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Pumping Stations Supervisor

Effective: 07/01/08
Range: S-75
Respirator Class: 2


Plan, organize, direct, and review the activities of Pumping Station Operators and others assigned to pumping station sites; direct and participate in a variety of maintenance and repair 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 Pumping Stations 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 Pumping Stations Superintendent.
  • Exercise direct supervision over Pumping Stations Operators and others as assigned.

Examples of Essential Duties

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

  • Plan, organize, direct, report on, and review the work of Pumping Station Operators in the operation and maintenance of pump stations.
  • Analyze pumping station procedures and administration; monitor pumping station process efficiencies; implement improvements.
  • Serve as primary backup to the on-call Pumping Station Operator.
  • Assist with and perform a variety of personnel actions including performance evaluations, training, selections, dismissals, transfers, and disciplinary actions.
  • Schedule work; implement and administer preventive maintenance programs for new and existing equipment.
  • Apply solid decision-making and coordination skills in response to emergency conditions that may potentially impact regulatory compliance.
  • Supervise and participate in the operation and maintenance of diesel and gasoline engines, generators, pumps, compressors, electrical controls, and instruments, including telemetry and SCADA systems.
  • Monitor and report on work done by contractors; supervise contractor work as required.
  • Maintain daily and monthly records of work activity.
  • Evaluate complex mechanical problems; assist in determining corrective action and repairing equipment.
  • Prepare time cards, spillage reports, call-out reports and other reports as assigned.
  • Assist in regulatory permitting processes; schedule and coordinate required regulatory site inspections; implement any required follow-up action to ensure compliance.
  • Order supplies and services.
  • Conduct safety training; assist in accident investigation processes.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Methods, equipment, tools, and materials used in the maintenance of diesel and gasoline engines, electric motors, pumps, compressors, valves and other equipment.
  • Methods and precautions in storing, transporting, and handling hazardous gases, hazardous wastes, and chemicals.
  • Purposes, regulations, and operating requirements of sewage pumping station facilities and equipment.
  • Wastewater operations.
  • Wastewater sampling and routine process control tests.
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of supervision.
  • Use of personal computer for maintenance, administrative, and operational functions, including remote operations and monitoring of the District’s pumping stations via SCADA.
  • Safety hazards and appropriate precautions applicable to work assignments.

Ability to:

  • Intermittently analyze equipment performance, identify operational or maintenance problems, interpret equipment specifications, know operations of pumping stations, observe equipment operation, problem solve control systems problems, administer maintenance schedules, and instruct subordinates on procedures.
  • Sit for long periods of time while driving, reading, and writing on a continuous basis. Intermittently walk to and from vehicles to buildings and pump stations, bend, squat, kneel, and twist while loading and unloading supplies and picking up tools and climb ladders, perform simple and power grasping, pushing and pulling, fine manipulation, use feet to operate foot controls, and lift or carry weight of 75 pounds or less. May be required to communicate via mobile communication device.
  • Train and supervise assigned personnel.
  • Operate pumping stations and perform preventive and predictive maintenance and repair work on diesel engines and electric motors, pumps, compressors, valves and other pumping station systems and equipment.
  • Perform a variety of facilities cleaning and maintenance work.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work, including the District’s customers.
  • Perform basic wastewater treatment processes and control procedures; perform routine process control tests.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Maintain work records; prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Act on behalf of Pumping Stations Superintendent as required.
  • 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:

  • 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:


  • Four years of experience in the operation or maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant, or in the District's pumping station operation, including experience in a lead or supervisory capacity. 


  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

Licenses and Certificates

  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License.
  • Possession of a California Water Environment Association Mechanical Technician Grade III, Collection System Maintenance Grade III Certificate, or State of California Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Grade III Certificate is desirable.

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