Water Industry Jobs

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Presentation from Erin McCauley from CalWater on getting jobs in the water industry. Presented at NOVA's Connect! Job Seeker Center, Sunnyvale, CA, on 2/16/2010.

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Water Industry Jobs

  1. 1. I Want to Work for the Water Company! Erin McCauley – Acting District Manager California Water Service Company February 23, 2009
  2. 2. Types of Jobs in the Field <ul><li>Distribution Operators </li></ul><ul><li>Treatment Operators </li></ul><ul><li>Customer Service Representatives </li></ul><ul><li>Meter Readers and Collectors </li></ul>
  3. 3. Types of Jobs in the Main Office <ul><li>Engineering (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical) </li></ul><ul><li>Water Quality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chemists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulatory Affairs staff </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Accounting/Purchasing/Rates setting </li></ul><ul><li>Information Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Human Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Public Relations </li></ul>
  4. 5. Treatment Plant Operators <ul><li>Monitor treatment process and keep records </li></ul><ul><li>Adjust chemical feeds and speeds </li></ul><ul><li>Collect and analyze samples </li></ul>
  5. 6. Example Treatment Plant Schematic DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM SPARE UP-FLOW CLARIFIER PUMP INTAKE PUMP GAC SYSTEM SEDIMENTATION TANK TO SEWER CLEARWELL SPARE BACK WASH FILTERS BACK WASH ALUM POST CHLORINE PRE-CHLORINE
  6. 8. Distribution Operators <ul><li>Monitor all facilities and keep records </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check system pressure, flowrates, and power usage </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open/Close street valves </li></ul><ul><li>Pump maintenance and repair </li></ul><ul><li>Clean and maintain tanks </li></ul><ul><li>Locate and Repair main leaks </li></ul><ul><li>Repair fire hydrants </li></ul>
  7. 11. Customer Service Representative <ul><li>Handles customer issues on phone and in person </li></ul><ul><li>Manage the computerize billing system </li></ul><ul><li>Call out field employees to respond to problems </li></ul>
  8. 12. Meter Readers and Collectors <ul><li>Read the water meters so we have accurate customer bills </li></ul><ul><li>Note any problems with meters </li></ul><ul><li>Repair and replace meters and meter boxes </li></ul><ul><li>Turn off and on customer meters when there are billing problems </li></ul>
  9. 13. What are the benefits of the job? <ul><li>It is a stable, growing field </li></ul><ul><li>You are contributing to your community </li></ul><ul><li>The is always something new going on </li></ul><ul><li>Many utilities have good benefits packages </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for advancement </li></ul>
  10. 14. What skills do I need? <ul><li>Dependability </li></ul><ul><li>Common Sense </li></ul><ul><li>Team Player </li></ul><ul><li>Good Attitude </li></ul><ul><li>High school level math </li></ul><ul><li>A valid Driver’s License and a good driving record </li></ul><ul><li>Water Distribution and Water Treatment Certification </li></ul><ul><li>Clean criminal record </li></ul>
  11. 15. Can I get a job without Certification? <ul><li>Yes – meter reading, customer service </li></ul><ul><li>Most main office jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Recommend getting certification anyway – good way to show commitment </li></ul>
  12. 16. How do I get an Operator job? <ul><li>Get your GED </li></ul><ul><li>Complete a correspondence course in Water Distribution or Water Treatment through Sacramento State </li></ul><ul><li>Apply for the test </li></ul><ul><li>Take the Level 2 Distribution or Treatment exam. </li></ul><ul><li>Apply for the Certification </li></ul><ul><li>Apply for a job </li></ul>
  13. 17. What types of places hire Operators? <ul><li>Wholesaler agencies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SFPUC, Zone 7, Metropolitan Water </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Retail agencies (public) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>City of Sunnyvale, Palo Alto </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Retail agencies (private) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cal Water, Cal Am, San Jose Water </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Operations and Maintenance companies (private) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OMI, Thames </li></ul></ul>
  14. 18. Where can I get a job <ul><li>California Water Service Company – www.calwater.com </li></ul><ul><li>East Bay Municipal Utilities District – www.ebmud.com </li></ul><ul><li>Santa Clara Valley Water District - www.valleywater.org </li></ul><ul><li>San Jose Water Company – www.sjwater.com </li></ul><ul><li>American States Water Company - www.aswater.com </li></ul><ul><li>Alameda County Water District - www.acwd.org </li></ul><ul><li>Contra Costa Water - www.ccwater.com </li></ul><ul><li>San Francisco Public Utilities Commission – www.sfwater.org </li></ul><ul><li>Many Cities </li></ul>
  15. 19. Are there other places to look for jobs? <ul><li>American Water Works Association- www.awwa.org </li></ul><ul><li>Water Jobs - www.waterjobs.com </li></ul><ul><li>BC Water Jobs - www.bcwaterjobs.com </li></ul>

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