CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
PUMPING STATION ENGINEER
This is inspectional and maintenance work involving the inspection of several remote-controlled water pumping
stations and water storage facilities for proper functioning on a rotating shift. Work includes the operation of pumps at
a high-pressure station during multiple-alarm fires or permanent assignment to a high-pressure station. An employee in
this class performs a facilitating service in the operation and maintenance of a system of water pumps. Work is
performed under the supervision of a technical superior.
ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a
position to be approved for this class.)
- Employees in this class must perform inspectional work involving the inspection of several remote-controlled water pumping stations for proper functioning on a rotating shift.
- Employees in this class must perform work which includes the operation of pumps at a high-pressure station during multiple-alarm fires or be permanently assigned to a high-pressure station.
- The work must be performed in the Water Department.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK
- Travels to remote-controlled water pumping stations and water storage facilities; determines bearing temperature
by touching equipment and pressing monitor buttons for readings; checks oil rings on pumps and motors for proper
lubrication and adds oil if needed; checks motor brushes for arcing and wear; touches exterior of pump packing glands
for temperature; observes flow of seal water and may adjust flow using a wrench; observes sight glass for proper water
level; checks suction and discharge valves for overheating and leakage; reports malfunctions to supervisor or maintenance
personnel in writing.
- Inspects auxiliary equipment for proper operation; starts pumps priming, sump, and air compressor pumps if
required; bleeds moisture from vacuum tanks; checks hydraulic oil system and heating boiler condensation pump; checks
storage batteries for proper water level and voltage and amperage while charging; notes indicator lights on high-voltage
switchgear; checks transformer for overheating, leaks, and oil level and reports if needed; starts station heating unit to
determine operating condition, testing the safety devices and cleaning the oil strainer when needed; tests operation of
ventilating fans or blowers, adjusts thermostat, and determines adequacy of fuel oil supply.
- Cleans raw water intake bays by operating gantry crane to remove leaves and debris; removes leaves and debris
from river floats with a rake; removes by hand or with a pole accumulated tree branches and debris from revolving intake
bar screens in screen house or other intake structures after switching controls from automatic to manual; operates intake
valves by hand, or by motorized operation.
- Reads and interprets flow and electric meters, pressure gauges, revolving charts, and other indicators, and records
readings on water operations log; changes revolving charts periodically and fills recording pens with ink as needed; uses
keyboard to access data from SCADA system terminal.
- Changes pump operation to alternate power line by switching to manual control and closing bus tie; inserts ratchet
into switchgear interior, lowers circuit breaker onto truck, and pulls it out; opens and removes pilot potential fuses;
restores power to lines by operating switchgear.
- Determines station security by checking grounds, windows, doors, and alarm switches for tampering or
vandalism; locks doors and gates on departure.
- Responds to fire alarms announced over public address system in high-pressure station by throwing switches to
pressing buttons on control panel to activate pump and control valve openings and water pressure; starts additional pump
or pumps in accordance with need for pressure at fire ground.
- Makes minor repairs and adjustments of equipment, oils and greases pumps, motors, and auxiliary equipment;
performs high pressure pump test and records results in log book.
- Prepares daily report of pumps in service for fire-fighting operations and monthly reports of pumps activated but
not utilized by the Fire Department, and of test runs ordered by supervisor.
- Inspects floating covers on water storage reservoirs; operates cover pump drainage system; participates in
installation, relocation, removal and cleaning of pumps; removes debris.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS
- the operation of a variety of control equipment such as switches, circuit breakers, and instrument boards.
- the principles governing the operation and preventive maintenance of large machinery and motors powered by
- the hazards and safety precautions involved in the operation of machinery powered by high-voltage electricity.
- the principles governing the operation of a variety of small pumps, vacuum and hydraulic oil systems, storage
battery chargers, and low-pressure heating units.
- learn the operation of large pumps, valves, and motors in a water pumping station.
- learn the operation of a gantry crane and revolving bar screens.
- learn the change-over of pumps and motors to an alternate power line.
- understand and follow oral and written instructions.
- read and interpret meter, gauge, and chart readings, and to prepare routine reports of water operations.
- detect malfunctions in water pumping equipment.
- learn to access SCADA system database to obtain information regarding pumping station operation.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING
AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum training
and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates
for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 7/97.)
- Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.
Or any equivalent combination of acceptable education and experience.
- Two years of experience in the operation, maintenance, or repair of large pumping, filtration, treatment or heavy
industrial equipment or machinery, powered by high-voltage electricity.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND/OR CERTIFICATES
- Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this
- Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as a Pumping Station Engineer if required for work assignments.
PAY RANGE: 13
Class Established: 1/1953
Spec. Revision: 11/1972
Latest Spec. Revision:
CSC - 7/1997 ; Ad Board - 9/1997
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 7E51