Heavy Stationary Equipment Mechanic (Pumping Station Operator)

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • May 13, 2022
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Salary: $60,257.60 - $81,182.40 Annually USD

Job Description

Pumping Station Operator

(Heavy Stationary Equipment Mechanic)

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.


This recruitment is being held to establish an open eligible list to fill current and future openings for Pumping Station Operator positions. The resulting list may also be utilized to fill lower level classifications within the same occupational series.

This recruitment will be open for a minimum of 5 business days and remain open on a continuous basis until the needs of the County are met. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time.

OC Public Works is a unique County department comprised of 10 service areas, each of which directly impacts the quality of life for Orange County residents and the private sector. OC Public Works provides services on a regional basis to unincorporated areas, cities, and other County agencies and departments. The primary mission of the department is to ensure quality of service today and quality of life tomorrow. In addition, our vision is to be a world class leader of innovative, professional and quality public works services.

OC Operations and Maintenance is a section of OC Public Works whose goal is to serve the citizens of Orange County by providing a safe environment and enhanced quality of life through improvements to and maintenance of public infrastructure. Operations and Maintenance provides a wide range of planning, design, project management, construction and maintenance services to Orange County's unincorporated areas, 380 miles of flood control channels, 4 dams, 8 pumping stations, 320 road miles, and other infrastructure. O&M provides public works services for the contracted cities of Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Dana Point, and the Foothill/Eastern and San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agencies. O&M also plays a crucial role in responding to the needs of the public in the aftermath of devastating fire and storm events and other general emergencies.

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OC Public Works has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Pumping Station Operator or Heavy Stationary Equipment Mechanic. Our mechanic operators are responsible for the operation and maintenance of 8 pump stations, 4 dams and 5 urban run-off diversions throughout the Orange County watershed area. The primary goal of the group is to provide staffing for operations and maintenance of all pumping equipment and associated machinery.

All pumping equipment is driven by either natural gas combustion engines with propane back-up or electric motor drives. Some pump stations are now monitored using SCADA, which stands for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition. SCADA systems interface with District computers to alert staff of operational problems.

This position performs, under general supervision, the operation, maintenance and repairs of pumping station equipment, dams, diversions, and other flood control equipment; and performs other responsibilities and duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will demonstrate four years or more of experience and knowledge in the diagnosis, maintenance and repair of pump plant equipment, heavy diesel engines and/or heavy diesel vehicles. Further, the most successful candidates will possess knowledge of the core competencies listed below:

Technical Experience
  • Knowledge of and ability to repair pumps, including oil, water and fuel pumps, carburetors, pistons, cylinder liners, bearings, heads and valve train, universal joints, starters, alternators, pump impellors, shafts and bearings and right angle drives
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of installing, maintaining and repairing electrical systems and associated with pumps, motors and auxiliary systems
  • Ability to properly diagnoses, repair, maintain and install heavy diesel engines
  • Operational knowledge of electronic devices related to flood control, including microprocessors, controllers, chart recorders, computers and telemetry equipment
  • Diagnose malfunctions of electrical systems and controls and restore to specified operating standards
  • Inspects, monitors and operates equipment including but not limited to; pumps, control systems, microprocessors, telemetry equipment, electrical, plumbing, chart recorders and batteries
  • ASE certification related to heavy diesel vehicles is desirable.

Pump Station Safety
  • Knowledge of and ability to safely operate large natural and dual gas engines including overhaul, maintenance, performance curves and installation; operation, theory, repairs and installation of large and small water pumps; electronic devices related to flood control, including microprocessors, controllers, chart recorders, computers, SCADA systems and telemetry equipment
  • Knowledge of safe work practices while operating flood control pumping station
  • Inspections and monitoring equipment for safe and efficient operation (natural gas engines, pumps, controls, microprocessors, telemetry equipment, electrical, plumbing, chart recorders and batteries)
  • Knowledge of routine maintenance and tune-up, including oil and filter changes, setting valve clearance and timing, replacing spark plugs, checking magnetos and lubricating drive train
  • Ability to read blueprints, charts, maps, service manuals, engineering reports and new product specifications
  • Appropriately uses hand and power tools and engine and controller diagnostic equipment

  • Ability to lead and participate in major and minor repairs to large and small engines and pumps, including oil, water and fuel pumps, pump impellers, shafts and bearings and right angle drives
  • Develops operating procedures for engine and pump operation; programs microprocessors
  • Reviews plans and makes recommendations in the development of new equipment and design of new flood control pumping stations.
  • May act as lead worker and/or coordinate pump station projects, repairs or installation work with various craft personnel or contracted resources.
Effective Communication
  • Accurately and concisely exchanges information with others; effectively follows written and verbal instruction and is able to give instructions to others.
  • Actively listens to others for full understanding of what is being communicated; comprehend and interprets technical material related to the job; records project information to ensure accurate reporting.
  • Able to articulate complex technical concepts and systems in a manner that can be clearly understood across each department and agency workforce.
  • Maintains accurate records of flood control pumping station maintenance, operations, repair orders, parts slips and other records as required.

Interpersonal Skills
  • Responds to calls from residents, field crews, and/or other internal departments regarding water-related issues or problems.
  • Responds to after hour and emergency situations. Operates flood control pumping station during storm conditions
  • Ability to work in a team environment and display a positive attitude; maintains effective working relationships; express difference of opinion constructively
  • Provide assistance to others as needed and work well with others to achieve a common goal

License Required
Possession of a valid California Driver's license, Class C or higher is required by date of appointment.


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Veterans Employment Preference
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click here to review the policy.


Human Resource Services screens all application materials for minimum qualifications. After screening, candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be referred to the next step in the recruitment process. All candidates will be notified via email of their status in the process.

Application Screening | (Refer/Non-Refer): Applications and supplemental responses will be screened for qualifications that are highly desirable and most needed to successfully perform the duties of this job. Only those candidates that meet the qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step.

Application Appraisal Panel | (Refer/Non-Refer): Applications and supplemental responses will be scored by a panel of job knowledge experts. Only those candidates that meet the qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step. Applicants are encouraged to submit a thorough application and fully respond to the supplemental questions.

Situational Exercise and Oral Interview | (Weighted 100%): Skills Test & Oral Interview. Candidates will be required to prepare responses to job related situations and will be rated by a panel of job knowledge experts. Each candidate's rating will be based on responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit the candidate's qualifications for the job.

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedures.
Please see below for important information regarding COVID-19 related requirements.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and laws, regulations, and policies regarding COVID-19 are subject to change. The County of Orange is required to comply with all applicable State or County Public Health Orders, some of which require vaccination or testing as follows:

  • Workers, who provide services in certain Medical or High-Risk Settings, will be required to provide proof of full vaccination from COVID-19 or to wear a mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing .
  • Workers, who provide services in certain Health Care Facilities or in a correctional facility or detention center where health care is provided, will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and boosted . (Workers may be exempt from this requirement based on religious beliefs or a qualifying medical reason; however, if exempted, they will be required to wear a mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.)
The position for which you are applying may be required to adhere to any applicable State or County Public Health Orders. You will receive notification of any requirement as it applies to a position.

Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in our application and use only one email account.

Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via email through the GovernmentJobs.com site. Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept emails ending with "governmentjobs.com" and "ocgov.com." If your email address should change, please update your profile at www.governmentjobs.com .

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For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, contact Zachary Gutierrez at 714-667-1623 or Zachary.Gutierrez@ocpw.ocgov.com.

Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

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