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Plant Maintenance Mechanic

at City of Durham, NC

Pay: $20.41 to $31.41/hour
$20.41 - $31.41
Posted: 7/31/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2518976

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Description

Work. Serve. Thrive. With the City of Durham
Advance in your career while making a real difference in the community you serve.

Hiring Range: $42,452 - $45,905
Hours: 6:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

More than 300 talented, dedicated employees in the City of Durham's Water Management Department work to keep safe drinking water flowing throughout the City and manage wastewater effectively. We lead long-term water and wastewater planning and infrastructure development, regularly treat and test systems for environmental compliance, and engage the public in water conservation to ensure all of our customers have clean, safe water every time they turn on the tap. If you share our passion for managing vital water resources, bring your skills and talent to Durham!

Water Management seeks experienced mechanics with working knowledge of water treatment and reclamation facilities or power plant systems and equipment. Use your expertise and skills to help our congenial team provide corrective maintenance & response to equipment failures or malfunctions at the water & wastewater plants, isolating the cause, and overhaul as needed using specifications provided. Work assignments range from calibrations and minor adjustments to repair and overhaul of equipment. Plant crews also serve as backup mechanics to our 60+ sewer pump stations as needed and will be required to rotate and serve stand-by/recall for emergencies often during inclement weather. 


  • Performs preventative and corrective mechanical maintenance; uses specialized equipment, tools, and machinery to repair and rebuild pumps, motors, gearboxes, and other equipment and facility components; and fabricates parts.
  • Inspects, tests, and cleans equipment, alarms, and related equipment to ensure proper working condition and compliance with applicable safety and operating regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Performs office and operational support duties, such as receiving work orders, stocking vehicles with necessary supplies and tools for work, maintaining databases and records, cleaning and/or washing down the work area, performing emergency or on-call duties, maintaining inventory, answering phones, and training lower-level staff.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature and level as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications & Experience

  • High School Diploma or GED,
  • Three years of related experience.
  • North Carolina driver's license "or" if you currently have another state driver's license, must be willing to obtain a valid NC driver's license within 60 days of hire
  • North Carolina Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with Tanker Endorsement must be obtained within nine months of hire.

Positions in this class typically require:  climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.
Heavy Work:  Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of forces constantly to move objects.
Work is performed in indoor environments.
Incumbents may be exposed to hazardous physical conditions, such as, mechanical parts, electrical currents, and vibrations; atmospheric conditions, such as fumes, odors, gases, and poor ventilation; and work space-related movement restrictions.

Additional Preferred Skills

  • Solid rigging experience from basic to critical lifts
  • Ability to read and interpret manuals, blueprints
  • Extensive use and knowledge of OSHA safety protocols (especially Lock-out/Tag-out)
  • NC Grade 1 Wastewater Collections
  • AWWA Maintenance Technologist I
  • Welding, OSHA Confined Space, and/or Forklift
  • Skilled in welding practices (stick, TIG, MIG, and use of torch)
  • Machine shop experience using lathe`s, milling machines, etc.