Maintenance Worker I/II

San Diego County Water Authority | San Diego, CA

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Posted Date 6/05/2018
This recruitment will remain open until 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2018, or until the first 200 applications are received.

The San Diego County Water Authority is an independent public agency that serves as San Diego County's regional water wholesaler. The mission of the San Diego County Water Authority is to provide a safe and secure water supply to its 24 member agencies serving the region's $222 billion economy and its 3.3 million residents.
With an acute awareness of San Diego's dependence on imported water sources, the Water Authority is executing a long term strategy to diversify the region's supply sources, make major investments in the region's water delivery and storage system, and improve water use efficiency. Through dynamic leadership, thoughtful planning, and prudent fiscal policies, the Water Authority is cost effectively managing the region's water portfolio, while continuing to diversify supplies to enhance future reliability.
The Water Authority is currently seeking applications from qualified employees to fill three (3) Maintenance Worker I/II vacancies in the Operations and Maintenance Department. One (1) vacancy is in the Rotating Equipment Division, one (1) vacancy is in the Mechanical Maintenance Division, and one (1) vacancy is in the Facilities Maintenance Division. These vacancies may be filled at either level, depending upon qualifications and experience.
The Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Department is responsible for operating the Water Authority's aqueduct system; ensuring facility security and emergency preparedness; and maintaining and managing the fleet and various other assets. Specifically, the department controls water deliveries to meet member agency demands; manages dam and reservoir operations; ensures water quality; oversees water treatment plant and power generation operations; maintains all vehicles and heavy equipment; provides electro-mechanical support; implements the Aqueduct Protection Program (APP); complies with all applicable environmental regulations; and develops and manages computerized Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and system maintenance programs.

The Rotating Equipment Division, Mechanical Maintenance Division and Facilities Maintenance Divisions' responsibilities include preventative and corrective maintenance on the Water Authority's Aqueduct system. In addition, all three divisions perform repairs, rehabilitation and upgrades of the aqueduct system's piping, facilities and major assets. 


Salary Information

Maintenance Worker I:  $23.88 - $32.12 / hour ($49,678 - $66,813 Annual)
Maintenance Worker II:  $27.69 - $37.25 / hour ($57,613 - $77,484 Annual)
These position may be filled at either level, depending on candidate qualifications. The individuals selected for these positions will be assigned to one of the following divisions:
The Rotating Equipment Division is responsible for the diagnosis and repair of a wide variety of mechanical equipment, systems and machinery, such as valves, motors, pumps and other equipment common to the waterworks field. 

The Mechanical Maintenance division is responsible for pipeline installation/repairs and the maintenance of line structures, flow control facilities, and related critical appurtenances such as valves and electric actuators. 

The Facilities Maintenance division is responsible for repair and construction activities on the aqueduct system. In addition, the division performs maintenance activities focused on the aqueducts' facilities, buildings, property grounds and access roads. 

The ideal candidates will have the ability to use precision and diagnostic instruments to measure required tolerances of mechanical parts; arc weld and oxygen-acetylene cut; and skillfully and safely operate light-, medium- and heavy-duty construction equipment. Incumbents may perform some or all of the following duties: maintain pump stations and hydroelectric facilities (including maintaining motors, pumps, valves, turbines, hydraulic systems, pipe, and mechanical equipment; performing vibration analysis, thermography, pump/motor alignment, and oil analysis; and maintaining HVAC systems); perform modifications and upgrades to mechanical systems and facilities, Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) development, implementation, data recording and input; manage maintenance contracts; and implement safety procedures.
Distinguishing Characteristics
Maintenance Worker I is the entry-level unskilled laboring class in the Maintenance series. Initially under direct supervision, incumbents learn and perform a variety of unskilled and semi-skilled tasks and duties involved in the construction, installation, maintenance and repair of the Authority's aqueduct pipeline system and related facilities and equipment. This class is alternately staffed with Maintenance Worker II, and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency that meet the qualifications for the higher-level class.
Maintenance Worker II is the semi-skilled class in this series. Under general supervision, incumbents perform the full range of assigned duties, requiring sound judgment with regard to appropriate and safe procedures and practices. Employees are frequently required to work without direct supervision, following instructions and established guidelines and procedures to complete assignments. Incumbents are rotated through the division's several sections in order to learn all of the various assignments and tasks performed by the division. This class differs from Maintenance Worker I in the skill level required and the incumbents' knowledge of the Authority's systems, equipment, facilities, standards and procedures. Incumbents in the Maintenance Worker II class may advance to the Maintenance Technician class after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency that meet the qualifications for the higher level class.
These positions have been approved for hire at Step 1 of the salary range. Depending on qualifications, starting salary may be negotiable. Step increases may occur at 6 months, 1 year, and annually thereafter.


Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered. A typical example of qualifying experience would be:

Maintenance Worker I: At least one year of work experience in utility, or public works-related, maintenance and construction.
Maintenance Worker II: At least two years of work experience in utility, or public works-related, maintenance and construction. One year of experience must have included the full range of duties and responsibilities comparable to a Water Authority Maintenance Worker I.
Licenses / Certificates / Special Requirements
  • Driver's License & Insurability: A valid California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the Authority's Vehicle Insurance Policy is required.
  • Mandatory Physical & Drug Test: The applicants selected will be given a contingent offer of employment pending the outcome of a post-offer physical and drug test.
  • 24-Hour Call Out: Employees in this classification are subject to 24-hour call out.
  • Working Hours: This classification is assigned to work a 4/10 schedule, Monday – Thursday, during normal business hours. Normal business hours are 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


To be considered for this position, please submit an employment application and supplemental questionnaire. This recruitment will remain open until 5:30 p.m. on Thursday June 28, 2018, or until the first 200 applications are received. Qualified applicants are encourages to apply immediately. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application and supplemental questionnaire.

All applications and supplemental questionnaires will be evaluated in relation to the criteria outlined in this job announcement. The selection process may consist of an appraisal interview, writing exercise, and/or other appropriate screening methods. 
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Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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