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Sewer Lift Station Mechanic/Operator at City of Boise

Sewer Lift Station Mechanic/Operator

City of Boise Boise, ID Full-Time
$20.50 - $23.00/Hour
Public Works is recruiting for a Sewer Lift Station Mechanic/Operator to install, maintain and repair industrial wastewater collection/treatment process equipment and control systems to protect critical system infrastructure.  

This position:
  • Performs skilled work related to the operation and maintenance of a variety of complex mechanical and electrical systems within public works utility infrastructure. 
  • Installs, operates, repairs and troubleshoots industrial equipment related to geothermal, sewage, HVAC, and irrigation systems. 
  • Provides input for projects regarding design and performs inspections. 
  • Performs tasks under general direction and supervision.

To provide a safe and healthy workplace for all City of Boise employees, residents, and community members, new employment offers are contingent upon the applicant providing proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination process according to current [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Sewer Lift Station Mechanic/Operator to the City, on a confidential basis, or receiving an exemption from the vaccination requirement as a legally required medical or religious accommodation two weeks prior to the applicant’s scheduled start date. 

Operates, maintains, and repairs infrastructure related to sewage pumping stations, wastewater collection and treatment process equipment, geothermal and irrigation systems, chemical and odor treatment facilities, and related electrical and mechanical devices. Ensures HVAC and building ventilation systems are working correctly. Performs precision work on machinery and equipment to install, maintain and repair wastewater collection/treatment process equipment and control systems to protect critical system infrastructure. Operates light, medium, and heavy hand, pneumatic and electric tools, chain pull hoists, power saws, forklifts and overhead cranes. Fabricates, welds, and cuts parts and accessories from metal with MIG, TIG and arc welders, plasma and oxy-acetylene torches, hand and electric shears, grinders and other hand tools. (30%)

Performs skilled work related to installation, calibration, and repair of electrical, and electro-mechanical equipment, systems, circuit breakers, starters, relays, level controllers, programmable logic controllers (PLC) and PLC process control, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), radio telemetry, variable frequency drives (VFD), electrical distribution, and low and high voltage systems, motors, controllers, transformers, switches, and generators. (25%)

Diagnoses, troubleshoots, and tests instrument electronics, electro-mechanical equipment and systems, and related components. Repairs faulty meters for data collection used in billing processes. Uses precision electronic measurement tools, computers, laptops, data logging and monitoring devices to diagnose problems and establish solutions. Evaluates conditions and performance of equipment and systems and makes modifications, or provides recommendations on improvements. (25%)

Assists with projects by reviewing designs, furnishing site-specific information, recommending design changes, and performing inspections. Provides training and instruction to coworkers. Responds to public inquiries in the field and maintains a professional demeanor while following up with questions and complaints. Utilizes computer programs and the internet to order parts and materials, e-mail, and enter data into the maintenance management program (Hansen 8). Reads and interprets blueprints and technical manuals to research and order parts and equipment. (20%)

Performs other duties as assigned. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time.

Required Knowledge, Experience, and Training
  • Two years of experience troubleshooting, repairing, rebuilding, installing, fitting pipe, plumbing and fabricating in an industrial setting 
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Engines, pumps, valves, compressors, complex plumbing principles to include pump installation and repair, pipe fitting, layout and design, as related to wastewater treatment equipment and automated systems, electrical circuits and process instrumentation
  • Standard practices, materials, tools, and equipment of electronic and instrumentation trade
  • Test equipment used to calibrate instruments
  • Programming techniques and software used in PLC system and HMI software development and programming
  • Low and high voltage electrical systems
  • HVAC systems and operation
  • Electrical control circuits, pneumatic controls, heat transfer, and pressure and flow control
  • Operation and use of multimeters
  • Basic procedures and techniques related to installation and testing of radio communications equipment
  • Mechanical and electrical operations, fluid dynamics, hydraulic and pneumatic, and high-pressure steam/water systems
  • Electro-mechanical control systems
  • Occupational safety standards and hazards
  • Pipefitting, welding, and fabricating practices along with shop geometry, and related tools and equipment
  • Hazards associated with industrial maintenance
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

  • Read and interpret technical manuals 
  • Utilize a computer and basic computer programs 
  • Diagnose and repair malfunctions in mechanical/electronic equipment quickly and effectively
  • Interpret and apply MSDS data and other safety procedures 
  • Maintain state and city required licenses and certificates
  • Display an attitude of cooperation and work harmoniously with all levels of city employees, the general public and other organizations
  • Communicate effectively in the English language at a level necessary for efficient job performance
  • Complete assignments in a timely fashion
  • Understand and comply with all rules, policies and regulations
  • Maintain prompt and regular attendance
  • Perform all essential and marginal functions as assigned by an authorized employee, supervisor and/or manager with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Capable of operating vehicles safely and having an acceptable driving record
Preferred Knowledge, Experience, and Training
  • Five years of experience working with utilities related to wastewater treatment and sewage systems, plumbing and electrical work in an industrial environment, and related mechanical systems
Licensing and Other Requirements 
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with tanker endorsement 
  • Ability to obtain a Wastewater Treatment Operator Class I certificate or Operator-in-Training (OIT) within six months of meeting Idaho Bureau of Occupational License eligibility requirements
Special Requirements
Applicants must be able to pass:
  • City of Boise background check processes which includes a criminal history check and reference checks in accordance with the City of Boise Hiring Process Regulation
  • Driving Record Check
  • Drug-Free Workplace: In accordance with the City of Boise Drug-Free Workplace Regulation, this position is designated as safety-sensitive and is subject to testing requirements including Post Offer Applicant Testing, Random Testing, Reasonable Suspicion, Post - Accident, etc. Applicants will be required to submit to screening for illegal drug use prior to hiring. Appointment to this position is contingent upon a negative pre-employment drug test.
  • Persons in this position must have a CDL that can handle a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds.

The physical effort characteristics and working environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Efforts
While performing the duties of this job the employee is always lifting/carrying up to 10 pounds, frequently lifting/carrying up to 35 pounds, occasionally lifting/carrying up to 50 pounds and rarely lifting/carrying up to 75 pounds. Also, the employee is always pushing/pulling up to 20 pounds, frequently pushing/pulling up to 50 pounds and occasionally pushing/pulling up to 75 pounds. The noise level is always moderate, frequently loud and occasionally very loud. Work includes the sensory ability to talk, hear, smell and touch. Work in this position also includes close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and depth perception. Employees will sit, stand, walk, run, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, grasp, climb and balance. Position requires hand/finger dexterity.

Working Environment
The work environment will include inside conditions, outdoor weather conditions, extreme temperatures, in wet and humid conditions, areas of dust, odors, mist, gases or other airborne matter. Employees are exposed to mechanical and electrical hazards, work in/at heights and confined spaces. Employees will also drive a vehicle as part of this position. Work includes protected exposure to infectious bacteria, bodily fluids and chemicals. This position works outdoors in all weather, on uneven, icy, or unpaved surface conditions in parking lots, roadways, construction projects, storage yards, etc., slipping hazards, waterways, traffic, animals.
This position works evenings and weekends as required and has a rotating on-call schedule.


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