Job Details

Wastewater Mechanic

Clackamas County, Oregon City, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 06/24/2019

This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Monday, June 24, 2019.
Please Note: The application deadline may be extended to expand the pool of qualified candidates. Any recruitment timeline changes will be communicated to all who have initiated an application process or have submitted an application.


Clackamas County proudly offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including competitive wages, cost-of-living adjustments, merit increases (for eligible employees) and a robust sick and vacation plan for regular status employees.
We encourage and support employee health and wellness by offering a variety of gym membership discounts, annual wellness fairs and alternative care benefits, so you can customize your wellness needs to fit your lifestyle.
This is a full time (40 hours per week) County position represented by the AFSCME: Water Environment Services (WES).
Competitive compensation package:
Annual Salary Range: $55,764 - $71,358
Hourly Pay Rate: $26.80 - $34.30
Attractive benefits package and incentives for employees in regular status positions are detailed below.
Generous paid time off package, including:
• 3.6 weeks of vacation per year
• 9 paid holidays and 1 personal day per year
• 8 hours per month sick leave accrual
Employer paid 6% PERS retirement contribution
• A Choice of Medical Plans with Vision and Prescription Drug Coverage
• A Choice of Dental Plans
• Chiropractic Coverage and Alternative Care Benefit
• Robust wellness programs, including gym discounts and wellness education classes
• A variety of optional benefits (see Benefits section below)
• Longevity pay

• Passionate about water quality and want to do your part to ensure Clackamas County communities and businesses can live work and play in a healthy environment?
• Knowledgeable about mechanical systems, such as centrifuges and gravity belt thickeners?
• Experienced with pumps and pumping systems?
• Enthusiastic and positive with a can-do attitude?
• A strong communicator who can clearly convey technical information to customers, contractors, vendors and the public?
• Focused on solving problems and achieving results?
• A self-starter with a strong work ethic?
• A team player with a collaborative approach to work?
If you answered “yes” to the questions above, we want you to join our team as a Wastewater Mechanic at the Clackamas County Water Environment Services Department. In this critical role, you will work within the operation and maintenance of wastewater infrastructure that includes five treatment facilities throughout the County, conveyance systems and surface water management structures. The County is leading local service providers in a cooperative multi-district plan to begin sharing and managing collective resources and infrastructure.
If selected for this Wastewater Mechanic position, you will be responsible for repairs and maintenance of the mechanical, instrumentation, electrical and electronic equipment at a wastewater treatment plant or for the wastewater collection system pump stations. You will have opportunities to participate in work planning, training, problem solving, and other related activities as part of a self-directed work team.
Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*
• Basic understanding of volt meters, electric motors, and motor alignment
• Experience with safety operations in an industrial workplace, including lock-out/tag-out procedures and confined space entry
• Working knowledge of various pumps and pumping systems, including piping, valves, and check valves
• Knowledge of mechanical systems, such as centrifuges and gravity belt thickeners
• Experience working with a CMMS management software, including entering data
• Strong interpersonal skills that translate into a collaborative approach to work when working as part of a team as well as ability to work independently
• Strong verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with customers, contractors, vendors and the public
• Employment is contingent upon passing a post-offer physical assessment. Accommodation requests will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation.
• Ability to respond to after hours emergencies on a call-out basis
• Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment. Learn more about the County's driving policy
Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*
• Possession of the Limited Maintenance Electrician’s (LME) License, issued by the State of Oregon (ORS 479; OAR 918-282)
• Knowledge of and/or experience in the mechanical field related to manufacturing setting or water/wastewater specific industry
• Welding and fabrication experience
• Machining or milling experience
*For Veterans qualified for Veteran’s Preference: If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
1. Installs, inspects, maintains and repairs mechanical equipment and machinery, including valves, pumps, heat exchangers, blowers, clarifiers; examines, adjusts, lubricates and paints machinery and equipment; replaces worn and broken parts; fabricates and modifies parts and tools.
2. Inspects, maintains, repairs and replaces electrical equipment and electronic instruments, including electric motors, motor control panels, electric monitoring and control systems, flow meters and temperature and level sensors; examines, adjusts and replaces existing wiring, motors, fuses, starters, switches, alternators, generators, transformers, sensors and electronic components; monitors, calibrates and repairs programmable logic controllers and associated components.
3. Installs, inspects, maintains and repairs building structures, systems and equipment, including heating, ventilating, air conditioning and water boiler systems.
4. Participates in the development and implementation of a maintenance, repair and replacement program; prepares and maintains preventive maintenance manuals, schedules, records and work orders; evaluates facility condition to prioritize and schedule projects; assists in defining user requirements for the design and construction of wastewater facilities; evaluates cost effectiveness of equipment replacement or repair; maintains parts and supplies inventory.
5. May serve as project or team leader on various assignments; serves as work group representative or contact person for limited remodeling, repair and improvement projects for wastewater facilities and mechanical systems; trains lower level mechanics and new and temporary employees; may provide group safety training; demonstrates safe working practices in the field.
6. Provides public and customer service support to County operations and other municipalities; responds to complaints and inquiries; conducts facility tours and public information meetings; answers technical questions and explains wastewater collection and processing systems.


Duties require physical labor, including walking, reaching, squatting, kneeling, bending, balancing, climbing, shoveling, fine motor control, and ability to lift up to 50 pounds, carry, and push/pull up to 70 pounds. Duties also involve exposure to bacteria, viruses and toxins in wastewater, chemicals, exhaust fumes and dust, loud noises, and vibration. Some duties involve exposure to adverse weather conditions and hazardous locations, such as streets, live sewers, confined underground areas, and on elevated platforms.


This position works 40 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Friday. Typical hours of work are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended.
Note: Incumbents will occasionally perform after hours emergency response on a call-out basis.


Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 400,000 citizens.
Oregonians are rightfully proud of their commitment to maintaining a clean environment. At Water Environment Services (WES) we share that commitment. Our mission is to provide resource recovery and watershed protection services to our community so they can live, work and play in a healthy environment. WES manages a wastewater service district, which includes surface water program services, and one surface water district, all within Clackamas County. In total, the Districts represent over one billion dollars in infrastructure investments that are managed, operated and maintained to the highest industry standards. Employees of WES operate and maintain five wastewater pollution control plants. WES collects and cleans more than 6 billion gallons of wastewater annually before releasing it into local rivers. The surface water management program provides water quality protection for the community by implementing a variety of programs that reduce pollution in our rivers, streams and wetlands caused by urban storm water runoff. Surface water management services provided to the community include the construction and maintenance of infrastructure necessary to improve water quality and/or provide adequate conveyance of storm water runoff, development plan review, public education related to water quality and storm water issues, restoration and enhancement of riparian areas and stream channels and watershed planning.

Clackamas County only accepts online applications
Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States.
Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.
If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date. You may request an accommodation during the online application process.

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