Senior WPC Mechanic - Instrumentation/El...
City of Sunnyvale, CA - Sunnyvale, CA

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SENIOR WPC MECHANIC
Instrumentation/Electrical
$36.33 - $46.37 Hourly
$2,906.70 - $3,709.78 Biweekly
$6,297.86 - $8,037.85 Monthly
$75,574.30 - $96,454.18 Annually
(Please note: typical placement is made at the first step of the salary range)
  • plus an excellent benefit package, for employees hired after January 1, 2013, or later, employees currently working for a public sector employer with PERS retirement or PERS reciprocity will be eligible for 2.7% @ 55 retirement formula. Employees new to a CalPERS agency or an agency with reciprocity will be at the 2.5% @ 67 retirement formula.
Note: Retirement benefits may be modified based upon a negotiated agreement with the appropriate bargaining unit.
Regular Full-Time Employment Opportunity
A complete application packet will consist of a City of Sunnyvale employment application, responses to the required supplemental questions, and a current dated within one month DMV Printout.

NOTE: A copy of your California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) record printout is required for this position. The due date for submission of the DMV record printout is the same as the application deadline - November 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm. If you are an out of state applicant, please submit a current (issued and printed within 30 days prior to application) copy of your state's DMV printout by the application deadline – Monday, November 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm.

Under general direction of the WPC Maintenance Manager, plans, organizes, directs and supervises the activities of assigned personnel engaged in preventative and corrective maintenance of the City’s Water Pollution Control Plant, water distribution and sewer collection systems; performs a variety of technical tasks relative to an assigned area of responsibility; and performs related work as assigned.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
The Senior WPC Mechanic is a supervisory classification. The classification of Senior WPC Mechanic is distinguished from the higher-level Water Pollution Control Plant Maintenance Manager in that the Water Pollution Control Plant Maintenance Manager has overall responsibility for the section.

Essential Job Functions:
(May include, but are not limited to, the following):
Recommends and assists in the implementation of goals and objectives; establishes schedules and methods for the performance of maintenance activities; implements policies and procedures.
Plans, prioritizes, assigns, supervises and reviews the work of staff involved in the maintenance and repair of equipment within the City’s Water Pollution Control Plant, water, sewer and storm facilities.
Evaluates operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommends improvements and modifications; prepares various reports on operations and activities.
Participates in the selection of staff; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline procedures.
Determines and documents proper procedures for the maintenance and repair of equipment used in a water pollution control plant and off-site locations.
Directs and participates in the maintenance, overhaul, modification and repair of mechanical, electrical, and instrumentation equipment used in the water and wastewater treatment, processing and pumping stations.
Assures that all the plant equipment is maintained and repaired properly to provide reliability, economy and safety.
Maintains up-to-date documentation and records for all mechanical, electrical, and instrumentation equipment including schematics, operating instructions, parts listings, and repair history as needed.
Assists in the ordering and purchase of materials and equipment and in maintaining parts inventory for the maintenance, repair, modification and overhaul of mechanical, electrical, instrumentation equipment.
Establishes and maintains records necessary for maintenance and repair functions.
Makes rough estimates of labor and material necessary for the performance of work; makes sketches of the work to be performed or the work completed; keeps records of the work performed, which includes data for the computerized maintenance program.
Follows proper safety precautions related to mechanical, electrical and instrumentation repairs; maintains tools supplies, equipment, and the work sites in a safe condition.
Provides advice to operating staff regarding the proper and safe operation of industrial equipment.
Develops scope of work for major overhaul, installation and modification of equipment; provides oversight and guidance to contractors.
If assigned mechanical functions, may also perform any combination of the following:

Performs complex maintenance and repairs of a mechanical nature from work orders, drawings, specifications, schematics, sketches, and verbal instructions; upgrades existing mechanical, electrical, instrumentation equipment as new technology dictates.
May perform complex maintenance and repair tasks on a wide variety of internal combustion engines, typically diesel standby power generators and gas-fired cogeneration engines; adjusts valves and carburetors; repairs and maintains all areas of engine repair.
May maintain, install, inspect, and repair complex piping systems of PVC, black and cast iron, stainless steel, copper tubing.
Fabricates, and rebuilds shop, field, and plant equipment used in wastewater plants and water, sewer, storm pump stations.
May install, remove and repair larger pipes and valves, draw new related designs, and modify existing piping systems.
May perform more complex horizontal and vertical welding, fabricating, silver soldering, hard facing, and braising using Acetylene, Arc, Mig, and Tig welders on most ferrous and nonferrous metals, complex black smithing and parts fabrication. If assigned instrumentation functions, may also perform any combination of the following:

Performs complex maintenance and repairs of an instrumentation nature from work orders, drawings, specifications, schematics, sketches, and verbal instructions; upgrades existing mechanical, electrical, instrumentation equipment as new technology dictates.
May install, calibrate, troubleshoot, repair, overhaul, and maintain wiring, switch gear, lighting fixtures, motor control centers, outlet signal systems, electric motors, heating; air-conditioning, ventilating equipment, electrical control apparatus, internal communications equipment, solid-state electronic controls, import-export controllers, related to cogeneration equipment, controlling, indicating, recording and associated electromechanical equipment.
May test, locate, and repair malfunctions in instrumentation and cogeneration equipment.
If assigned electrical functions, may also perform any combination of the following:

Performs complex maintenance and repairs of an electrical nature from work orders, drawings, specifications, schematics, sketches, and verbal instructions; upgrades existing mechanical, electrical, instrumentation equipment as new technology dictates.
May perform electrical tests using voltmeters, ampmeters, ohmmeters, oscilloscopes, computer test sets, and other calibration and testing equipment normally used in the repair and maintenance of electrical and cogeneration equipment and apparatus.
May test, locate, and repair malfunctions in electrical and cogeneration equipment. WORKING CONDITIONS

Position requires sitting, standing, walking on level, uneven and slippery surfaces, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, stooping, squatting, crouching, grasping and making repetitive hand movements in the performance of daily duties. The position also requires both near and far vision when operating assigned equipment. Acute hearing is required in both the field and the office. The ability to lift, carry and push tools, equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds is also required. Additionally, the incumbent may be exposed to fumes, dust, chemicals, biohazard materials and air contaminants. Work is performed in an office setting as well as plant environment with exposure to biohazards and a variety of working conditions, including mechanical and electrical hazards, loud noise dust, humidity, hot and cold temperatures as well as exposure to hazardous materials. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodation.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education and Experience:
The minimum qualifications for education and experience can be met in the following way:
Graduation from high school or tested equivalent, supplemented by college coursework in mechanical, electrical or instrumentation trades; AND
Five years of journey level experience as a maintenance mechanic, electrician, and/or instrumentation technician in the wastewater field or related heavy industrial field.

Knowledge of:
  • Standard terms, practices, procedures, and modern methods common to the electrical, mechanical, instrumentation and cogeneration trade.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and performance evaluations
  • Principles and practices of safety management.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, ordinances and rules.
  • The use and operation of measuring and testing devices.
  • Principles of electrical/mechanical/instrumentation installation, operation, testing, and maintenance, and the operation of gas powered generating and related equipment.
  • Office methods, procedures, software and equipment.
Ability to:
  • Organize, implement and direct plant maintenance and repair activities.
  • Maintain accurate records and write work progress reports.
  • Diagnose mechanical/electrical/instrumentation difficulties in equipment.
  • Read and interpreting electrical diagrams.
  • Safely use a variety of shop equipment, including, but not limited to, welding equipment, milling machine and electrical and instrumentation testing equipment.
  • Analyze and troubleshoot complex equipment problems.
  • Interpret prints and diagrams of mechanical, electrical and instrumentation equipment.
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain and promote positive and effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public.
  • Demonstrate initiative and exercise good judgment in the performance of duties.
  • Work independently and as a team member; recognize and set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner.
Willingness to:
  • Work with, in and around influents containing industrial waste, plant process chemicals, hazardous materials and residential sewage.
  • Occasionally perform duties for periods longer than the normal eight-hour work day or more than five days per week or both.
  • Respond to emergencies at any time of day or night.
  • Wear a respirator or breathing apparatus.
Licenses/Certificates:
Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver’s license or the ability to provide alternative transportation as approved by the appointing authority and a safe driving record.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

  • Possession of CWPCA certification in mechanical technology (highest grade)
  • An Associate’s degree or completion of an apprenticeship program in mechanical, electrical, or instrumentation maintenance
Application and Selection Process:
If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a City of Sunnyvale employment application, responses to the supplemental questions AND a current dated within one month DMV Printout to the Department of Human Resources no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 19, 2012 (postmarks or faxes are not accepted). NOTE: A copy of your California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) record printout is required for this position. The due date for submission of the DMV record printout is the same as the application deadline - November 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm. If you are an out of state applicant, please submit a current (issued and printed within 30 days prior to application) copy of your state's DMV printout by the application deadline – Monday, November 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm.

City application forms, completed in full, as well as the responses to the required supplemental questions and a current dated within one month DMV printout are required. Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience or skills relevant to this position. Electronic applications may be submitted on-line through the City's employment page at jobs.inSunnyvale.com or application materials may be submitted to: Department of Human Resources, 505 West Olive Avenue, Suite 200, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Applications will be competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications of this position. Based upon a review of the application materials, the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the examination process, which may consist of an oral examination and a writing exercise scheduled for the week of December 17, 2012 . (Note: The examination process may be changed as deemed necessary by the Director of Human Resources).

Those candidates that receive a passing score on the examination will be placed on an eligibility list for up to one year, in accordance with the City’s Civil Service Rules and Administrative Policies.

Any candidate that is selected by the hiring department will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of a background history check, as well as medical exam(s) administered by a City-selected physician(s) before hire. Prior to starting work, all newly-hired employees will be fingerprinted to check conviction history. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose conviction history will result in refusal of employment or termination. Positions which are covered by the Department of Transportation regulations are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test and to random drug and alcohol testing.

Positions in this job classification are represented by the Sunnyvale Employees Association (SEA).

The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

The City of Sunnyvale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Sunnyvale not to discriminate against all qualified applicants or employees on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including gender, gender identity, and gender expression), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy, age, medical condition, genetic characteristics or information, and physical or mental disability. Applicants needing special accommodations for testing should submit a request to the Department of Human Resources at time of application.

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