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Electrical Shop Supervisor

Effective: 10/18/05
Range S-76
Respirator Class: 2


Plan, organize, direct, and review activities of the electrical shop; oversee the maintenance of the electrical components of the telephone, paging and telemetry systems; participate as necessary in electrical maintenance projects, including basic instrumentation and electronic work.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The use of respiratory equipment [including self-contained breathing apparatus (S.C.B.A.)] may be required for this position. Therefore, the Electrical Shop Supervisor will be required to be free of facial hair that would interfere with the use of a respirator for annual fit tests and for any occasion, which requires the use of respiratory equipment to comply with the District’s respiratory program and Cal/OSHA standards.

Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Receive direction from the Plant Maintenance Superintendent.
  • Exercise general supervision over Electricians and Electrical Technicians.

Examples of Essential Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Supervise electricians and electrical technicians in the installation and repair of power distribution systems, telemetry systems, and electrical systems in machinery, equipment, buildings, structures, and grounds at the plant and pumping stations, and other District facilities.
  • Assign and schedule work; inspect and evaluate electrical systems and equipment for malfunctions and needed repairs.
  • Assist with and perform a variety of personnel actions including performance evaluations, selections, dismissals, transfers, and disciplinary actions.
  • Assist with the preparation and administration of electrical shop budget.
  • Responsible for electrical preventive and predictive maintenance program.
  • Order necessary electrical, and telephone, and paging system replacement parts.
  • Monitor and report on work of contractors.
  • Consult with superiors and manufacturers' representatives regarding equipment purchases, placement, maintenance, and complicated repairs.
  • Keep maintenance records; prepare activity reports.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Standard terms, practices, procedures, and modern methods common to the electrical and instrumentation crafts.
  • Principles, theory, and operation of electrical equipment.
  • Basic principles of instrumentation and electronics.
  • Specific knowledge of variable frequency drives (VFDs), programmable logic controllers (PLCs), human-machine interfaces (HMIs), and process instrumentation.
  • Rules and procedures for working with fiber optic systems including, but not limited to, connectors and cables; general rules for fiber installation.
  • Tools, materials, and equipment used in maintenance work.
  • The National Electrical Code, The Electrical Safety Orders of the California Industrial Safety Commission, and applicable Cal/OSHA regulations.
  • Mathematics as required to perform responsibilities of the position.
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of supervision.
  • Safety hazards and appropriate precautions applicable to work assignments.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis know electrical and telephone system information, observe work of electricians and electrical technicians, and understand electrical and basic electronic and instrumentation information. Intermittently analyze electrical problems, identify circuits, interpret blueprints, problem solve equipment failures, and explain jobs to employees.
  • Intermittently walk to meetings, stand, bend, squat, kneel and/or twist while working on equipment, sit at desk to use computer keyboard and equipment, climb stairs, perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation, lift or carry weight of 25 pounds or less; and for confined space entry, lift or carry weight of 50 pounds or less. May be required to communicate via mobile communication device.
  • Plan, direct, and personally perform journey‑level maintenance and repair work on electrical equipment and related instrumentation.
  • Establish and administer preventive maintenance procedures, schedules, and standards.
  • Diagnose electrical problems and determine proper maintenance and repair procedures.
  • Develop sound recommendations and courses of action regarding equipment requisitioning and specifications, equipment placement, and maintenance repair programs.
  • Train and supervise assigned personnel.
  • Maintain work records; prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Use District personal computers and networked software.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Learn and observe all appropriate safety precautions as required by the District including, but not limited to, Cal/OSHA General Industry Safety Orders, the District’s Respiratory Protection Program, and District Safety Directives.

Special Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to wear respiratory protection device for dust protection and while painting and using certain chemicals and solvents. May be required to enter confined space. When required to wear respiratory protection equipment, must be able to wear S.C.B.A. and perform job duties while wearing protective equipment and S.C.B.A. weighing 32 pounds.

Experience and Education

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:


  • Five years of progressively responsible journey level experience in electrical and power distribution equipment work, preferably including one year in a wastewater treatment plant or other industrial facility using major automated and microprocessor controlled electrical and electro‑mechanical equipment, including two years of experience in a lead or supervisory capacity.


  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade, supplemented by substantial training in electrical work such as completion of an apprentice program and training equivalent to the District's certification program in instrumentation.

Licenses and Certificates

  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.

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