PLANT SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN SUPERVISOR
Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.
Under general direction, supervises, assigns, reviews, and participates in the work of staff responsible for the maintenance and repair of water and wastewater treatment plants, pump/lift stations, and allied facilities; ensures work quality and adherence to established policies and procedures; and performs the more technical and complex tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
- Plans, prioritizes, assigns, supervises, reviews, and participates in the work of staff responsible for performing preventative and corrective maintenance on equipment at the water and wastewater treatment plants, pump/lift stations, and other allied facilities.
- Establishes schedules and methods for providing assigned services; identifies resource needs; reviews needs with appropriate management staff; allocates resources accordingly.
- Estimates time, materials, and equipment required for jobs assigned; requisitions necessary tools, equipment, materials, and supplies as required; oversees the maintenance of the parts inventory; orders necessary parts.
- Participates in the development of goals and objectives as well as policies and procedures; makes recommendations for changes and improvements to existing standards, policies, and procedures; participates in the implementation of approved policies and procedures; monitors work activities to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures.
- Participates in the selection of assigned staff; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline procedures.
- Plans, schedules, and supervises the full range of plant maintenance and repair services and activities; oversees the troubleshooting, maintenance, repair, rebuilding, and replacement of valves, pumps, compressors, blowers, centrifuges, generators, piping, mechanical and electrical motors, and related equipment; oversees the installation, alignment, test operating, and maintenance of mechanical and electrical equipment.
- Plans, schedules, and supervises the work of staff responsible for performing a full range of machinist and welder duties including the repair, rebuilding, and/or fabrication of precision machine parts; oversees staff responsible for designing and milling new and old parts; oversees staff responsible for designing and welding new equipment; oversees staff responsible for repairing parts using welding techniques.
- Inspects and monitors performance of contractors when assigned.
- Reviews daily mechanical operation of the plant, lift and pump stations; inspects plant machinery, equipment, grounds and facilities to determine need for repair.
- Plans, schedules, and supervises the work of staff responsible for regular inspections for and performance of preventive maintenance adjustments;
- Coordinates work with contractors, other public utility representatives, and other City departments.
- Obtains necessary permits to perform required work.
- Participates in the preparation and administration of the assigned program budget; submits budget recommendations; monitors expenditures.
- Maintains records concerning operations and programs; prepares reports on operations and activities.
- Performs the more technical and complex tasks of the work unit.
- Attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the field of water and wastewater treatment plant maintenance; incorporates new developments as appropriate into programs.
- Responds to plant and pump/lift station maintenance emergencies as required.
- Performs related duties as required.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.
- Operations, services, and activities related to a water and wastewater treatment plant maintenance and repair program.
- Pertinent federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations.
- Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
- Operational characteristics of water and wastewater treatment plants and pumping stations including associated mechanical and electrical equipment and devices.
- Fundamental understanding in the operation of an activated sludge wastewater treatment facility.
- Theories and fundamentals of mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical principles associated with the repair and operation of plant equipment and pumping stations.
- Materials, methods, techniques, and terminology used in maintenance and repair activities related to the maintenance and repair of water and wastewater plants and associated equipment.
- Methods, techniques, tools and equipment used to repair, rebuild and fabricate precision machine parts.
- Welding principles, practices, tools, and equipment.
- Operational characteristics of maintenance and construction equipment and tools used in work activities.
- Proper procedures used in the maintenance and repair of hand and power tools.
- Mathematical principles.
- Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
- Basic principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
- Principles and procedures of record keeping.
- Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.
- Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers.
- Computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases.
- Principles and practices of customer service.
- Supervise, organize, and review the work of assigned staff involved in assigned program areas.
- Coordinate and direct staff responsible for performing a full range of skilled and semi-skilled duties involved in the maintenance and repair of the City’s water and/or wastewater treatment plants and allied facilities programs.
- Coordinate and direct staff responsible for performing highly skilled tasks involved in the repair or fabrication of precision machine parts at water and/or wastewater treatment plants and allied facilities.
- Oversee the installation, alignment, test operation, and maintenance of electrical and mechanical equipment and machinery including pumps, valves, valve operators, piping, chemical feed equipment, and mechanical conveyance equipment.
- Participate in the selection, training, and evaluation of assigned staff.
- Recommend and implement goals, objectives, policies and procedures for providing assigned services and activities.
- Understand the organization and operation of the City and of outside agencies as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.
- Understand, interpret, and apply general and specific administrative and departmental policies and procedures as well as applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
- Prepare and maintain records including time and material use records.
- Prepare clear and concise reports.
- Participate in the preparation and administration of assigned budgets.
- Plan and organize work to meet changing priorities and deadlines.
- Estimate time, materials, equipment, and costs needed to perform various work.
- Read, explain, and follow blueprints, mechanical drawings, and oral and written instructions, particularly from maintenance and service manuals.
- Read and interpret a variety of charts and gauges.
- Effectively represent the City to outside individuals and agencies to accomplish the goals and objectives of the unit.
- Work cooperatively with other departments, City officials, and outside agencies.
- Respond tactfully, clearly, concisely, and appropriately to inquiries from the public, City staff, or other agencies on sensitive issues in area of responsibility.
- Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.
- Respond to plant maintenance/repair emergencies.
- Safely drive and skillfully operate equipment and machinery.
- Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Education/Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by specialized training/coursework in mechanical and electrical repair.
Experience: Six years of increasingly responsible experience related to the installation, construction, repair, and maintenance of a secondary/tertiary wastewater treatment facility or a conventional potable water treatment facility including one year of lead supervisory responsibility.
License or Certificate - Possession of a valid driver’s license. Possession of a valid Grade 3 Plant Maintenance Mechanical Technologist certificate.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Environment: Standard office, water and wastewater treatment plant, and field setting with travel from site to site. Some exposure to extreme noise of plant machinery and other equipment; mechanical and electrical hazards of operating equipment; fumes and odors of chemicals and gases; dust from sanders and grinders; toxic substances such as chemicals, cleaners, solvents, and gases; all types of weather and temperature conditions. Work and/or walk for long periods of time on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain. Work schedule is 9/80; subject to 24-hour emergency callbacks and standby and requires working varying hours, overtime, weekends and holidays. Work environment is both formal and informal, team-oriented, having both routine and variable tasks with variable pace and pressure. Work is performed in both indoors in plant and shop area and outdoors in field and collateral facilities.
Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in an office and field setting and operate assigned equipment. FREQUENT walking, standing, sitting, downward flexion of neck, side-to-side turning of neck, lifting below and at waist level of objects weighing up to 25 lbs. and transporting for distances up to 300 feet; OCCASIONAL bending and stooping, squatting, reaching above and at shoulder height, kneeling, balancing above ground, pushing/pulling, twisting at waist, upward flexion of neck; lifting objects weighing 26-7 5 lbs. from below waist to above shoulder level either with or without assistance and transporting for distances up to 25 feet; lifting of objects weighing over 75 lbs. and with assistance transporting for distances less than 10 feet; manual dexterity to operate computer keyboard, grasp writing materials; strength to grasp hand and power tools; INFREQUENT crawling, climbing, lifting of objects weighing 26 lbs. to over 100 lbs. from below waist to chest level either with or without assistance and transporting for distances less than 10 feet.
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read computer screens, printed documents, meter-reading equipment, dials, and gauges and to operate vehicles and equipment.
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.
Date: March 2006
Revised by MH/Department