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Senior Water Treatment Operator
- The Position
This is a continuous filing exam. The next filing cut-offs are at 5:00 pm on:
Senior Water Treatment Operator is the advanced-journey and lead level class in the Water Treatment series. Positions in this series are involved in the operation, maintenance and repair activities of domestic water treatment systems and drainage pumping facilities and serve as a California Department of Public Health shift operator for a T-3 classified water treatment facility.
Senior Water Treatment Operators perform the most complex duties in connection with the operation, maintenance and repair of surface and groundwater water treatment plants, water wells, water pumping stations, water storage facilities, and storm water pumping stations. The positions in this class also operate, maintain and repair chemical handling systems. Positions in this class also serve as a lead worker over one or more Water System Operators and/or other lower graded workers.
- Examples of Knowledge and Abilities
- Water treatment methods, principles and practices
- Laws, codes, rules and regulations pertaining to water treatment plant operations and water quality standards
- Advanced principles and tests used in the treatment of surface and ground water.
- A variety of computer software applications to include word processing, spreadsheets, database programs, SCADA and Computer Maintenance Management System (CMMS)
- Procedures and corrective actions to respond to emergency and special operating conditions
- The methods, tools, materials, and equipment used in the operation, inspection, troubleshooting, repair and maintenance of water treatment facilities
- Operational and safety regulations pertaining to water treatment plant operations as well as vehicles and equipment
- Operate a T-3 water treatment plant using a centralized computer system recognizing abnormal equipment or system conditions
- Provide lead direction
- Train and mentor personnel
- Perform standard water quality tests
- Operate, inspect, troubleshoot, repair and maintain complex mechanical equipment
- Monitor process controls in the treatment of surface and ground water
- Perform strenuous physical labor
- Use a variety of hand, precision, and power tools
- Operate various types of equipment such as backhoes, front end loaders and cranes
- Read, interpret and utilize manufacturer's specifications, operations manuals, piping schematics, water system maps, plans and blueprints
- Perform operational mathematics
- Maintain courteous and effective relationships with County employees and the general public with an emphasis on customer service
- Read, write, and speak English at a level necessary for satisfactory job performance
- Effectively communicate verbally and in written correspondence
- Work effectively in a team environment
- Acquire certification in First Aid and CPR
- Use computer equipment and related peripheral equipment to enter and extract information
- Employment Qualifications
1. One year of full-time experience in the class of Water System Operator or Assistant Mechanical Maintenance Technician in Sacramento County service performing duties which have included the operation or maintenance of water treatment facilities, distribution systems, water wells, water storage facilities, or pumping stations.
2. Two years of full-time experience in the operation, maintenance or repair of water treatment plants, potable water pump stations, underground water distribution systems or wastewater treatment plants or other mechanical facilities with similar systems and equipment.
3. Certificate of completion from a two-year mechanical-electrical technology program
ANDOne year of full-time experience as described in the operation, maintenance or repair of water treatment plants, potable water pump stations, underground water distribution systems or wastewater treatment plants or other mechanical facilities with similar systems and equipment.
4. Completion of two-years of a stationary engineer, plumbing, or similar trade apprenticeship program.One year of full-time experience as described in the operation, maintenance or repair of water treatment plants, potable water pump stations, underground water distribution systems or wastewater treatment plants or other mechanical facilities with similar systems and equipment.
- A valid California Driver's License, Class C or higher is required prior to appointment to this class. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- A valid California Driver's License, Class A, and/or special endorsements including but not limited to the Hazardous Materials Endorsement is required for some positions.
Note: Failure to maintain the appropriate California Driver's License and/or endorsement(s) constitutes cause for personnel action in accordance with Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining unit agreements.
- Water Treatment Grade 2 (T2) certificate: All incumbents must possess a valid Water Treatment Operator Grade 2 (T2) certificate issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) at time of appointment.
- Water Distribution Grade 2 (D2) certificate: All incumbents must obtain a valid Water Distribution Operator Grade 2 (D2) certificate issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) within one year after the date of appointment to this class or within two CDPH exam cycles after the date of appointment to this class whichever is greater.
- First Aid and CPR certificates: If assigned to the confined space team, incumbents must obtain the certificates from an authorized agency prior to assignment and maintain the certificates during the course of the assignment.
Note: Failure to obtain and maintain the appropriate certificates may constitute a cause for termination from this class in accordance with Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining unit agreement. The appropriate amount of continuing education hours must be completed as required by the State of California to maintain the required certification.
Criminal History Check:
The County may access criminal history information on all candidates who have accepted a conditional offer of appointment for this class consistent with the provisions of Board of Supervisors Resolution No. 82-602, Personnel Policies and Procedure B-5 and applicable Federal and State law. The County shall not consider for employment any candidate who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that relates to or impacts the candidate's ability to perform the job duties of this class unless it is determined that mitigating circumstances exist. For purposes of accessing criminal history information, the candidate will be fingerprinted. A subsequent arrest notification may be obtained.
Minimum Age Requirement:
Candidates must be 18 years of age prior to appointment because of the hazards of the job, as defined in the Fair Labor Standard Act.
- Climb, stand, walk, bend, stoop, squat, kneel, crouch and reach above the shoulder
- Lift up to 50 pounds
- Maneuver high-pressure fire hoses
- Wear respiratory protection
- Sit for up to one hour while driving a vehicle
- Demonstrate color vision sufficient to distinguish the colors on a computer screen that indicate equipment status and conditions
- Have normal sense of smell and normal or corrected vision and hearing to observe process and equipment functions for normal and abnormal occurrences
- Have normal sense of touch to detect abnormalities/changes in temperature, flow and vibration of equipment.
Note: Individuals who do not meet these physical requirements due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- Work around chemicals, dust, dirt, noise, and odors
- Work around hazardous materials such as; caustic soda, fluoride products, hydrochloric acid, sodium hypochlorite, aluminum sulfate and other water treatment chemicals
- Work outside in all types of climatic conditions including inclement or very hot weather
- Work often at heights of 40 feet and may work occasionally at heights up to 150 feet
- Work in enclosed areas where the temperature may exceed 100 degrees
- Enter, exit, and work in enclosed and confined spaces
Shift, Weekend and Holiday Work:
Water treatment functions are a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year operation. All employees in this class will be subject to working shifts, weekends, holidays, overtime and standby.
The probationary period for this classification is six (6) months.
- Application and Testing Information
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application by 5:00 PM on the posted cut-off date. Click here to apply.
County of Sacramento
Department of Personnel Services
Employment Services Division
700 H Street, Room 4667
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone (916) 874-5593; 7-1-1 California Relay Service
Inter-Office Mail Code: 09-4667
- Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
- Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
- Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the cut-off date.
- Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.
- A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.
Applicants are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located in the tab marked "Supplemental Questions". Please be descriptive in your response.
Note: Responses of "See Resume" or "See Application", or copy and paste of work experience are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.
- Supplemental Questionnaires must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date. Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
- The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate's experience, education, and training. Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification.
- Please provide place of employment, pertinent dates, and concise, descriptive and detailed information for each question.
- If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely.
- Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question.
- If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question.
- For many individuals, it is more efficient to develop responses to the supplemental questions in a word processing document and then paste them into the final document to be submitted. Changes or corrections to your Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.
- If the Supplemental Questionnaire is used in the Formula Rate exam, failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score. While scoring the Supplemental Questionnaire, the candidate's application and/or attachments will not be reviewed, therefore, a candidate's responses to the questions should be accurate, thorough, detailed, and complete.
FORMULA RATE EXAMINATION (Weighted 100%)
All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications by the cut-off date will have their Supplemental Questionnaire scored in the Formula Rate Examination.
This examination will evaluate the relevance, level, recency, progression and quality of candidate's education, training and experience. The candidate's application or other materials will not be included in this examination. Therefore, the candidate's responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough, detailed and complete. The score from the Formula Rate Examination will determine the ranking on the eligible/employment list for this job.
All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results by email. Notices can also be accessed in their governmentjobs.com inbox. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination.
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