The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Job Details

This is an announcement only; applications will not be accepted at this time.


Hourly Salary: $17.37

Anticipated Locations:
Gene Camp, Parker Dam, CA
Eagle Mountain Pumping Plant, Desert Center, CA
Iron Mountain Pumping Plant, Earp CA
Julian Hinds Pumping Plant, Desert Center, CA

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of twenty six 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 conventional water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.3 billion gallons per day; nine surface water reservoirs; 800 miles of pipeline, ranging up to nearly 20 feet in diameter; 16 hydroelectric power plants; and numerous support facilities.

Job Summary

Applications will not be accepted through this posting.
A new posting that you can apply to will go live on the dates advertised below.

Internal Application filing period begins: July 9, 2018 Internal Applicants Only. Internal Applicants in an O&M Technician job family classification will be Y-rated.

External Application filing period begins: July 23, 2018 (6:30 am PST) through August 6, 2018 or until 400 applications are received, whichever comes first. Please visit our website at to apply on-line on July 23, 2018.

The Water System Operations Group has a total of 8 openings in the Desert Region for pre-apprentice positions in the Electrical and Mechanical maintenance crafts. These pre-entry-level positions require no experience and will be responsible for performing general maintenance and general labor duties related to Metropolitan’s pumping plants and distribution system. Upon successful completion of the pre-apprentice term of approximately 6 months, candidates will enter into one of Metropolitan’s State-certified apprenticeship programs. Currently, there are 3 openings in the Maintenance Electrician Apprenticeship Program and 5 openings in the Maintenance Mechanic Apprenticeship Program.

For additional information about the Apprenticeship Program including a Pre-Apprentice Practice Test:

To download a practice test please click here.

Successful candidates will serve a trial period (pre-apprentice) of no less than 6 months. The objective of the 6-month trial period is to prepare new workers to enter a 4-year apprenticeship in the electrical or mechanical trades at Metropolitan. After successful completion of the prescribed trial period and required supplemental instruction, successful candidates will indenture into a 4-year apprenticeship program.

Those individuals who advance into an apprenticeship program will learn their trade on the job, working with journey-level maintenance electricians or maintenance mechanics, and from dedicated classroom instruction.The 4-year program is comprised of 7,280 hours of combined on-the-job training (OJT) and related instruction. Related and supplemental instruction classes will be held during the apprentice’s normal working hours for an average duration of 80 hours per 6-month period of apprenticeship. A significant amount of home study is required to be performed by the apprentice during non-working hours.

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
• Assists in performing operations and maintenance tasks associated with Metropolitan pump plants, treatment plants, and distribution system; learns and uses basic tools and techniques as required for performing operations and maintenance tasks at various facilities.
• Operates a motor vehicle, pickup truck, forklift, or other light equipment as required.
• Participates in and receives various job-related and safety training.

Job Requirements

•Applicant must be at least 18 years of age or older
•Graduation from high school or a High School Equivalency Certificate
•Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class 'C' or higher driver's license is required at time of application.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of:
•Knowledge in mathematics and basic science fundamentals.
Skill and Ability to:
•Perform mathematical functions including algebra.
•Perform tasks that require good hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, and balance.
•Make satisfactory progress in the prescribed academic and practical exercises related to an apprenticeship program.
•Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
•Effectively communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing through simple or routine correspondence and reports.
•Understand and comply with Metropolitan’s policies and standards for workplace health and safety.
•Work in a team environment.
The physical demands and working condition characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met or may be encountered by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
•Frequently stand, walk, reach above shoulders, push and pull.
•Frequently lift and/or move heavy loads over 25 pounds.
•Occasionally required to sit, use dexterity (includes keyboard), climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, bend, and twist.
•Occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, works at elevated heights, precarious places, tunnels, confined spaces, extreme cold and extreme heat conditions.
•Frequently works near moving mechanical parts and low/high electrical voltage and works outdoors.
Screen for Minimum Qualifications
•All applicants will be screened for minimum qualifications listed on the job posting. Only applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be allowed to proceed to the written exam.
Written Exam
•Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in a written entrance examination. The written exam is a 3-hour (approximately) multiple-choice examination on general aptitude and mathematical knowledge including algebra.
•Applicants must receive a score of 70% or higher to move forward in the recruitment process.
•Frequently works near moving mechanical parts and low/high electrical voltage and works outdoors.
•Applicants will move forward based on their scores, from highest to lowest, on the Written Entrance Examination. The number of applicants moving forward in the process will be equal to the number of apprentice positions expected in that region (8), multiplied by ten. (The 80 highest scoring applicants will move forward to the Physical Abilities Test).
Physical Abilities Test
During the Physical Abilities Testing you will be asked to perform five (5) different types of tasks. All must be completed within the given time. Below is a quick summary and what is expected of you.
Confined Space
•Safely climb up and down ladders; work in a confined space; work and assemble items in low light conditions; and work and move while wearing proper protective equipment.
Color Identification
•Demonstrate the ability to properly match colors.
Shoveling Test
•Demonstrate safe shoveling techniques; keep sand within boundaries of a wooden frame; and cleanup work station.
Climbing/Lifting Test
•Carry a bucket containing 20lbs up and down stairs; lower and lift a bucket containing 20lbs; lower a bucket into a targeted area and keep bucket within line of sight.
Working Overhead
•Safely lift conduit sections from the floor to overhead; demonstrate ability to steady the conduit to begin threading onto coupling; safely work from a portable ladder and demonstrate ability to twist the conduit while supportingthe free end.
Only applicants that pass all parts of the Physical Abilities Test will move forward in the process. Applicants failing the Color Identification Test would only be excluded from the electrical apprenticeship positions.
Oral Interview
•The number of applicants receiving oral interviews will be equal to the number of apprentice positions expected in that region (8), multiplied by five. (The 40 highest scoring applicants who pass the Physical Abilities Test will move forward to Oral Interviews).
•Oral interviews will be scored. Applicants must receive a score of 70% or more on the oral interview to move forward in the process.
•Interview scores will be combined with the written exam to obtain an eligibility ranking.
•Upon written proof, applicants may earn additional points toward their overall ranking score as follows: 10-points for service in the Armed Services of the United States of America with a discharge or release under conditions other than dishonorable in accordance with California Labor Code 3076.5.

Work Schedule: Modified 4/10


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