Job Description

Payroll Title:
Facilities Management
Hiring Pay Scale
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
K6 Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 6:00am - 2:30pm, Monday - Friday

#123426 Irrigation Mechanic

Filing Deadline: Fri 6/9/2023

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Facilities Management (FM) Landscape Services Division works throughout the campus to maintain the landscape, hardscape and urban forests of UC San Diego. The division works with campus facilities and planning offices in order to provide an aesthetically pleasing landscape conducive to learning, while offering excellent customer service. Maintaining over 1,200 acres of campus landscape, 10 miles of roadways and 25,000 trees in our urban forests, as well as the removal of over 10,000 tons annually of solid waste and recycling, Landscape Services is a key player in the University’s efforts to conserve and protect natural resources. The division’s construction crew builds and maintains such hardscape as bicycle racks, sidewalk and roadways; the mechanics maintain and repair all landscaping equipment and bollards; the tree crew, in addition to tree service, also places and services the flagpoles on campus; the recycling team services all recycling containers and bins; and the landscape technicians plant, fertilize, prune and replace the greenery that dresses the exterior of the campus. Litter pick-up, servicing of trash and recycling receptacles, prevention of storm water contamination, and flood prevention measures such as sandbagging are tasks accomplished by all crew members. Coordinating with local and state agencies to meet air and water conservation standards, UC San Diego serves as a showcase of "green" landscaping by seeking out and using low-water-use technologies, native and drought tolerant plants, recycled irrigation water and eco-friendly chemicals. Landscape Services also oversees pest control campus-wide to prevent disease vectors and harm to buildings, plants, animals and humans.

Under supervision, 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, 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 modificiation 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.

  • 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, mechanical or hydraulic irrigation heads.

  • 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.

  • Demonstrated problem solving and sound judgment skills.

  • Knowledge of live plant materials and horticultural requirements and practices.

  • Ability to effectively plan/prioritze workload and carry out assignments within established timelines.

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

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and flexibility to adjust to changing priorities.

  • Ability to effectively communicate orally, in writing, and electronically.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and customer service orientation and ability to work in a diverse environment with department personnel, faculty, staff and students.

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

  • Strong attention to detail with ability to check work and data for completion and overall accuracy.

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

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

  • Experience working within water management ordinances and regulations preferred.

  • Experience with MaxiCom commercial irrigation systems and Maximo Computerized Maintenance Management Systems preferred.


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

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

  • DMV check and clearance required prior to hire.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $71,034 - $71,034 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $34.02 - $34.02

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

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