The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Pump Plant Specialist

Job Locations US-CA-Desert Center
Job ID 2023-2461
Posted Date
2 weeks ago(9/11/2023 12:17 PM)
Application Filing Period
September 11, 2023 - October 9, 2023 (4:30 p.m. PST)
# of Openings
USD $48.54/Hr.
USD $63.85/Hr.
Work Schedule (Days/Hours)

Within the Desert Region Unit, the Pump Plant Specialist classification utilizes specialized mechanical/electrical skills, experience, and a broad knowledge in the practices and procedures of maintaining and operating pump plants and associated large-scale water conveyance and distribution infrastructure, including hydroelectric plants.


Additionally, this classification: employs specialized skills in operations and maintenance of pump plant, hydroelectric and other distribution equipment for optimal system performance and reliability; applies advanced journey-level skills in predictive, preventive, and corrective maintenance of pumps, turbines, generators, transformers, motors, high voltage equipment, reservoirs and other large distribution appurtenances, including all related water and hydroelectric control and measurement systems; uses expertise and proficiency in routine operations to optimize large-scale pump plant equipment and systems during periods of fluctuation in water supply and demand, to ensure downstream service reliability; and applies operational skills and judgment necessary to maintain reliable water and hydroelectric power flow during emergency situations and while routine preventive or corrective maintenance is being accomplished.


Work for this classification is carried out with minimal and at times intermittent on-site supervision and as a lead may exercise technical and/or functional direction over assigned staff.


This position is located at Metropolitan’s Hinds Pumping Plant located in Desert Center, California.  The successful candidate for this position is eligible to rent Metropolitan Water District housing.


As a regular full-time employee at a remote Desert location, you would be eligible for Desert Remote Location Pay:
$6,000 upon completion of one year's continuous service at a Remote Location.
$8,000 upon completion of a second consecutive year of continuous service at a Remote Location.
$10,000 upon completion of a third consecutive year of continuous service at a Remote Location.

The successful candidates for this position are eligible to rent Metropolitan Water District housing.


Schedule: 8/6


This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification / job.


To view the full job description click here: Pump Plant Specialist



Education and Experience:

High School diploma or Certificate of High School equivalency, and a minimum of 5 years journey-level industrial electrical operations and/or maintenance position in a pump plant; or 

High school diploma or Certificate of High School equivalency, and a minimum of 5 years working in a journey-level maintenance position in a pump plant as an Operation and Maintenance Technician IV - Mechanical classification, and successful completion of the Electrical Cross-Training Directed Study Program.

Journey level experience as demonstrated by practical application of general and advanced techniques and practices specific to the operation, maintenance, and repair of mechanical systems in treatment or pump plants, conveyance and distribution, and/or power generation systems, and related apparatus.



Employees in this position may be required to obtain and maintain the following certifications, licensing and registrations: 



Valid California Class C Driver’s License or equivalent (required at time of application) that allows you to drive during your employment

State of California Water Treatment Certification Grade II (required at time of application)



• Crane Certification
• Forklift Certification
• MWD High Voltage Switching Certification
• Onsite Operator Certification
• Respirator Certification

• Water Treatment Certification Grade II
• Water Distribution Certification Grade III

• Welding Certification



60% Technical knowledge and skills including safety

15% Job Preparation (education, experience and training relevant to the position)

10% Interpersonal Effectiveness / Teamwork

10% Leadership

05% Oral Communication Skills
100% Total


• Competitive compensation
• Excellent medical, dental, life, vision plans.
• Deferred compensation in the form of a 401(k) plan (with matching contribution) and a 457 plan.
• Retirement benefits under the California Public Employees' Retirement System
• Tuition reimbursement
• Training and advancement opportunities
• Excellent working environment


For more information on MWD benefits, please use the following link: Benefits Regular FT PT Employees (Represented)

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitan’s mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan’s facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.3 billion gallons per day, nine surface water reservoirs, 830 miles of pipeline, and 15 hydroelectric power plants.


The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities, who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process, please call (213) 217-7738 or email:


MWD is a Federal and State EO employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.


Application Filing Period: Closes at 4:30 pm PT on the date stated in the job announcement. However it may close prior to the filing end date if sufficient applications have been received. If sufficient applications have not been received, then the filing period end date may be extended.


Sponsorship: Applicants for employment with The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States (i.e., H1-B or other employment-based immigration case).


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