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Operations & Maintenance Technician IV - Electrical

Earp, California 92242
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Job Title: O&M Tech IV - Electrical

Job Number: 5567096

Location:  Earp, CA

Work Schedule: 4/10

Salary Range: $35.51 - $46.79 per hour

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitan’s mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan’s facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.3 billion gallons per day, nine surface water reservoirs, 800 miles of pipeline, and 16 hydroelectric power plants.

Job Summary


The Metropolitan Water District's Water System Operations Group, Operations Support Services Section has one (1) opening for an Operations & Maintenance Technician IV-Electrical in the Conveyance & Distribution Section, Desert Unit, Iron Mountain Pumping Plant located in Earp, California. Positions located at the Iron Mountain Pumping Plant are eligible to rent Metropolitan Water District housing.  

Within this role, you will utilize journey level electrical skills, experience and knowledge in the practices, procedures, and methods of installing, maintaining, and repairing complex and general water utility and facility electrical systems. Your activities will include maintaining and improving electrical systems in and associated with pumps, turbines, generators, transformers, motors, and associated facilities and processes, including high voltage overhead and underground electrical distribution systems.  

You will monitor electrical equipment and systems for operating condition and performance, including predictive and advanced diagnostic testing; preventive and corrective electric maintenance; improving electrical capacity and upgrading systems to meet treatment, conveyance, and distribution electrical operating demands.   

You will be responsible for: maintaining and improving a variety of electrical components and equipment related to Metropolitan’s revenue-generating assets, systems, supporting facilities, and infrastructure including those within treatment and pump plants, conveyance and distribution structures, reservoirs, hydroelectric plants, and right-of-ways; and ensuring ongoing reliability and uninterrupted electrical service necessary to convey, store, treat, and distribute water and hydroelectric power effectively to member agencies and other customers.   

Work is performed with minimal and at times intermittent on-site supervision. Broad direction is given in terms of operations and maintenance objectives that may require self-initiated work planning, sequencing and coordination of material and tool resources. Limited detailed guidance and advice is available which may result in the modification of work in varied situations. As a lead you may exercise technical and/or functional direction over assigned staff.   


1. Performs journey level electrical maintenance tasks and activities at treatment plants, hydroelectric plants, pumping plants, and other facilities with electrical equipment, to ensure ongoing water and power reliability.   

2. Performs a wide variety of journey electrical preventive and corrective maintenance on water related electrical systems within treatment plants, along and within conveyance and distribution system right-of-ways, structures, and facilities. PM and CM activities include electrical work on valves, hydraulic control systems, pumps, turbines, and associated electrical systems; pressure regulating equipment; varied transformers, circuit breakers, meters and panels; key lighting; and power systems necessary for effective water treatment, distribution, and hydroelectric generation.   

3. Performs preventive and corrective maintenance on electrical systems necessary for standby power generators and associated control systems.   

4. Improves electrical systems associated with construction and maintenance projects as well as building and facility operations including communications and facility comfort and power systems such as heating, cooling, electrical convenience and lighting.   

5. Completes complex predictive and preventive, and corrective electrical maintenance associated with large motors, generators, turbines, valves, turnouts, circuit breakers, variable frequency drives, associated with treatment, pump and hydroelectric plants, and the conveyance and distribution system.   

6. Utilizes instrumentation to test and monitor the capabilities, limits, and effectiveness of electrical systems, equipment, and processes of power and water systems, to measure the ongoing effectiveness of electrical systems and to assure the quality of maintenance and/or improvements.   

7. Inspects, tests, calibrates, and records readings for a variety of electrical systems and equipment to meet reliable equipment life and service expectations, motors, pumps, valve controllers, and chemical feed systems, to assure uninterrupted power and delivery of high quality water.   

8. Assists with the planning and coordination of scheduled PDM, PM, and CM, as well as unplanned outages, shutdowns, and other emergency situations, to minimize equipment downtime and interruption of service to member agencies or other customers.   

Work Schedule: Modified 4/10 schedule 

Job Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS  High school diploma or High School Equivalency Certificate in addition to a minimum of 6 years in an electrical 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 electrical 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 electrical systems in treatment or pump plants, conveyance and distribution, power generation systems, and related apparatus.   

Required Knowledge of: Theories and practices of mechanical systems and their application to large-scale electrical systems and equipment related to hydroelectric power plants, water treatment and distribution systems, as well as general and utility facility mechanical systems, applying methods, practices, machine shop equipment for metal fabrication, and tools to ensure reliable operations for the movement and treatment of water, generation of power, and optimization of assets and equipment to meet operational demands within established limits and standards, contemporary maintenance reliability analysis and troubleshooting methods including determination of failure causes, diagnostic analysis through failure mode, and root cause analysis, using traditional analog and precision digital instruments to ensure critical measurements and alignments as part of diagnostic and predictive maintenance, including laser alignment equipment, analog and digital meters, calipers and other tools related to close tolerance analysis and work, and safety practices and regulations for operating or working near electrical and/or mechanical equipment, high voltage systems, hazardous materials, and associated tools and equipment.   

Required Skills and Abilities to: Understand and interpret electrical engineering data necessary to effectively implement predictive, preventive, corrective, and improvement activities. Frequently perform or assist in the drafting, design, layout and development of procedures, manuals, orders and similar documentation to ensure safe operating techniques and/or for training, to interpret complex schematics, blueprints, electrical diagrams, instructions, manuals, operating and maintenance procedures, and specifications related to water treatment, conveyance and distribution and pump plant, as well as building, facility and hydroelectric power systems/equipment, and experience to utilize tools and diagnostic equipment to test and monitor equipment and asset condition, as well as repair, install and replace equipment necessary to meet water and electrical generation demand and/or capacity, use and maintain mechanical/electrical tools and equipment traditionally used in hydroelectric plants, pump plants, treatment plants, and within water and power control and distribution infrastructure and facilities, apply and guide others in adhering to safety practices and regulations for operating or working near electrical and/or mechanical equipment, high voltage systems, hazardous materials, and associated tools and equipment.   

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES and REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS:  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 C is required at time of application.
    • Crane Certifications 
    • Forklift Certification 
    • Manlift Certification 
    • MWD High Voltage Switching Certificate 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT  Expectations of Hours of Service, Emergency and Stand-by Service:  Employees in this position may be required to work off-shift hours and/or rotating stand-by service to address operational needs and emergencies as required. May be required to work extended periods away from the normal reporting location. Requires participation in plant and system shutdowns and special projects.   

Physical Demands: Heavy tasks may require lifting and carrying items weighing up to 50 pounds, with intermittent need to lift and carry materials and/or equipment weighing up to 100 pounds with assistance. Frequently requires pushing, pulling, turning and positioning parts, assemblies, equipment and tools weighing as much as 100 pounds with assistance. May be required to lift and move heavy items with the assistance of others and with lifting devices such as jacks, hoists and cranes of varied types and capacities. Physical effort includes frequent walking, stooping, bending, reaching, standing, crawling, climbing, kneeling and sitting for long periods of time. At times may be required to use Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) or other respiratory filtration and personal protection devices.   


Work Environment: Work is performed indoors and outdoors at large pumping, treatment, hydroelectric or control facilities, or associated assets, under all types of conditions including extreme temperatures, open and confined spaces ranging from crawl spaces to sub-structures as well as varied types of terrains. Job tasks frequently require working from heights and functioning from elevated platforms suspended by lifts, hoists, scaffolds and cranes over surfaces ranging from earthen materials to concrete, steel and water. Work frequently is conducted in close proximity to high volume/pressurized water, as well as exposed, electrically energized equipment including high voltage systems. The work environment often involves exposure to equipment and tools producing high levels of noise, as well as potentially dangerous materials, chemicals, and machinery that require careful adherence to extensive safety precautions, rules and regulations.   

Job Related Selection Criteria:  5% Adaptability/Flexibility 10% Interpersonal/Teamwork Skills 15% Oral Communication Skills 15% Job Preparation (education, experience and training relevant to the position)  25% Knowledge of safety practices related to the industry  30% Technical Skills in corrective and preventative maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of industrial electrical equipment and systems.  100% Total 



• 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: http://www.mwdh2o.com/PDF_Careers/benefits.pdf

This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. To receive a copy of the complete job description, please send an email to jobs@mwdh2o.com.

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 jobs@mwdh2o.com.

MWD is a Federal and State EO employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories



  • General Construction
Posted: 2020-01-10 Expires: 2020-06-20

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Operations & Maintenance Technician IV - Electrical

Metropolitan Water District
Earp, California 92242

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