The Water Systems Operations Department of the Operations Division is recruiting for one regular, full-time Distribution Systems Operator. Under general supervision, monitors, inspects, adjusts and performs maintenance tasks at the District’s SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) control room and other water distribution facilities; performs radio and telephone dispatch for District personnel and consumers; and performs related work as required. Interested persons must submit a completed District application and supplemental questionnaire responses to the Human Resources Department no later than the filing deadline.
This is the journey-level class in which incumbents are expected to handle complex problems associated with the daily operation of the water distribution system and assist with the training of new Water Distribution Operators. As a condition of employment, employees in Distribution System Operator positions are required to pursue the training and education necessary to maintain a current Grade 3 Water Distribution System Operator certification issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB).
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
TYPICAL DUTIES MAY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:
• Operates and monitors the water system using a modern SCADA system;
• analyzes data obtained from the SCADA system in order to correct abnormal conditions in the water system;
• performs routine maintenance to SCADA system peripherals, such as changing printer paper, ribbons or cartridges;
• uses both hard copy maps and computerized GIS (Geographic Information Systems) data to analyze and correct system problems;
• receives and analyzes consumer and system problems, dispatches the appropriate District personnel;
• operates a computer based radio/telephone communication console;
• maintains a computer based radio/telephone log and related computer programs;
• installs and operates emergency system bypass lines, regulator systems and pumping systems;
• performs inspections, adjustments and maintenance at water distribution facilities; and
• follows applicable safety rules and regulations.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR EMPLOYMENT
• Operation of pumps and motors;
• methods, materials and equipment used in the operation of a water distribution system;
• basic hydraulics as it applies to the operation of a water distribution system;
• PC (personal computer) software applications, including operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, and enterprise systems;
• geography and landmarks associated with the District's service area;
• radio and telephone dispatch procedures; and
• English usage, spelling, punctuation, and grammar;
• Understand the operation of pumps and automatic valves;
• operate and understand a variety of computer programs;
• analyze data obtained from SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition
• read and interpret SCADA graphics and distribution system diagrams ;
• work effectively and use sound judgment during major system failures caused by pipeline ruptures or natural disaster;
• analyze problems and take appropriate action within established guidelines;
• communicate tactfully and effectively with the public and District personnel;
• understand and carry out written and oral instructions;
• maintain accurate records and logs; and
• travel to off-site work locations depending upon job assignments.
Training and Experience: 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:
• Completion of the twelfth grade or its equivalent; and
• two years’ experience with potable or non-potable water system operations *.
*An Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree, as specified below, may be substituted for one year of experience. The total educational substitution shall be for one year only. Possession of more than one of the listed degree types will not qualify for substitution of more than one year of experience.
An Associate’s degree in water or wastewater technology or distribution that includes at least 15 units in physical, chemical, or biological science may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in civil, environmental, or sanitary engineering, or one of the physical, chemical, or biological sciences, or other closely related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
CERTIFICATION AND LICENSE REQUIREMENTS:
• Possession of a valid D3 Distribution Operator certification issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB).
• Possession of an appropriate California driver's license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles and satisfactory driving record.
• Per California Government Code, Title 1, Division 4, Chapter 8, Section 3100 “all public employees are hereby declared to be disaster service workers subject to such disaster service activities as may be assigned to them by their superiors or by law.” (Ref: California Government Code, Title 1, Division 4, Chapter 8, Sections 3100- 3109);
• work on an "on call" basis for emergency situations;
• field experience and familiarity with the terms, practices and procedures common to the water industry preferred;
• willingness to work any day and any 8, 10 or 12 hour shift within a 24-hour period as assigned, including holidays, weekends and overtime as needed.