Plant Mechanic I

Nov 13, 2020
Nov 29, 2020
Career Level
Entry Level
Full Time

Under close supervision of the Plant Maintenance Supervisor, performs a variety of semi-skilled corrective and preventive industrial mechanical maintenance work in the maintenance, repair and operation of specialized equipment in a water treatment plant.  Maintains grounds and facilities.


 Performs a variety of semi-skilled maintenance tasks by:

  • Assisting higher level Plant Maintenance Mechanics in maintaining, repairing, troubleshooting, installing, modifying, overhauling and assembling plant processing equipment to include: pumps, flocculation equipment, mixers, speed reducers, gear boxes, chain and belt drives, chemical feed systems, valve actuators and other equipment.
  • Assisting with plumbing, pipefitting, and welding tasks and performing general maintenance and repair work on building structures and grounds utilizing hand and power tools.
  • Assisting in preventive maintenance tasks to include inspecting and lubricating plant equipment and machinery in accordance with the preventive maintenance schedule.
  • Handling, transporting and removing hazardous materials according to proper safety procedures.
  • Supporting operations, electrical, HVAC and Instrumentation departments as required.
  • Providing information as required to complete computerized records of work required, work performed, materials used and costs, in a detailed and timely manner.

Maintains grounds and maintenance facilities by:

  • Removing snow and other grounds related clean up tasks when necessary.
  • Performing custodial functions as required in assigned work areas.
  • Assisting in keeping maintenance vehicles, tools, equipment, and assigned work areas clean and orderly.
  • Assisting in minor maintenance to vehicles.
  • Operating various equipment and machinery to include: backhoes, fork lifts, dump trucks, hand and power tools, snow plows, snow blowers, gauges and safety equipment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.


  • Graduation from high school or GED and a minimum of two years related industrial mechanical maintenance experience, or any equivalent combination of education, experience and knowledge.
  • Aptitude for performing general mechanical tasks.
  • Knowledge of the methods, materials, tools and equipment used in plant maintenance.
  • Familiarity with occupational hazards, accident prevention techniques, and personal protective equipment associated with mechanical work and hazardous chemicals.
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations and use precision measuring devices.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to read, understand and follow manufacturer’s service repair manuals and materials safety data sheet.
  • Ability to operate heavy construction machinery and hand and power tools in a skillful and safe manner.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors and the general public
  • Must pass a controlled substance (drug) test for employment.  This position is also subject to random testing after hire.
  • Possession of a valid driver's license and good driving record.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a Commercial Driver's License within one year.  (Corbalis Plant only)
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a Pesticide Applicator’s Certification from the Commonwealth of Virginia within one year.  (Griffith Plant only)
  • Completion of a Coast Guard approved boating safety course within one year.
  • Ability to work overtime and standby as required and to perform work at other Authority facilities other than the principle location.
  • Ability to work unscheduled hours during emergency and/or unusual situations (24-hours/7 days a week).
  • Willingness to learn and perform skilled mechanical tasks up to and including those of a full performance level as a means of increasing knowledge of the mechanical trade and developing the necessary skills required for advancement.
  • Must pass a respiratory physical for respirator and self-contained breathing apparatus use and a respiratory fit test. Must maintain personal grooming standards for effective use of the equipment.
  • Working conditions may include - Exposure to noise, odors, heat, cold, dust, fumes, vapors or mist, hazardous materials and conditions.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift up to 100 pounds and climb ladders, steps, and scaffolding.
  • Ability to perform manual physical labor that may include long periods of standing, bending, twisting, stooping and climbing.
  • Ability to work in confined spaces.
  • Ability to wear a respirator.