2023-05-24 2023-06-27

Water Treatment Plant Operator (7341 – Stationary Engineer)

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Job Status: Temporary
  • Job ID: 87014
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    Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Job Status: Temporary
  • Job ID: 87014
  • Organization Website

Annual Salary:  $123,604.00

Recruitment#: RTF0133004-01119061

Application Filing Deadline: Continuous

Type of Appointment: Provisional (TPV)

This is not a permanent appointment. A provisional appointee must participate and be successful in a Civil Service examination for this classification and be selected through an open competitive process in order to be considered for permanent appointment. Provisional appointments may not exceed three (3) years.

Apply: https://careers.sf.gov/l?go=ZtIwqoju

We are the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC).  Headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,300 employees operating across eight counties serving more than 2.7 million customers in the San Francisco Bay Area – 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

Our Mission: To provide our customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and wastewater services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care.

Our Vision: We are an innovative utility leader, recognized for excellent results in service, safety, stewardship, and inclusiveness.

More About SFPUC: We are an award-winning and industry-leading utilities organization committed to our customers, community interests, and the environment. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website at https://www.sfpuc.org/.  We are proud of our infrastructure and programs, but most importantly, we value our highly qualified and dedicated workforce which ensures that this vision becomes a reality. To learn more about working at the SFPUC, visit our career site at https://www.sfpuc.org/about-us/careers-sfpuc

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: The City’s Department of Human Resources (DHR) is committed to providing a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and belonging environment for the City and County of San Francisco, where all employees and prospective employees experience fairness, dignity, and respect.  DHR’s mission is to use fair and equitable practices to hire, develop, support, and retain a highly-qualified workforce.  The resources support and expand on the Mayor’s Executive Directive 18-02, “Ensuring a Diverse, Fair, and Inclusive City Workplace.”

The Water Enterprise manages our complex regional water supply system featuring reservoirs, tunnels, pipelines, and treatment plants.  We serve 2.7 million Bay Area residential, commercial, and industrial customers with high-quality, great tasting water every day.  Our protected watersheds in Tuolumne, Alameda, and San Mateo counties ensure that we deliver safe, reliable water throughout our service area.  We are proud to operate one of the most environmentally sustainable systems in the country.

Position Summary
Under general supervision and during a shift, the Stationary Engineer, Water Treatment Plant Operator operates, maintains, and repairs a wide variety of complex machinery and equipment in a water treatment plant and/or pumping station or related facility.  Work may include physical effort in climbing ladders (up to 16 ft.) to inspect projects, confined space entry including tight crawl spaces, working in remote areas, and using a respirator. The work is in an industrial, physically restrictive, and hazardous environment. The Stationary Water Treatment Plant Operator must be able:  to audit alarm screens; to identify levels of audible alarms; and be able to identify leaks by smell. May be required to work weekends, shifts and overtime.  Reporting work location will be in San Bruno or Sunol.

The essential job functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Operates a water treatment and distributions facility in a safe and efficient manner without direct supervision; carries out and explains established plant operations, methods and procedures; operates and maintains a wide variety of chemical feed equipment, pumping, and process machinery and equipment in a large, complex facility to ensure the safe and efficient functioning of the facility and equipment; operates Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and/or Computerized Building Management Systems.
  • Repairs automatic and manually controlled water treatment and distribution and equipment including pumps, motors, chemical feeders and filters; may also be responsible for operating a water treatment and distribution facility in a safe and efficient manner without direct supervision.
  • Makes entries and keeps records on shift operation by taking and entering meter and gauge readings, water and laboratory analysis readings and temperatures.
  • Receives, records, stores, and handles large amounts of treatment chemicals (such as fluoride and caustic soda chlorine) in confined or enclosed areas, and must be capable of safely and properly handling chemical spills; may include handling and treatment of hazardous materials and waste.  Performs control tests on water samples to determine chlorine, ammonia, fluoride, pH, alkalinity, turbidity, color, saturation index, and flocculation factors; under supervision, also conducts water analysis and regulates treatment chemical dosages to maintain water quality in a water treatment plant, water distribution system, or other large complex facility.
  • Communicates verbally and in writing with supervisor(s), craft, and support personnel.  May be responsible for ID batches, keys, 2-way radios, and security (in the absence of Security Personnel), in order to ensure the security of plant and buildings and grounds, including public safety.
  • Performs related duties as required for Class 7341 - Stationary Engineer, Water Treatment/Distribution.

How to qualify
If you are interested in this job, we are looking for people that have the following minimum qualifications:

1.   Completion of a state or federally recognized four-year Stationary Engineer apprenticeship program. AND

License and Certification:
1.   Possession of a current valid Grade II (or higher) Water Treatment Operator Certificate issued by the State of California.

2.   Valid Driver License.

Positions located at the Water Supply and Treatment Division will require incumbents to obtain and successfully maintain a Grade III Water Treatment Operator Certificate within 18 months from the date of hire.

Any of the following may substitute for the required education:

  • Four (4) years journey-level Operator and/or Stationary Engineer experience in the maintenance, repair and operation of a variety of mechanical and electrical pumping and related plant machinery of a water or wastewater treatment plant.
  • Four (4) years journey-level experience as a Marine Engineer performing duties in the areas of maintenance, repair and operation of a variety of mechanical and electrical pumping and related machinery.
  • Graduation from a recognized four-year Maritime Academy with a degree in Engineering or Technology.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  Some physical effort is required in the operation, repair and maintenance of machinery and equipment including kneeling, crouching, stooping, squatting crawling, climbing, working in various lift equipment and use of fixed and portable ladders up to 75 feet, walking long distances and lifting up to 50 pounds in the performance of important and essential duties. This also includes exposure to working conditions where the performance of duties requires working in confined spaces, damp environments, outdoors in inclement weather, and with chemicals.  Required to work various shifts including nights, holidays, weekends, and on standby duty as needed or as operational need and staffing levels require.

Upon appointment to Class 7341, employees may be required to take a State mandated respirator and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) medical examination (renewed annually) and be clean-shaven prior to starting each shift for respirator and SCBA use.  Employees may be required to pass CPR training annually and first aid training tri-annually.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at https://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience, or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456.

Verification of required work experience typically must be on the employer’s letterhead and must include the applicant’s name, job title, description of job duties, dates of employment, hours per week, and signature of the employer, supervisor, or appropriate representative.

Employees of the City and County of San Francisco may submit performance evaluations showing duties performed to verify qualifying City experience.  City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed.  Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules.  CCSF employees will not receive credit for experience obtained outside of their classification unless recorded in accordance with the provision of the Civil Service Rule 110.9.1/111A.11.2.

Experience claimed in self-employment will only be accepted if supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license, and experience comparable to minimum qualifications above.  Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted.

Verification of required valid licensure/certification typically must be a photocopy of the license/certificate including the name of the issuing agency as well as the name of the license/certificate holder, license/certificate number, and expiration date.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

What else should I know?

DRUG TESTING REQUIREMENT: Applicants for positions in this classification who are not currently employed by the City and County of San Francisco in a safety-sensitive position represented by Local 39 are required to pass pre-employment drug and alcohol testing. All employees in this classification may also be subject to drug and alcohol testing upon reasonable suspicion or after a work-related accident. Applicants with a positive result from a pre-employment drug test will be restricted from hire in safety-sensitive positions for six-months after the date of the positive test.

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit https://careers.sf.gov/l?go=ZtIwqoju and begin the application process.

Select the “I’m Interested” button and follow instructions on the screen

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu, @smartalerts.info, and @smartrecruiters.com).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst Eric Christensen at EChristensen@sfwater.org.

Please note: All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

For details on how the COVID-19 vaccination requirement is applicable to your employment, please click here.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

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