Powered by JobAps


Recruitment #18-MP4-01


THE JOB: Under general supervision, safely perform skilled mechanical repair and maintenance work on pumps, diesel engines, trash pumps, portable generators, and other mechanical equipment common in sewage transmission facilities, wastewater treatment plants and water treatment plants; perform basic carpentry and concrete work; on a project-related basis, work independently and/or cooperatively with others as part of a small crew performing maintenance and repair of pumps and related mechanical equipment; use a computer or handheld electronic device to diagnose, communicate, and prepare reports; do other work as required. The list established from this recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies during the life of the eligible list.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be to have two years of experience as a journey-level mechanic working on pumps, diesel equipment, and related equipment common to sewage treatment facilities, wastewater treatment plants, and water treatment plants.

Special Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C driver license (upon hire); and within six months of hire, possession of a valid California Class A driver license.

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of safety practices to be observed when repairing and servicing electrical and mechanical equipment; the methods, materials, and tools used in troubleshooting, repair and maintenance of pumps, diesel powered generators, and other mechanical equipment common to sewage transmission facilities, wastewater treatment plants, and water treatment plants; and welding techniques.

Ability to: Read and interpret blueprints and simple electrical schematics; plan and direct the work of a small crew on a project-related basis; maintain records and prepare reports; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with others; lift items weighing up to 75 pounds, such as pumps; perform tasks requiring strength, such as positioning 100 pound motors with the assistance of another individual, carrying 40 pounds of equipment, digging trenches, and operating jackhammers and rotohammers; drive vehicles, such as pickup trucks and utility trucks; work as a member of a team, including monitoring and operating equipment that keeps other workers alive while repairing equipment in confined spaces; distinguish colors; put on, wear, and use a respirator; hear and distinguish various sounds, such as voices of coworkers in both noisy and quiet environments and sounds of operating equipment; diagnose the cause of mechanical failure and determine the appropriate repairs needed; perform skilled mechanical repair work on pumps, diesel engines, and other mechanical equipment common to sewage transmission facilities, wastewater treatment plants, and water treatment plants; train subordinate staff in mechanical maintenance and repair techniques; and perform skilled metal welding and fabrication work.

Special Working Conditions: Variable temperatures and weather conditions; confined work spaces; heights, such as on ladders; high levels of noise; strong, unpleasant odors; exposure to infections that might cause chronic disease or death; and the possibility of experiencing burns, bodily injury, exposure to non-ionizing radiation, and contact with toxic substances or chemical irritants.

Other Special Requirements: Alcohol and drug tests will be administered to all candidates prior to final selection for positions requiring Class A or Class B driver licenses upon entry and to employees in positions requiring these licenses as mandated by Federal Department of Transportation regulations. In addition, all candidates must provide specific employment history for the past ten years for all jobs they have held that required operation of a commercial motor vehicle. Availability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, and holidays, and on an emergency, as-needed basis; and incumbents must provide the basic required tools upon employment and must provide the additional required tools within six months of employment.

Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigation.


ANNUAL LEAVE - 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years of service. Available for vacation and/or sick leave.
HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays per year.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE – 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.
DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN - County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.
RETIREMENT - Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. County participates in Social Security. 
LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $20,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
DISABILITY INSURANCE - Employees in the General Representation Unit participate in the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. This program is funded 100% by employee payroll deductions.
DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing “pre-tax dollars.”
H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) - Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental questionnaire. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental questionnaire. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now! Click on the link below, or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060. For information, call (831) 454-2600. Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711. Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways: 1) In the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) Submitted online before midnight of the final filing date. 


To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.