(Pollution Control Plant)

(Treatment Plant)

(Facilities Maintenance)




This is administrative utility maintenance and/or operations work at the managerial level directing all maintenance and/or operations functions for a water pollution control plant, water treatment plant or a department-wide building maintenance and construction program. Employees in this class direct, through subordinate supervisors, a large staff of trades and/or operations personnel engaged in operating and/or maintaining and repairing all equipment, buildings and grounds in their assigned area of specialization. Work involves establishing and implementing plans and strategies regarding the direction, evaluation and staffing of water pollution control, water treatment plant or comprehensive departmental maintenance and/or operations programs and setting priorities to ensure operational and organizational efficiency. Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with subordinate supervisors, departmental administrators and engineering staff are significant aspects of the work. Work is performed under the general direction of an engineering superior.


ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)


1.    These positions must direct all maintenance and/or operations activities for a large water pollution control plant, water treatment plant, or department-wide facilities maintenance program.

2.    These positions must report to an engineering or administrative superior.

3.    These positions must be located in the Water Department.



All Specialties


Directs, through subordinate supervisors, the operations and/or maintenance functions of a City water pollution control or treatment plant or departmental facilities maintenance program; manages the planning of plant or department-wide operations and/or maintenance activities with the objectives of securing optimal efficiency and cost effectiveness; monitors plant operations and/or maintenance activities to ensure their effective implementation, including at night and on weekends, if required by work assignment; prioritizes the preventive and corrective maintenance needs of plant equipment and physical structures; confers with subordinate supervisors in coordinating various functions and effecting job planning; ensures that work in progress and completed work are performed in adherence to established objectives; provides technical expertise and direction in complex and difficult situations; modifies plans as necessary.

Determines plant or department-wide contracted service needs for maintenance activities based on availability and work capacity of existing staff; balances workload of contractors and existing staff in an efficient and coordinated manner; establishes requirements for contracted maintenance and repair work and monitors adherence to such requirements; confers with contractors to discuss activity, progress and problems; ensures that contracted work is completed properly in conformance with requirements.

Reviews equipment maintenance repair histories and costs using a computer-based maintenance management system to determine repair, rebuild, overhaul and replacement needs; recommends to superior the rehabilitation and/or installation of equipment in accordance with findings.

Directs the maintenance of adequate inventory necessary to accomplish tasks; requests the purchase of equipment, materials and supplies for projects; ensures the availability of reserve equipment in the event of operations equipment failure; ensures that expenditures do not exceed budgetary allotments; coordinates material procurement requirements with departmental administrative officials.

Projects future maintenance resource requirements; prepares annual budgetary requests based on estimated projections; justifies projections to superior.

Manages a computerized information system; ensures the effective utilization of the system to control backlog and coordinate operations; assures the system's information is continually adapted in accordance with plant activities; contacts servicing vendor to correct problems with complex computerized hardware and systems and applications software; evaluates processing or operational problems and determines proper corrective measures.

Works towards the resolution of labor problems; receives and reviews employee grievances and confers with union officials to discuss corrective measures; attends disciplinary hearings and determines final course of action.

Develops and implements organizational plans in maintaining adequate levels of qualified employees; determines appropriate productivity standards for subordinate employees and measures staff performance accordingly; ensures and participates in the training of subordinates in new and innovative methods and techniques and in response to regulatory requirements.

Performs related work as required.


Pollution Control Plant Specialty


Directs the application of a comprehensive corrective and preventive maintenance program, including the maintenance and repair of water pollution control plant process equipment, facilities and grounds; prepares five-year renewal and replacement maintenance program estimates.


Treatment Plant Specialty

Participates in water quality studies; designs and configures process loop sequences for analog and digital electronically automated instrumentation operations and program process loop sequences in the main computer to system interface field instrumentation process operations with computer system; ensures all monitoring, controlling and regulating activities are recorded during assigned shifts.


Facilities Maintenance Specialty


Manages department-wide service and materials and fire safety contracts; monitors and ensures contractor compliance; directs activities of machine shop engaged in metal fabricating and repair; oversees renovations to Water Department buildings and facilities; directs around the clock security program; serves as technical advisor to administrative superior in matters concerning building maintenance and construction.







         the principles, practices and techniques used in developing, implementing and revising preventive maintenance programs

         the procedures and methods used in computerized information management systems for data storage, analysis, maintenance and report generation purposes for maintenance activities

         preparing costs estimates and forecasts

         inventory control

         supervisory methods and techniques

         the occupational hazards and safety precautions involved in plant operations or construction activities, as required by work assignment

         principles and practices of labor relations as applied to a large, diversified labor and trades workforce

         principles and practical application of maintenance scheduling techniques

         the principles and practices of contract administration

         the characteristics and most efficient use of a wide variety of equipment and materials used in large-scale maintenance programs and building and grounds maintenance

         the ordinances and regulations governing plant operations in the area of specialization


Pollution Control Plant Specialty


         the principles, practices and techniques of the installation, maintenance, repair and operation of large industrial process plant machinery and equipment

         the equipment and operations used in the processes for treating wastewater in a water pollution control plant

         the chemical and physical processes used in the treatment of wastewater in a water pollution control plant


Treatment Plant Specialty

         the practices, methods, materials and tools used in the operation and maintenance of water treatment process mechanical and electrical equipment and hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical and electronic instrumentation

         the basic principles involved in the design and configuration of digital electronic process loops

         the operations involved in troubleshooting, repairing, calibrating and maintaining digital electronic instrumentation and process loops

         water treatment chemical safety and response procedures

         the use and operation of a water treatment plant

         the application of electronic data processing equipment and software to operations equipment


Facilities Maintenance Specialty


         administrative practices and procedures as they relate to the direction of a comprehensive building, maintenance and repair program

         the practices, methods, materials and tools essential to building, mechanical and masonry trades activities

         maintenance and scheduling procedures essential to the upkeep of a large utility's facilities




All Specialties


         requisitioning and specifying materials, tools, and supplies essential to a comprehensive maintenance program

         estimating labor, materials, costs and time needed to complete on a scheduled and as-needed basis

         the utilization of tools and equipment used in the mechanical, electrical and instrumentation trades


Treatment Plant Specialty


         troubleshooting problems and malfunctions in the mechanical, electrical, electronic, hydraulically pneumatic components of water treatment plant process equipment

         the use of computer applications utilized to monitor and control a water treatment plant operation



All Specialties

         direct the activities of a large technical, trades and laboring personnel

         utilize a computerized information management system

         express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing

         establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, vendors, and departmental and union officials

         set standards to establish satisfactory levels of performance and to modify those standards as needs dictate

         define key areas of responsibility for subordinates and develop specific objectives for each responsibility

         learn the City's procurement practices and procedures and to establish appropriate inventory levels to assure that supplies are available when necessary

         read and interpret technical sketches, diagrams, blueprints and specifications related the operation and maintenance of plant process equipment in the area of specialization

         learn the current federal and state rules and regulations applicable to evaluation of the water pollution control process


Treatment Plant Specialty


         successfully complete a training program on the utilization of computer applications which operate a water treatment plant and the configuration of digital electronic process loops

         configure process control systems to make modifications in plant operations


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 3/13.)




Equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.





Pollution Control Plant Specialty


Two years of experience in the supervision of full performance level maintenance staff.


Treatment Plant Specialty


Four years of experience in the electrical trade, or in water treatment operations, or in the repair, maintenance and calibration of electrically, hydraulically, pneumatically and electronically activated instrumentation, or in the maintenance and repair of heavy industrial machinery and mechanical equipment.


Facilities Maintenance Specialty


Four years of experience in the trades commonly used in the maintenance, repair and upkeep of public buildings and facilities.





Pollution Control Plant Specialty


Three years of the above-described experience in a second-level supervisory capacity in industrial maintenance, supervising a staff of electrical, electronic and instrumentation, or mechanical, or HVAC and building and grounds trades workers and performing corrective, preventative and predictive maintenance programs and plant parts inventory.


Treatment Plant Specialty


Three years of experience supervising full performance trades workers engaged in the maintenance and repair of water treatment plant equipment and/or instrumentation, or six years of experience supervising water treatment plant operators, or three years of experience in a second-level supervisory capacity in industrial maintenance, supervising a staff of electrical, electronic and instrumentation, or mechanical trades workers and performing corrective, preventative and predictive maintenance programs and plant parts inventory.


Facilities Maintenance Specialty


Three years of experience at or above the second supervisory level directing trades supervisors, skilled, semi-skilled and full performance trades workers in performing a variety of building and grounds maintenance and repair functions for departmental facilities maintenance program.




Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources that has included the specific experience described above.


NOTE: Completion of two years' technical school in a related field may be substituted for one year of the general experience requirement for the Treatment Plant specialty.


Possession of a valid class B level or above Sewage Treatment Plant or Waterworks Operator license issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection may substitute for two years of the general experience requirement for the Pollution Control Plant specialty or the Treatment Plant specialty.




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 a Water Plant Superintendent.


Class Established - 10/92

Latest Spec. Revision:

CSC 2/13

Ad. Board 3/13