Water&Waste Operator Mechanic in Kennedy Space Center, FL at PAE

Date Posted: 9/28/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Water&Waste Operator Mechanic

Scope of Work

Independently operate, maintain, modify, troubleshoot and repair Waste Water Treatment Plants and Water Distribution Systems, and the mechanical equipment associated with sewage collection and processing systems.  Start and stop pumps, motors, engines, etc. to control and regulate the flow of sewage through the processing phases.  Monitor and control the physical and chemical characteristic of the water and waste being treated so that potable water or W/W plant effluents meet the standards for quality established by Federal, State and local health authorities.  Calibrate W/W plant instrumentation and systems controls using electronic, mechanical, chemical and electrical test equipment.  Operate engines and equipment that drive water pumps, as required.   Assist in the maintenance, repair and adjustment of plumbing systems, such as water, drain lines, sprinkler systems, etc.  Assist in the rebuilding, modifying and testing of plumbing systems.  Perform any work assigned to the employees in the classification.  Perform work in other classifications when incidental but necessary to accomplish work assignments.

Performs duties in compliance with Federal, State, local, NASA and Air Force laws and regulations and requirements and KSC/CCAFS energy management conservation regulations, collective bargaining agreements, security, safety, hurricane and other specialized programs or contractual requirements relating to the business of the section, working within the limits of established policy.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with verbal information, blueprints, wiring diagrams, schematics, technical publications, instruction bulletins and applicable National, State and municipal specifications, codes and ordinances.
  • Sample and analyze water and treat, as required.
  • Perform minor insulation with prefabricated mineral insulating materials, bindings, plastic, cement, etc., as required.
  • Inspect, maintain or repair special tools, jigs, fittings and instruments assigned.
  • May operate gas welding equipment to perform cutting, burning and soldering, as necessary, to accomplish work assignment.
  • Add chemicals, such as ammonia or chlorine, to disinfect water or other liquids
  • Inspect equipment on a regular basis
  • Monitor operating conditions, meters, and gauges
  • Collect and test water and sewage samples
  • Record meter and gauge readings and operational data
  • Operate equipment to purify and clarify water or to process or dispose of sewage
  • Clean and maintain equipment, tanks, filter beds, and other work areas
  • Maintain logs, records, charts, etc., as required.
  • Good organizational and planning skills
  • Good Communication skills
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail
  • Ability to operate and service various rotating equipment
  • Ability to work with computers
  • Ability to work independently but follow specific detailed instructions
  • Ability to interface with various levels of personnel in a multi-cultural, team- oriented environment
  • Maintain certifications, licenses, permits, etc., required for performance of assigned tasks. 
  • Attend and participate in a variety of meetings and task force groups to integrate activities, communicate issues, obtain approvals, resolve problem and maintain specific level of knowledge pertaining to new developments, requirements and policies.
  • Perform or assist with any departmental operations, under direction, to maintain work flow.
  • Maintain security clearance, area permit(s), licenses, certifications, etc. required for performance of assigned tasks.
  • Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s license.
  • Performs other related and/or associated duties as required.
  • This classification may include managing hazardous materials or other environmental responsibilities.


  • Lift, push, pull, and carry heavy objects exceeding 30 pounds
  • Walk, stand, kneel, stoop, crouch, crawl and bend/twist body for extended periods of time
  • Work at heights
    • Walk up/down stairs frequently
    • Climb ladders and scaffolding
  • Use hands to handle, control, feel objects, tools and make adjustments to equipment controls
  • Frequently perform repetitive movements
  • Ability to correctly perform with corrective devices, tasks that require close visual acuity, depth perception, and the ability to adjust and focus
  • Wear job/task related/required PPE:  i.e. safety shoes, hearing / eye protection, hard hat, respirators, gloves, fall protection etc.
  • Tolerate in and outdoor extreme cold, heat and humid conditions for extended periods of time
  • May be required to work in areas where high noise hazards prevail.
  • May be exposed to fumes, airborne particles and electrical shock hazards.
  • May be required to work a flexible work schedule and on alternating work days to meet mission and customer requirements.  


  • High school diploma or equivalent and
    • A recognized apprenticeship training program plus 2 years of experience OR
    • Military or Civilian vocational training plus 2 years of experience OR
    • Five years’ experience in water and wastewater treatment
      • Water Distribution/Wastewater Collection Certifications and Water Treatment certification(s) preferred. 
  • Must be able to acquire and maintain a valid Class B CDL within one year of employment. 
  • Must possess a FEDEP Wastewater Treatment Class C License or higher. 
  • Must be able to pass applicable medical certification.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain job related Licenses, Certifications etc. required by Federal, State, local, NASA and Air Force standards, rules and regulations
  • Able to interact with customers and coworkers in a courteous, professional, and effective manner.
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Must have working knowledge of computers and work-related computer programs associated with the position

PAE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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