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Position Information

***Rates increased April 2024. Moved to 7-step pay schedule.***

This recruitment is to fill one vacancy at the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Union: This position is covered by the Stationary Engineers, Local 39 (L39) labor group.

Job Description

Under general direction from the Wastewater Treatment Manager, performs electrical and instrumentation work with a minimum of technical guidance.  Performs complex electrical work and preventative maintenance on electrical distribution systems, motors, pumps, and instrumentation; sewer and storm water collection and pumping systems; and supervises other technical and maintenance personnel; performs related work as required.

Plans, supervises, and reviews the work of staff performing mechanical/electrical maintenance and repair duties for water and wastewater systems, wastewater treatment, and plant equipment such as water pump stations and sewer lift stations; personally performs work supervised; makes recommendations for action and assists in policy and procedure development.

The work of this class involves responsibility for planning and supervising the daily, weekly, and job specific work of employees performing maintenance, installation, calibration and repair work on a wide variety of electrical equipment. It may also involve directing instrumentation maintenance work.

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations where appropriate so qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Perform a variety of skilled tasks in the preventative maintenance, repair, installation, and calibration of electrical, electronic, telephone, pneumatic, hydraulic, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.
  • Radio, telemetry, and instrumentation equipment, mechanical equipment, and analyzers.
  • Install, troubleshoot, repair, and maintain instruments and control systems to assist in the monitoring and control of plant and pumping station processes.
  • Assists in the development, construction, and installation of new electrical systems and maintenance, repair or replacement of electrical equipment.
  • Maintain electrical transformers, generators, solar systems, and medium voltage (480-600 volts) distribution and control systems.
  • Prepare specifications for purchases of parts and supplies.
  • Maintain accurate records.
  • Research and develop information needed by department management.
  • Operate computer equipment and software.
  • Develop field sketches and update record drawings of electrical systems.
  • Supervise, direct and evaluate non-operational maintenance and electrical personnel.
  • Prepare technical reports as required.
  • Motor vehicle, generators, multi-meters, analyzers, oscilloscopes, pumps, gauges, common power and hand tools; shovels, conduit bender, wire stripper, wrenches, detection devices; mobile radio, phone, personal computer including word processing and other software, copy and fax machines, calculator, and a variety of electrical equipment;
  • Perform related assignments as necessary.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.  The employee frequently is required to stand.  The employee is occasionally required to walk; talk and hear; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell.

The employee frequently must lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, color perception; and the ability to adjust focus to distinguish colors of electrical tape and electric wiring, and to hear audible alarms, such as chemical and equipment failure alarms.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions.  The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts is and occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions.  The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.  The employee is frequently exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals. Some tasks may be performed in cramped quarters, and in a variety of atmospheric conditions, weather extremes and temperatures.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately loud in field settings, and moderately quiet in office settings.



Knowledge of:

  • Design, installation, maintenance and repair of industrial electrical systems;
  • Occupational hazards and safety procedures related to the position;
  • Medium voltage distribution systems and supervisory controls;
  • National Electric Code and other appropriate standards and specifications;
  • Principles and techniques of repairing, calibrating, and maintaining wastewater plant instrumentation;
  • Electrical and electronic theory;
  • Pneumatic theory; industrial process control;
  • Mathematical computations to perform the work;
  • Tools and materials used in the development, construction, and maintenance of electrical equipment in the operation of a wastewater treatment plant, including collection system pumping and storage facilities;
  • Basic policies and procedures for plant operation, maintenance equivalent to those utilized by the City of Chico;
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training, and evaluations;

Ability to: 

  • Plan, schedule and assign work to non-operational maintenance and electrical personnel;
  • diagnose and detect faults in complex electronic and electrical equipment;
  • fabricate various panels, control systems and conduit runs;
  • Safely use and care for a variety of tools and equipment;
  • Compute power and load requirements for medium voltage industrial systems;
  • Operate a variety of test instruments;
  • Read and prepare wiring diagrams;
  • Maintain accurate records, technical reports and estimates;
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing; understand and interpret oral and written instructions;
  • Operate computer equipment and software;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of duties;
  • Observe all appropriate safety precautions as required, including Cal/OSHA General Industry Safety Orders, National Electric Code, National Fire Protection Association, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and City safety policies;

Education and Experience: 
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:
Any combination of equivalent experience, supervisory experience, and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be considered qualifying.
Course work or possession of specialized training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities is preferred.

Four years of experience in the installation, maintenance, and repair of electrical equipment in a water and/or wastewater treatment plant.  Experience in an industrial or commercial environment performing similar or same duties can be considered.  Experience in the maintenance and repair of electronic programmable logic control systems is desirable.

Licenses and Certifications: 

  • Possession of a valid California Driver License.
  • Possession of an Electrical/Instrumentation Grade II Certificate as issued by the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) within eighteen (18) months of employment.
  • Valid C-10 Electrical Contractor license is highly desirable.


Additional Information

The City of Chico is looking for individuals who are results-oriented, possess great attitudes, demonstrate creativity and innovation, work efficiently, show a record of success and have a PASSION for public service. Having the best employees provides the best service to the community.


If this is the first time you are applying using the online job application, you will need to create an account and select a Username and Password. After your account has been established, you can build your application which can be saved and used to apply for other City of Chico employment opportunities.

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Degree, Licenses, Certifications and/or Equivalencies:  Candidates must include copies of items listed as a minimum qualification; failure to provide required certificates by the close of the recruitment will result in candidate disqualification.  If this position requires a typing certificate: typing certificates must have been issued within one year and the net speed must match the minimum requirement listed in the job description.  For standardization, net speed will be calculated by subtracting the number of errors from the gross WPM.  Internet generated typing certifications are not accepted.  Equivalency for experience and/or education listed within a job description may be established pursuant to the City-wide Classification Plan and through coordination with Human Resources.  Candidates seeking an equivalency must contact Human Resources, at (530) 879-7900, for instructions on submitting an equivalency request.  Being minimally qualified for a position does not guarantee a candidate progression through the full recruitment process.

Travel and Recruitment Related Expenses:  The City of Chico does not reimburse applicants for any travel or expenses in connection with applying for employment, unless authorized by the City Manager.

Pre-Employment Processing:  Applicants may be required to pass fingerprinting and a medical examination as a condition of employment or promotion.  Medical exams may include a fitness exam, psychological exam, and a drug and alcohol screening, depending on the position.  E-verify is used to determine candidate eligibility to work in the United States.

The City of Chico is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports workforce diversity.  Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  The City of Chico will consider individuals with disabilities based on their qualifications to perform the essential functions of the position for which they are applying and will provide reasonable accommodation in the application and/or testing process.  If you require accommodation in the application and/or testing process, please notify the Human Resources Office within seven (7) days of the need for accommodation, so appropriate alternative arrangements can be made.

Minimum Education and Experience

Minimum Months of Experience: 48
Driver's License Required: Yes
Hiring Requirements for This Job:
  • Drug Testing / Screening
  • Background Checks
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: 38.67
    Maximum Hourly Wage: 51.82