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Plant Maintenance Superintendent

Effective: 10/18/05
Range: S-81
Respirator Class: 2


Plan, organize, direct, and review the operations of the Plant Maintenance Section of the Plant Operations Division including mechanical, machinist, electrical, instrumentation, and building and grounds activities; coordinate activities among the shops of the section.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The use of respiratory equipment [including self-contained breathing apparatus (S.C.B.A.)] may be required for this position. Therefore, the Plant Maintenance Superintendent 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 general direction from the Plant Operations Division Manager.
  • Exercise direct supervision over shop supervisors and staff within the section.

Examples of Essential Duties

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

  • Assist with developing and implementing goals and objectives for a division; plan system improvements.
  • Prepare and review budget.
  • Perform and participate in a variety of personnel actions including performance evaluations, training, selections, dismissals, transfers, and disciplinary measures.
  • Coordinate the activities of all sections or shops in the Plant Maintenance Section of the Plant Operations Division; plan, schedule, and assign work.
  • Prepare a variety of reports on operation and administration.
  • Administer outside repair and service contracts.
  • Confer with department manager on policies, personnel assignments, procedures, and problems in the maintenance section.
  • Perform and assist with field design in the repair of equipment and structures.
  • Inspect the work of subordinate personnel.
  • Serve as technical advisor to section personnel on difficult or unusual problems.
  • Initiate and approve requisitions for materials and supplies.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in the maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant.
  • Computerized Maintenance Management Systems.
  • Maintenance control systems relating to planning, scheduling, workload, productivity, material control, and organizational structure.
  • Purpose and uses of a variety of equipment and tools used in maintenance of plant facilities.
  • Principles and practices of mechanical maintenance, machinist work, electrical maintenance, and instrumentation including preventative maintenance, predictive maintenance, infrared scanning, oil analysis, vibration analysis, and life cycle costing, as applied in a wastewater treatment plant.
  • Principles and practices of management and supervision including employee relations, staffing practices, and training and development of maintenance employees.
  • Safety hazards and appropriate precautions applicable to work assignments.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis know plant, processes, and equipment and remember historical plant events. Intermittently analyze and solve problems, observe plant operations and employees, and explain tasks to others.
  • Intermittently sit at desk and in meetings, walk and climb stairs to tour plant, perform simple grasping and fine manipulation, and lift or carry weight of 50 pounds or less. May be required to communicate via mobile communication device.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate the work of a large group of employees engaged in maintenance work.
  • Train and supervise assigned personnel.
  • Read, interpret, and supervise work from plans.
  • Prepare clear and concise written or oral reports.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • 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:

  • May be required to enter confined space. 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 journey level experience in the maintenance of industrial facilities such as are found in a wastewater treatment plant, at least two of which were in a supervisory capacity.


  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade, supplemented by substantial training in a maintenance field such as the completion of an apprentice program.

Licenses and Certificates

  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.

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