Assistant Mechanical Engineer

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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Chicago, IL, United States

Phone: 312-751-5462
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Assistant Mechanical Engineer


Chicago, IL 



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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Assistant Mechanical Engineer
Recruitment #23-20003751-002

Date Opened: 3/24/2023 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 4/21/2023 11:59:00 PM
Qualification Date: July 1, 2023
Job Type: Original Entrance
Salary: Starting Annual Salary: $80,312.96/year

How to Apply: Go to by April 21st to submit an application.

General Statement
Under immediate supervision, performs entry level mechanical engineering work in mechanical design, construction inspection and plant maintenance or operation. May review the work of sub-professional personnel.

Essential Job Functions
Essential job functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in a classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are designed to be descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete one or all of the job duties listed or tasks of similar kind not specifically listed here.
  • Prepares preliminary calculations and detailed plans and specifications of mechanical equipment for pumping stations, power plants, sewage treatment and sludge processing plants; assists senior engineers in design of special engineering systems and controls.
  • Utilizes computer programs, reviews and/or modifies CAD/CAM drawings and prepares correspondence.
  • Conducts engineering studies, tests and analyses; prepares reports, engineering cost estimates, and contract language; confers with vendors and contractors to obtain information on industrial equipment.
  • May act as resident engineer on small projects of simple complexity; reviews contractor designs and drawings for accuracy and conformity to District standards; plans, reviews and monitors construction scheduling and activities; inspects installation of mechanical equipment and enforces conformity with plans and specifications.
  • Inspects and analyzes equipment condition, determines repair or replacement needs; assists in the planning and execution of maintenance programs; issues required work orders.
  • Coordinates the compiling of plant equipment and facility operating data as applied to the analysis of proper equipment operation and processes.
  • Plans and maintains an inventory of needed parts for facilities equipment and engineering projects.
Other Job Functions
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Environmental Conditions
Typical office environment.  May use standard office equipment and computer terminals.  May involve exposure to a variety of operating mechanical equipment and loud noise and/or noxious odors.  May include working in all types of weather conditions throughout the plant facility and collection system. May involve working in close proximity to or in conjunction with construction activities and heavy equipment, and may require exposure to a variety of weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Some knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of mechanical engineering.
  • Some knowledge of the technical application of mechanics, thermodynamics, fluids and related engineering sciences to problems of heating, ventilating and plumbing.
  • Some knowledge of recent developments, current literature and sources of information in mechanical engineering.
  • Some knowledge and understanding of basic engineering economics.
  • Ability to understand and interpret detailed construction schedules prepared by the critical path method.
  • Ability to use word processors, spreadsheets, database managers, and similar applications.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.

Original Entrance - Introduction

This examination is open to all candidates, both internal and external, who meet the minimum requirements.
Applications will be accepted only during the designated filing period for this examination.  The opening and closing dates of the filing period are listed in this announcement.  Applications must be filed by the following method:
Submitted online through the District's Online Employment Center at  Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on the closing date in order to be considered.
The deadline for filing an application will not be extended due to any unavailability of the District's Online Employment Center.  The District will not be liable for the Online Employment Center being unavailable for any period of time, and it is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application form is completed and submitted in a timely manner.  Therefore, it is recommended that applications be submitted early in the filing period.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application form is completed and submitted in a timely manner by the method described above
Descriptions and dates of education, experience and any required license or certification should be very clear so that it is understood exactly how the applicant meets the minimum requirements. Prospective employees will be required to provide documentation of the required education, experience and licensure/certification upon employment. Falsification of a material statement in an application may constitute grounds for rejection of the application, exclusion from the examination, removal from the eligible list, or discharge of an employee from his or her position in the Classified Service.
Minimum Requirement Date: The minimum requirements for this examination must be met by the qualification date listed in this announcement.
Residency Requirement: There is no residency requirement to participate in the examination; however, all District employees must be domiciled within the boundaries of the District within six months of successful completion of probation. (The District is in Cook County, Illinois, covering approximately 90% of the county area.)
Veterans' Preference: In Original Entrance examinations, five points for Veterans' Preference will be added, in accordance with the District statute, to the scores of those candidates who attain a passing score in all phases of the examination. Information regarding the periods of eligible service, the documentation needed to file a claim and Veterans' Preference claim forms can be obtained through the District's website, by clicking here, or requested at the test site.
Probationary Period: The probationary period for this classification is one year (250 days worked).
Hiring and Employment Objectives: The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is committed to hiring and employment practices that base employee selection on a candidate's knowledge, skill and ability to perform effectively on the job; provide equal employment opportunity to all applicants; prohibit the entry of political reasons or factors and other improper considerations into any stage of the selection and hiring processes; and create a transparent, honest and fair hiring system.
An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D
Reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities will be made in accordance with applicable laws.  Requests for testing accommodations are to be made within one week after the close of the filing period.  For information regarding accommodation for individuals with disabilities, phone (312) 751-5170 (voice) or (312) 751-5916 (TTY).

Original Entrance - Examination

Duties: Under immediate supervision, performs entry level mechanical engineering work in mechanical design, construction inspection and plant maintenance or operation. May review the work of sub-professional personnel.

Minimum Requirements: Graduation from a four-year accredited college or university majoring in mechanical engineering.

An applicant who can demonstrate the likelihood of receiving the required degree by the qualification date may be admitted to the examination process. Candidates so admitted, who are successful in the examination process, may not be appointed until evidence is provided that the requirements were fulfilled by the qualification date. A four-year accredited college or university is interpreted to mean accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Effective October 31, 2006, foreign-educated applicants must produce a satisfactory assessment of their academic qualifications by the Center for Professional Engineering Education Services (CPEES), a unit of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), or present an undergraduate degree from a school that is recognized by the Washington Accord. Prior to October 31, 2006, assessment by the Engineering Credentials Evaluation International (ECEI) was deemed qualifying. The NCEES assessment and any additional coursework used to correct deficiencies must be completed by the qualification date. Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois or another state will be accepted in lieu of an assessment for foreign-educated applicants.

Examination: The examination will consist of a training and experience evaluation weighted 100%. The minimum passing score on the training and experience evaluation will be 70% unless determined otherwise by the Director of Human Resources. Candidates must achieve a passing score to have their names placed on the eligible list.

Examination Process: All applicants will be advised by email if they have been admitted to the examination process. Applicants who do not receive a response to their application by Wednesday, May 31, 2023 should contact the Employee Selection Office at (312) 751-5100.

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE EVALUATION: The training and experience evaluation can be completed, along with successfully submitting an application, by going to Please be sure to answer all of the questions listed and to enter in all of your education and experience.

Original Entrance - Appointments

Appointments will be made from an eligible list with three categories: A (Exceptionally Well Qualified), B (Well Qualified) and C (Qualified). Candidates in the highest category will be given first consideration for appointment. This examination is also being given on a Promotional basis. In instances where both Original Entrance and Promotional eligible lists result from an examination process, it is the District's practice to appoint only from the Promotional eligible list until all names from that list have been considered. The eligible list has a duration of one year.  Appointment is subject to successfully passing a physical examination, a drug test and a criminal history background investigation.