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Operations & Maintenance Technician IV - Mechanical at Metropolitan Water District Southern California

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

Type: Full Time
Location: Los Angeles, California

Job Description:
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.


The Water System Operations Group, Conveyance & Distribution Section, currently has three (3) openings for Operations & Maintenance Technician IV (Mechanical) within the Western Region Unit (Conveyance & Distribution) located at our Soto Street Facility in Los Angeles, CA.

Performs journey level mechanical maintenance tasks and activities at conveyance and distribution systems within LA County, including but not limited to treatment plants, aqueduct pump plant, chemical unloading, reservoirs, hydroelectric plants, along right-of-ways, and at other facilities utilizing equipment, processes and systems to ensure ongoing reliability of water and power delivery.

The C & D Mechanic's activities in conveyance and distribution include inspecting, maintaining, and improving mechanical systems associated with large equipment, infrastructure, and assets such as valves, hydraulic systems, compressors, pumps, turnouts and pipelines, feeders and canals, control and pressure-relief structures, reservoirs, and other appurtenances and processes related to the effective delivery of water and electric power. Also, activities include operating utility trucks, cranes/rigging and heavy equipment. Operational activities include water flow changes and adjusting flow pressure settings in control and pressure relief structures, including shutdown and outage operations for maintenance such as dewatering, disinfecting and refilling.

Conveyance and Distribution
1. Performs a wide variety of journey mechanical preventive and corrective maintenance (PM/CM) on conveyance and distribution related systems, processes and facilities to ensure conveyance and distribution reliability that may include work on: valves of various sizes, configuration and operation control (manual and motor) including pneumatic and hydraulic systems, pipelines, feeders, aqueducts, canals, siphons, reservoirs, pumps, lubrication and cooling equipment, control and pressure relief structures and associated equipment/assets and cranes and rigging systems.

2. Completes preventive and corrective maintenance activities on large-scale water conveyance and distribution infrastructure and assets including tunnels, pipelines, feeders, and reservoirs, to maintain distribution system integrity, capacity, and operational reliability.

3. Performs and/or assist with preventive and corrective maintenance of mechanical/electrical systems necessary for standby power generators and associated systems to maintain operational readiness during outages or other emergencies.

4. 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.

5. Accomplishes preventive and corrective maintenance on pressure relief and pressure control structures to ensure reliable operation of water distribution components and functions. Perform PM and CM to ensure structure integrity, safety, security and appearance standards.

6. Operates and monitors valves to make flow changes and adjust pressure settings for routine operations, shutdowns, or other operating conditions requiring safe and effective transfer or adjustment in the movement of water.

7. Rebuilds and repairs conveyance and distribution infrastructure, equipment, systems and processes as necessary, requiring planning, fabrication of parts, welding and/or assembly and installation to bring equipment/processes to as-designed operating condition.

8. Performs and/or assists with improving mechanical systems associated with construction and improvement projects such as building and infrastructure enhancements directly associated with conveyance and distribution systems including modifications, rebuilding, and relocating structures, assets, and equipment.

9. 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, turbines, valves, varied equipment and other mechanical related systems associated with the effective movement of water and power.

10. Performs water analysis such as pH, hardness, chlorine and ammonia at various facilities including reservoirs, to test for contaminates and other essential water quality elements.

11. Inspects, tests, calibrates, and records readings for a variety of mechanical system and equipment to meet reliable equipment life and service expectations, including valves, pumps, flow meters, cranes and lifts, chemical storage and feed systems, basins and related equipment to ensure effective water operations and movement.

12. Assists with the planning and coordination of scheduled PdM, PM, and CM, as well as unplanned outages, shutdowns, and other emergency situations, to minimize equipment downtime and interruption of service to member agencies or other customers.

Work Schedule: 4/10; Monday-Thursday or Tuesday-Friday, 6:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Education and Experience:
High school diploma or Certificate of High School equivalency in addition to a minimum of 6 years in a mechanical maintenance position at a water agency or in a conveyance and distribution facility such as a pump plant, treatment plant, and hydroelectric facility or similar environment.


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 at a water agency or in a conveyance and distribution facility such as a treatment plant, pump plant, and/or power generation systems, and related apparatus.

Required Knowledge of: Theories and practices of mechanical systems and their application to large-scale mechanical systems and equipment related to conveyance and distribution hydroelectric power plants and water treatment systems, as well as general and utility facility mechanical systems, applying methods, practices and tools to ensure reliable operations for the distribution 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 apply for this position, please copy and paste the following link into your browser address bar: