Utility Systems Maintenance Technician

City of Seattle, WA
September 1, 2023
Seattle, WA
Job Type


Position Description
Seattle Public Utilities is looking for a Utility System Maintenance Technician to work in the Utility Operations and Maintenance Division. This position assists in the repair, maintenance and installation of utility mechanical equipment systems including pumping, controlling, regulating in pump station/distribution infrastructures. This position will report to the Utility Systems Supervisor.

About Seattle Public Utilities:

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a Community Centered Utility working to make Seattle the best place to live for everyone. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.5 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make.

For more information about Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), check out the:

  • SPU Website
  • SPU Workplace Expectations
  • Strategic Business Plan

SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We actively take steps to dismantle systemic racism and increase service equity. We value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all. We take steps to be inclusive and equitable in our recruiting, hiring and promotional opportunities.

Why join our team?
We know work isn't only about what you do, it's also about who you work for and with! SPU provides a fun and family-friendly work environment that supports a work life balance, including:

  • Family-friendly and multicultural work environment
  • Generous benefits package
  • Free Orca Pass
  • City pension plan with employer/employee contributions
  • Growth potential and advancement opportunities

Job Responsibilities

  • Installs, maintains, and repairs pressure, solenoid-controlled diaphragm and ball valves, motor driven pumps and pump motors to ensure customer service levels are maintained and zone pressures and critical system infrastructure are protected from over pressurization.
  • Responds to system emergencies and troubleshoots valve and pump pressure and flow irregularities.
  • Conducts periodic inspection of valve outlet set points, actuators, and solenoid-control systems to verify specified ratepayer pressure and fire protection flow requirements; maintains and adjusts settings to meet flexible system requirements.
  • Diagnoses, overhauls, or replaces necessary consumable or damaged valve, pump motor and meter components utilizing the department's system for work orders.
  • Installs, maintains, and repairs motor driven pumps.
  • Monitors rotating machinery vibration parameters using ultrasonic measuring devices.
  • Installs, maintains, or repairs various facility equipment and systems associated with drainage, ventilation, confined space fan systems, fixed ladders, handrails, decking and water supply.
  • Using fixed and mobile computer systems, performs daily updates; accesses utility-based web sites; monitors and changes work order status on the Maintenance Management System; enters and tracks data on the Labor and Equipment reports; and records and documents maintenance repairs.
  • Commitment to race and social justice (diversity, equity and inclusion).

Please note: This job posting is not designed to cover or contain the complete listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change as conditions require.

  • One year experience working on utility mechanical systems such as pump stations OR
  • One year college/trade school training with a concentration in a mechanical discipline and one year experience in water and wastewater or other utility service in the repair of hydraulic and electric pumps, motors, or similar devices.
  • Combinations of training or experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability.

Licensing and/or Other Requirements:

  • Valid Washington State driver's license.
  • Confined Space, Fall Protection, Traffic Control and Forklift Certifications are required within one year of employment.

The Ideal Candidate Profile:

  • Maintenance experience in pressure reducing valves & pressure relief valves
  • Knowledge of rebuilding pumps
  • 2 years of experience or Journeyman experience
  • Preferred welding experience

Additional Information
Work Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Required to lift heavy objects more than 50 lbs.
  • Work is performed outdoors in all types of weather and site conditions including rotating machinery, high voltage, high water pressure, traffic hazards, slippery areas, heavy construction equipment operation, confined spaces, and toxic gases.
  • A willingness to work extended shifts, nights, evenings, weekends, holidays and be on-call 24/7 for emergencies.
  • A written test will be required for finalists, in addition to an interview.

Who may apply:

  • The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Recruiter Contact: For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact: Danielle Sheridan at danielle.sheridan@seattle.gov The full salary range for this position is $34.56 - $37.29 hourly

Benefits Statement:

  • The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents .
  • More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at: https://www.seattle.gov/human-resources/benefits/employees-and-covered-family-members/most-employees-plans

Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities at www.seattle.gov/util/ and check us out on social media.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources | seattle.gov

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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