Plant Operator

  • Location: California - Sacramento Valley
  • Type: Contract
  • Job #226

Operational Technical Services (OTS) is one of the fastest growing private water and wastewater utility staffing providers in the country. We provide certified water treatment, distribution, wastewater treatment, collections, engineering, laboratory, water quality, maintenance, and training professionals to municipalities, special districts, and private utilities throughout the country. OTS offers temporary, temp to hire, direct hire and emergency on-call opportunities including great benefits.


Operational Technical Services, (OTS), is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colors, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Job Description

LOCATION: Central Valley

POSITION: Plant Operator

CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Valid Grade 2 Water Treatment Operator Certificate (T2) issued by the SWRCB
JOB SUMMARY: Under general supervision of the Supervising Plant Operator, the Plant Operator is a journey level position and will perform a variety of skilled level work in the Water Distribution Plant and systems. This position will also assist in situations such as monitoring and directing storm water, wastewater, and potable water.

SCHEDULE: TBD Based off company needs. Must be able to work standby, holidays, weekends and overtime as required.

SALARY: Ranges from $27.29 to $38.34 based off of experience + Benefits

  • Monitor water quality during treatment process utilizing the SCADA system; adjust process and flow on pumps and valves as needed
  • Schedule and preform preventative maintenance checks on facility equipment such as pumps, motors, and air compressors; perform routine servicing and adjustments to plant equipment as necessary
  • Load and unload chlorine cylinders or containers, alum, lime and other materials used in the treatment of potable and non-potable water; utilizing equipment such as electric hoist, forklift, crane, and other heavy equipment; make necessary connections for the transfer of chemicals
  • Clean tanks, sedimentation basins, chemical feeders, reservoirs, filter basins, lime slakers, and sumps
  • Assist and operate treatment plant or pool equipment by reading meters and gauges, as well as operating valves, pumps, and other controls to adjust water flow, pressure and chemical dosages; make calculations and record readings
  • Collect water samples and perform routine water quality laboratory tests such as chlorine residual, pH, turbidity, alkalinity, total suspended solids, settleable solids, dissolved oxygen and jar test; calculate and make dosage adjustments based off of laboratory results
  • Assist in performing various filter tests as part of the filter surveillance program
  • Perform janitorial work and grounds maintenance to keep the plant in optimal operating conditions
  • Perform preventative maintenance duties including painting equipment, cleaning trash screens and filters
  • Operate equipment such as engine driven pumps, generators, compressors, hoist, forklifts, cranes, and other heavy equipment with safety as a priority
  • Maintain control and water treatment system logs and records
  • Performs other duties as assigned by direct supervisor


  • Equivalent to the completion of twelfth grade 
  • Ability to communicate clearly in English (verbally and written)
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Minimum one year of experience in the water operations field


  • Employee frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. Employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl
  • Employee must regularly lift and or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and or move up to 50 pounds
  • Work in confined spaces, using a self-contained breathing apparatus and or level one hazmat suits; work on temporary scaffolding, and on high structures
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