Utilities Mechanic I/II

Wastewater opportunity

Recruitment #18-A67-002


Do you see yourself as an environmental steward with wastewater utility mechanical experience? The City of Ventura is accepting applications for a Utilities Mechanic I/II opportunity on our collaborative wastewater maintenance team in the Ventura Water Department. If you are a regular status City of Ventura employee who is interested in this exciting promotional opportunity, apply online at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs by the 2/18/2019 filing deadline!


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.  Standby assignment is at the discretion of the Division Head.


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


  • 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.

Selection Plan

Do you have the knowledge, skill and ability to perform the work described above? If you are currently a City of Ventura employee interested in applying for this in-house promotional opportunity, please apply online at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs by the final filing date.

Once your application has been submitted online, 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 sent 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 participate in a department selection interview in March 2019, 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.