Utility Operations Superintendent

  • by City of Lathrop
  • Jul 30, 2021

Job Location

Lathrop, CA

Application Deadline

09/29/2021

How to Apply

The City of Lathrop is recruiting for the position of Utility Operations Superintendent in the Public Works Department. The Department is seeking a strong manager who will have direct responsibility for the planning, organization, operations, maintenance and repair of the water, wastewater and storm drain systems. The ideal candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and possess strong leadership skills to effectively manage and motivate staff.

To apply for this position, please access the link on the City website at:
https://www.ci.lathrop.ca.us/hr/page/job-opportunities. This position is open until filled.

For questions related to this position, please contact the City of Lathrop Human Resources Department at (209) 941-7231.


The Utility Operations Superintendent is a management level class responsible for planning and organizing the work activities of utility operations and maintenance staff. This classification is distinguished from the Utility Plant Supervisor by the level of responsibility and accountability for program, project, and work completion as well as the overall day-to-day administration and interpretation of personnel policies and procedures. Incumbents routinely plan, schedule, assign, and monitor projects and tasks through the Chief Operator/Supervisor.

Essential Functions – Including, but are not limited to the following:

Accepts responsibility for planning, organizing, and coordinating, the work activities of operations staff responsible for the construction, maintenance, repair and/or operation of storm drains, water distribution and wastewater collection systems; oversees Corporation Yard maintenance and flood protection maintenance activities; coordinates the work of assigned divisions with other City departments and divisions, outside agencies, community groups, and the public.

Recommends, develops and implements departmental policies and procedures; recommends programs, proposals and capital projects and provides to the Director of Public Works, or their designee, for approval; monitors work activities to ensure safe work practices, work quality, and accuracy; develops and maintains short and long-range maintenance schedules for assigned areas.

Ensures regulatory compliance in the production, storage and delivery of water; reviews federal and state laws, proposed legislation, and regulations pertaining to divisional functions; ensures compliance with applicable rules, policies and procedures; interpret specifications and City policy, apply relevant codes, ordinances, rules, and regulations.

Ensures regulatory compliance in the collection of wastewater and delivery in sewers and pump stations of wastewater to treatment facility; reviews federal and state laws, proposed legislation, and regulations pertaining to divisional functions; ensures compliance with applicable rules, policies and procedures; interpret specifications and City policy, apply relevant codes, ordinances, rules, and regulations.

Ensures regulatory compliance in the collection and management of stormwater; reviews federal and state laws, proposed legislation, and regulations pertaining to divisional functions; ensures compliance with applicable rules, policies and procedures; interpret specifications and City policy, apply relevant codes, ordinances, rules, and regulations.
Plan, develop and oversee training of staff involved in mechanical and electrical predictive maintenance programs.

Ensures Chief Operator/Supervisor coordinates emergency response resulting from water main breaks, sewer outflows, and flooding; and implements preventative maintenance measures to ensure proper operation, and maintenance of water, sewer and drainage systems.

Establishes performance goals for crews and individual employees; participates in the selection, training, and evaluation of maintenance personnel; assumes responsibility for motivating and evaluating assigned personnel; provides necessary training; initiates disciplinary procedures as is appropriate.

Evaluates plant operations, maintenance activities, and implements needed improvements, including development of predictive maintenance program and SCADA Communication effectiveness monitor.

Develops schedules and methods for performing assigned duties; maintains appropriate work records and documents, which may include time sheets, work orders, and inventories; plans, assigns, and directs field construction and maintenance projects.

Prepares and presents staff reports, necessary correspondence, technical and/or analytical reports on operations as necessary; prepares and submits various regulatory reports to relevant agencies.

Purchases and leases fixed assets, items, equipment and vehicles; participates in budget preparation; works with assigned analyst to administer and monitor approved budgets; prepares project cost estimates; orders supplies, tools, and materials; reviews and monitors purchase orders; monitors and controls supplies and equipment;

Assists in the preparation of the Capital Improvement Program related to utility improvements; develops and implements utility operations and maintenance programs; prepares and administers grants.

Responds to the more difficult questions and concerns from the general public, contractors, vendors, and outside agencies; provides information as is appropriate and resolves public service or operational complaints; establishes and maintains a customer service orientation within the Division.

Responsible for overseeing adherence of maintaining hazardous materials and supply inventory in an organized, clean, and safe configuration.

Ensure daily/weekly/monthly, etc. inspections of the utility facilities are conducted, including all hazardous materials and hazardous waste; ensure hazardous material and/or hazardous waste inspection logs and facility records are maintained.

Ensure ongoing maintenance and complete corrective actions are performed to facilities and equipment in safe working condition in accordance with permit conditions and regulations.

Oversee proper procedures are followed for preparing and completing hazardous waste profiles, manifests, shipping documents, and maintaining waste processing records.

Ensure current records for hazardous waste shipping manifests, supporting documentation, hazardous waste tracking documents are properly maintained.

Oversees safety and training programs; follows prescribed safety procedures and comply with state and federal laws regulating workplace safety, hazardous materials handling, hazardous waste management, and proper disposal methods; participates in hazardous material and waste management training and professional development activities, including necessary certification.

Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/local agencies and associations, City management and staff, and the public.

Experience and Education

Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for a Utility Operations Superintendent. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is to possess the equivalent of eight years of increasingly responsible experience in the field of public works, including significant experience within a large water or wastewater utility, and/or construction management or engineering of utility infrastructures, including five years as a lead supervisor of utility maintenance and operations activity, and a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering, public administration, environmental science, or a related field.

License/Certificates

Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver’s license
Possession of or ability to obtain a valid California Class B Driver’s License is highly desirable.

Possession of and ability to maintain a State of California Water Treatment Operator Grade T-3, State of California Distribution Operator Grade D-3, Cross Connection Control Specialist Certification issued AAWA and General Backflow Tester certification issued AAWA.
Possession of or ability to obtain a California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Collection System Maintenance Grade 4 Certification.

Training Requirements:

Initial training – CA Title 22 Hazardous Waste Generator Training (4 hour), DOT Hazmat Shipper Function Specific Training (4 hour), Site Specific Emergency Response Contingency Plan Action Guide Training (2 hour), HAZCOM Training (2 hour), HAZWOPER Initial Training (4024 hour), HAZWOPER Supervisor Training (8 hour).

Annual Refresher – CA Title 22 Hazardous Waste Generator Training (4 hour), Site Specific Emergency Response Contingency Plan Action Guide Training (2 hour), HAZCOM Training (2 hour), HAZWOPER Refresher Training (8 hour).
Refresher – DOT Hazmat Shipper Function Specific Training (4 hour) required every 3 years.