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Plant Operations Superintendent

Effective: 10/18/05
Range S-81
Respirator Class: 1


Plan, organize, direct, and review the operation of the District’s wastewater treatment facilities including primary, secondary, tertiary, and solids treatment processes; supervise the operator-training program and provide direct training for personnel in the Shift Supervisor class.

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 Operations 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 general supervision over positions in the Shift Supervisor class and indirect supervision over Plant Operators as assigned.

Examples of Essential Duties

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

  • Plan, organize, direct, and review the operation of the District’s wastewater treatment facilities including primary, secondary, tertiary, and solids treatment; troubleshoot plant operation systems and equipment.
  • Prioritize daily work orders for Shift Supervisor; provide list of tasks to be accomplished on shift; review night orders and make additions as appropriate.
  • Review process data report, plant and equipment status, and computer room log; initiate and carry out changes as appropriate.
  • Coordinate maintenance and operation shutdowns and equipment repairs; coordinate with laboratory and computer personnel to ensure proper functioning of Plant Operations.
  • Initiate operation and maintenance procedures on new and existing equipment.
  • Assist in the preparation of the section’s budget; monitor and control the section’s budget throughout the fiscal year.
  • Supervise subordinate personnel which includes arbitrating disputes, providing discipline, and performing employee evaluations; conduct staff meetings regularly.
  • Supervise the operator-training program; provide direct training for personnel in the Shift Supervisor class.
  • Authorize purchases and materials requests.
  • Prepare memos on current topics, procedures, and/or reports affecting plant operations; coordinate and provide staff to conduct pilot studies.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Modern methods of wastewater treatment and solids processing.
  • Mathematics, chemistry, and microbiology.
  • Applicable public health and governmental regulations.
  • Operation and routine preventive maintenance of mechanical, electrical, and data processing equipment common to a modern wastewater treatment facility.
  • Principles of modern management, organization, supervision, training, and budgeting.

Ability to:

  • Safety hazards and appropriate precautions applicable to work assignments.
  • On a continuous basis observe plant operations, know how equipment works, and remember plant operations and processes, and understand operation limits. Intermittently analyze and interpret trends and graphs, problem solves equipment malfunctions, and explains process to others.
  • Intermittently sit at desk and in meetings, walk, stand, bend, squat, climb, kneel, and twist while touring plant and inspecting equipment, perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation, lift or carry weight of 10 pounds or less, and occasionally lift or carry weight of 50 pounds or less. May be required to communicate via mobile communication device.
  • Organize, direct, and review the activities involved in operating a large‑scale wastewater treatment facility.
  • Train and supervise assigned personnel.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Evaluate operating data; develop and implement appropriate action.
  • 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.
  • Work shift, on‑call, weekends, and holidays as assigned.

Special Physical Requirements:

  • May be required to respond in an emergency.  Must be able to wear S.C.B.A. weighing 32 pounds; must be able to hear audio alarm and/or see flashing alarm lights.

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 experience in the operation of a wastewater treatment plant, two of which include supervisory responsibilities and experience in activated sludge secondary treatment.


  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

Licenses and Certificates

  • Must obtain a California Grade V Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator’s Certificate within one year of appointment.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.

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