Supervising Plant Operator

  • Location: California - Sacramento Valley
  • Type: Contract
  • Job #213

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: Supervising Plant Operator

CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Valid Grade 4 Water Treatment Operator Certificate (T4) issued by the SWRCB
JOB SUMMARY: This is a supervisory position and will exercise and receive supervision. This position will be responsible for plan, organize, assign, schedule, direct and review of semi-skilled personnel assigned to operate drinking water treatment plants, wells, reservoirs and distribution system; in addition to combined wastewater control system, primary wastewater treatment plants and pumping stations. This position will also participate in such work. This position will function as Chief Operator if assigned to water treatment plants, wells, reservoirs and the distribution system; in such case will be responsible for complete supervision of day-to-day operation. If this position is assigned to wastewater treatment plant, or sumps will have full supervision responsibility for day-to-day operation of wastewater treatment facilities.

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

SALARY: Ranges from $43.55 to $61.54 based off of experience + Benefits

  • Assign, schedule, direct, and review the work of drinking water treatment or wastewater facility operations in accordance with Federal, state and local laws and regulations
  • Solving problems arising from plant and well performance and take appropriate corrective action
  • Assist and advice on plant operations and related processes
  • Supervise the operation and maintenance and operate a wide variety of equipment, such as large capacity pumps, heavy duty motors and engines, compressors, generators, chemical feeders, large valves; specialized equipment such as residual chlorine analyzers, fluoride analyzers, auto-samplers, computer-based telemetry recorders and indicators, computer control systems, electrical equipment and various kinds of hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical and electrical systems
  • Inspection of assigned facilities and evaluation of equipment’s performance and subordinates’ work
  • Surveillance of the operating efficiency and performance of all plant mechanical and electrical systems and the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.
  • Maintain written and(or computed generated inventory (including historic data) of  equipment, facility condition, equipment and facility performance, chemical usage and inventory, water quality reports and equipment lubrication requirements
  • Manage SCADA or computerized maintenance management systems and assist its design
  • Make required adjustments to specialized instruments
  • Survey facilities to insure that plants or stations and equipment are clean and in good operating condition
  • Perform water quality tests and direct necessary chemical dosage and related adjustments
  • Develop and review of plans and specifications for assigned systems and suggest improving methods
  • Assist in the preparation and administration of operations and maintenance budgets including supplies order and equipment specifications development
  • Report work performed
  • Select, train, supervise, and evaluate subordinate personnel
  • Respond to on-call emergencies
  • Work in confined spaces on temporary scaffolding and on high structures; using breathing apparatus and/or Level I Hazmat suits according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations
  • Performs other duties as assigned by direct supervisor


  • Knowledge of methods, principles, practices, construction techniques and standards of operation and maintenance of drinking water treatment or wastewater treatment and pumping facilities, or potable and non-potable water wells and pumping facilities
  • Equivalent to the completion of twelfth grade 
  • Ability to communicate clearly in English (verbally and written)
  • Valid Class C Driver’s License
  • Minimum four years of progressively responsible experience in the operation of a drinking water treatment plant or wastewater facility, at least one year of which was in a lead operator capacity. Or any combination of equivalent experience and education that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.


  • 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
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