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Senior Stationary Engineer, Water Treatment Plant Operator – Water Supply and Treatment Division – SFPUC (7343) (Temporary Provisional)

Recruitment: RTF0133014-01072974

Published: August 25, 2023


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Department: Public Utilities Commission
Job class: 7343-Senior Stationary Engineer, Water Treatment Plant
Salary range: $146,640.00 - $146,640.00
Role type: Temporary Provisional Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
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  • Application Opening: 04/13/2023
  • Filing Deadline: Continuous
  • Annual Salary: $139,906
  • Recruitment ID: RTF0133014-01072974


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.

San Francisco is a vibrant and dynamic city, on the forefront of economic growth & innovation, urban development, arts & entertainment, as well as social issues & change. This rich tapestry of culture and ideas is sustained by our City's commitment to heighten the quality of life for the diverse population of San Franciscans and residents of the greater Bay Area. Our employees play an important role not only in making our City what it is today, but also in shaping the future of San Francisco.

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  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

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.”

Role description


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 direction and on an assigned shift, the Senior Stationary Engineer, Water Treatment Plant Operator:  supervises or participates in the operation, maintenance, and repair activities of a wide variety of complex machinery and equipment in a water filtration plant, pump station or related facility; participates in the operation, maintenance, and repair activities on machinery and equipment; acts as Chief Plant Operator when necessary; and helps develop training plans and procedures.  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:

  • Supervises or participates in the day-to-day operation of a water treatment plant in order to meet all state and federal water quality standards.
  • Sets daily operational parameters for treated water reservoir levels, chemical dosages, treatment methods and laboratory analysis.
  • Assists in planning and coordinating in-house maintenance and repair of all filter plant, field facility, and ozone facility equipment.
  • Assists in planning and coordinating work to be performed by employees of other trades, crafts, divisions, and contractors.
  • Initiates work orders, inspects and reviews completed work.
  • Conducts safety and hazardous material management training sessions and prepares accident reports.
  • Orders and maintains safety and hazardous materials supplies, purchases routine material, supplies, water treatment chemicals, maintains inventories, and maintains safe storage of chemicals.
  • May train, evaluate and discipline subordinate staff, set daily work schedules and job priorities, and supervise the operation of a computerized water distribution system.
  • Makes remote chemical adjustments to meet state and federal water quality standards.
  • Performs related duties as required for Class 7343 – Senior Stationary Engineer, Water Treatment Plant.

How to qualify

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


1. Five (5) years verifiable journey-level Stationary Engineer and/or Operator experience in the operation, maintenance, repair of a variety of mechanical electrical, pumping, and related machinery of a water or wastewater treatment plant, three (3) years of which must be in a surface water treatment plant; OR

2. Completion of a recognized four-year Stationary Engineer apprentice program, plus one (1) year journey level experience in a Water Treatment Plant; AND

License and Certification:

1. Possession of a current valid Grade IV California Water Treatment Plant Operator Certificate. Applicants who currently possess a Grade III California Water Treatment Plant Operator Certificate may participate but will remain under waiver of appointment until proof of Grade IV is submitted.

2. Possession of a current valid Class C driver's license.

Note:  Upon appointment to Class 7343 employees may be required to take a state mandated respirator and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) medical examination (renewed annually) and be clean shaven for respirator and self-contained breathing apparatus 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

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.

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.

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:


Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit 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 (,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

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

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

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.