Pump Station Mechanic I/II

$6,319 - $8,031 monthly
  • City of San Mateo
  • 1959 Pacific Boulevard, San Mateo, CA, USA
  • Jan 13, 2022
Full time Public Works

Job Description

Why Join our Department?

The Public Works department is responsible for the City’s major capital projects and infrastructure including streets, street lights, traffic signals, publicly owned parking lots and garages, sewer and storm conveyance systems, wastewater treatment plant, pump stations, a major lagoon and dams and levees.  The Sewer Maintenance Division provides the cleaning and maintenance of 257 miles of sewer lines and 25 sanitary pump stations. Maintenance of our 10 storm pump stations, the city storm system of catch basins, drain lines, and related facilities are part of this program as well as response to emergency service needs.

The City is continually evaluating new and innovative ways of providing high quality services to its residents while acknowledging the competing demands for the limited funds available.  You would be joining a City organization that has a culture of innovation, collaboration and strong customer service.

Look to some of the reasons why the City of San Mateo is a great place to work:


What You’ll Do

To perform semi‑skilled and skilled work in the installation maintenance and repair of pumps, motors, chain drives, valves and related equipment; and to do related work as required.  Receives supervision from the Public Works Supervisor or Pump Maintenance Mechanic III as directed.  Technical or functional supervision may be provided by higher level maintenance personnel.

• Operate machines and tools in repairing defective parts of pumps, compressors, motors, incinerators, lift stations, and related mechanical equipment.
• Maintain accurate mechanical maintenance records and utilize the computerized work systems in accordance with workflow processes.
• Install, repair, replace, and modify pumps, controllers, bearings, seals, hydraulic pipes, timing devices and assist in installing telemetering electrical equipment.
• Use a variety of power tools, hand tools, cutting and welding equipment and multi-meters.
• Perform preventative maintenance on the Pump Station equipment, and general maintenance duties in the Pump Stations, including buildings, grounds and equipment as required.
• Pump mechanics may be required to respond to emergency situations after normal working hours and be subject to serve on emergency stand-by alert and call out status on a rotational basis.

Who You Are

Pump Station Mechanic I:

 This is the entry level class in the Pump Mechanic series.  Positions in this class normally perform beginning level mechanical repair and maintenance work on a wide variety of wastewater and storm water lift station and equipment.

  • Knowledge of standard practices, methods, tools and materials used in mechanical trades.
  • Mechanical principles of pumps, controllers, motors chain drives and lift stations.
  • General methods of electric, mechanical and plumbing repairs.
  • Ability to perform skilled mechanical work independently.
  • Work from sketches, blueprints and diagrams.
  • Develop and maintain accurate maintenance records including Computerized Maintenance Management System information.

Pump Station Mechanic II: (In addition to the qualifications for Pump Station Mechanic I)

This is the journey level class in the Pump Mechanic series. Positions assigned to this class are flexibly staffed and are expected to perform the most skilled repair and maintenance work and have a thorough knowledge of the operational characteristics, maintenance and repair methods and techniques and most typical system difficulties for the full range of equipment and operational systems in a lift station.

• Operating and repair characteristics of pumping stations mechanical systems.
• Knowledge of particular safety hazards associated with wastewater pump operations and the discharge hazards and conditions that may result from mechanical malfunctions.
• Ability to perform journey level mechanical maintenance work including the troubleshooting of equipment for both minor and major repair work.
• Perform basic operators of SCADA software from a desktop or remotely from a laptop.
• Perform mechanical and minor electrical maintenance work including the trouble-shooting of equipment for both minor and major repair work.

What You Bring

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that would provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying.

Pump Station Mechanic I:

• One year of experience in the repair and maintenance of mechanical equipment such as pumps,
motors, and related apparatus.
• High School diploma or equivalent.
• Possession of, or ability to obtain, and maintain a valid California Driver’s License.
• Possession of, or ability to maintain a valid Class A Commercial Driver’s License is required within 12 months of employment.

Pump Station Mechanic II: (In addition to the qualifications for Pump Station Mechanic I)

  • Two years’ experience performing duties comparable to those of a Pump Mechanic I.
  • Possession of a CWEA Collection System Maintenance Grade II (or higher) Certification or the ability to obtain one within 12 months of date of hire and retain the certification while employed in this position.  

ADA Special Requirement: Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment: Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, squat, stoop, reach, crawl, twist, climb, and lift 90 pounds; exposure to extreme noise, outdoors, confining work space, electrical hazards, vibration, chemicals, dust, toxic waste, mechanical hazards, and explosive materials; availability for stand-by and call back. Ability to wear a respirator and maintain a face seal while using a respirator.

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement:
In order to promote a safe and healthy workplace for employees and members of the public who interact with employees or visit City of San Mateo worksites and facilities, the City requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated prior to their start date as a condition of employment. This vaccination requirement applies to all merits, per diems, retired annuitants, student assistants, interns and re-hires appointed by the City after January 10, 2022. Fully vaccinated means that the person received, at least 14 days prior, either the second dose in a 2-dose Covid-19 vaccine series (e.g. Pfizer or Moderna), or a single-dose Covid-19 vaccine (e.g. Janssen), as defined by the CDC. A reasonable accommodation request for an exemption from this vaccination requirement based on a medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief must notify lcoles@cityofsanmateo.org or (650) 522-7264 and complete the appropriate Accommodation Request form prior to the start date of employment. The City will review exemption requests on a case-by-case basis.

What We Offer
• Comprehensive benefits package including generous paid leave and health benefits
• CalPERS retirement 2% @ 55 for classic members; 2% @ 62 for new members. Classic employees contribute 7.94% to CalPERS and New members contribute 6.75% to CalPERS
• Participation in the Social Security Program
• Participation in the State Disability Insurance Program
• Free Fitness classes through City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation, Employee Assistance Program and Credit Union Membership
• Bilingual Diff: $195 monthly (if applicable)
• Employee housing loan up to $7,500 for home purchase or rental move-in assistance in the City of San Mateo
• This classification is represented by the SEIU Maintenance Unit

Are You Ready? Apply.
Submit an online application, résumés (highly recommended), and supplemental questionnaire at www.calopps.org or to the Human Resources Department, City of San Mateo, 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403, (650) 522-7260.

Application Deadline
Recruitment will close by February 11, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m. or upon receipt of the first 50 applications, and supplemental questionnaires, résumés (highly recommended) whichever occurs first.

Interview Process
All applications, résumés (highly recommended) and supplemental questionnaires received will be reviewed for minimum qualifications. Applications with "see resume" as a substitution for the work experience description, those with unclear past employment information, or those with insufficient information to evaluate possession of minimum qualifications will not be considered; missing information cannot be assumed. A limited number of the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the examination process, which may consist of an oral panel interview. This interview is tentatively scheduled via Zoom for Week of March 7, 2022.

An employment list will be established for those who pass the examination process. Current and future vacancies may be filled from this list. The list will remain in effect for at least six months with the possibility of an extension for an additional six months. Once placed on an employment list, and at the time a vacancy occurs, eligible candidates may be contacted by the hiring department and scheduled for a departmental interview.

Note: The City of San Mateo reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process. ALL RESPONSES WILL BE CONDUCTED VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION. Therefore, it is imperative that you provide an email address to which you have access, and it is recommended that you frequently check your email for notices from: sanmateo@CalOpps.org

Fine Print
Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a driving record review, reference check, and Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment. The policy of the City of San Mateo is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual preference, marital status, or national origin. It is the intent and desire of the City of San Mateo that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicants requiring accommodations for any part of the testing or recruitment process must notify lcoles@cityofsanmateo.org or (650) 522-7264 seven (7) days in advance of the deadline for the part of the process requiring accommodations. Do not upload any documents related to your request for accommodation in CalOpps. The City of San Mateo complies with employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.