Utilities Mechanic I/II (WATER)

Recruitment #18-A67-001


Do you see yourself as an environmental steward with water utility mechanical experience?  The City of Ventura is accepting applications for a Utilities Mechanic I/II opportunity on our collaborative water team in the Ventura Water Department.  To be considered for this exciting career opportunity, apply on-line at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs by the 10/14/2018 filing deadline!

Ventura Water is dedicated to providing our community with quality water and wastewater services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  As environmental stewards, our goal is to integrate water management to create long-term health and economic benefits for our community.  As financial stewards, our goals are to operate and use resources efficiently, understand and meet the needs of our customers, and protect our infrastructure by investing wisely in maintenance and renewal projects.

To learn more about working for the Ventura Water Department, visit:  https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/885/Ventura-Water.


Under general supervision, to perform a variety of, semi-skilled to skilled mechanical maintenance duties and assist in the performance of a variety of electrical maintenance duties, related to the construction, maintenance and repair of water and wastewater equipment and facilities.


Incumbent may be required to work stand-by on rotational basis and report to work on a callback basis as needed within a designated time frame.  Stand-by assignment is at the discretion of the Division Head.


An eligibility list is being established to fill a vacancy in the Water division as well as future related full-time, part-time, or temporary vacancies in the Water or Wastewater divisions of the Ventura Water Department.


UTILITIES MECHANIC I  - This is the sub-journey level classification of the flexibly allocated series in which incumbents are approaching journey level. This class performs the more routine semi-skilled to skilled mechanical maintenance duties, including preventative maintenance and repair on plant equipment and facilities, and may occasionally assist in routine electrical maintenance work. 


UTILITIES MECHANIC II  - This is the full journey level classification in this flexibly allocated series. Employees within this class are distinguished from the Utilities Mechanic Worker I by the independent performance of the full range of skilled mechanical maintenance, repair and installation activities, and frequently assists Electrical-Mechanical Maintenance Workers in routine electrical maintenance work.   This classification is distinguished from the Electrical-Mechanical Maintenance Worker by the latter's responsibility for performing the full range of skilled electrical work.


Advancement to the II level is based on demonstrated proficiency in performing the full range of duties within this series, and requires completion of electrical safety training and basic electrical training prior to appointment.


  • Takes pride in providing services to the City of Ventura residents.
  • Has a strong work ethic and can work independently with little instruction.
  • Is energetic, organized and works quickly to get the job done.
  • Is a steward of the environment and committed to high standards and safe work practices.
  • Is service oriented, responsive and seeks continuous improvement.
  • Is proactive and takes initiative to deliver quality product and service.
  • Works collaboratively with other team members and is open to new ideas.


Depending on assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:


Participates in preventive maintenance program for plant equipment, machinery and related facilities; identify equipment maintenance needs; maintains preventative maintenance records and schedules and enters into a computer-based system.


Installs, maintains and repairs equipment at potable water facilities including wells, booster stations, treatment facilities, storage reservoirs, lift stations and tanks.


Records mechanical equipment readings and ensures accuracy of records kept.


Performs mechanical and welding maintenance activities on equipment including lubrication, inspection and replacement parts; orders and maintains stock levels of lubricants used with plant equipment.


Installs, maintains and repairs pumps, valves, valve actuators, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, compressors, generators and internal combustion engines.


Assists with repair and installation of electrical and electronic systems, which includes testing and maintaining electric motors.


Diagnose, troubleshoot, update and repair malfunctioning wastewater plant equipment; maintain, repair and overhaul plant equipment including aeration blowers, pumps, compressors, belt press, valves, drive units, hydraulic control units, chlorinators, chemical feeders, pneumatic equipment and hydraulic pressure systems.


Performs pipefitting; install and repair air, sewer and potable water piping systems.


Conducts performance tests of equipment using tachometers, pressure gauges, and flow meter.


Fabricates and repairs equipment, using appropriate tools, and gas and electric welding equipment.


Operates various motorized equipment (boom truck, crane, hoist, aerial lift) relative to the maintenance of facilities.


Ensure and adhere to safe work practices and procedures including, but not limited to lockout/tagout and confined space rules and regulations.


Performs other related work as required.


License or Certificate Requirements:  Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license is required.  Within six months of employment, incumbent is required to obtain and, thereafter, maintain a valid California Class A driver's license with the following endorsements/restrictions:


Water:  Auto Transmission and Air Brake restrictions.  Grade II Water Distribution Operator license is desirable (Utilities Mechanic II)


Wastewater:  Tanker endorsements - no restrictions.  CWEA Mechanical Technologist Grade I Certification desirable.


According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), drug testing is required.


Environment:  works indoors in confined spaces; works outside in seasonal climate and weather conditions, with exposure to slippery surfaces, dust, dirt, fumes; chemicals, noise, and electrical energy; drives a vehicle to different locations. Physical Abilities:  hearing and speaking sufficient to exchange information in person or on the telephone; vision within normal range with or without correction; sitting, standing, walking on level and slippery surfaces, climbing, occasional heavy lifting of up to 100 pounds, carrying, pushing, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, stooping and crouching for prolonged periods of time; uses hands to handle, feel, grasp or operate tools, equipment, and personal computer; mental capability to use and apply mathematical reasoning and abstract statistical concepts.  Hazards:  exposed to cleaning and lubricating chemicals and solvents, fumes, dust, dirt, noise, electrical energy, and computer screens.  


Utilities Mechanic I: A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to one year of experience working with and performing repairs to a variety of mechanical equipment.


Utilities Mechanic II: A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to two years at the Utilities Mechanic I level independently performing repairs to a variety of mechanical equipment related to water and wastewater equipment and facilities and demonstrated ability to safely assist journey level electrical workers.


Employment Information:  Right to Work:  Before employment, candidates must submit documentation verifying legal right to work in the United States.  Background Check:  A pre-employment verification of background, references, and medical examination will be conducted.  A drug screening may be required for some positions.  Applicants for positions using City vehicles will be required to submit a DMV report.  Probationary Period:  Twelve months.

Deferred Compensation: $442 per year will be matched in a Section 457 Plan.

Medical/Dental Insurance: Up to $691 monthly toward a selection of plans.  Medical insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.  Dental insurance is effective the first of the second month after date of hire. 

Vision Insurance:  City paid coverage provided for employees and their dependents. Vision insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.

Optional Benefits: $469 monthly, which may be applied toward medical insurance premiums.  Cash-out option is not available. 

Life Insurance: City paid term life insurance equal to the employee’s annual salary, and dependent life insurance of $2,000 per dependent.

Disability Insurance:  City paid short-term and long-term disability coverage. 

Retirement:  Tier I - 2% @ 55/Single Highest Year of Compensation for Classic CalPERS members who worked for the City prior to December 31, 2012 and are returning to City employment.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier II - 2% @ 60/3-Year Final Compensation Period for Classic CalPERS members with less than a six-month break in service from another CalPERS or CalPERS'-reciprocal agency.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier III - 2% at 62/3-Year Final Compensation Period for New CalPERS members.  Employees make a 6.25% member contribution, and are subject to compensation limits per Government Code Section 7522.10.  Additional details regarding the City’s retirement plan will be provided to candidates during the job offer process.

Social Security: CalPERS members do not participate in Social Security retirement so there is no payroll deduction. Receiving a CalPERS benefit may affect your Social Security upon retirement. For further information contact a Social Security office or www.socialsecurity.gov/form1945

Medicare:  Employees participate only in the Medicare portion of Social Security. There is a 1.45% payroll deduction for this benefit.

Annual Leave: 3 weeks per year, increasing to 5 weeks after 15 years service, for vacation and sick leave. Employees may use vacation after successful completion of probation.

Personal Leave:  27 hours per calendar year. 

Holidays: 12 paid holidays per year.

Tuition Reimbursement: $2,500 per year for tuition and books for courses taken at accredited institution and after completion of probationary period.

Direct Deposit:  Paychecks are automatically deposited to employee accounts. 

Flexible Workweek:  A 9/80 workweek is available for some positions

Wellness Program:  A comprehensive program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach-walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle.

Selection Plan

Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is on-line and you are highly encouraged to apply at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs. If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.

Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from recruitment@cityofventura.ca.gov. You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs.

Department Selection Interview: 
A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being held in November 2018, date to be determined.


The City of Ventura is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and military and veteran status.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail: recruitment@cityofventura.ca.gov.