Pump Station Operator Trainee

County of San Diego
$53,081 - $63,481 Per year CA San Diego Public Utilities Department, 9192 Topaz Way, San Diego, CA 92123, United States



See NOTE(S) below for future wage increases and/or additional compensation opportunities.

Pump Station Operator Trainee positions are under immediate supervision and continual instruction in a planned training program, to perform a variety of increasingly responsible tasks associated with the operation and maintenance of pump stations in a complex wastewater collection system; assist in starting and stopping pumps, valves, compressors, blowers, and monitors; operate and close sluice gates; assist in controlling, monitoring, and clearing obstructions on traveling screens and conveyors; make minor adjustments on equipment in a pump station to ensure proper operation and equipment maintenance; keep logs and reports of operations; and perform other duties as assigned.


  • Employees in job classifications represented by AFSME Local 127 are scheduled to receive the following general wage increases:

4% effective 7/1/24 

2% effective 1/1/25 

5% effective 7/1/25  

  • Eligible benefitted employees originally hired on or after July 10, 2021, will be automatically enrolled in the San Diego City Employees Retirement System (SDCERS).

  • Pump Station Operator Trainee employees will be required to work nights, weekends, holidays and rotating shifts for which they may receive 5% additional pay.


You must meet the following requirements on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated.


: 18 years of age or older; except for high school graduates (or persons with GED equivalency) who are 17.


:  Graduation from high school OR passage of the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) or General Education Development (GED) examination.


:  A valid California Class C Driver License is required at the time of hire.


  • Completion of college-level course work in mathematics, sciences (e.g., chemistry, biology), wastewater or water treatment.
  • Experience working on pumps, motors, and other related equipment used in an industrial setting or wastewater/water pump station.
  • Experience working (paid or volunteer) at a wastewater treatment facility or pump station.
  • Experience working with computer automation programs (e.g., SCADA, Distributed Control System, or similar programs).


Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental questions will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system.  If you are successful in this initial screening process, your application will be reviewed for applicable education, experience, and/or training to ensure all minimum requirements have been met. Successful candidates will be placed on a list which will be used to fill position vacancies during the next six months (180 days).  For each vacancy, only those candidates with the most appropriate qualifications will be contacted by the hiring department for an interview.


PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS: Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes applicable to this position, which may include the following: confirmation of citizenship or legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review and exam (which may include drug and alcohol testing); reference checks; and fingerprinting. Fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes, including a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All screening processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test result for alcohol, cannabis/marijuana, illegal drugs, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, or misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening or selection process, may constitute cause for disqualification or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes an express or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego. Candidates must notify the Personnel Department of any change in their name, mailing address, email address, or phone number, otherwise they may miss employment opportunities. 

Rev. 2 - July 3, 2023 (Pay Note Added)