Water Pump Operator

City of Sierra Madre | Sierra Madre, CA

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Posted Date 5/23/2023

Salary: $46,552.00 - $56,584.00 Annually

Close Date: June 2, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

Apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sierramadre/jobs/1636694/water-pump-operator

To assist in the maintenance of the City's water infrastructure, and the provision of a safe, dependable water supply to the City's residents and businesses.

The fundamental reason this classification exists is to maintain the City's water production and distribution system.

Examples of Duties
The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.


  • Performs preventative maintenance on well pumps and motor equipment and well buildings and facilities;
  • Inspects booster pumps and well pumps, including checking for excessive noise, heat, vibration, leaks and proper fluid levels;
  • Maintains records of lubrication, calibration and maintenance performed on equipment and machinery and compiles data into written reports;
  • Responds to customer water complaints and supplies customer information by phone and in person;
  • Water meter reading;
  • Water distribution system repairs;
  • Assists in tasks necessary for installation of new water services: prepares materials, locates, digs trenches, welds and lays out pipes, sets meters and meter boxes, backfills, patches and cleans work area;
  • Maintains chlorine stations: changes cylinders, ensures that chlorine feed rate is normal and chlorine residual leaving the main plant is within limits;
  • Checks chlorine residual at locations throughout city;
  • Repairs water leaks: locates, digs, repairs, back fills, patches pavement, and cleans work areas;
  • Locates and marks water mains and services water lines;
  • Repairs broken sprinklers and sprinkler lines;
  • Responds to emergency call out after hours;
  • Issues 24 hour shutoff notices for delinquent bills and NSF checks;
  • Performs grounds maintenance at reservoir and pumping sites, drains and cleans out reservoirs and maintains treatment plant facilities;
  • Performs building maintenance, such as electrical, lighting, and plumbing;
  • Maintains tools, equipment, and materials used in the work;
  • Ensures cathodic protection;
  • Performs annual maintenance on spreading basins, including road grading and basin side and bottom cleaning;
  • Maintains and repairs park play equipment;
  • Removes hazardous objects from streets;
  • Repairs city gates;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Typical Qualifications

Knowledge of:


  • City of Sierra Madre water distribution systems;
  • Computer applications with remote machinery or facility operations;
  • Mechanical procedures for activating or controlling a well, booster station, pressure reducing valve, reservoir, and storage tank operations.

Ability to:


  • Distinguish between the full range of colors in the color spectrum to work with alarm signal lights.
  • Operate keyboard devices such as calculators, PC, and CRT.
  • Determine the nature and urgency of a problem.
  • Establish priorities for own workload based upon such factors as need for immediate action, work objectives, and schedules.
  • Establish and maintain effective communications among superiors, subordinates, other departmental water operation personnel, and outside utility agencies.
  • Learn job-related material primarily through oral instruction and observation to effectively perform job duties. This learning takes place mainly in an on-the-job training setting.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions in the English language.
  • Communicate orally with other City employees and outside agencies using a telephone, in face-to-face, one-to-one and group settings in the English language.
  • Make decisions in accordance with the rules, regulations, and ordinances, pertaining to assigned organizational unit.
  • Work under pressure (i.e., handling significant problems and tasks which come up simultaneously and/or unexpectedly and approaching deadlines).
  • Read, comprehend, and interpret written material in the English language.
  • Comprehend and analyze spreadsheet reports.
  • Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others.

High school diploma or equivalent; education sufficient to read, write and understand directions in English, and to successfully meet and deal with the public and other employees; one year of skilled experience in the construction and maintenance of potable water production and distribution systems or related labor, or semi-skilled work, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.

Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:
Must possess a valid Class C California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the City's Vehicle Insurance Policy. Able to obtain and maintain a SWRCB Water Treatment Operator Grade 1 and SWRCB Water Distribution System Operator Grade 1. Within one year must obtain and maintain a Class B driver's license and must maintain insurability under the City's Vehicle Usage Policy.

Supplemental Information

The physical and mental demands 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:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear. This job involves frequent lifting of 35-50 pounds with occasional lifting of up to 75-100 or more. This is often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces or at heights above the ground.

Mental Demands:
While performing the duties of this class, the employee is regularly required to use oral communication skills; read and file material alphabetically or numerically; work with constant interruptions; and interact with employees, management, and others encountered in the course of work; occasionally subject to conflicts.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The City of Sierra Madre is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, the City of Sierra Madre will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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