The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Operations & Maintenance Technician IV - Mechanical

Job Locations US-CA-Desert Center, Earp, Desert Center
Job ID 2024-2760
Org Data : Descr Linked
Eagle Mountain Pumping Plant, Hinds Pumping Plant, Iron Mountain Pumping Plant
Posted Date
1 month ago(5/22/2024 3:06 PM)
Application Filing Period
May 22, 2024 - July 5, 2024 @ 4:30 p.m. PST
# of Openings
USD $43.43/Hr.
USD $57.22/Hr.
Work Schedule
Bargaining Unit Name / Code

The Metropolitan Water District's Water System Operations Group has four openings for Operations & Maintenance Technician IV-Mechanical. One (1) position is located at Eagle Mountain, one (1) position is located at Hinds, and two (2) positions are located at Iron Mountain Pumping Plant.

Currently we have openings at Eagle Mountain, Hinds, and Iron Mountain. This recruitment will also be used to build an Eligibility List for the following locations: Eagle Mountain, Hinds, Iron Mountain, Gene Camp, and Intake. This list will be valid for 6 months from the date a candidate accepts the position.


As an Operations & Maintenance Technician IV - Mechanical, you will utilize journey level mechanical skills, experience and knowledge in the practices, procedures, and methods of installing, maintaining, and repairing complex and general water utility and facility mechanical systems. You will monitor and inspect mechanical equipment and related systems for reliable operating condition and performance, including predictive and diagnostic testing; preventive and corrective maintenance; improving equipment and asset capacity and upgrading systems to meet treatment, conveyance and distribution operating and service demands.

You will maintain and improve mechanical/electrical equipment related to Metropolitan’s significant revenue-generating assets, systems, processes, supporting facilities, and infrastructure including those within treatment plants, pump plants, chemical unloading and transfer facilities, conveyance and distribution structures, reservoirs, hydroelectric plants, and right-of-ways. Employees in this title ensure ongoing reliability and capacity primarily through maintenance activities, to ensure the operational service necessary to convey, store, treat, and distribute water and hydroelectric power effectively to member agencies and other customers.

You will be responsible for: operating and maintaining large equipment such as generators and motors, overhead hoists and cranes, compressors and pneumatic systems, hydraulic power units, domestic water systems in plant and residential facilities and other associated pump plant mechanical equipment and systems. Preventive and corrective mechanical maintenance duties include, but are not limited to: add lubricating bearing, rebuilding various pumps and valves, repairing and installing piping which can include threading, welding, cutting, brazing, troubleshooting and repairing water system equipment failures, lubricating and exercising small and large diameter valves and actuators, rebuilding, replacing and installing pumps, refurbishing and/or rebuilding valves and associated piping, pump plant operational duties and high-voltage switching operations.

Employees in this position will be required to work off-shift hours and/or stand-by service to address operational needs and emergencies as required. Pump plant personnel assigned stand-by are required to respond within 15 minutes.

These positions are eligible to rent Metropolitan Water District housing.


The Incentive Pay program will be setup to provide a Desert Branch Assignment Premium to qualifying employees as follows:
5% for all employees assigned to Gene Camp or Intake.
15% for all employees assigned to Hinds Pumping Plant, Eagle Mountain, or Iron Mountain.


Schedule: 8/6; 8 Days On (Wed – Wed 6:00am – 4:30pm), 6 Days Off (Thu - Tue)


This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification / job.


To view the full job description click here: OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN IV (MECHANICAL)




Education and Experience: High school diploma or high school equivalency certificate in addition to a minimum of 6 years in a mechanical maintenance position in a pump plant, treatment plant, hydroelectric or conveyance and distribution facility or similar environment. OR


High school diploma or high school equivalency certificate in addition to the attainment of journey level skills through a recognized mechanical trade training program.


Journey level experience as demonstrated by practical application of general and advanced techniques and practices specific to the operation, maintenance, and repair of mechanical systems in treatment or pump plants, conveyance and distribution, and/or power generation systems, and related apparatus.




License(s): Valid California Class C Driver’s License or equivalent (required at time of application) that allows you to drive during your employment.


Employees in this position may be required to obtain and maintain the following certifications, licensing and registrations:

• Valid Driver’s license from state of residency equivalent to a California Class A and/or B with appropriate commercial license endorsements.

• Crane Certifications

• Forklift Certification

• Manlift Certification

• Welding Certification

• Chemical Responder

• Water Treatment Certification Grade II


Expectations of Hours of Service, Emergency and Stand-by Service:
Employees in this position may be required to work off-shift hours and/or stand-by service to address operational needs and emergencies as required. May be required to work extended periods away from the normal reporting location.




• Competitive compensation 
• Excellent medical, dental, life, vision plans. 
• Deferred compensation in the form of a 401(k) plan (with matching contribution) and a 457 plan. 
• Retirement benefits under the California Public Employees' Retirement System 
• Tuition reimbursement 
• Training and advancement opportunities 
• Excellent working environment 


For more information on MWD benefits, please use the following link: Benefits Regular FT PT Employees (Represented)




The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a state-established cooperative that, along with its 26 cities and retail suppliers, provides water for 19 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.


The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities, who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process, please call (213) 217-7738 or email:


Metropolitan is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other protected characteristic(s).


Application Filing Period: Closes at 4:30 pm PST on the date stated in the job. However it may close prior to the filing end date if sufficient applications have been received. If sufficient applications have not been received, then the filing period end date may be extended.

Qualifying Experience: Your resume must at a minimum include the month and year you began and ended employment, name of the organization, your title, and a brief description of your experience. If your employment was part-time, make sure you identify it on your resume next to the month/year. Your experience may be obtained through paid employment, internships, and/or volunteer activities in industry, academia, charity, community service, government, unless otherwise defined above under relevant experience. If you are providing volunteer activities to be considered for qualifying experience, you will be asked to provide the number of hours per month, organization name, contact information and other information in the questionnaire. In addition, for volunteer activities to be considered you must include it in the application under work history and in your resume.


Sponsorship: Applicants for employment with The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States (i.e., H1-B or other employment-based immigration case).


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