Chief Stationary Engineer, Water Treatment Plant Operator

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission | Millbrae, CA

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Posted Date 7/26/2022

Chief Stationary Engineer, Water Treatment Plant Operator -Water Supply and Treatment Division (7245) - (118574)

1000 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030, USA


Work Hours: Regular

Job Code and Title: 7245-Chief Stationary Engineer, Water Treatment Plant


Company Description

This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with CSC Rule 111A.

• Application Opening: 07/22/2022

• Application Filing Deadline: 08/12/2022

• Analyst Name: David Jung 

• Annual Salary: 7245 Chief Stationary Engineer, Water Treatment Plant Operator

• Recruitment ID: Eligible List ID 118574, RTF0118573-01148870 



San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)

Headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,300 employees operating across eight counties serving more than 2.7 million customers in the San Francisco Bay Area – 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.


Our Mission: To provide our customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and wastewater services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care.


Our Vision: We are an innovative utility leader, recognized for excellent results in service, safety, stewardship, and inclusiveness.


We are an award-winning and industry-leading utilities organization committed to our customers, community interests, and the environment. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website at


We are proud of our infrastructure and programs, but most importantly, we value our highly qualified and dedicated workforce which ensures that this vision becomes a reality.


To learn more about working at the SFPUC, visit our career site at



Job Description


The Water Enterprise manages our complex regional water supply system featuring reservoirs, tunnels,pipelines, and treatment plants. We serve 2.7 million Bay Area residential, commercial, and industrial customers with high-quality, great tasting water every day. Our protected watersheds in Tuolumne, Alameda, and San Mateo counties ensure that we deliver safe, reliable water throughout our service area. We are proud to operate one of the most environmentally sustainable systems in the country.



Under general direction the Chief Stationary Engineer, Water Treatment Plant Operator, is responsible for the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of machinery and equipment in a large complex water treatment plant facility or water distribution system. Positions in this Class may be located in San Bruno or Sunol.

The essential job functions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Assigning and directing the activities of subordinate personnel in a water treatment plant; instructing and supervising subordinate personnel in the operation and maintenance of water treatment equipment, including pumps, motors, chemical feeders, chemical feed pumps, mixing, clarification and solids handling equipment,instrumentation, backup power supplies and controls, valves and filters used to control the quality of water distributed for domestic use; supervising and reviewing personnel performing water quality analyses and plant and distribution operations to maintain water quality and proper chemical dosage in a water treatment plant and/or distribution system.

• Reviewing and evaluating plant performance to ensure regulatory compliance with state and federal standards; reviewing plant operating logs, SCADA historian, and preparing operational reports.

• Communicating with departmental personnel, regulatory agencies, outside vendors, other organizations andthe public regarding operation and maintenance activities of the water treatment plants.

• Making recommendations regarding operational and maintenance work procedures including employee training and safety; reviewing plant modification plans prepared by others and making recommendations to appropriate managerial personnel.

• Planning, prioritizing, coordinating, and supervising the work to be performed by employees of other trades,crafts, divisions, and contractors; initiating preventative and corrective maintenance work orders, inspecting and reviewing completed work.

• Perform other related duties as required. 


The Ideal Candidate

We are seeking a confident, results-oriented leader who is passionate about public service. The ideal candidate will stay current with best practices and trends in water treatment operations and maintenance to ensure efficiency and so that department goals continue to be met. They will also enjoy working in a fast-paced,supportive environment where professionalism, teamwork, and an appreciation for fun are valued.

The Leadership Competency Model illustrates what it means to be successful for any leader at the SFPUC,supporting our commitment to organizational excellence. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record and ability to exercise the following competencies:


Accountability - Inspires trust by acting with integrity, honesty, and fairness. Defines and holds staff accountable for measurable, high quality, timely, and cost-effective results, as well as compliance with all rules, policies, and procedures.


Adaptability - Adjusts, perseveres, and succeeds in meeting objectives despite rapidly shifting environment,demands, and resources. Alters approaches to most effectively address different situations and people. Responds positively to tasks and situations outside of comfort zone.


Decision Making and Problem Solving - Takes ownership of problems and makes timely, responsible,transparent, and clear decisions. Designs and implements creative solutions utilizing functional expertise or perspective. Communicates with team to ensure all members clearly understand the problem to be solved.


Relationship Management - Leverages outstanding communication skills to build open, honest, and respectful relationships. Develops networks and lasting partnerships across boundaries to maintain strategic relationships and achieve common goals. Engages and works collaboratively with other departments.



If you are interested in this job, we are looking for people that have the following minimum qualifications: 


Experience: Six (6) years of experience in the operation, maintenance and repair of mechanical and electrical machinery and equipment in a 10 million gallons per day (MGD) or larger water treatment/filtration plant, or water distribution system of which, two (2) years must have been in a supervisory capacity. 

Note: one year of full-time employment is equivalent to 2000 hours. (2000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40-hour work week.) Any overtime hours that you work above forty (40) hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.


License and Certification:

Possession of a Grade V Water Treatment Operator Certificate or Grade IV Water Distribution OperatorCertificate issued by the State Water Resources Control Board. (For positions at City Distribution Division, a Grade IV Water Distribution Operator Certificate is required.)

Possession of a driver's license issued by the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles.


Special conditions: Must possess a current Grade V Water Treatment Operator Certificate issued by the CA Water Resources Control Board for positions at Water Supply and Treatment Division. The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position(s) to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this class code.


Working Conditions: Walking and/or driving several miles a day to inspect facilities and remote pumping stations; using a respirator when conditions warrant, climbing and working off ladders (up to 16 foot); working ina damp environment and confined spaces; auditing alarm screens and identifying different levels of audible alarms; identifying leaks by smell in case of emergency; working on weekends, holidays, shifts, and overtime, as needed.

The Chief Engineer, Water Treatment Plant Operator, will serve in the roles of superiors and subordinates during their intermittent absences, and will take on special assignments related to the assurance of staff competencies,operations efficiency and regulatory compliance. This position may also be required to work on emergency standby on a rotating basis to provide operational support, instruction, and if necessary, in-person operation of the San Francisco Regional Water System during off-hours.



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Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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