Maintenance Mechanic | Water Industry

Irvine, CA 92614

Posted: 10/07/2019 Employment Type: Contract Category: Utilities Job Number: [SA] Maintenance Mechanic | Water Industry 10.7 Pay Rate: $26.63-$30.74

Job Description

Looking for a job is never easy.  You take the time to prepare your resume, fill out countless online applications, only to now wonder when someone is going to reach out to you.  With Helpmates, you have a partner that is here to walk you through the difficult job search, moving quickly in helping you find work.  For over 45 years, we have been helping countless job seekers find the right work opportunity for them.  What’s the difference?  It’s our award-winning service, nationally recognized safety programs and qualified CSP staffing professionals that help us earn unique and exclusive connections that you won’t find anywhere else.  Experience the Helpmates difference!    


We are seeking a Maintenance Mechanic for a temporary opportunity supporting our customer, a well known Orange County-based public agency, whose mission is to provide high-quality water and sewer services in an efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally sensitive manner which produces a high level of customer satisfaction! The Maintenance Mechanic will be responsible to install, maintain/service and assist in the overhauls of all stationary rotating equipment related to domestic and reclaimed water distribution systems, sewage collections systems, wastewater/water treatment plants and dewatering/solids handling.

The Maintenance Mechanic responsibilities are:

  • Perform routine electrical/mechanical maintenance functions such as pump/motor, air compressor, engine, and gear drive services.
  • Assist in installing, dismantling, overhauling, and repair all waterworks machinery and equipment, including pumps, motors, engines, compressors, gear drive units, piping, valves, conveyors, and related equipment/appurtenances.
  • Assist in performing conduit bending/installation and pulling wire for electrical projects/modifications.
  • Use shop cutting, grinding, bending, pressing, and drilling tools. Have a basic knowledge of machine shop practices.
  • Perform daily/weekly shop, tool, and vehicle maintenance/clean up.
  • Submit purchase requests for materials and tools via an Oracle network system. Monitor spare parts and daily expendables inventory. Assist in ensuring inventory is maintained at an acceptable level via purchase orders. Check shipments to ensure they are complete and correct, and then administrate correct storage.
  • Suggest changes in work plans, and provide work-in-progress reports.
  • Use Computerized Maintenance Management System, Oracle network, and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Assist in presenting Department safety meetings.
  • Responds to emergency situations during off-hours as required.
  • Participate on process teams and committees.


The Maintenance Mechanic must possess the following experience:

  • Ability to operate all hand and power tools.
  • High School graduation or equivalent required. Completion of a Formal Apprenticeship Program and/or Collections System Maintenance and Water Distribution Certifications highly desirable.
  • Maintenance Mechanic: of two years of apprentice level experience in a job requiring the application of mechanical/electrical skills in a water/wastewater treatment plant, water distribution system or similar environment.  Preferably, have completed 21 field related College units or hold an accredited College Certificate in Mechanical/Electrical Maintenance.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both oral and written. Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of office/field employees, management and vendors.
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical functions, including algebra and geometry. Must be able to perform dimension analysis and basic water math/hydraulic calculations.
  • Ability to use good personal judgment and discretion in performing all job functions.
  • Will lift 50 lbs. on a routine basis. Must be certified annually to wear respiratory equipment.  Must be clean-shaven such that facial hair does not interfere with the fit of self-contained breathing apparatus.
  • Ability to exert moderately heavy physical effort in moderate to heavy work, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling.
  • Ability to operate heavy equipment and machinery with some requiring complex and rapid adjustments, such as power hand and shop tools, mechanic’s hand tools, shovel, motor vehicles, compressors, hoists, ladders, drafting tools, etc.
  • Ability to work under sometimes uncomfortable conditions with exposure to environmental factors such as toxic agents, wildlife, disease, or equipment, traffic, or machinery.
  • Valid Class ‘C’ California Driver’s License. Class ‘A’ California Driver’s License highly desired. HAZMAT 1st Responder Certification, and/or a California Crane Operators Certificate highly desired.
  • Grade I Plant Maintenance Technologist Certificate issued by the California Water Environment Association desired.


Testimonials that reflect the Helpmates Difference:


“The service we are provided by Helpmates stands out above the rest. They consistently follow up in a timely manner and are always available to help. In this tight market, they provide proactive options to support our staffing needs.” - Helpmates Client


“Helpmates has been wonderful to me and their staff has always treated me respectfully and courteously. They truly care about their work and clients.” – Helpmates Specialist


Helpmates is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). We will consider for employment all qualified Applicants, including those with Criminal Histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).



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