Junior Plant Operator

City of Sacramento | Sacramento, CA

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Posted Date 1/02/2019

 The City of Sacramento, Department of Utilities is seeking to fill a Junior Plant Operator positions.  This is an entry-level classification in the Plan Operator series.  Incumbents perform the routine inspection, lubrication, servicing, maintenance, and cleaning of equipment and facilities, and assist in operating plant equipment and performing the more routine water quality laboratory tests. 

Some duties of this position include:

  • Make scheduled and preventive maintenance checks on facility equipment such as pumps, motors, and air compressors.  Perform routine servicing and adjustments to equipment and paint equipment.
  • Lubricate equimpment, including bearings and valves, and change oil as required.
  • Load and unload chlorine cylinders, alum, lime, and other materials used in the treatment of potable and nonpotable water using an electric hoist, forklift, crane, and other heavy equipment, an dmake necessary connections for the transfer of chemicals.
  • Clean tanks, sedimentation basins, chemical feeders, reservoirs, filter basines, lime slakers, and sumps.
  • Assist in operating water plant equipment by reading meters and gauges, operating valves, pumps, and other controls to adjust water flow, pressure, and chemical dosages.
  • Make calculations and record readings.
  • Assist in collecting water samples and performing routine water quality laboratory tests.
  • Assist in performing various filter tests as part of the filter surveillance program.
  • Perform janitorial work and grounds maintenance.
  • Perform preventive maintenance durites including painting equipment and cleaning trash screens and filters.
  • Operate equipment such as engine driven pumps, generators, compressors, hoists, forklifts, cranes and other heavy equipment.
  • Workin inconfined spaces, on temporary scaffolding, and on high structures, using breathing apparatus an d/or Level1 Hazmat suit.

Ideal Candidates will have:

  • Basic principles of drinking water treatment. 
  • Principles, operation and maintenance requirements of umps, motors, compressors, generators, valves and internal combustion engines.
  • Operating principles of power-driven equipment such as forklifts, electric hoists, and trucks.
  • Basic principles and methods used generally in the mechanical and electrical fields.
  • Basic principles of mathematics, algebra, and chemistry.
  • Safe and efficient work practices as they are related to mechanical and electrical equipment.

Candidates must have the ability to:

  • Perform a variety of physically demanding tasks on a regular basis. 
  • Work any shift (e.g. swing, relief, night).  Weekends, holidays, and stanby is mandatory for some assignments.
  • Perform mathematical and algebraic calculations, interpret basic word problems related to water treatment and keep accurate records.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Understand basic water treatment processes.
  • Understand basic personal computer programs.


  • Six moths experience in performing preventive maintenance-type work on pumps, motors, or related mechanical/electrical equipment.

And Education:

Three months, (520 hours) of training in an area of mechanical and/or electrical technology.


Assignments in drinking water treatment require a T-1 or higher certificate from the California Department of Public Health Services at the time of appointment and possession of a valid California Class C Driver License.

Applications will be accepted between 01/02/19 to 01/31/19 at http://www.cityofsacramento.org - job number 004001-19-WATER




Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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