Nov 18, 2021

Technician, Equipment Reliability

$35.14 - $41.00 hourly
  • DC Water
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
Full-time Reliability Technician

Job Description

SUMMARY: Performs equipment lubrication, contamination control, inspection and proactive maintenance activities for all mechanical systems including interpreting oil analysis results, ultrasound readings and alarms. Routinely engages in all methods and technologies of predictive maintenance, which includes, but are not limited to: oil analysis, ultrasound and vibration.


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbent(s) in this job.  Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties in this description and incumbent(s) may be required to perform work-related tasks other than those specifically listed in this description.  This job description is not a “contract” between the employee and the Authority.  The job duties and essential functions may be changed at the discretion of the General Manager.



  • Follows the shop oil Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), collects and labels oil for outside analysis.
  • Performs (without assistance) draining and cleaning of reservoirs, oil changes, documenting incorrect oil levels, changing filters and desiccant dryers on reservoirs and any anomalies.
  • Uses understanding of oil, grease appurtenances, and best practices to perform preventative maintenance of equipment and makes recommendations for improvement.
  • Collects data (without assistance) for ultrasound and vibration and uploads to database and performs an initial analysis of the data.  
  • Reads and interprets technical documents such as original equipment manufacturer service manual, lubrication recommendations and vibration limits. 
  • Performs basic mathematical functions in order to interpret alarms, calculate lubricant inventory and calculate re-lubrication quantity considerations. 
  • Works effectively with limited supervision.
  • Presents work order findings along with the failure mode and potential causes to other members in the Department.
  • Prepares written reports or logs on any discrepancies or conditions found during corrective, predictive or planned maintenance.
  • Performs other duties and projects as required at the discretion of the immediate supervisor.
Supervisory Responsibilities:  N/A


Key Working Relationships: Interacts with co-workers in the department and throughout the Authority.



The minimum qualifications listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability necessary for an individual to perform each essential function satisfactorily.  Reasonable amounts of training are provided.


  • High School diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate and four (4) years of relevant experience in a heavy industrial environment, or two (2) years of Technical School and two (2) years of related work experience.
  • A strong fundamental understanding of mechanical, hydraulic, and circulating systems operation, and contamination control and maintenance functions.
  • Must obtain and maintain current within 11 months from date of hire, a certification from ICML in Machinery Lubrication Technician (MLT1) and an Ultrasound Level 1.
  • Preferred knowledge of the SDT 270 device for ultrasound and Emerson’s Machinery Health 2140 for vibration.
  • Basic Knowledge of gears, bearings, pistons, oils, grease, vents, breathers, and filtration.
  • Must possess and/or obtain forklift (Power Industrial Trucks) certification within 6 months of hire.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Motor Vehicle Operating License.
  • Must be proficient in using Windows, Microsoft Office, and the Internet. Utilizes the Maximo Computerize Maintenance Management System (CMMS) to create, document, record labor, and logs.
  • Preferred understanding of fundamental lubrication concepts including but not limited to viscosity, NLGI#'s V.I., AW, EP, R&O, ISO cleanliness codes, Beta Filter ratings.  


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The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Subject to indoor/outdoor environmental conditions that include exposure to extreme cold and/or hot temperatures. 
  • Subject to noise, vibration, and to hazards from a variety of physical conditions.
  • Subject to atmospheric conditions that affect the respiratory system or skin such as fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, chemicals, sewage, activated sludge, lubricants, and other cutting fluids and requires wearing personal protective equipment.
  • Work is performed in a heavy industrial environment, at pumping and treatment locations, in biologically contaminated underground facilities, including wet wells, electrical manholes, treatment process tanks, around spiders, rodents and mosquitoes, and on high places such as roofs, cranes, catwalks, and towers.
  • Must meet the physical demands of confined space entry.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to climb a ladder.
  • Must have ability to be certified to wear full/half face respirator.

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