Senior Plant Mechanic – Water — Burlington

Posted: February 7, 2023

Salary: $31.25 – $34.85 Hourly – Regular Full Time Non Exempt

General Purpose

This position is responsible for performing electrical and mechanical maintenance and repairs on a variety of controls, receivers, transmitters, computers and process indicators to maintain the water treatment plant and remote pump stations. This position also schedules and oversees the work of the Plant Mechanics. In addition this position is responsible for performing the duties of a water plant operator.

Union: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

Essential Job Functions

  • Assist Chief Operator in maintaining the water treatment plant, pump stations and storage systems.
  • Schedules and oversees the completion of daily shift activities of the Plant Mechanics and the preventative maintenance tasks assigned to Plant Operators.
  • Ensure capture and entry of data into applicable tracking systems such as computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), daily operating sheets, preventative maintenance logs, and inspection logs.
  • Troubleshoot and repair instrumentation, including but not limited to: repair or replace all electronic and mechanical instruments used in chemical dosages, monitoring flows, starting and stopping pumps, set alarm points, calibrate transmitters, receivers and recorders, etc.
  • Install, repair and maintain all rotating equipment, including but not limited to: electric-driven pumps (up to 500 h.p.), diesel pumps, diesel generators, vacuum pumps, blowers, air compressors, large electric valves, and chemical feed pumps, as well as a variety of other equipment such as ventilators, heating systems, dehumidifiers and air conditioners.
  • Install, repair and maintain electrical equipment, including but not limited to: motors, VFDs, PLCs, process instrumentation, telemetry equipment, lighting and security cameras.
  • Check and maintain reservoir and high service tanks, including but not limited to, inspect tanks and record readings, inspect pumps, piping, buildings, grounds, and uninterrupted power supply and make repairs, etc.
  • Serve as Plant Operator simultaneously performing Plant Mechanic duties.
  • Schedule equipment runs; record elapsed time reading and schedule pumps, blowers, and chemical feed pumps for even time distribution and maintenance.
  • Maintain parts and supplies; order parts, stock and inventory.
  • Develop and implement preventative maintenance program for all plant and offsite equipment.
  • Brief Plant Operators on any problems or special situations which affect operation of plant.
  • Recommend design changes in the water plant.
  • Provide technical expertise to consultants, engineers and contractors on large scale plant changes and new systems.
  • Schedule factory representatives’ visits; schedule systems and special projects to be worked on or experimented with in conjunction with factory service personnel.
  • Follow written safety compliance procedures including but not limited to: Lockout/Tagout and Permit Confined Spaces.
  • Oversee work performed by contractors on the mechanical or electrical systems.
  • Attend training programs to keep skills and knowledge current with improvements and changes in plant equipment.
  • With direction from Chief Operator, implement mechanical and electrical training programs and evaluate skill proficiency of Plant Mechanics.
  • On-Call and Shift Coverage as required.

Non-Essential Job Functions:

  • Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications/Basic Job Requirements

  • Ability to actively support City diversity, equity, and cultural competency efforts within stated job responsibilities and work effectively across diverse cultures and constituencies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as evidenced by ongoing trainings and professional development.
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required, reasonable accommodations will be considered.
  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Completion of a mechanical/electrical program at a two year technical college and one year experience in a water or wastewater plant performing preventative and corrective maintenance or 3 years working in a water or wastewater field or similar industrial or production setting performing preventative and corrective maintenance required.
  • Vermont State Operator Classification, Grade 4C or equivalent required or the ability to obtain above certification within one and one-half (1.5) years of date of hire required.
  • Previous experience with programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and variable frequency drives (VFDs) preferred.
  • Experience with computerized maintenance management systems preferred.
  • Ability to obtain Forklift Operator certification required.
  • Familiarity with Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, with troubleshooting experience preferred.
  • Journeyman electrician license preferred.
  • Ability to perform electrical and mechanical maintenance. Ability to troubleshoot and repair water plant and pump station mechanical and electrical problems.
  • Ability to maintain and evaluate simple records and interpret blueprints and electrical diagrams.
  • Ability to comprehend and carry out written, oral and diagrammatic instructions.
  • Ability to assume Water Plant Operator duties required.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid VT driver’s license required.
  • Ability to operate varied equipment such as test equipment, computers, welders, torches, drill press and grinders, etc, required.
  • Respond to emergencies on weekends/evenings required.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform physical aspects of position.
  • Ability to maintain effective work relationships with other staff members.
  • Ability to comprehend and carry out written, oral and diagrammatic instructions.
  • Satisfactory completion of training course in mechanical/electrical maintenance fields required.
  • Regular attendance is necessary and is essential to meeting the expectations of the job functions.
  • Ability to understand and comply with City standards, safety rules and personnel policies.
  • Ability to work weekdays as regular schedule with overtime as needed.
  • Ability to provide relief operator coverage for open 12 hour shifts as needed based on needs of the 24-7 operations team.

Additional Information

Promoting a culture that reveres diversity and equity.

The City of Burlington is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we are strongly committed to creating a dynamic and equitable work-force that mirrors the population and world that we serve. We do not discriminate on the basis of political or religious affiliation, race, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, crime victim status, veteran status, disability, HIV positive status, or genetic information in employment or the provision of services.

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