Job Description

Payroll Title:
Facilities Management
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K6 Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 6:00am - 2:30pm, Monday - Friday

#116170 Irrigation Mechanic

Extended Deadline: Tue 5/31/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This recruitment will remain open until filled. Initial application review date: 5/31/2022.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 5/10/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 5/19/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under supervision, the Irrigation Mechanic will perform a variety of skilled to semi-skilled duties including planning, installing, repairing and maintaining manual and automatic irrigation systems such as battery-operated, hydraulic and electrical irrigation controllers; low voltage irrigation control wires, PVC, PE, galvanized iron and copper irrigation lines; automatic and manual valves, subterranean drip, drip hosing, and tubing, and mechanical or hydraulic irrigation heads. Monitor, adjust, and repair irrigation systems throughout campus for optimal performance. Identify and resolve problems with irrigation controls, wiring, piping and sprinkler heads. Direct the work of laborers and landscape/grounds equipment operators in the excavation required for irrigation system installations, maintenance and repairs.

Establish and monitor irrigation schedules through central irrigation control system (MaxiCom and IQ4). Operate, maintain, manipulate and extract data from central irrigation system to ensure proper irrigation of campus landscapes, prepare water usage/consumption reports and monitor overall functioning of central system. Train Landscape Services employees in irrigation system repair and modification procedures and techniques. Operate and maintain a variety of power tools, hand tools and trenching equipment related to the trade. Perform trenching, backfilling and other excavation activities required for irrigation installation, repair and maintenance. Perform other landscape maintenance functions as assigned. Maintain tools and equipment in clean, proper working order.

  • Must be able to work overtime or flexible schedules as needed.


  • Journey level experience and demonstrated knowledge of commercial irrigation systems, both manual and automatic. Experience and skill to plan, install, repair and modify a variety of irrigation systems in a large academic, hospital or commercial setting.

  • Demonstrated experience installing and maintaining battery-operated, hydraulic and electrical irrigation controllers; low voltage irrigation control wires, PVC, PC, galvanized iron and copper irrigation lines; automatic and manual valves, subterranean drip, drip hosing, and tubing, and mechanical or hydraulic irrigation heads.

  • Demonstrated experience operating commonly used hand and power grounds related equipment and tools such as shovel, trenchers, tractors, roto-tillers, air-compressor, backhoe, jackhammer, and other commonly used larger pieces of power-driven equipment.

  • Experienced user of commercial irrigation control systems and Computerized Maintenance Management Systems.

  • Strong understanding of preventive maintenance program (PMs) requirements standard to irrigation systems.

  • Demonstrated experience reading technical blueprints related to landscape irrigation specifications and plans.

  • Proven knowledge of live plant materials and horticultural requirements and practices.

  • Experienced user of standard computer systems and applications including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, electronic mail, timekeeping systems and web based applications.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment and flexibility to adjust to changing priorities. Demonstrated problem solving and sound judgment skills.

  • Proven ability to effectively plan and prioritize workload and carry out assignments within established timelines. Strong attention to detail and ability to check work and data for completion and overall accuracy.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and customer service orientation and ability to work in a diverse environment with department personnel, faculty, staff and students. Proven ability to effectively communicate verbally, in writing, and electronically.


  • Experience working within water management ordinances and regulations.

  • Experience with MaxiCom and/or IQ4 commercial irrigation systems and Maximo Computerized Maintenance Management Systems.


  • DOJ/FBI Live Scan background check and clearance required prior to hire.

  • DMV check and clearance required prior to hire.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid California Driver License. May participate in DMV Pull Notice Program.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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