Senior Water Production Systems Operator

  • Type: Contract To Hire
  • Job #443

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.

LOCATION: Los Angeles County, CA

POSITION: Senior Water Production System Operator

JOB SUMMARY: Under general supervision, performs skilled work in the installation, maintenance and repair of the City’s water system and facilities including pump stations, wells, reservoirs; performs skilled work pertaining to water quality control performs the most complex work, leads, assigns, reviews, coordinates and trains in the field with other water production staff; performs other related duties as required.

SCHEDULE: Exempt employee with expectation of a 40 hour work week

SALARY: $40-43/hr


  • The Sr. Water Production System Operator is an advanced journey level and may function as a working lead person. Receives general supervision from the Water Production Supervisor; and provides technical supervision which includes assigning, coordinating, training, reviewing and providing input on the evaluation of lower-level Water Production Division staff. 
  • The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the class. 
  • Performs work involved in the operation, maintenance and repair of  the City’s water system, the water treatment plants and SCADA system; leads, assigns, reviews, and coordinates daily work of Water Production Division staff. 

  • Oversees, monitors and participates in the maintenance and repair of pumps, meters, chlorinators, water laboratory equipment and related appliances, assists in resolving operational problems; inspects work in process; monitors water quality; takes routine water samples for testing; and determines need for water treatment. 

  • Instructs in work techniques, use of equipment and safety precautions and requirements; implements safety program; performs daily safety inspections of equipment and machinery; leads, trains and evaluates Water Production Division staff in the field; and provides input for evaluations of Water Production Division Staff. 

  • Maintains and prepares a variety of records and information, status reports, field logs and requisitions; Conducts water quality and conservation presentation; trains and participates in water sample collection; and performs basic laboratory analyses. 

  • Assisi in the preparation of the annual operating budget. 

  • Provides technical assistance to department staff and customers. 

  • Individuals in this classification are subject to after hours; weekend and emergency response call out. Performs other related duties as required. 



  • High school graduation or G.E.D. equivalent is required supplemented by specialized training in water treatment methods and practices. 
  • Two years of increasingly responsible experience in the operation and maintenance of water production and SCADA systems. Experience with liquid Phase Granulated Activated Carbon (LPGAC) systems, Ultraviolet Light with Hydrogen Peroxide (UV AOP) treatment facilities and air stripping treatment plants is highly desirable. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Thorough knowledge of methods, materials, practices and equipment generally used in the construction, installation, maintenance and operation of water production systems, Ultraviolet Light with Hydrogen Peroxide (UV AOP) treatment facilities, and SCADA systems; hydraulic and mechanical principles, operations and methods as apple to the operation of water production, storage and distribution systems; occupational hazards, accepts safety standards and precautions necessary in the workplace; hazardous materials handling and safety methods for using water utility chemicals; physical and technical aspects of water distribution systems, including operations and maintenance and rules and regulations affecting municipal water departments. 

Maintain accurate records and prepare reports. Operate and maintain a variety of technical and maintenance equipment safely. Communicate effectively orally, understand and carry out oral and written directions, read and understand technical reports, drawings, specifications, etc; Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with employees and the public. Work shifts, weekends and during emergency conditions. Lead, train and evaluate subordinates, Use office equipment including a computer to complete assignments and tasks such as report preparation and record keeping. Learn City policies and procedures affecting departmental operations, general City operations and utilize new skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency. 

LICENSE: Valid, Class C California Driver’s License. Valid California Class B license highly desirable. 

CERTIFICATE: A California State Department of Health, Water Treatment Operator Grade 3 Certificate is required at the time of appointment and the ability to obtain and maintain a Grade 4 certificate is highly desirable.  

PHYSICAL EFFORT: The physical and mental effort described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

Physical demands: position requires physical effort including frequently sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, climb, push, pull, and lift items weighing up to  lbs. Regularly required to use hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls; reach above and below shoulder level with hands and arms; work in confined spaces; demonstrate the proper use of hand and power tools. 

Mental demands: While performing the duties of this class the employee is regularly required to use oral and written communication skills; read and interpret documents; analyze and solve basic problems; use mat and mathematical reasoning; read diagrams and specifications; learn and apply new information or new skills; interact with City staff, contractors, vendors and the public. 


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.

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