City of Richmond, VA

Utility Plant Specialist (Mechanical) - Water Purification Plant - Richmond

Richmond, VA

Job Description

Utility Plant Specialist (Mechanical) - Water Purification Plant

Posted: Friday, 10/20/2023

The City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities seeks two qualified candidates to fill the Utility Plant Specialist - Mechanical positions in the Water Purification Plant Division.

Duties include but are not limited to

  • Performing maintenance and repair to various types of mechanical equipment and plumbing;
  • Assisting maintenance personnel in other classifications, such as plumbers and electricians, in performing their duties;
  • Operating welder, drill, saw, grinder and other power equipment as necessary in performance of tasks;
  • Performing installations and repairs of AC compressors, fan motors, valves and pumps;
  • Determining repairs necessary on faulty equipment and makes repairs when necessary or notifies proper maintenance personnel to handle repairs;
  • Maintaining log of work orders;
  • Performing snow and ice removal.
This is an essential position, which requires the selected candidate to report to work for emergency and on call duty in response to inclement weather/natural disaster.

The selected candidate will be required to work 24 hour on call, weekend and holiday call duty as scheduled.

Qualifications, Special Certifications and Licenses

Considerable knowledge of principals of boiler maintenance and of HVAC; centrifuges; and electrical and mechanical equipment used at a utility plant (e.g. water purification, pumping, and wastewater equipment). Knowledge of utility plant operations and safety practices and principles. Demonstrated skills in disassembling pumps; plumbing; reading and understanding drawings, blueprints, and maps. Skilled in using and operating various equipment safely and correctly and using chemicals properly. Demonstrated ability to operate back-flow testing equipment; cranes and other equipment for hoisting and pulling equipment; operate equipment for laser alignment of pumps and motors; operate refrigerant equipment such as gauges, recovery machines, leak detectors, and scales; problem solve and troubleshoot.


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • No experience required
  • Prefer two years of experience in a related field
  • Advancement through the broadband depends in part on additional experience (Zone II, minimum of 12 additional months of experience; Zone III, minimum of 18 additional months of experience; and Zone IV minimum of 36 additional months of experience
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience (as approved by the department) may be used to meet the minimum qualifications of the classification
  • Requires a valid Commonwealth of Virginia Driver's License with a satisfactory driving record or must obtain a valid Commonwealth of Virginia Driver's License within 30 days of hire.
  • Zone II requires all the above plus Forklift certification OR the ability to obtain Forklift certification within 90 days of hire.
  • Zone III requires all the above plus Journeyman level work experience.
  • Zone IV requires all the above plus VA Contractor Board Journeyman License.

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