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Operations & Maintenance Tech IV-Mechanical (Plant Maintenance Mechanic) at Metropolitan Water District Southern California

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

Type: Full Time
Location: Granada Hills, 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, ranging up to nearly 20 feet in diameter; 16 hydroelectric power plants; and numerous support facilities.

OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN IV - MECHANICAL (Plant Maintenance Mechanic)The Water System Operations Group, Water Treatment Section, currently has one (1) opening for an Operations & Maintenance Technician IV - Mechanical (Plant Maintenance Mechanic) position within the Mechanical O & M Team located at the Jensen Water Treatment Plant in Granada Hills, CA.

The Jensen plant is the second largest water treatment plant in the United States with the capability to treat 750 million gallons daily. You will contribute to the success of this treatment plant by performing operational support, including preventative and corrective maintenance to maintain and repair the equipment and structures of the water treatment plant and related facilities, including all mechanical systems used in the treatment process.

This journey level position is responsible for the following: Inspect, maintain, repair/build and improve the reliability of equipment such as chemical feed systems, ozone generators and related systems, flash mixers, flocculators, filter beds, geared drive equipment, sedimentation basins, tanks, valves, pumps, compressors, piping systems and slide gates, processes such as chemical unloading transporting and transfer systems, reclamation systems, and sludge removal systems; Operate cranes/rigging and heavy equipment; and Work on operational activities including those tasks associated with effective water flow and treatment such as operating valves and performing minor adjustments and calibrating chemical feed and similar systems.

Performs journey level mechanical maintenance tasks and activities at treatment plants, aqueduct pump plant, chemical unloading and transfer facilities, conveyance and distribution structures, 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.

1. Performs a wide variety of journey mechanical preventive and corrective maintenance on water treatment related systems, processes and facilities. PM and CM activities includes work on oxygen generation and ozone equipment, valves, pneumatic and hydraulic control systems, pumps, generators, lubrication and cooling equipment, chemical feed systems and associated equipment.
2. Completes PM and CM activities on large-scale water treatment assets, systems and processes including flocculators, filter beds, flash mixers, conveyor systems, sedimentation basins, storage tanks, slide gates, pipes, valves and varied drive and control systems to maintain plant integrity, capacity and operational reliability.
3. Utilizes state-of-the-art technology, perform or assist with predictive and preventive maintenance activities to determine equipment wear, including predictive analysis through laser alignment, vibration and oil analysis to anticipate maintenance needs and determine appropriate actions to maintain and enhance equipment uptime.
4. Performs and/or assist with preventive and corrective maintenance on mechanical/electrical systems necessary for standby power generators and associated systems to maintain operational readiness during outages or other emergencies.
5. Performs preventive and corrective maintenance on Chemical Unloading Facility equipment, processes and systems to include piping, valves, structures, standpipes, metering and monitoring equipment, alarms and test equipment. Operate and monitor valves, gauges and other chemical transfer and mixing systems to ensure safe and effective transfer and distribution of chemicals and movement of rolling stock or other lading equipment.
6. Repairs and rebuilds treatment equipment, systems and processes as necessary requiring appropriate planning, fabrication of parts, welding and/or assembly and installation to bring equipment/processes to designed operating condition.
7. Performs and/or assists with improving mechanical systems associated with construction and improvement projects such as building and plant enhancements directly associated to water treatment systems including modifications, rebuilding and relocating plant assets and equipment.
8. 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 treatment process equipment, and other mechanical related systems associated with treatment plants.
9. 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.
10. 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, basins, tanks, valves and related equipment to ensure effective water output of treatment plants.
11. Assists with planning and coordinating 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.

Work Schedule: Monday - Thursday, 6:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Education and Experience:
High school diploma or a 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 a 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/electrical systems and equipment related to hydroelectric . . . To apply for this position, please copy and paste the following link into your browser address bar: