The City of Bend Utility Department has an opportunity for a Utility Systems Mechanic within the Collections Systems program. This position will join a highly motivated team tasked with protecting public health and safety and the environment, where our mission is Providing Reliable Infrastructure with Dedication and Excellence. Primary duties of this position will be focused on operating and maintaining collection lift stations in various locations throughout the City, including maintaining all assets such as pumps, motors, power control panels, SCADA panels, generators and station appearance. Successful candidates will have a thorough knowledge of the installation, repair and maintenance of the mechanical, hydraulic and electrical components of wastewater treatment and pump station equipment; thorough knowledge of the occupational hazards and necessary safety precautions of the work; ability to operator a vactor and emergency bypass pumping equipment; and demonstrated ability to determine improper operation of waste and wastewater pumping and treatment equipment, and to take proper remedial action. Candidates that possess a State of Oregon Limited Maintenance Electrician license (LME) will be given preferred consideration.
This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt (hourly, overtime eligible) position and is represented by the City of Bend Employees Association (COBEA).
To be considered for this position, applicants must have a complete application that includes all of the following:
The online application via NeoGov (access also available on City of Bend website under Human Resources/Job Openings)
Attached formal Cover Letter (required)
Attached formal Resume (required)
Attached valid Credentials, Certifications and Licensing (if applicable)
Applicants must provide certification that they are a veteran or disabled veteran to receive veteran's preference. For more information click here.
Submission deadline is March 15, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. PST,
Summary: Under the direction of a Utility Supervisor this class performs a variety of tasks related to the maintenance, repair, installation, construction, and inspection of machinery and equipment in either the water reclamation plant or the wastewater collection system. This position may perform specialized tasks in electrical, mechanical, or hydraulic area of specialty. Work may include equipment evaluation, preparing new equipment specifications, scheduling, repair, troubleshooting, pump station upgrades, customer relations, complex problem resolution, monitoring, and operating electrical panels.
Distinguishing Characteristics: This class distinguishes itself from Water Reclamation Operator I and II and Collection System Utility Worker I and II classes as this position requires advanced skills and a high level of experience enabling the ability to perform complex electrical/mechanical functions and duties in a responsible manner in the absence of supervision. This class distinguishes itself from the Utility Worker – Lead class as it does not act in a lead capacity and will not serve in a supervisory capacity in the absence of the Utility Supervisor.
Supervision Exercised & Received: This position has no supervisory responsibilities; however, may provide direction and monitoring of work and training activities to subordinate staff. This class works with minimal direction from a supervisor and assignments are provided by defining objectives, priorities and deadlines. The employee plans and carries out successive steps and resolves problems and deviations in accordance with instructions, policies, and accepted practices.
The City of Bend is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. At the City of Bend, we don't just accept differences; we value them. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and support the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA) and the Oregon Pay Equity Act.
Functions, Duties and Responsibilities
Troubleshoots and performs mechanical repairs, replacements, and modifications on mechanical equipment typically found in water/wastewater treatment facilities and wastewater collections systems. Including, but not limited to, lift stations, pump stations, boilers, filter screens, odor control systems, level control systems, pumps, blowers, centrifuges, and/or other related items.
Maintains applicable records, logs, work orders, and information related to daily activities, utilizing appropriate data management and information technology systems. Work is scheduled through the Computerized Maintenance Management System.
Develops, schedules and implements preventative maintenance program for mechanical equipment and accoutrements to extend the life and reliability of equipment and to monitor current conditions.
Complies with safety requirements of the position and actively promotes safe work practices.
Responds to system maintenance and or service calls outside scheduled work hours while on call or in the event of an emergency.
In an emergency event or an officially declared State of Emergency, responds as directed to ensure the restoration of essential public services, facilities and infrastructure.
Performs other duties of a similar nature or level as assigned
POSITION SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Positions assigned to the Water Reclamation Plant are responsible for the following: Maintains and repairs plant machinery, equipment, buildings, and structures at the water reclamation plant, including participation in structural building construction and design, which includes: performing failure analyses; determining whether to repair or replace equipment; determining whether to perform repairs in-house or contract with external vendors; installing and removing equipment; determining proper repair methods and procedures; troubleshooting repair and diagnosis procedures; planning structural designs for fabrication projects and construction; preparing maintenance schedules and intervals for equipment; maintaining appropriate maintenance logs; generating work orders; reading and interpreting plans, specifications, manuals, blue prints, sketches, and drawings; and/or, performing other related activities.
Utilizes best asset management practices to develop equipment maintenance schedules. Uses computerized maintenance management system to track and optimize equipment maintenance.
Positions assigned to Collection Systems are responsible for the following: Maintains and repairs lift station equipment, buildings, and structures within the Collection System, including participation in lift station plan reviews, performing failure analyses; determining whether to repair or replace equipment; determining whether to perform repairs in-house or contract with external vendors; installing and removing equipment; determining proper repair methods and procedures; troubleshooting repair and diagnosis procedures; planning designs for fabrication projects and construction; preparing maintenance schedules and intervals for equipment; maintaining appropriate maintenance logs; generating work orders; reading and interpreting plans, specifications, manuals, blue prints, sketches, and drawings; and/or, performing other related activities.
Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications
Knowledge of (based on area of assignment):
Lift station operations;
Odor control techniques;
Water reclamation plant operations;
Advanced wastewater maintenance and repair functions;
Electrical principles and troubleshooting;
Advanced repair and troubleshooting principles and practices of mechanical industrial equipment, parts, and machinery;
Hydraulic Condition Monitoring techniques;
Motor control center operation;
Heavy equipment operation principles (i.e.: loaders, backhoes, etc.);
Underground utility location techniques and methods;
Basic construction principles;
Applicable tools and equipment utilized in the trade;
Customer service principles;
Occupational hazards and safe work methods;
Pressurized pipes (wastewater force mains) and associated appurtenances;
Basic knowledge of SCADA and telemetry systems;
Asset management principles, and use of Computerized Maintenance Management Systems;
GIS Mapping Systems
Skill in (based on area of assignment):
Using a computer and related software applications;
Performing mathematical calculations;
Locating underground utilities;
Welding, metal and piping fabrication;
Hydraulic, electrochemical, and pneumatic principles, practices, and repair practices;
Reading and comprehending complex technical and informational literature;
Reading and interpreting maps, blueprints, drawings, and schematics;
Troubleshooting, maintaining, and repairing wastewater systems and components;
Utilizing applicable tools and equipment of the trade;
Providing customer service;
Driving and operating light to heavy equipment (dump trucks, loaders, backhoes);
Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction;
Adhering to applicable safety procedures;
Using a computer and related software applications;
Operating applicable hand and power tools;
Preparing and maintaining records, logs, and related items;
Education, Experience, Certifications and Licenses Required High School Diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.) plus one year of specialized or technical training beyond high school related to equipment typically found in municipal Utility facilities.
Positions Assigned to the Water Reclamation Facility: At least five years of experience in the maintenance and repair of water/water treatment equipment and facilities, with a specialty in electrical, mechanical, or hydraulic mechanical engineering; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.
Positions Assigned to Utility Collection Systems: At least five years of work experience in wastewater systems maintenance, wastewater collection systems or related field with at least two years in a position performing mechanical duties in the field of wastewater collection systems; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above
Valid Oregon commercial class B driver's license with tanker endorsement; or ability to obtain within six months of hire (positions assigned to Utility Collection Systems)
PREFERRED: State of Oregon Limited Maintenance Electrician license (LME)
PREFERRED: Oregon Wastewater Collection I or ability to obtain within 18 months of hire
About City of Bend Utility Dept.
Bend, Oregon, the county seat of Deschutes County, covers 32 square miles. To the east is high desert vegetation and to the west, Bend is surrounded by U.S. Forest Service land. The city is noted for its scenic setting, mild climate, year-round recreation opportunities and growing economy. At an elevation of 3,625 feet, Bend enjoys the predominately dry climate of the Great Basin. Sunny days, cool nights and low humidity characterize the weather.
Farewell Bend, as it was once known, has come a long way since settlers named the picturesque city in Central Oregon. The name was later changed simply to "Bend" by the U.S. Postmaster who felt the name was too long. Bend has grown from a simple lumber settlement, to the thriving and vibrant urban center it is today with a rich cultural life.