Utilities Maintenance Mechanic Trainee

City of Bradenton
Job Description
General Purpose of the Position:  This is an entry-level technical field position. Under close supervision, provides a wide range of semi-skilled labor work in the maintenance and repair of mechanical equipment in City water treatment, wastewater treatment, distribution, collection, and reuse facilities.   Trainee is an entry-level position for the Mechanic career path and is intended to be a transitional position to an appropriate Mechanic C position upon successfully passing the FWPCOA Utilities Maintenance III certification course.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Assists in routine repairs, replacement tasks and construction projects to mechanical equipment for water treatment, wastewater treatment, distribution, collection, and reuse facilities.
  • Assists with cleaning, inspecting and maintaining lift stations and water/wastewater facilities and equipment, e.g.; lubricates motors and equipment, replaces packing in pumps and valves, replaces wiring and bearings in motors and pumps.
  • Assists with routine preventative maintenance of mechanical collection and conveyance systems and electrical systems.
  • Assists with inspection of facilities and equipment to identify existing or potential problems; informs Supervisor and/or Superintendent of breakdown or obstruction.
  • Operates a variety of hand and power tools for both electrical and mechanical repairs, e.g., air wrenches, air hammer, electric drill, saw, air compressor.
  • Assists in the development and integration of policies and procedures for operational enhancement.
  • Perform duties as assigned through work orders.
  • Operate necessary equipment needed to accomplish daily job duties.
  • Keep basic records; perform computer data entry.
  • Lawn maintenance activities associated with lift station and other assigned sites.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Skills and Physical Abilities Required:
  • General knowledge of safe work techniques and practices used in mechanical repair and maintenance.
  • General knowledge of electricity as related to mechanical equipment and facilities.
  • Ability to operate various hand held tools and repair equipment, e.g., wrenches, pipe fitting tools, power drill, grinder, band saw, ventilating blower, saws, air-compressors.
  • Ability to operate basic office equipment, e.g., computer terminals, printers, copy machines, telephone systems, facsimile machines.
  • Ability to make independent judgments and decisions appropriate to experience.
  • Ability to quickly learn of materials used in the construction and maintenance of water and wastewater facilities, water distribution and wastewater collection systems.
  • Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with employees and the public.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to work in close, confined spaces, walk, stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, talk, hear, reach above shoulders, work overhead on ladders and platforms, use fingers and hands with dexterity, and feel and reach with hands and arms.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift up to 80 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and ability to adjust focus.
Equipment Used:  Computer, cell phone, telephone, radio.  Non-CDL vehicles and light equipment, pumps, power valve turner, trencher, generators, concrete saw, and miscellaneous hand tools including shovels, sledge hammers, wrenches, pipe cutters, ratchets, saws, etc.. Also light lawn maintenance equipment including mowers, string trimmers, edgers, polesaws, etc.  If necessary and upon pre-approval by management, incumbent may operate CDL-class vehicles if properly licensed.  Safety equipment and training are provided.
Education and Experience Required:  High school diploma or GED equivalent.  Good driving record and valid Florida driver’s license. 
Environmental Conditions:  Work is primarily performed outside in varying and extreme weather conditions for extended periods of time where employees are exposed to excessively loud noises from construction equipment, exposure to live sewer systems, human debris, drug paraphernalia, hot tar and asphalt, heavy equipment, working in and around trenches, hazardous gases, fumes, paint, chemicals and pesticides.  Physical effort is required to perform heavy manual labor in confined and cramped spaces and uncomfortable conditions, climb ladders, bend, reach, and stand for long periods of time.  Occasional exposure to slippery and/or uneven surfaces; heights above twenty (20) feet; below ground level, with feet, legs and/or hands in water.  Occasional exposure to confined spaces.  Subject to 24-hour call back for emergency conditions.  Appropriate training and safety equipment will be provided for all conditions.
Commercial Driver License (CDL):  A Commercial Driver License (CDL) is not required for this position.  However, if necessary and upon pre-approval by management, incumbent may be assigned to operate CDL-class vehicles.  If this should occur, incumbent will receive the appropriate hourly pay premium.
Salary Range:  Minimum: $10.85/hour       Maximum: $16.28/hour
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