Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Machinist Leadman (#20007575)

General Statement

Under supervision, performs skilled manual work in the operation of precision machine tools used in fabricating metal parts.  Installs, repairs and maintains mechanical equipment in the shop and field, and directs the work of assigned Machinists.

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.

  • Performs first-line supervision of assigned Machinists in the maintenance of a water reclamation plant, or related facility, by performing skilled manual work in connection with the operation of precision machine tools used in fabricating metal parts, and installing, repairing and maintaining mechanical equipment.
  • Participates in planning the work of assigned Machinists.
  • Checks work progress and gives instructions and training in job duties and safety practices.
  • Sets up, adjusts and operates precision machine tools which may include lathes, planers, milling machines, shapers, drill presses, grinders and other standard metal working machines.
  • Welds, presses, cuts, forms, shapes, laps, bores, turns, bends, finishes, fits and performs other bench, machine or hand tool operations required in the fabrication, installation and repair of metal parts.
  • Installs, tears down, inspects, repairs, replaces parts, reassembles, adjusts and generally maintains all classes of machinery and machine parts.

Other Job Functions

  • Using cables, slings, ropes and chains, or other means, rigs heavy parts and machinery for removal and installation.
  • Maintains, troubleshoots and repairs gasoline and diesel engines, and performs other repairs on trucks, automobiles and heavy mobile equipment.
  • 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 throughout the plant facility and collection system.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of the machining and welding properties of metals.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, tools and equipment of the machinist trade.
  • Thorough knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the work.
  • Skill in the use and care of the tools, machines and equipment of the machinist trade.
  • Ability to work from sketches and broken parts.
  • Ability to do oxyacetylene and electric arc welding.
  • Ability to plan and supervise the work of others in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

One year of experience as a journeyman machinist.



Promotional Requirement

  • One year of service with the District as a Machinist.
  • Civil service status as a Machinist.

CLASS: 20007575; EST: 1/1/1900;