Company: San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority
Posted on: January 24, 2023
CONTROL OPERATOR, TRACY
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Web Address: www.sldmwa.org/job-openings
Annual Salary Range (Steps):
Step I: $ 109,563.84
Step II: $ 116,008.77
Step III: $ 128,898.63
Education: Any combination of education and experience which would
likely provide the necessary knowledge and abilities is qualifying.
The knowledge, skills and abilities required for this job are of a
level comparable with those generally acquired through a high
school education, supplemented by technical study and considerable
experience in hydro generation plants as a Control Operator Relief.
A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities include:
Experience: Completion of High School or equivalent, various
Electrical/Power Engineering Degree courses and/or a minimum of
three (3) years of experience as an Apprentice Control Operator or
Plant Operator at Hydro-Electric or similar power generation
Possession of, or ability to acquire within 18 month of
appointment, a Water Treatment 'T2' and Water Distribution 'D1'
license issued by the State Water Resources Control Board
Driver License: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver
License may be required at the time of appointment. Failure to
obtain or maintain such required license(s) may be cause for
disciplinary action. Individuals who do not meet this requirement
due to a physical disability will be considered for accommodation
on a case-by-case basis.
Possession and proof of a good driving record as evidenced by
freedom from multiple or serious traffic violations or accidents
for at least two (2) consecutive years. Failure to obtain or
maintain such required license(s) may be cause for disciplinary
action. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a
physical disability will be considered for accommodation on a
case-by-case basis. The driving record will not contribute to an
increase in the Authority's automobile insurance rates.
Abbreviated Job Description: Under the direction of the Operations
Supervisor, responsible for all operations associated with large
pumping/power generating plants and the operating changes of the
Delta-Mendota Canal and associated facilities. Coordinates
operations with various government agencies, Member Agencies, and
divisions within the Authority; performs related work as
Examples of duties of the Control Operator include, but are not
limited to: Operates main units, switchyard, and station service
switchboards of generating and/or pumping units, ensures
pumping/generation & water release schedules are carried out
according to established standard operating procedures. Operates
various auxiliary equipment and miscellaneous equipment associated
with pump/generator units. Reviews and makes recommendations for
updates/revisions to the standard operating procedures. Monitors
critical operating parameters, reads gages/meters, maintain
meticulous operating records, compiles data for reports. Prepares
switching orders and operates medium and high voltage switching
equipment. Coordinates all major repairs or testing with various
agencies and internal divisions. Evaluates and analyzes equipment
malfunctions, keeping employees and the public from dangerous
situations, and equipment in service to support commitments.
Prepares and issues safety clearances to place employees and
equipment in a safe condition for maintenance. Provides
instruction, guidance and supervision to junior Operators and
Operator Apprentices. In coordination with the Water Operations
department, monitors and controls water conveyance systems.
Operates the Tracy Field Office Water Treatment Facility &
associated distribution system, maintain meticulous operating &
performance records, compiles data for reports, and submits reports
to the applicable governing agency upon request. Other duties as
may be required.
Requires the Knowledge of: Principles of electricity, mechanics and
physics as related to the operation of generation or pumping
station equipment. Demonstrated experience with location,
nomenclature, and function of station equipment, including Francis,
Pelton and Kaplan water turbines, large pumping station equipment,
mechanical and electrical auxiliaries, sophisticated
instrumentation and automatic control systems, piping systems,
remote control and protection apparatus and switchgear. Procedures
for starting, stopping, controlling and isolating plant equipment
during regular operation and emergencies. Experience with system
operation and the hydro station's relation to system requirements.
Safety rules, regulations and first aid procedures. Principles,
methods and practices used in large water and irrigation system
operations with large pumping and generation plants. Basic
knowledge of switching, lock out/tag out and clearance procedures.
FIST/HECP. Water treatment facilities rules and regulations
according to California standards. Wonderware (Aveva supervisory
controls) or similar SCADA systems and some experience with
programmable logic controllers and other digital control systems.
Operating control systems (SCADA) for Authority facilities and the
Delta-Mendota Canal. Principles, methods and practices used in
communications, control equipment installation, plant electrical
and mechanical maintenance. Rules, regulations, policies and codes
applicable to Authority operations. Microsoft Word and Excel at a
Must possess the ability to: Apply theoretical knowledge to
practical operating problems. Learn operating instructions and
procedures. Read and interpret electrical, piping, and instrument
control system diagrams on station equipment. Read and interpret
instrument readings to assist in determining the cause of
malfunctions and advise of the need for maintenance work. Speak
clearly and distinctly over the telephone. Think clearly and act
quickly, effectively, and reasonably under normal and emergency
conditions. Put into effect instructions from Dispatcher, Switching
Center and Operations Supervisor. Apply functional characteristics
and operating principles of large pump and generating plants.
Employ specific, standard operating procedures for the
pump/generator units. Work the approved schedule, as found in
SOO-03, which may include 12 hour rotating shifts, holidays and
weekends. Apply thorough knowledge of safety/clearance procedures
precautions associated with large pump/generator units and high
voltage switchgear. Operate computer control systems operations.
Apply the fundamentals of electricity, hydraulics and hydrology.
Monitor and control both local and remote pumping and generating
plants without supervision. Use initiative, independent judgment to
recognize unusual or dangerous conditions, make rapid adjustments
and decisions as needed. Communicate effectively orally and in
writing. Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
Regularly and consistently meet attendance/punctuality
requirements. Follow instructions, work independently and
cooperatively with others.
Typical Physical Activities include, but are not limited to: Sits
for extended time periods while monitoring computer screens.
Communicates orally with co-workers and other public agencies in
face-to-face, one-to-one and group settings. Must be able to
function at a high level under extreme pressure or stressful
situations. Regularly uses a telephone for communication. Uses
office equipment such as computer terminals, copiers, and Fax
machines. Walks in uneven terrain, climbs ladders, in indoor and
outdoor environments while making inspections of Authority
facilities and projects. Visual acuity must allow basic color
distinction, shades of color differentials, and depth perception.
Hearing within normal ranges. Operates equipment such as large
valves which require a moderate amount of force to operate.
Environmental Factors include: Exposure to: sun, 10% or less work
time spent outside a building and exposed to the sun. Irregular or
extended work hours: Occasionally required to change working hours
or work overtime.
How to Apply: Use the "apply now" option or visit our job
opportunity page at https://www.sldmwa.org/job-openings and apply
from there by the application deadline. A resume and cover letter
Required Application Materials: A resume and cover letter must be
submitted and received no later than the final filing date in order
to be considered for this recruitment.
Meeting the minimum qualifications for this position does not
guarantee that you will be selected for further consideration. Only
those individuals most suited to our particular needs will advance
to any skills test and/or oral interview.
Should you feel you need special accommodations for the skills test
and/or interview, due to a qualifying disability, please contact
the Human Resources Department at (209) 826-9696.
Verification of Employment: The Authority conducts verification of
a candidate's employment history, education and training and other
information contained in the application and any other materials
submitted by a candidate
Conditional Offer of Employment: An offer of employment will be
conditional upon legal ability to work in the United States and
verification of a candidate's employment history, education and
training, other information contained in the Employment
Application, and any license requirements. This organization
participates in E-Verify.
Holidays: Employees receive eleven (11) paid holidays, including
one (1) floating holiday.
Vacation & Medical Leave: Vacation leave is accrued at the rate of
80 hours per year up through year 4. At year five, leave increases
to 120 hours per year. At 10 years of service, vacation leave is
accrued at the rate of 140 hours and at 15 years of service,
vacation leave increases to a maximum of 160 hours per year.
Medical leave accrues at the rate of 8 hours per month.
- 401(a) Defined Contribution Plan: A 401(a) Defined Contribution
Plan is funded by the Authority contributing equal to 8% of your
gross base annual salary
- 457 Deferred Compensation Plan: The 457 Deferred Compensation
Plan is up to a 5% match of your contributions by the Authority
based on gross base annual salary
- Upon retirement, a Retirement Health Savings (RHS) Plan is
The total potential combined contributions for the 401(a) and the
457 plans by the Authority may amount to a maximum of 13% of your
gross base annual salary. All contributions under both plans vest
immediately to you.
NOTE: You should be aware that the Authority does not participate
in Social Security. This may affect Social Security benefits you
have already earned upon retirement.
Health Benefits: Three (3) medical benefit plans are offered:
- Anthem Blue Cross PPO
- Anthem Blue Cross HMO
- Kaiser HMO
The Authority contributes 100% of the premium for the employee and
75% for the employee's eligible family members.
Dental & Vision Benefits: The Authority contributes 100% of the
premium for the employee and the employee's eligible family
Employee Assistance Program: Available to employees and their
* Life Insurance
* Short/Long Term Disability Insurance
* Credit Union
* Compressed Work Week (contingent upon individual work group
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