Senior Lift Station Technician

City of Reno, NV

Reno, NV 89505

Posted 1 month ago

Job Description

Senior Lift Station Technician

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Class Title

Senior Lift Station Technician

Class Code



$61,505.60 - $86,528.00 Annually

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Classification Description Summary

Under direction, performs a variety of complex and difficult skilled trade and maintenance functions related to City wastewater mechanical, pumping, electrical and process systems, and the related equipment at both centralized and remote wastewater facilities and pumping/lift stations; operates a variety of hand, power and shop tools as well as utility trucks and cranes; coordinates and oversees various lift station maintenance activities; and performs a variety of technical tasks of varying complexity and difficulty relative to assigned area of responsibility.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Lead in the diagnosing, testing, repairing, modification, disassembly, rebuilding, installation and troubleshooting of a variety of wastewater equipment, including but not limited to: industrial engines, blowers, and pipe pumps and pump room equipment; lift stations; gates; valves check valves, mixers; odor control equipment; wet wells and dry pits; electrical systems; hydraulic systems and other mechanical systems.

Perform a variety of complex and difficult skilled trade and maintenance functions including plumbing and electrical maintenance.

Performs routine, complex, and/or difficult preventive and predictive maintenance, including but not limited to inspecting, cleaning, lubricating, and adjusting, equipment, while keeping equipment in optimal working condition to minimize unexpected problems and downtime; receive requests for maintenance and repair from City staff.

Inspect city lift stations for needed repairs or maintenance including but not limited to: pump repairs, pipe and valve maintenance and repair, SCADA software and hardware, and vandalism.

Install new electrical circuits; repair or replace broken switches, outlets, ballasts, circuit breakers, relays, switches and thermostats.

Troubleshoot, repair, and maintain all mechanical components and machinery including plumbing, electrical systems, compressors, pumps, filtration systems, and auxiliary generating systems; repair or replace pumps, motors, belts and fan bearings necessary for proper operation.

Fabricate, construct, install and retrofit various devices including handrails, service trucks, pressure washers, trucks and trailers; bolt, rivet, weld and screw parts to assemble structural and functional components.

Perform routine, emergency, complex, and/or difficult repairs and preventive maintenance on sewer lift stations; change or repair filters, sump pumps, dehumidifiers, vent fans, lighting buffers, various level monitoring equipment, fences, ceramic seals, valves, motors and electrical and plumbing systems.

Maintain telemetry system including antennae, electrical conduit, remote transmitter units, power box, dry contracts and switching boxes; maintain air monitoring meters for confined space entry activities.

Perform various plumbing and pipe fitting duties; repair leaky pipes and lines; replace faulty valves, control devices and filters.

Oversee assigned projects including planning, scheduling, and/or directing work.

Operate a variety of machinery and equipment used in the construction and maintenance of assigned facilities including, but not limited to, forklift, cranes, snow plow and gas and electrical welding equipment.

Read and interpret a variety of blue prints, schematics, plans and specifications; ensure work duties adhere to established policies and procedures.

Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provide information within the area of assignment; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner.

Estimate time, materials and equipment required for jobs assigned; requisition materials as required.

Perform confined space entries per local, state, and federal regulations.

Provide on-the-job training as required.

Instructs crew members on the safe use of tools, equipment, and materials as required.

Performs the same duties as the work being led.

Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of :

Principles and applications of a variety of skilled trades at the journeyman level

Best practices of providing on-the-job training, directing and coordinating work.

Safety practices for confined space entry.

Methods and techniques of building and facility maintenance and repair.

Methods and techniques of sewer lift station maintenance and repair.

Operational characteristics of mechanical, pneumatic, plumbing and electrical systems.

Safe operation of cranes.

Basic operation and maintenance of the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.

Principles and practices of welding and fabrication.

Operational characteristics of a variety of maintenance and construction equipment and hand and power tools.

Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

Equipment, tools, and materials used in maintaining and repairing lift stations and related equipment.

Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:

Independently perform the most complex and/or difficult mechanical, plumbing, painting, and electrical maintenance functions in the course of assigned work.

Read and interpret a variety of blue prints, schematics, plans and specifications.

Troubleshoot, repair, replace and relocate electric and electronic controllers and other equipment.

Troubleshoot and repair all mechanical components of heating and ventilation equipment.

Inspect assigned facilities, buildings, or lift stations for needed repairs or maintenance.

Perform mechanical maintenance and repair work on a variety of machinery and equipment.

Interpret and apply federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations.

Work in a team based environment to achieve common goals.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Direct, oversee, and train others in an effective and positive manner.

Meet the physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Work in confined spaces.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education/Training :

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by specialized training in wastewater maintenance or a related field.

Experience :

Five years of increasingly responsible lift station/water/wastewater maintenance experience.

License or Certificate :

Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.

Possession of an EPA certificate may be required by some positions.

Crane Operator Certification

Supplemental Information


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed in both indoor and outdoor field environments; travel from site to site; work at heights on ladders; work in confined spaces; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, potentially hazardous chemicals, gases, and all types of weather and temperature conditions; work in or around water; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain; incumbents may be required to work evenings, nights, holidays, and weekends.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to walk and stand for prolonged periods of time; frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, and twist; push, pull, lift, and/or carry moderate to heavy amounts of weights; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate specialized hand and power tools and equipment; operate assigned equipment and vehicles; verbally communicate to exchange information.

Other Requirements

Local 39 Non-Supervisory


JD: 11/2020

BENEFITS IN BRIEF No state income tax. Nevada PERS retirement plan. Vesting in 5 years. No social security participation (1.45 % Medicare deduction required). City paid medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage for employee. City pays a substantial amount towards dependent coverage. City paid long term disability insurance and life insurance. Twelve paid holidays. Deferred compensation plans 457 and 401(a) available. Vacation leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period. Sick leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period. Credit Union available.


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