Plant Operator (Wastewater/Drainage)

City of Sacramento | Sacramento, CA

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Posted Date 8/06/2018

The City of Sacramento, Department of Utilities is seeking to fill the position of Plant Operator in Wastewater/Drainage.  This position performs skilled work in the operation of the City's drinking water treatment plants, wells, reservoirs and distribution system; combined wastewater control system, primary wastewater treatment plants and pumping stations; and to assist in monitoring and directing the pumping of storm water, wastewater and potable water. 


  • Operate and monitor the combined wastewater control system.
  • Monitor water quality during tratment process through visual inspection and the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system and adjust influent flows, chemical dosages, and filtration rates based on observations.
  • Inspect and operate plant equipment and intake facilities including computer controls, telemetry systems, microprocessors, flow control devices, power-driven machinery, and chemical feed equipment.
  • Adjust pump speeds and/or activate or deactivate pumps as necessary to regulate flows.
  • Monitor and inspect plant equipment and respond to treatment process and equipment alarms.
  • Assist in performing various filter tests as part of the filter surveillance program.
  • Perform efficiency tests on pumps, compressors, and related equipment.
  • Monitor the status of flows and equipment, using technical information such as force main pressure, wet well elevation, wastewater elevation in the flow control structure, electrical system voltages and computer system outputs.
  • Maintain control and water treatment system logs and records.
  • Use SCADA and computerized maintenance management systems.
  • Perform preventative maintenance duties, including painting equipment, cleaning of trash screens, filters, and custodial and grounds maintenance.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles, applications, functions, operation and maintenance requirements of pumps, motors, compressors, generators, valves, internal combustion engines, flow control devices and measuring instruments.
  • General principles of wastewater treatment processes.
  • General mechanical principles and practices relating to plant equipment and machinery.
  • Principles of mathematics, algebra, chemistry, and hydraulics as they apply to plant operations.
  • Safe and efficient work practices.
  • Hazardous materials related to plant operations.

Abilitiy to:

  • Understand and apply the principles, theories, and operations of process control computers
  • Operate and monitor large pumps, compressors, generators and automated control equipment.
  • Read instruments, measuring devices, and pressure gauges.
  • Work with considerable independence and initiative.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records and operation logs.
  • Understand basic personal computer programs including inter/intranet access, word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Understand SCADA and computerized maintenance management systems operation. 


Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: 


One year of progressively responsible experience in the operation of a drinking water treatment plant or wastewater facility.


Driver License:

Possesion of a valid California Class C Driver License is required at the time of appointment.   Ability to obtain a valid California Class A or B Driver License with required endoresements during the probationary period is required for some assignments.  Loss of the license is cause for discipline.  Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


Assignments to surface water treatment require a T-2 Water Treatment Operator Certificate from the California Department of Health Services.  For assignments to the combined wastewater control system, a T-2 certificate is desirable. 

Annual salary range from $53,523 - $75,627: PERS qualified and fully benefited position. For more information, and to apply for this position please visit the website: by August 31, 2018.



Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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