2017-09-28 2017-10-23

Wastewater Mechanic

Company: Clackamas County Water Environment Service
Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
Location: Oregon City, Oregon
Job Status: Full-time
Salary: See Below
Job ID: 45125
Website: http://www.clackamas.us/wes

Salary: $54,245 to $69,415 Annually

Closing Date: 10/23/2017 11:59 PM Pacific


The Wastewater Mechanic incumbents are responsible for repairs and maintenance of the mechanical, instrumentation, electrical and electronic equipment at a wastewater treatment plant or for the wastewater collection system pump stations. Incumbents also participate in work planning, training, problem solving, procurement and personnel issues as part of a self-directed work team.


  • Installs, inspects, maintains and repairs mechanical equipment and machinery, including valves, pumps, heat exchangers, blowers, clarifiers; examines, adjusts, lubricates and paints machinery and equipment; replaces worn and broken parts; fabricates and modifies parts and tools.
  • Inspects, maintains, repairs and replaces electrical equipment and electronic instruments, including electric motors, motor control panels, electric monitoring and control systems, flow meters and temperature and level sensors; examines, adjusts and replaces existing wiring, motors, fuses, starters, switches, alternators, generators, transformers, sensors and electronic components; monitors, calibrates and repairs programmable logic controllers and associated components.
  • Installs, inspects, maintains and repairs building structures, systems and equipment, including heating, ventilating, air conditioning and water boiler systems.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of a maintenance, repair and replacement program; prepares and maintains preventive maintenance manuals, schedules, records and work orders; evaluates facility condition to prioritize and schedule projects; assists in defining user requirements for the design and construction of wastewater facilities; evaluates cost effectiveness of equipment replacement or repair; maintains parts and supplies inventory.
  • May serve as project or team leader on various assignments; serves as work group representative or contact person for limited remodeling, repair and improvement projects for wastewater facilities and mechanical systems; trains lower level mechanics and new and temporary employees; may provide group safety training; demonstrates safe working practices in the field.
  • Provides public and customer service support to County operations and other municipalities; responds to complaints and inquiries; conducts facility tours and public information meetings; answers technical questions and explains wastewater collection and processing systems.


  • Basic understanding of volt meters, electric motors, and motor alignment
  • Experience with safety operations in an industrial workplace, including lock-out/tag-out procedures and confined space entry
  • Experience working with pumps and pumping systems, including piping, valves, and check valves
  • Knowledge of mechanical systems, such as centrifuges and gravity belt thickeners
  • Experience working with a CMMS management software, including entering data
  • Strong interpersonal skills that translate into a collaborative approach to work when working as part of a team as well as ability to work independently
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with customers, contractors, vendors and the public
  • Employment is contingent upon passing a post-offer physical assessment. Accommodation requests will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation.
  • Ability to respond to after hours emergencies on a call-out basis
  • Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment. Specific information on the County's driving policy can be found at
  • Driving and Vehicle Policy (EPP 52).

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:

  • Possession of the Limited Maintenance Electrician’s (LME) License, issued by the State of Oregon (ORS 479; OAR 918-282)
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in the mechanical field related to manufacturing setting or water/wastewater specific industry
  • Welding and fabrication experience
  • Machining or milling experience

Working knowledge of:

Basic principles and practices of personnel management, budgeting, purchasing and contract administration; principles and concepts of self-directed work teams; practices, procedures and equipment used in the maintenance and repair of mechanical equipment, building systems, electrical equipment and electronic instruments; basic methods and techniques of painting, carpentry, welding, metal fabrication, plumbing, pipe fitting, and electrical and electronic systems; operation and maintenance of programmable logic controller systems; Federal, State and local rules and regulations applicable to safety and environmental compliance, basic principles and methods of wastewater collection, treatment and discharge; basic math; English grammar, spelling and punctuation; computer software applications and programmable logic controllers used in wastewater systems.

Skill to:

Coordinate completion of projects within established budget and time guidelines; incorporate team participation in decision making; promote individual agreement and group consensus on issues and problems; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; read and understand technical operations and maintenance manuals, blueprints and schematics; identity and correct mechanical and electrical system malfunctions and failures; identify and correct problems with instrumentation systems controlling chemical concentrations, digester heat and gas systems, sludge processing and other plant and collection system operations; remove, disassemble, assemble and install machinery and equipment; calculate gear and drive belt ratios, belt lengths and pulley diameters; safely operate steam cleaners, sand blasters, power tools, lathes, welders, drill presses, hand tools and other shop equipment; understand and comply with regulatory and department safety and environmental rules and practices; prepare and maintain accurate records; establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors, vendors, County employees and the public.

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