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Plant Operations Division Manager

Effective: 10/04/12
Range: M-24
Respirator Class: 2


Direct the operational activities of a large advanced water pollution control facility; perform related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This class is distinguished from the Director of Operations in that the latter has full responsibility for all departmental activities and functions. This class is distinguished from the Plant Operations Superintendent level in that the latter has responsibility for section functions and is further distinguished from the Plant Maintenance Division Manager in that the latter is responsible for directing the maintenance activities of the treatment plant.

The use of respiratory equipment [including self-contained breathing apparatus (S.C.B.A.)] may be required for this position. Therefore, the Plant Operations Division Manager 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 Director of Operations or the General Manager.
  • Exercise direct and general supervision over professional and technical personnel in the Plant Operations Division.

Examples of Essential Duties

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

  • Plan, direct, and coordinate the operational activities of a large advanced water pollution control facility.
  • Provide professional engineering expertise in planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating the operational activities of a large water pollution control facility; investigate field conditions and recommend solutions to engineering problems.
  • Provide for a program of regular inspection and reporting.
  • Direct the operation, preventive maintenance, and repair of the direct digital control system including mainframe computer and field microprocessors.
  • Plan and direct the modification of software, computer, microprocessors, and field instrumentation for more efficient, reliable, and economical plant operation.
  • Prepare engineering studies and reports; review and study operational procedures to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
  • Interpret, implement and integrate regulatory requirements such as the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and others into the process control system, day-to-day routine operations of the plant, and laboratory support of the various permits.
  • Analyze and maintain records on operating conditions.
  • Direct modifications of the treatment processes with the technical advice and recommendations of the laboratory; develop emergency and contingency plans and be responsible for their implementation in the event of failure or unusual operating conditions.
  • Develop safety procedures and be responsible for their implementation to ensure compliance with all Cal/OSHA requirements.
  • Participate in the selection of, train, motivate, and evaluate assigned personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees on performance issues; oversee the development of standard operating procedures; implement discipline and termination procedures in collaboration with Human Resources.
  • Prepare division budgets for the department director and monitor the division expenditures; review construction plans and specifications for compatibility with division goals and objectives.
  • Participate in District-level planning in matters which affect the Plant Operations Division.
  • Set priorities for Plant Operations Division work orders in cases where effluent quality, reliability of operation, or plant safety is involved.
  • Act on behalf of the Director of Operations as required.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Engineering principles, methods, and practices as they apply to the design and operation of a wide variety of wastewater treatment processes.
  • Water chemistry, sanitary engineering microbiology, sedimentation theory, laboratory analyses of water and wastewater, and instrumentation and computer applications common to a modern water pollution control facility.
  • Fundamentals of applied research.
  • Standard specifications and building codes.
  • Principles of training and supervision.
  • Modern integrated computer maintenance management systems.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis identify and analyze operating/maintenance problems, interpret drawings, know operation techniques, observe activities, problem solve personnel problems, remember regulations, understand processes, and explain data, policies and procedures and take appropriate action.
  • Sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time on a continuous basis. Intermittently walk and climb stairs to tour plant, bend and squat to observe jobs, perform simple grasping, pushing and pulling, and fine manipulation; and lift or carry weight of 25 pounds or less; and for confined space entry, lift or carry weight of 50 pounds or less.
  • Plan, organize, and coordinate the work activities of a group of professional, technical and nontechnical personnel.
  • Apply engineering principles and techniques in the solution of difficult and complex engineering problems.
  • Evaluate the results of laboratory experiments and studies.
  • Effectively deal with complex budgets, operations, and other matters relating to administrative supervision of a major organizational unit.
  • Oversee, direct, and coordinate the work of lower level staff.  Develop work standards, goals, and objectives.  Evaluate personnel needs.
  • Review the economic feasibility of various operational alternatives and their effectiveness to the overall plant objectives.
  • Prepare correspondence and technical reports which are complete, clear, and concise.

Special Physical Requirements:

  • May be required to enter confined space and/or respond in an emergency. Must be able to wear S.C.B.A. and perform confined space entry and emergency response duties in protective clothing and equipment including 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 increasingly responsible experience managing plant operation related activities of a wastewater treatment plant similar to the District's.


  • Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in civil, environmental, or mechanical engineering; environmental science, biology, chemistry, business administration, or a closely related field.

Substitution for Education:

  • Four years of additional qualifying experience as noted above may be substituted for the bachelor's degree.

Licenses and Certificates

  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License.
  • Possession of a Grade V Operator Certification issued by the State of California or must be obtained within three years of appointment.

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