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Mechanic Operator - City of Bangor

Start Date: December 04, 2023 | End Date: June 01, 2024
County: Penobscot County
Job Type: Water & Wastewater

The City is announcing an opening for a Mechanic Operator with the responsibility of proper operation, monitoring, maintenance and repair of the Wastewater Treatment Plant, pumping stations and other auxiliary facilities. Position includes, but is not limited to, the operation of de-gritting equipment, de-watering equipment, pumps, valves, and meters used in the treatment of wastewater. Preferred candidates will be familiar with the operation of a biological secondary-treatment wastewater facility.


  • Reads and records various meters and equipment outputs, prepares daily reports, makes appropriate process control adjustments, operates treatment plant process equipment.
  • Oversees and performs preventative and corrective maintenance which includes, but is not limited to, repairing, overhauling and lubricating all equipment in the Wastewater Treatment Plant, pumping stations and auxiliary facilities.
  • Operates treatment equipment and processes as well as various electrical power tools including lathe, bearing press and drill press used in maintaining and repairing of equipment used in the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Will assist the Sewer Division, maintenance personnel and other City departments as needed.
  • Assists with maintaining inventory of repair and maintenance parts, tools and lubricants.  Purchases parts and tools as necessary.
  • Operates front-end loader, forklift, snow plow and department vehicles as they pertain to maintenance and plant operations.
  • Assists in selection of new major pieces of equipment installed at Wastewater Treatment Plant, pumping stations and auxiliary facilities and may be required to install, or oversee the installation of, new piping and/or equipment.
  • Assists in preparation of budget pertaining to maintenance of the Treatment Plant, pumping stations and auxiliary facilities.
  • On a rotating basis, performs weekend laboratory duties and inspection of the Treatment Plant, pumping stations and auxiliary facilities.
  • Available on an emergency-on-call rotation to respond to wet weather, emergencies and other required tasks at the Treatment Plant, pumping stations and auxiliary facilities.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.



Knowledge of all Federal, State and local regulations pertaining to the operation of a secondary treatment plant and regarding plant safety and safety procedures.

Working knowledge of all plant operations and equipment, and the ability to perform both routine and emergency repairs on plant and auxiliary facilities.

Ability to use computer and SCADA system to control operations of the plant and auxiliary facilities.

Ability to instruct others on proper working procedures and safety requirements.

Ability to interpret and compile statistical data pertaining to plant operations, preventive and regular maintenance and enter data into a CMMS system to record all maintenance work.

Knowledge of standard welding and fabricating practices and ability to operate applicable equipment such as acetylene torch and arc welding equipment.

Ability to work from technical manuals, blueprints and electrical schematics.

Ability to legally operate various department vehicles such as fork truck and front-end loader.

Possession of State of Maine Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Grade I license or ability to obtain within one year of date of hire.

Must have the ability to work weekends on a rotating basis.

Will be required to respond to the on-call cell phone on a rotating basis.

Incumbent performs majority of duties under the general direction of the Chief Operator. The incumbent will be called on to make decisions involving operation of the sewer system and Wastewater Treatment Plant that requires evaluation of complex variables including pump stations operation and weather forecasts to eliminate or reduce overflows of sewage into receiving waters. Incumbent is responsible for the diagnosis and repair of a wide variety of equipment and machinery and works independently as well as in a team atmosphere. Care and skill are required to protect infrastructure, equipment, vehicles and related tools. Most work is performed according to general instructions, requiring frequent deviation from standard practices to effectively innovate to achieve desired results.  Reports directly to Chief Operator.

Physical effort is exerted by incumbent in the setup and operation of equipment, including bending, stooping, climbing stairs and ladders, lifting/pushing/pulling up to 50lbs., and movement of extremities necessary to handle equipment controls.  Moderate effort is frequently required for extended periods of time. From time to time the incumbent will be required to work at heights and in awkward, tight and/or confined spaces.

Incumbent performs duties both indoors and out of doors in varying weather conditions and is exposed to hazards such as, but not limited to, electrical, poisonous and explosive atmospheres and liquids.  Incumbent is exposed to diseases associated with Wastewater Treatment.

Salary range is $22.35 to $30.01 per hour based on 40-hour/week schedule with full-time benefit package.  Employees are asked to apply through the City’s employment website at City of Bangor - Application for Employment (Page 1 of 7) ( or complete an application, available at the Human Resources office.  Thank you!



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