.) pumps. Replaces defective fuses, wiring, starters, elements, and coils. Lubricates bearings, pumps, and motors. Performs light electrical work, including disconnecting electric motors and checking voltage and amps. Cleans and reinstalls float control systems. Repairs broken water lines. Performs major installation, maintenance, and repair work with other Wastewater employees. May perform various machinist work such as: operating powered metal-working tools to make pump shafts; wears and fits sleeves; grinds and polishes sleeves; builds, bores, and bushes pump housings; bores or bushes impellers; cuts keyways, in shafting, impellers, and gears; and reconditions housing by refacing, truing, making, and fitting bearings or bushings. Reviews operation and maintenance manuals and requests quotes for repair parts. Assists supervisor with maintaining records, parts inventory, and equipment information. 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 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. Skill in the use of machine tools for boring, threading, machining, grinding, lapping, drilling, polishing, cutting, and tapering. 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 follow schematic drawings. Ability to redesign pumps. Ability to operate powered metal-working tools. Ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions. 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 three years of experience in mechanical repairs, including two years of experience with automatic pumps.

SUBSTITUTIONS
One year of experience in a related area may substitute for completion of vocational school; machinist work experience may substitute for the experience in mechanical repairs and automatic pumps; 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 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.