Job Opening Announcement


Date: April 07, 2021
Due Date: April 27, 2021
Salary: $4,268 – $5,322 per month DOQ

Job Announcement

The City of Coos Bay is soliciting applications for the position of Maintenance Specialist (Electrical).  To apply for the position, interested parties should submit a city application, resume, and letter of interest to the City Manager’s Office.  City applications are available from the City Manager’s Office, City Hall, 500 Central Avenue, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420, by telephone 541-269-8912, or listed at the bottom of this announcement.

The deadline for receiving completed applications is 5:00 p.m., April 27, 2021.  Applications postmarked on or by April 27, 2021 will be accepted.  Please include a valid e-mail address where you can be contacted.  All notifications regarding your status in the selection process will be made via electronic mail. 

The City of Coos Bay is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, handicap or any other non-merit factor.  If reasonable accommodation is required to complete the application process, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 541-269-8912 during the hours of Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.


GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:  Performs electrical work using journey-level skills to install, maintain, and repair electrical and electronic systems and equipment such as motor controls, street lighting, building wiring, service installations, pumps, and commercial applications.  Coordinates and participates in the safe maintenance and repair of pumps, motors, electrical equipment, electronic or mechanical systems of municipal facilities particularly related to equipment associated with wastewater treatment plants, sewage lift stations, and other related facilities; does related work as required.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:  Works under the day-to-day guidance of the Lead Maintenance Mechanic, and general supervision of the Collections and Maintenance Supervisor.


TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK:  An employee in this classification may perform any of the following duties.  The duties listed are intended only as illustrative examples of the various types of work that may be performed by individuals in this classification. Any of the following duties may be performed. These examples are not necessarily performed by all incumbents and do not include all specific essential functions and responsibilities the incumbent may be expected to perform.

  1. Maintains and repairs conduits, wires, alarms, clocks, generators, transformers, motors, gate and valve actuators, switches, control panels, and circuit breakers required in making additions, extensions, or alterations in electrical systems. Tests, locates, and repairs electrical problems in electrical circuits and equipment.
  2. Programs, maintains, and trouble shoots all programmable logic controllers, communication data radios, level control systems such as ultrasonic level controllers, and all low voltage controls as well as medium voltage electrical components and systems.
  3. May develop and/or modify electrical, electronic, and instrumentation devices and systems.
  4. Evaluates pump performance curves and operational data to determine if when and what work must be done to all pumps. Estimates, plans, and programs the appropriate repair work including rebuild pumps, replace packing, seals, impellers, bearings shafts and all related parts. Pump evaluation includes electric motor diagnostics, repair and replacement.
  5. Maintains accurate and detailed maintenance records for all equipment and activities performed as directed and required. Enters maintenance data into computerized maintenance management program, spreadsheets, and data base software daily.
  6. Creates process monitor trends using treatment plant operator interface software, evaluates process trend data for treatment plant and remote site equipment, analyzes critical data points, creates operating exception reports, and uses information to identify actual performance issues and potential predictive maintenance problems.
  7. Designs, fabricates, and welds numerous projects from small repair or modification projects to building structures that contain the new lift station controls. Uses welding materials such as aluminum, stainless steel, mild steel with various processes including Tungsten inert gas, metal inert gas, and shielded metal arc welding process.
  8. Assists in the scheduling of instrument work performed and in scheduling equipment shutdowns; responsible for developing job plans for specific work assignments.
  9. Responds to emergencies from mechanical failures to power outages that require emergency generators and performs necessary duties required.
  10. Responds to emergency calls during business hours and after hours. Must be able to respond to calls within 30 minutes.  If situation warrants it, must be able to respond on site within 60 minutes.
  11. Be responsible to be on call after normal working hours, weekends, and holidays per the schedule assigned by their supervisor.
  12. Attends training sessions and conferences as necessary to advance skills and keep abreast of issues and practices in all areas of responsibility and maintains professional networks. Assists with the planning, scheduling and implementation of construction, maintenance, and operation and construction activities designed to provide a quality utility and infrastructure for the city, including wastewater, and storm systems.
  13. Assists in the training of lower-level employees performing the duties of maintenance, and repairs of utility systems.  Performs all duties in conformance with appropriate safety and security standards.
  14. Must maintain positive and cooperative working relationships with city staff, other organizations, and the general public.
  15. Represents the City of Coos Bay by responding to the public, citizens, its employees, and others in a prompt, professional, and courteous manner while continuously maintaining a positive customer service demeanor. Regard everyone, internal and external, as a customer and deliver the best service possible in a respectful and patient manner.
  16. Communicates well both verbally and in writing and works effectively with both internal staff and external contacts including consultants, regulators, and others.
  17. Serves as a member of various city committees as assigned.
  18. Assists other staff in the performance of their duties as assigned.
  19. Maintains regular job attendance and adherence to working hours.
  20. Operates a motor vehicle safely and legally.



KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY: It is anticipated that the Maintenance Specialist (Electrical) have the minimum requirements under this section and “Experience and Training”. 

Special Requirements:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Oregon driver’s license at time of appointment.
  • State of Oregon Limited Energy Technician Class “A” or “B” License, or higher, required at time of hire.
  • State of Oregon Limited Maintenance Electrician License, Limited Journeyman Manufacturing Plant License, or General Journeyman License desired.
  • Associate degree in instrumentation or equivalent desirable.
  • Ability to wear hazard appropriate personal protective equipment.

Ability to become trained and certified in Training and competency related to Hazard Communication, Personal Protective Equipment, Respiratory Protection, Confined Space Entry, Electrical Safety, Energy Control, and Fall Protection or the ability to obtain within one (1) year of appointment.

This position is considered "Inclement Weather Standby" and depending upon conditions, may be designated as a "First Responder" which is considered essential personnel. Should this designation occur in the event city offices close due to inclement weather, etc., you will be required to report to work for your scheduled shift, as well as any overtime or extra hours required. This position is subject to a rotating "on-call" schedule after training has been completed.

Knowledge and skill in modern instrument and electrical maintenance technology including systems and devices that may be pneumatic, hydraulic, electronic, and computer controlled, approved electrical and instrument field methods, practices, Oregon and National Electrical Code requirements, and related safety standards, safe work practices and procedures as required for general industry, repair, rebuild, troubleshoot, and perform other required maintenance of plant instrument equipment commonly used in the wastewater or similar industry, install, repair, and maintain instruments and control systems for wastewater processing equipment, interpret technically complex instrument calibration, repair, and other instructions.  Read and understand complex electrical and instrument schematics, blueprints, piping schematics, loop sheets, and process control diagrams. Work in areas with exposure to raw sewage, sludge, or other contaminates commonly found in wastewater. Evaluate problems with equipment or electrical/electronic systems, and with minimal supervision, remedy the situation using prior experience and appropriate problem-solving techniques.  Works from ladders, boom trucks, or other raised platform devices, and in confined spaces.  Communicate well orally and in writing, particularly in the technical language appropriate to instrumentation and control systems.  Wear a respirator and use other personal protective equipment.  Physically perform strenuous work under varying environmental conditions.  Be available and respond to emergency call-backs as required.  Work independently with initiative and high standards of quality and productivity while following established safety procedures.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  An employee in this position must have the ability to read and interpret regulations; multi-task and complete work in a timely and accurate manner; to work independently; and to communicate effectively orally and in writing.  Must be able to develop and maintain positive cooperative team-oriented relationships with co-workers, supervisors, managers, and other they come in contact with. 

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:  Graduation from high school or GED equivalent and two years journey-level experience in the electrical trades.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED:  In the performance of job duties, the incumbent may use the following tools and/or equipment: electrical test and diagnostic equipment; thermography; multi-line phone system; personal computer including word processing, spreadsheet, database software, treatment process control system interface, and computerized maintenance management system; copy and fax machines; calculator; hand and power tools; welders; machine tools; hoists; heavy and specialized equipment; automobile or truck and trailers; and other related tools and appropriate personal protective equipment.

Physical Demands

Incumbent performs work of an active nature requiring sufficient cardiovascular condition to carry out the job duties on a sustained basis. Requires the ability to stand for extended periods of time, walk up to 400 yards, and manipulate (lift, carry, move) light to heavy weights of up to 75 pounds on a regular basis.  Requires the ability to push, pull, and guide materials over 75 pounds; climb (e.g., ladders), stoop, kneel, and crouch on a regular basis.  Requires sufficient hand-eye coordination, hand and finger dexterity including ability to grasp, and operate demanding equipment; auditory ability to hear machinery sounds and alarms; near and far visual acuity to read printed materials, video readings, and observe stationary and moving objects.  Requires the speaking ability to carry on ordinary conversations.  Requires ability to work in extreme temperature conditions and on varying work hours.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts and in outside weather conditions. The employee frequently works in high, precarious places and is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and vibration. The employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock. The employee will work in a variety of locations with varying hazards. The employee will be provided with appropriate safety training and equipment. The employee will be exposed at various times to hot or cold temperatures, high humidity, fall hazards, rotating or moving machinery, common electrical hazards and hazardous noise areas. In addition, there is the possibility of exposure to chemical hazards, biological hazards and laceration hazards.  This position may be required to work evenings and weekends.  The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.  This position may be exposed to dirt, oil, grease, grass, pollen, noise and electrical or mechanical hazards.  Entry into confined spaces may be required. The use of personal protective equipment appropriate to the hazard will be required.

GUIDELINES: The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


EMPLOYEE BENEFITS:  Employees work in a strong team-oriented environment and receive a generous employee benefit package which includes eleven paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, long term disability, medical, dental and vision insurance, and retirement through the Public Employees Retirement System. The City pays 90% of the medical and dental insurance premium for the employee and their family. 

Hiring Process

Applicants must complete and submit the required City application packet by 5:00 p.m. April 27, 2021 as specified in this job announcement.  All applicants will be notified of the final status of their application. 

Application Acceptance Period: ...............................April 8th – April 27th

Review of Applications: ............................................April 28th   

Interviews with Selected Candidates: .......................April 29th – May 7th  

Follow-up Interviews (as needed): ............................May 10th – May 14th

Projected Start Date: .................................................To be determined