2021-11-12 2021-12-17

Systems Control Supervisor

Vista Irrigation District
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Vista, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 76356
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Vista, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 76356
  • Organization Website

$51.36 — $62.43 Hourly DOQ/DOE
($106,823 — $129,844 Annual Salary)
plus excellent benefits!

Close Date: Open until filled

Under the general supervision of the Director of Operations and Field Services, plans, organizes, supervises and participates in the work of staff involved with the design, construction, installation, modification, calibration, maintenance and repair of District pumps, motors, regulators, cathodic protection systems, motor control systems, electrical and electronic control systems, radio communication systems, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, and other related operational equipment. Performs related work as assigned and applies all standard safety practices.

Essential Functions

  • Plans, schedules, and implements weekly, monthly and quarterly preventive maintenance work for the following operational equipment: Hydraulic controls, regulators, pump control valves, motors, pumps, SCADA, programmable logic control based motor control systems, chlorinators, cathodic protection, water quality instrumentation, and other related operational equipment.

  • Plans and administers outside service providers contracted to perform operational tasks such as software programming, pump and motor maintenance, cathodic protection, and other services related to the Department.

  • Supervises and evaluates the performance of the following positions:

    • System Controls Technician I

    • System Controls Technician II

    • System Controls Technician III

  • Operates a personal and industrial computer in a networked environment to monitor and troubleshoot equipment and to make programming changes. Utilizes database, spreadsheet, word processing or other types of software to produce documents or reports such as maintenance reports, memos, tables, calculations, graphs, presentations, etc.

  • Plan checks electrical and SCADA schematics for acceptance.

  • Conceives, designs and reviews control strategies and specifications related to system hydraulics, pumps, motors, motor control systems and SCADA.

  • Reviews and documents all changes to hydraulic, electrical and SCADA control systems.

  • Deploys and evaluates preventive maintenance programs and makes necessary changes to mitigate equipment failure; utilizes maintenance programs to assist with capital and operational budgeting.

  • Implements and maintains software, hardware, licensing, and support for SCADA communications, and other technologies related to the System Controls section.

  • Assists the Water Distribution section and other departments and sections; provides technical support during emergencies, system shutdowns and confined space entry.

  • Provides technical support and oversight for the District’s electrical safety program and ensures compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations.

  • Operates and provides technical assistance when standby generators and auxiliary pumping systems are needed to meet distribution system requirements.

  • Instructs and provides training for staff in work methods, tools and equipment, new technologies and safety.

  • Performs related tasks as assigned.


  • Education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school supplemented by college-level course work or specialized training in electrical, electronics, instrumentation and control, computer systems or related field.

  • Must possess a Water Distribution Operator D1 certification (or higher) administered by the California Drinking Water Operator Certification Program or the ability to obtain one within two years.

  • Must have a minimum of five years of experience with process control systems related to motor control, SCADA, wireless communications, electrical, electronics, or instrumentation preferably at a water distribution or water/wastewater treatment facility. Two years of supervisory experience is preferred.

  • Experience with SCADA systems utilizing flowchart-based software is preferred.

  • As a prerequisite for advancing to "E" salary step, a California Water Environment Association Grade III (or higher) Electrical/Instrumentation Technologist certificate is required.

  • Must have a valid California driver’s license and be acceptable to the District’s automotive liability insurance carrier.

System Controls Supervisor must demonstrate dependability, reliability, ethics, good judgment, superior work habits, technical skills and the ability to introduce and assist employees in learning technical skills.

The System Controls Supervisor must also:

  1. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

  2. Speak, write and read the English language.

  3. Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

  4. Establish and maintain effective working relations with other District personnel, vendors, local agencies and promote good relations with the public.

The District provides the following benefits:

  • Medical Insurance (Employee and dependents).

  • Vision Care (Employee and dependents – employee contribution required).

  • Dental Insurance (Employee and dependents – employee contribution required).

  • Life Insurance (2 x Annual Salary).

  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance.

  • Disability Insurance (30-day qualification period).

  • PERS (Public Employees Retirement System) Pension—employee contribution required.

  • 13 paid holidays and 15 days of vacation.

  • Paid sick leave.

  • Deferred compensation match.

  • College tuition reimbursement.

  • Pre-tax spending accounts for medical and dependent care.

  • Alternative work schedule (every other Friday off - optional).

The District
Vista Irrigation District (District) was formed in 1923 to provide water to the community of Vista. The District also supplies water to portions of the cities of Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos and some unincorporated areas of San Diego County. Located seven miles from the Pacific Ocean in northern San Diego County, Vista is the "climatic wonderland of the United States" with an average daily temperature of 74 degrees.

Rolling hills and a pleasant rural surrounding, combined with relatively affordable housing prices and a strong community, make Vista an ideal place to live and work. Vista has been recognized in a national publication as being one of the “50 fabulous places to raise a family.” In addition to the beautiful beaches to the west, within a 60-mile radius of Vista can be found the dynamic city of San Diego and the Mexican border to the south, snow-capped mountains and majestic deserts to the east, and Disneyland and the Los Angeles metropolitan area to the north.

The District supplies potable water to 28,900 customers in a 21,152-acre service area with a population of nearly 135,000 people. The District receives local water from Lake Henshaw, which it owns, imported water from Northern California and the Colorado River via the San Diego County Water Authority (Water Authority) and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and desalinated seawater from the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant via the Water Authority. The District currently employs 87 people.

The System Controls Supervisor is an at-will position and not eligible for overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act and in accordance with District Policy.

Vista Irrigation District is “an equal opportunity employer” and will consider reasonably accommodating qualified disabled persons. Reasonable accommodations can include, but are not limited to, changing job duties, changing the work shifts, accommodating schedules, relocating the work area, and providing mechanical or electrical aids.

The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract, and any provisions contained herein may be modified or revoked without notice.

Selection Process
The most appropriately qualified applicants will be invited to continue in the selection process which may consist of competency testing (including a practical exam), a written exercise and oral interviews by District personnel or qualified individuals from other public agencies or any combination thereof. The District expressly reserves the right to change the selection process in order to identify the most qualified candidates as required by federal and state law.

To help streamline the application and hiring process, we have implemented new recruiting software. All applicants will apply via our website at www.vidwater.org under the “careers tab”. We will no longer accept paper applications. You will need to upload your resume and cover letter on our new application portal.

(No faxes or resumes in lieu of District application).

Job offers are contingent upon a pre-employment medical examination and drug testing. Oral interviews and testing will be done in compliance with local and state COVID-19 protocols and may include remote interviews as well as onsite physically distanced interviews/testing.

When applying, mention you saw this opening listed at WaterDistrictJobs.com.