Plant Mechanic, Pumping Plants
Central Arizona Project - Arizona

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To perform mechanical duties associated with the preventive maintenance, repair and overhaul of heavy industrial mechanical equipment utilized in pumping plants, generating stations, check structures, turnouts and other Central Arizona Project (CAP) facilities. Performance of this maintenance ensures that equipment is safe, mechanically sound, and operating efficiently, in order to provide reliable water deliveries.

(An asterisk next to the duty signifies that it is considered to be an "essential function" of the job)

Each employee is responsible for his/her own safety and the safety of others in the workplace.

  • 1. Maintains, installs, overhauls, troubleshoots, tests, calibrates and repairs heavy industrial equipment. 30%
  • 2. Installs, modifies, and repairs various piping types and systems. 10%
  • 3. Selects and uses, in a highly proficient manner, tools and equipment such as precision measuring devices, calibrating equipment, precision leveling devices and alignment equipment. 10%
  • 4. Performs all types of welding, burning, soldering, brazing and is
knowledgable of AWS, ASME codes and requirements. 10%

  • 5. Interprets and works from manuals, procedures, schematic drawings,
diagrams, technical shop drawings and blueprints. 10%

  • 6. Safely operates overhead cranes and hoists, using proper crane signaling,
and performs necessary rigging as required. 10%

  • 7. Implements safe hazardous energy control procedures. 10%
  • 8. Advises supervision of potential safety and equipment failure conditions and
corrective actions required. 5%

  • 9. Documents maintenance activities performed and various equipment
and control readings and measurements. 5%

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

Education, Knowledge, Training, Skills, and Experience:
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Completed state or federal certified mechanical apprenticeship; OR have an equivalent combination of education, experience and demonstrated ability.
  • Three (3) years journeyman-level work experience in an industrial mechanical environment with technical and specialized knowledge; OR completion of the CAP mechanical apprenticeship program.
  • Possess a strong working knowledge of hydraulic systems and controls and the ability to troubleshoot.
  • Highly proficient in the safe use of proper tools and equipment for precision measuring and testing, fabricating, calibrating, reconditioning, maintaining, and repairing in an industrial mechanical environment.
  • Knowledgeable of industrial safety requirements including hazardous energy control protocols.
Required Certifications or Licenses: Must have a valid Arizona driver's license and maintain a good driving record. Functional testing is required.

Preferred Certifications or Licenses: Welding certification.


Independence: Works under the direction of a supervisor but, because of remote locations, must be able to make independent decisions based on established technical procedures, assuring safety and quality of work. Coordinates with others to complete specific tasks.

Impact: Demonstrates problem-solving abilities. Investigates and interprets system and equipment deficiencies and determines corrective action.


Type: Serves as an integral member of a highly skilled work team, displaying interpersonal and communication skills. Contacts are typically within the maintenance organization and may include occasional outside contacts, e.g., vendors, manufacturers, part suppliers, etc.

Purpose: The purpose of the interaction is to safely complete specific tasks and ensure all plant equipment is mechanically sound and operating efficiently.


May provide functional direction and/or training to other plant personnel, e.g., apprentices.

Supplemental Information:

The physical demands and work environment described herein is representative of that which persons in this position will encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Physical Demands: Essential to this position is corrected or non-corrected vision. Example: must be able to see, read and interpret handwritten and printed documents, correspondence, manuals, office documents, computer screen, etc., including seeing various colors. Must be able to see to operate work equipment.

Also essential to this position is corrected or non-corrected hearing, which is necessary for the ability to hear and comprehend voice communications, as well as the ability to speak to communicate to individuals on the job. Must be able to hear to operate work equipment.

Essential job requirements involve one or more of a combination of physical movements such as standing, walking, kneeling, reaching, climbing, bending, crawling, stooping, twisting, squatting, pushing and pulling; lifts, carries, pushes and pulls objects exceeding 50 pounds; grasping and manipulation of work objects.

A valid Arizona driver's license is an essential job requirement. Persons in this position must have the ability to see and to hear in order to drive a CAP vehicle on improved and unimproved roads. In addition, they must assure that road safety laws and road safety precautions are followed.

Operating a vehicle for CAP business is an essential function of the job. Persons in this position must maintain a valid Arizona driver's license, verified by a periodic motor vehicle record check, in order to drive any vehicle on CAP business.

The person in this position may work in confined spaces from time to time.

Work Environment: Persons in this position may work in a pumping plant, along the canal, and/or inside CAP structures. The pumping plants and office structures are heated and cooled. Persons in this position drive vehicles or equipment on improved and unimproved roadways. Outside working conditions are dependent on the weather, which involves extreme heat in the summer (temperatures over 100 degrees) and cold in the winter (temperatures below freezing). Some work activities are performed inside of CAP structures that are non-heated and non-air-conditioned. Noise levels are generally minimal, however, they can be excessive for brief periods of time. The person in this position moves about using various conveyances such as an elevator, stairway, walk ramp and/or overhead crane. From time to time persons in this position are required to work at heights off the ground or floor ranging from 5 to 25 feet, using ladders, scaffolding and/or hoist chairs. Occasionally works indoors in either a single-level or upper-level structured office building which is heated and air-conditioned. Persons in this position work in the field having to walk up and down extremely rough terrain. Persons in this position will have exposure to flora, fauna and the natural habitat of the desert environment.

Persons in this position may be required to respond to emergency call-outs, work overtime, work on holidays and weekends, and be assigned to temporarily work at other locations throughout the state.

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