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Operations & Maintenance Technician III - Equipment Operator - The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California - Earp, CA

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Company: The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

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As the Operations & Maintenance Technician III, you’ll possess the experience and knowledge in the practices, procedures, methods, and use of light and heavy equipment operation and transportation. You’ll use operating equipment ranging from standard vehicles and multiple axle trucks and trailers to varied types of heavy equipment such as excavators, bulldozers, backhoes, loaders, tractors, dump trucks, water trucks, tanker trucks, and cranes used in the construction, improvement and repair aspects of Metropolitan's large-scale water treatment, distribution, and hydroelectric systems. You’ll utilize your skills include the proper and safe use, transportation, and minor maintenance of varied equipment, as well as advanced knowledge of construction techniques associated with heavy equipment used in conjunction with a variety of water, hydroelectric, and supporting infrastructure improvements such as maintenance and corrective repair projects.

You’ll also perform the general and advanced practices and techniques of manipulating equipment with constant attention to the safety of equipment operation in the maintenance and repair of a wide variety of water utility assets, assemblies, and water-related equipment such as large gates, valves, pipelines, structures vaults, drain covers, and similar equipment. You will build, maintain and improve a variety of Metropolitan's assets, appurtenances, structures and roadways that support the operational core of water and power reliability by meeting or exceeding internal and external customer expectations through advanced equipment operations. Your work will be performed with clear and detailed instructions.

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: Operations and Maintenance Technician III - Equipment Operator


Education and Experience: High school diploma or high school equivalency certificate in addition to a minimum of 3 years’ experience as an equipment operator;
High school diploma or high school equivalency certificate and attainment of skills through a recognized equipment operator trade training program and/or applicable related experience within a industrial environment.

Experience and knowledge as demonstrated by practical application of techniques and practices specific to heavy equipment operations. Skills necessary include effective, legal and safe operation of a variety of motorized equipment including light and heavy construction equipment. Also requires skills in preventive and corrective maintenance practices related to general construction that are normally associated with equipment operation, and are generally obtained through applicable training and experience.


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

• Valid Driver’s license from state of residency equivalent to a California Class A is required at time of application.

This position will require the successful candidate to obtain and maintain a California Commercial Class A Driver’s license and medical certification with a tanker endorsement
• Crane certification
• Forklift Certification
• Hazardous Materials Certification
• Manlift Certification
• Respirator Certification

70% Technical Skills and Knowledge including:
• Operation and knowledge of job-related heavy equipment including, but not limited to, motor grader, loader, backhoe and dump truck
• Construction practices and equipment operations
• Safety practices related to the industry
• Construction survey staking and related blueprints and drawings
10% Job Preparation (education, experience, and training relevant to the position)
15% Interpersonal Effectiveness
05% Oral Communication
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
• Public transportation reimbursements and van pools

For more information on MWD benefits, please use the following link: Benefits Regular Full Time Employee


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, 800 miles of pipeline, and 16 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 [email protected].

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

Application Filing Period: Closes at 4:30 pm PST on the date stated in the job. 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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