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Irrigation Mechanic

Job Number Full/Part Time Schedule Salary
26559074 Full Time 6 AM - 2:30 PM $73,184 - $82,392

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The Irrigation Mechanic performs testing, inspection, repair and maintenance on the irrigation systems and equipment. Programs the central and/or field controllers in order to maximize the efficient use of water, while minimizing the irrigation impact on University programs and activities. Maintains controllers and field switching terminals, valves (manual and automatic), lines (main/lateral), and control/monitor wiring. Acts as liaison to campus grounds and helps coordinate construction and repair projects. Provides input on new construction and landscaping, which may include minor design and installations. The Irrigation Mechanic assists with the repair and preservation of structures, building systems, infrastructure and grounds in order to promote a safe, secure and comfortable campus environment. Maintains clear and accurate documentation of all operating data, inspections, testing and maintenance (corrective and/or preventative) performed. Updates equipment documentation, specifications and drawings, as needed. Responsible for responding to jobs and service request generated through work orders, scheduled maintenance programs or by emergency call-in. Responds to emergency situations during or after hours for the purposes of resolving immediate safety concerns. Performs all job duties in adherence with University and departmental safety guidelines. Maintains a positive attitude and communicates effectively with colleagues, supervisors, staff, faculty and students.

**As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. **


Education Requirements

Degree Requirement
High School Diploma Preferred
Degree in landscape irrigation design and/or maintenance. Preferred


License Requirement
Valid Driver License Required


Experience Requirement
4 years of experience in the irrigation skilled trade; irrigation design and installation, including dynamic and static pressure theory, pressure loss, and head placement; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Required
Experience repairing mechanical, electrical and hydraulic operated irrigation equipment. Required
Experience operating tractors, backhoes, trenchers, and utility trucks. Required
Experience using tools and equipment common to the irrigation skilled trade and landscaping field. Required

Special Conditions

Special Condition Requirement
Must possess or obtain a Valid CA Driver License in accordance with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Required
Hired candidate must successfully pass a background check through the DOJ and FBI prior to appointment start date. Required
Must successfully complete a pre-employment physical examination prior to appointment start date. Required
Public Driving Record. Required
Must wear University issued uniform and follow departmental uniform guidelines. Required
Overtime Required

Minimum Requirements

Knowledge in irrigation design and installation, including dynamic and static pressure theory, pressure loss, and head placement.
Ability to repair mechanical, electrical and hydraulic operated irrigation equipment.
Skill and ability to safely and appropriately use hand and power tools, grinders, lathes, jacks, hydraulic presses, pneumatic hammers and wrenches, threaders, and gas and electric welders.
Ability to operate tractors, backhoes, trenchers, and utility trucks.
Ability to record information accurately as is necessary to perform the job responsibilities.
Ability to estimate time, methods and materials needed from construction documents. Ability to read and understanding documents such as complex technical procedures, work instructions, blue prints, plans, manuals, specifications, and diagrams.
Ability to read, write and perform basic arithmetic calculations.
Ability to communicate and work effectively with co-workers, supervisors, and the general public, and provide exceptional customer service.
Willingness and ability to work weekends and holidays. Ability to work occasional scheduled and unscheduled overtime, emergency call-back, and a flexible schedule as needed.
Ability to effectively communicate and understand safety regulations and hazards.
Knowledge in safe and proper procedures when hazardous materials are suspected.
Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
Basic knowledge and technical skills with computer programs and applications (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, web-based Work Order System, etc.).
Ability to work effectively; following through on assignments with minimal direction and fluctuating workload.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of UC/UCR policies and systems.

Additional Information

In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history, and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country boasting several key rankings of which we are extremely proud.

  • UC Riverside is proud to be ranked No. 12 among all U.S. universities, according to Money Magazine's 2020 rankings, and among the top 1 percent of universities worldwide, according to the 2019-20 Center for World University rankings.

  • UC Riverside is the top university in the United States for social mobility. - U.S. News 2020

  • UCR is a member of the University Innovation Alliance, the leading national coalition of public research universities committed to improving student success for low-income, first-generation, and students of color.

  • Among top-tier universities, UC Riverside ranks No. 2 in financial aid. - Business Insider 2019

  • Ranked No. 2 in the world for research, UCR's Department of Entomology maintains one of the largest collections of insect specimens the nation. - Center for World University Rankings

  • UCR's distinguished faculty boasts 2 Nobel Laureates, and 13 members of the National Academies of Science and Medicine.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview

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