MAINTENANCE MECHANIC SEWER UTILITY (M&O Specialist) - Kitsap County- Poulsbo, WA

Employer: Kitsap County Public Works Department

Job Description:
MAINTENANCE MECHANIC SEWER UTILITY (M&O Specialist) - Kitsap County- Poulsbo, WA 98370
$49,733 - $70,262 a year

Kitsap County Public Works Department makes our communities better and safer places to live, work, and play.

The Public Works Department is currently seeking a seasoned maintenance mechanic that has experience working with equipment associated with a wastewater treatment plant and sewage pump stations!

Position Overview:
Under the direction of the assigned supervisor the incumbent will assist in the operation, maintenance, repair and/or replacement of assigned mechanical equipment associated with wastewater treatment plants and sewage pump stations. The work includes a variety of gasoline, propane and diesel-powered equipment. After initial training, the incumbent may complete routine assignments independently, subject to final inspection.

Required Education and Experience
- High School Diploma or GED
- Two years of work experience as a maintenance mechanic in a wastewater treatment plant, water treatment plant or related field; or
- Any equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the applicant with the desired knowledge, skills and ability required to perform the work.

Driving Requirements:
The successful incumbent must meet the driving requirements of this position and submit a copy a current driving record/abstract (from state of residency) to review for eligibility to drive for Kitsap County prior to employment. The successful incumbent must obtain a valid Washington State Driver's License prior to hire and maintain a satisfactory driving record as outlined in the Kitsap County Vehicle Use Policy. This position is categorized as:
- CDL Driver: Operating County owned vehicles and CDL vehicles. Successful candidate must [have a current or obtain within 12 months of employment] a Washington Class A endorsement N air brake restriction removed.
-Prior to CDL Assignment:
- CDL drivers must submit a driving abstract and a current medical card.
- CDL Drivers in accordance with federal regulations and Kitsap County Drug and Alcohol Policy and Procedures for CDL Drivers, no employee will be allowed to operate CDL vehicles or equipment in this position for Kitsap County until he/she has successfully passed a breath alcohol test and urine drug screening; and enter into a random DOT regulated drug and alcohol testing process.

Criminal Conviction Standards:
The successful incumbent will or may have unsupervised access to children under 18 years of age, a vulnerable adult, or a vulnerable person, or access to a secured/confidential facility or computer system(s). As a result, Kitsap County will be conducting an extensive criminal background check by law enforcement agencies, which may include fingerprinting.
- Please review the following list of disqualifying crimes and negative actions to determine if you meet our standard for this position: (Download PDF reader)

Required Licenses, Certificates, Training, and Other Requirements
Please note: The incumbent is responsible for obtaining and maintaining all of the following required licenses, certifications, and other requirements.
Prior to employment the successful candidate must:
- Pass a criminal background check through law enforcement agencies.
- Pass a medical/physical evaluation, including audiometric and respirator testing (in accordance with WAC 296-842-150 and WAC 296-817-400).
- Submit a copy of their State employment driving record abstract to verify their eligibility to drive for Kitsap County.
- Submit official transcripts from an accredited college or university if education is being used to meet the minimum qualifications.
- Pass all job-related examinations/tests necessary to demonstrate required knowledge, skills and abilities, as determined by the hiring authority at time of job posting.
- Provide references that demonstrate reliability, a good attendance record and a positive work ethic/attitude.

At time of appointment the successful candidate must:
(Evidence of ability to obtain these by appointment may be required at any time in the selection process.)
- Valid Washington State driver's license.

Within one year of employment, must obtain (and maintain during employment) the following licenses and certifications:
- Washington State Industrial First Aid/CPR certification
- Washington State Traffic Flagging Certification
- Possess a valid Washington State Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) for the operation of related equipment with Endorsement N and air brake restriction removed.
- Per the agreement with Kitsap County, selected employee and the appropriate bargaining unit, Kitsap County will fund the costs of tuition and certain educational expenses (tuition payments) and advance the costs of CDL Licensing fees. The employee may be required for reimbursement under circumstances outlined in the agreement.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of:
- Sound machine shop practices.
- Metallurgy and corrosion prevention.
- Proper crane rigging.
- Proper use of tools and materials used in mechanical trades including: PVC, copper, iron, high density polyethylene, and other piping materials
- Power tools
- Air tools
- Hydraulic tools
- Water or wastewater treatment process and sewage conveyance systems.

Skills and/or Ability to:
- Welding (MIG, TIG and oxygen.
- Fabrication.
- Plasma cutting.
- Operate pneumatic and hydraulic systems.
-Operate and maintain milling equipment (mills, lathes).
- Appear for scheduled work with regular, reliable and punctual attendance.
- Establish and maintain cooperative, effective, and productive working relationships using tact, patience and courtesy with other employees and the general public.
- Effectively plan and organize work and complete tasks within prescribed timeframes.
- Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
- Read and understand blueprints and specifications.
- Perform basic mathematical calculations.
- Learn to operate trucks, backhoe, sewer flushing unit, vacuum eductor and related equipment.
- Perform manual labor under uncomfortable or adverse conditions.
- Work over 40 hours in a workweek as required.
- Report for duty on time and remain at work until the end of their scheduled shift even if an inclement weather event or emergency is declared as an "Essential Employee" under the Public Works Inclement Weather/Emergency Response policy.
- Respond as required when on stand-by duty. (Note: This position is subject to 24 hour standby duty.)
- Properly wear a breathing apparatus when working in confined spaces.

Working Conditions/Physical Activities
(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Kitsap County provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).
- Work performed primarily in the field maintaining pump stations in road rights of way, in the maintenance yard arranging material stockpiles and equipment, and in treatment plant environments with exposure to raw sewage, processed wastewater, chemicals and high noise.
- Position requires traversing rough, undeveloped terrain or construction sites, and standing and balancing for extended periods of time when flagging traffic. Operate heavy equipment (controlled with using both hands and feet simultaneously), various standup mowers and drive a variety of CDL vehicle.
- Frequent climbing in and out of equipment and vehicles. Sitting for long periods of time when operating vehicles or equipment. Bending, stooping, reaching (over shoulders, at waist and below waist), walking, climbing (ladders/stairs), standing, balancing, adequate vision to operate power equipment, and establish traffic control. Handling and grasping items such as; documents, materials, hand tools, debris. Ability to climb up to four flights of stairs multiple times per work day.
- Adequate vision sufficient to view gauges and traffic and other signals, to operate equipment, inspect roads/sewage/storm drainage lines, etc., and read instructions and plans.
- Hearing sufficient to respond to audible alarms, sirens, radio and telephone.
- Clear speaking and adequate hearing sufficient to communicate effectively and respond appropriately when conveying or receiving information or instruction. Must possess the physical strength, agility and coordination required to operate heavy equipment such as but not limited to: backhoes, pavers, dozers and graders.
- Exertion of force of up to 50 lbs. regularly and/or up to 35 pounds frequently, and/or up to 25 pounds continually to lift/carry/push/pull/move objects and to operate a variety of power equipment/tools, hoists, lifts, and vehicles.
- Working out of doors for extended periods of time under unfavorable inclement weather conditions (i.e. heat, cold, rain, wind, snow). Working around various hazards associated with vehicle traffic, vegetation, around construction equipment and while operating hand and power tools including occasional exposure to associated machinery vibration, chemicals, noxious fumes, pollen, grasses, vapors, and dust. Frequent operation of heavy equipment and large trucks in areas of high traffic and confined spaces.
- Subject to call-out during non-working hours.
Incumbents may be:
- Exposed to other physical hazards out in the field.

Essential Job Functions:
- Perform routine maintenance, troubleshooting and major overhauls on pumps, clarifiers, blowers, boilers, sodium hypochlorite systems, scrubbers, rotary drum thickeners, gravity belt thickeners, rotary bar screens and other equipment associated with wastewater treatment plant and lift station operation, including gasoline, propane and diesel-powered generators & machinery.
- Operate a computer-based preventative maintenance system. Prepare and paint mechanical equipment.
- Operate electric & hydraulic crane trucks, shop trucks, portable generators, pumps, and hand and power tools. Perform general maintenance on tools and smaller equipment. - Operate milling machines, lathes, drill press, MIG/TIC welding equipment and plasma cutters.
- Fuel all types of equipment, check fluid levels, belts, and lights. Check tires for proper pressure and correct if necessary.
- Keep work area clean. Promote good safety practices and procedures and public relations practices.
- After training, may provide limited supervision when placed in a lead position of a shift or crew.

Other Job Duties:
Perform other related duties, as required.

- Who May Apply: This position is open to the general public. Applications will be screened for qualifications and completion of all the required materials and forms. The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process, which may include testing for office and computer skills.
- This position is classified as eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- Public Works employees are considered 'essential employees' and are expected to report to duty on time and remain at work until the end of the scheduled shift even if an inclement weather event or emergency is declared.
- Covered under a collective bargaining agreement with 589 Utilities. Internal applicants should be aware that a change in union status or bargaining unit may impact your benefits and accruals. Please contact Human Resources if you have questions.
- Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.
- This posting may be used to fill future openings.

Kitsap County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package to all eligible employees. These benefits become effective on the first calendar day of the month following the month in which the employee is hired except if the employee's hire date is the first calendar day of the month, benefits begins on the day of hire. More information about employee benefits is available on the county's website at:

County Paid Benefits Include:
- Health Insurance
- Dental Plan
- Vision Plan
- Life Insurance
- Accidental Death and Dismemberment
- Basic Long Term Disability (LTD)
- Transportation incentives
- Employee Assistance Program
- Wellness program
- Voluntary benefit options also available at the employee's expense

Union Membership:
This position is covered under Teamsters 589W- Public Works Utilities Employees collective bargaining agreement. To view the bargaining agreement please visit our website:

Employees are covered under retirement plans provided through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and are covered by Social Security.

Holidays: 10 paid holidays and 2 additional floating holidays per year.

Annual Leave (vacation):
New employees are credited with 48 hours of annual leave after completing 14 days in a paid status and will be begin accruing at the rate of 8 hours per month starting on their 7th month of employment. Employees may carry over 360 hours from one calendar year to the next. Annual leave accrual will increase upon tenure in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Sick Leave: All new hires will be credited with 60 hours of sick leave after completion of 14 days in a paid status and will begin accruing at the rate of 10 hours per month starting on their 7th month of employment. Employees may carry over 1200 hours from one calendar year to the next.

***Part-time employees benefit contributions and leave accruals will be prorated***

Current County Employees: If you are transferring or promoting into this position you are responsible for reviewing these benefit changes; prior to accepting a position. In addition, it is your responsibility to notify the Auditor's Payroll Division of a change in union status.

NOTE: This is a general overview of the benefits offered through employment with Kitsap County, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts or is incorrect with the provisions of the Personnel Manual, applicable laws, policies, rules or official plan documents they will prevail.

Contact Person:
Location: Poulsbo, WA
Application Method: Online:
Base Pay: $49,733 - $70,262 YR

Posted on September 29, 2020

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