Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Powerhouse Mechanic Leadman (#20007394)

General Statement

Under supervision, performs skilled manual work in connection with the installation, maintenance and operation of all electrical equipment at the Lockport Powerhouse, and directs the work of assigned journeymen and helpers.

Essential Job Functions

Essential job functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in a classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are designed to be descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete one or all of the job duties listed or tasks of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Participates in and supervises the installation, tear down, repair, replacing of parts, reassembly, adjustment and general maintenance of high and low voltage power and light circuits, motors, lighting fixtures, power and light transformers, high and low tension main and auxiliary feeder busses, disconnects, air and oil circuit breakers, public address systems, control, indicating, operating and protective devices and wiring, and similar electrical apparatus, machinery and equipment. 
  • Directs and participates in the work of assigned journeymen and helpers, laying out and assigning work, checking work progress, giving instructions and training in job duties and safety practices and making final inspections of all completed work.
  • Checks and signs clearances for disconnecting or de-energizing electric circuits and equipment; places hold cards on all electrical equipment being repaired and restores electric circuits and equipment to service on completion of work.
  • Checks adherence to safety rules and practices; administers first aid in case of injury; secures prompt medical attention when necessary.

Other Job Functions

  • Is responsible for the custody and care of all tools of the trade in powerhouse electrical maintenance.
  • Maintains and repairs electrical equipment and wiring on motor vehicles.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Environmental Conditions

May involve exposure to a variety of operating mechanical equipment and loud noise and/or noxious odors.  May include working in all types of weather conditions at the controlling works and throughout the powerhouse facilities.     

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of the electrical trade, particularly as they relate to the operation and maintenance of electric generation and distribution facilities and systems.
  • Thorough knowledge of the national electrical code and other relevant codes and regulations. 
  • Thorough knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the work.
  • Some knowledge of the mechanical workings of hydroelectric generating plants.
  • Ability to install, tear down, repair and replace power house equipment and apparatus.
  • Ability to plan and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to read electrical drawings and layouts.
  • Skill in the use and care of the equipment and tools of the electrical trade.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Five years of experience in the operation and maintenance of a hydroelectric generating plant, or equivalent experience and training in a coal-fired electrical plant, nuclear power plant or other high voltage electrical power generating plant.



Promotional Requirement

  • One year of experience with the District as a Powerhouse Mechanic.
  • Civil service status as a Powerhouse Mechanic.

CLASS: 20007394; EST: 1/1/1900; REV: 10/1/2022;