Posted on 09-27-2022
$36,048.51 – $54,613.32 a year depending on qualifications
Application Deadline: Until filled
General Statement of Duties
Performs responsible technical and semi-skilled work in the operation, maintenance, and repair replacement of machinery and equipment in the water and sewer treatment plants and pumping stations.
Distinguishing Features of the Class
An employee in this class performs journey level mechanical work in the operation, maintenance, and repair of large and specialized equipment and machinery in water and sewer treatment plants and pumping stations. Work involves responsibility for maintaining and repairing a variety of pumps and motors and other equipment in water and sewer pumping stations. Work requires a knowledge of trade skills in mechanical and plumbing areas with some knowledge of electrical repairs. The employee is subject to hazards associated with wastewater and mechanical operations including working in both inside and outside environments, in extreme hot and cold weather, and exposure to various hazards such as loud noises, vibrations, moving mechanical parts, electrical current, working on scaffolding, and exposure to chemicals fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, poor ventilation, and oils. The employee may be required to wear a respirator. Work also requires on-call and call-back responsibilities. Work around raw sewage is also subject to the final standards of OSHA on blood borne pathogens. Work is performed under regular supervision. Work is evaluated in terms of effectiveness in returning equipment to proper operating conditions within given time schedules, and overall effectiveness of system performance.
Duties and Responsibilities
Essential Duties and Tasks
Makes regular inspection tours of water or sewer lift stations to check for proper operations, perform preventive maintenance, and make repairs.
Maintains and repairs pumps, motors, and hydraulic systems, and other apparatus and equipment.
Participates in regular preventive maintenance inspections such as checking and lubricating bearings, gear boxes, checking and replacing filters, cleaning out wet wells, packing pumps, mowing, and other preventive maintenance activities.
Participates in ground maintenance including mowing, trimming, clearing brush and cleaning.
Participates in the operations of the water and/or sewer plant when needed.
Troubleshoots, diagnoses, and repairs parts or equipment due to failure.
Dismantles and overhauls various equipment; cleans, replaces and repairs gauges, engines, and other equipment..
Rebuilds and overhauls defective parts and machinery, instrumentation and equipment; maintains and services electrical generators for emergency power sources during outages.
Participates in facility maintenance; paints; repairs roofs.
Takes reading and tests and adjusts chlorine levels at elevated storage tanks.
Additional Job Duties
Performs related duties as required.
Recruitment and Selection Guidelines
Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities
Working knowledge of biological, chemical and other treatment plant operations.
Working knowledge of the installation, repair, and maintenance of the mechanical, plumbing, and hydraulic components of pumping stations.
Considerable knowledge of the occupational hazards and necessary safety precautions of the work.
Considerable knowledge of the tools, parts, and methods associated with diagnosing, repairing, and maintaining equipment.
Some knowledge of electrical wiring and parts and ability to diagnose and replace some parts.
Some knowledge of the use of information technology in assigned tasks.
Skill in the use and care of tools of the trade.
Ability to detect malfunctioning of pumps and motors by observation, sound, and chart readings, and to take proper remedial action.
Ability to read and follow schematic drawings, blueprints, and written and oral instructions.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and supervisor.
Ability to prepare and maintain accurate and records and prepare reports.
Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, hearing, and repetitive motions.
Must be able to perform heavy work exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally; and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently; and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly.
Must possess the visual acuity to operate machines and equipment including close inspection of moving and small parts, using measurement devices, perform assembly and fabrication of parts, prepare maintenance records and operate a computer terminal.
Desirable Education and Experience
Graduation from high school supplemented by courses in mechanical or plumbing trades, and treatment plant operations and mechanical or distribution and/or collection system maintenance experience including pump repair; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Possession of a valid North Carolina driver’s license.
Employee assistance program
Flexible spending account
Paid time off
Professional development assistance
The City of Bessemer City is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)