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Wastewater Senior Mechanic I/II (Industrial & Diesel), Environmental Services

  • City of San José - Environmental Services Department (ESD)
  • 700 Los Esteros Rd, San Jose, CA, USA
  • Feb 02, 2021
Full time Installation-Maint-Repair Skilled Labor

Job Description

Job ID#: 2100079
Salary Range: $77,313.60 – $104,374.40 Annually
Closing Date: March 1, 2021


About the Department

The Environmental Services Department (ESD) is a place where people do great work and make a difference. To see some of the first-rate work ESDers have accomplished in the past fiscal year, review the ESD 2019 Annual Report (https://www.sanjoseca.gov/home/showpublisheddocument?id=49182). For more information about the department, please visit our website www.sjenvironment.org or @sjenvironment on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


Positions & Duties

Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third-party job board application system. To apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at www.sanjoseca.gov/citycareers.


Salary Information

Wastewater Senior Mechanic I annual salary range is $77,313.60 – $94,016.00

Wastewater Senior Mechanic II annual salary range is $85,654.40 – $104,374.40

The Environmental Services department currently has Wastewater Senior Mechanic positions available in both the Maintenance and the Energy & Automation Divisions. Under the direction of the Wastewater Mechanical Supervisor, the Wastewater Senior Mechanic performs skilled journey-level work in the maintenance, repair, and overhaul of varied industrial mechanical equipment OR in the operation and maintenance of large bore, medium speed, stationary, reciprocating engines, and auxiliary equipment.

Key duties include, but are not limited to the following:

-Lead and perform preventive maintenance work in diagnosis of malfunctions, tune up, repair, overhaul, etc. of industrial mechanical and electrical equipment; operate and lead others in the operation of cranes winches, hoist, dollies, rollers, forklifts to remove, install, relocate heavy, unwieldy, or other critical equipment; operate three phase alternating current 5KV generator switchgear.

-Train, lead, provide directions for lower level employees including assigning, scheduling, and monitoring work; determine priorities; approve timecards; manage and train Wastewater Attendants and ensure apprenticeship training requirements are met; maintain records and reports.

-Provide input to the Supervisor regarding the employees’ performance evaluation, hiring, promotion, termination & disciplinary process.

-Stay up to date with safety procedures & requirements; ensure a safe work environment and safe operation of equipment.

-Perform various duties related to the requisition of parts, supplies, and equipment.

Supporting an around-the-clock operation, the incumbent must be available to work nights, Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays as needed; handle unusual and emergency situations. Opportunities for overtime are available.

Completion of technical trade school in the field of mechanics and possession of specialized certification, such as backflow preventer installation and maintenance, welding, confined space entry, power plant, hazardous material handling, etc. are desirable.

San Jose-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF) link: https://www.sanjoseca.gov/your-government/environment/water-utilities/regional-wastewater-facility

Physical Requirements:  This position requires a heavy level of physical exertion, including daily exerting 20 to 100 pounds of force to move objects (e.g. large hand tools, pipes, or other wastewater equipment). Incumbents may be required to utilize self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) equipment, which requires the ability to pass an annual fit and spirometry test. Ability to perform the essential physical functions of this position will be determined by a post-offer medical examination conducted by City of San Jose Employee Health Services.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: Successful completion of high school, General Educational Development (G.E.D.) Certificate, or California Proficiency Certificate.

Wastewater Senior Mechanic I

Experience:  Three (3) years journey level experience as a mechanic in hydraulics, wastewater treatment or closely related industry OR in operation, maintenance, repair, and overhaul of mechanical and electrical equipment related to large stationary diesel and spark-ignited engines and/or power generators, including one (1) year at a level equivalent to Wastewater Mechanic I/II with the San José/Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF).

Wastewater Senior Mechanic II

Experience:  Three (3) years journey level experience as a mechanic in hydraulics, wastewater treatment or closely related industry OR in operation, maintenance, repair, and overhaul of mechanical and electrical equipment related to large stationary diesel and spark-ignited engines and/or power generators, including one (1) year at a level equivalent to Wastewater Mechanic I/II with the San José/Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF) AND possession of certification as a Plant Mechanical Technologist Grade III from California Water Environment Association (CWEA).

Acceptable Substitution: An additional three (3) years of journey-level experience as Wastewater Mechanic I/II OR an additional two (2) years of experience AND possession of Plant Mechanical Technologist Grade II for one year may be substituted for the certification as Plant Mechanical Technologist Grade III.

Licenses or Certificates: Possession of a valid State of California Class C driver’s license. As a condition of employment in some designated positions, possession of a valid State of California Class A or B driver’s license with applicable endorsements may be required in the performance of job duties.

Employment Eligibility:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.



The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history.  Desirable competencies for this position include:

Job Expertise: Demonstrates knowledge of and experience in installing, maintaining, troubleshooting, repairing, and overhauling wastewater facility’s industrial mechanical equipment; ability to perform duties as outlined under “Position and Duties” above.

Analytical Thinking: Approaching a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.

Supervision: Sets effective long and short-term goals based on a good understanding of management practices; establishes realistic priorities within available resources; provides motivational support; empowers others; assigns decision-making and work functions to others in an appropriate manner to maximize organizational and individual effectiveness.

Leadership: Leads by example; demonstrates high ethical standards; remains visible and approachable and interacts with others on a regular basis; promotes a cooperative work environment, allowing others to learn from mistakes; provides motivational support and direction.

Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills: Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.

Flexibility: Makes effective decisions and achieves desired results in the midst of major changes in responsibilities, work processes, timeframes, performance expectations, organizational culture, or work environment.

Initiative: Exhibits resourceful behaviors toward meeting job objectives; anticipates problems, is proactive, and avoids difficulties by planning ahead; displays willingness to assume extra responsibility and challenges; pursues continuing education opportunities that promotes job performance.

Reliability: Completes quality work assignments in a timely and efficient manner; fulfills responsibilities and maintains confidentiality as appropriate.

Computer Skills: Experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel and CMMS.

Communication Skills: Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people’s ideas and thoughts.

The Job ID for this position is 2100079. To view the complete job announcement and to apply, please visit http://sanjoseca.gov/citycareers. If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Lisa Harding, Employment Analyst at lisa.harding@sanjoseca.gov.