(Plant Operations)

(Water Resources)








            This is environmental engineering work, supervising, through subordinate engineering supervisors, the activities of engineering, planning, scientific, operational and/or maintenance personnel.  This class is differentiated from lower level Environmental Engineers by the responsibility for directing all water plant operations and maintenance or directing aspects of a water resources program.  Employees in this class perform work in one of the following areas of specialization: Plant Operations or Water Resources.  Provision of services to the public, coordination of activities with other department programs and contact with external governmental agencies is a significant aspect of the work.  The employee works under the direction of an administrative engineer.


ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met in order for a

position to be allocated to this class)


1.         Positions must direct all water treatment or wastewater plant operations, or direct a water resources program designed to preserve and enhance the health of the region's watersheds through effective wastewater and storm water services

2.         Positions must be located in the Water Department.






            Supervises, through subordinate supervisors, the activities of engineering, scientific, planning, maintenance and operational personnel; develops goals and objectives for subordinates; analyzes and revises treatment processes; directs and/or participates in research projects to evaluate new treatment processes; determines the feasibility of implementing new methods; recommends changes and modifications in plant design or processes; sustain and enhance the region's watersheds and quality of life by integrating water, wastewater and storm water services; directs and/or participates in administrative and financial analysis of department operations; participates in the formation of departmental policy regarding the program; reviews reports prepared by subordinate supervisors on section activities; tours facilities or work sites to review subordinates’ progress; prepares reports; provides engineering technical guidance; resolves problems and issues

            Prepares operating budget requests for programs; develops assignments for subordinate personnel; selects subordinate supervisory personnel; implements employee performance standards; manages staffing levels and workload according to budgetary restrictions; reviews personnel selection decisions made by subordinate supervisors; initiates and reviews disciplinary actions.

            Coordinates activities of departmental engineers, planners, researchers, consultants and contractors with treatment plant activities during the expansion and renovation of facilities or other water resource program activities.

            Performs related work as required.




            Directs all operations and maintenance of a water pollution control, or water treatment plant




Laboratory Services Assignment  


            Directs engineering, planning and research program for laboratory services; directs drinking water regulatory compliance monitoring program; ensures compliance with State regulations and permits; may oversee accreditation and regulatory requirements for laboratory testing; directs water distribution system, water quality and contamination warning system; may manage water main sampling and customer complaints, emergencies, and the regulatory compliance sampling program; may report for off-hour emergency response.

            Supervises the cross connection control group to protect the public water supply from cross connection hazards; liaises with division managers to determine services needed to meet department goals; manages contracts and prepares related reporting.   


Industrial Waste Assignment


            Directs the monitoring and sampling of industrial waste discharged in the sewer systems and the administration of a sewage surcharge program; oversees preparation of reports to regulatory agencies; directs field investigations to determine sources of pollutants to sewer system; directs program to monitor pollutant loadings into water pollution control plants; manages program to regulate industrial discharges to sewer system through permits and enforcement actions.


Watersheds / Planning and Research Assignment


            Directs engineering, planning and research activities for water, wastewater, and stormwater aspects within a water resources management program; develops policies and manuals for compliance and implementation of programs; monitors work progress and develops strategies to meet departmental goals; prepares reports for department management and other agencies.

            Participates in meetings and collaborates with department managers to accomplish program goals; manages projects and contracts for services; makes recommendations and prepares budget proposals.





•           environmental engineering principles and practices in the area of specialization

•           water pollution control and water treatment plant operations, processes, design, facilities and equipment for Plant Operations specialty

•           current federal and state rules, regulations and standards applicable to the area of specialization

•           source water, stormwater, combined sewer system regulations for Water Resources specialty

•           integrated watershed management and watershed protection methods and practices for Water Resources specialty

•               supervisory principles and practices

•           physical and natural sciences

•           industrial waste control laws, practices and procedures applicable to the area of specialization

•           engineering research practices and techniques

•           water and wastewater conveyance systems and related maintenance systems

•           the principles and practices of budget and personnel administration pertaining to a water utility

•           administrative principles and practices

•           the principles and practices of labor and employee relations




•           conduct and direct engineering projects and research for Water Resources specialty

•           develop program and operational protocols to comply with applicable laws and regulations

•           advance sustainable initiatives for Water Resources specialty

•           direct professional, technical and operational personnel through subordinate supervisors as required by assignment

•           prepare comprehensive administrative and operational oral and written reports

•           establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, consultants, government and regulatory agencies and the general public


MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests.  Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 5/13.)




            Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university with major course work in sanitary, environmental, civil, chemical, electrical or mechanical engineering.





            Four years of engineering experience three years of which shall have been in water or wastewater treatment plant operations, industrial waste control, watersheds management or water resources planning and research management.





            One year of environmental engineering experience at the supervisory level in the area of specialization.




            Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources, which has included the completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university in an acceptable area of engineering as an educational minimum.




            Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.




            Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as an Environmental Engineer 4 if required by work assignment.

            Possession of a Class A and/or Class E license for Water and Wastewater Systems Operators issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection if required by work assignment.


Class Established - 1/53

Spec. Revision: CSC 11/03; Ad. Board 1/04

CSC - 4/13; Ad. Board - 5/13

Latest Spec. Revision: CSC – 8/16; Ad. Board – 10/16