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Position Title:Preventative Maintenance Technician I
Reference Number:13.005
Division:General Staffing
Contact Name:Human Resources
Contact Phone:916-774-5475
Contact Fax:916-774-5350
Position Description:SALARY RANGE: $4,634 to $6,520 Monthly (26 PAY PERIODS ANNUALLY)

FINAL FILING DATE: Qualified and Regular City Employees should submit an application no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 2, 2013. Temporary City employees are not eligible to apply.

TENTATIVE TEST DATE: Oral Interview: August 29, 2013


The Human Resources Department is accepting applications for the position of Preventative Maintenance Technician I for the Environmental Utilities Department. The normal work schedule will be Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A flex schedule may be available.

To perform a variety of skilled installation, maintenance, repair and service work on equipment used in water and wastewater treatment, water distribution and wastewater collection systems and related facilities.

This is the entry level class in the Preventative Maintenance Technician series. Positions in this class typically have apprentice level work experience and work under immediate supervision while learning job tasks. The Preventative Maintenance Technician I class is distinguished from the II level by the performance of less than the full range of multi-skilled duties assigned to the II level. Incumbents work under immediate supervision while learning job tasks, progressing to general supervision as procedures and processes of assigned area of responsibility are learned.

Receives immediate supervision from the Maintenance Supervisor, and receives technical and functional supervision from a Senior Preventative Maintenance Technician.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES - Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Perform maintenance, repair, and service duties related to a variety of machinery and equipment used in water and wastewater treatment plants and related facilities, including wells, water storage tanks, lift/pump stations, distribution and collection pipelines; diagnose and troubleshoot problems associated with equipment and machinery.

• Install, inspect, dismantle, repair, reassemble and calibrate machinery and equipment such as pumps, valves, motors, engines, compressors, and diesel generators, reciprocating gas engines, gear reducers, chemical feed and metering devices, instrumentation, process analyzers and dewatering equipment.
• Perform routine mechanical fabrication, welding and machine tool operations as needed to modify and repair water and/or wastewater treatment plant process equipment.

• Install conduit, pull cables, terminate wires, modify circuits and update documentation to reflect system changes.

• Install, inspect, maintain, troubleshoot and repair motor controls and automated switchgear, control systems, instrumentation, process analyzers, programmable logic controllers (PLC’s) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) applications and networks, radio frequency data communications equipment and other devices related to water and wastewater treatment processes and related facilities.

• Follow control of hazardous energy (COHE) procedures before engaging in work, especially in confined space areas; make notes regarding readings and findings of work.

• Assist in installation and construction of various projects; read and interpret blueprints and specifications and perform work accordingly; make rough sketches of work to be performed.

• Use a computer to enter and retrieve information related to work assignments and record-keeping.

• Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, and the public using principles of good customer service.

• Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

• Methods, tools, and equipment used in the maintenance and repair of mechanical and electrical/electronic equipment.

• Operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of pumps, motors, valves and other mechanical and electrical equipment.

• Principles of electrical circuits, process control systems, instrumentation, chemical analyzers and standard terms of the mechanical and electrical trades.
• Principles and practices of complex maintenance and repair programs including preventative, condition based, investigative, reactive and reliability-centered maintenance, root cause analysis, and equipment criticality rating.

• Safe work practices for all aspects of job related functions.

Ability to:

• Perform multi-skilled work related to the troubleshooting and repair of mechanical and electrical/electronic equipment.

• On a continuous basis, know and understand operations, and observe safety rules, policies and procedures. Intermittently analyze problem equipment; identify and locate equipment; interpret work orders; remember equipment location; and explain jobs to others.

• Intermittently, sit while studying or preparing reports; bend, squat, climb, kneel and twist when installing, repairing, and servicing equipment; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; and lift or carry weight of 50 pounds or less.

• Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.

• Be on-call evenings or week-ends; work unusual/prolonged work schedules as required by workload and during emergencies or seasonally-caused circumstances.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Experience and Training


• Multi-skill work experience is not required; however apprentice level experience in either a mechanical or electrical trade is required. Journey level experience in either a mechanical or electrical trade is preferred.


• Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by the equivalent of half the course work to obtain an Associates degree in Mechatronics or similar multi-skilled degree. Course work towards a vocational degree from an accredited institution in mechanical, electrical, electronic, communications, networking, instrumentation and controls trades or a related field may be considered for equivalency. However, this course work towards the vocational degree must not be in the trade with the apprentice or journey level experience.

License or Certificate

• Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license.


1. Please describe the most difficult mechanical or electrical problem you have solved, how you contributed, and what the outcome was.

2. Please explain the steps you would take when troubleshooting an excessive temperature of the main bearing on a centrifuge.

3. Please explain the steps you would take when troubleshooting a submersible pump that will not start.

The selection process will be determined by the number of qualified applicants and may include a written, oral, or practical examination.
Job Status:Promotional/Lateral (City Employees Only), Salary
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