The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Job Details

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. 


Job Summary

The MWD's Water System Operations Group, Operations Support Services Section, Manufacturing Services (MSU) Unit currently has one (1) opening for a Production Planner in the Production Planning Team at the Weymouth Water Treatment Plant in La Verne, CA.

This position in MSU takes engineering concepts, contract drawings, and/or user requests, and translates them into detail shop drawings that are ready for shop production. This position will independently prepare and review shop drawings to support component part manufacture for the MSU production shops. The work generally includes manufacturability evaluation and review of conceptual design, followed by preparation of shop-ready drawings, bills of materials, inspection and test plan, material calculations, and project estimates. This position requires work experience with Solidworks, a computer-aided design software to create detailed shop drawings to manufacture and repair water related equipment, such as: large pipes, gates, pump and valve components, using journey-level knowledge in machining, fabrication and industrial coating.

This advanced journey-level position is a technical specialist. Duties include, but are not limited to: review engineered design drawings and sketches; coordinate incomplete work scopes; attend contract review meetings; produce fully documented work; handle Requests for Information (RFI) documents; and thoroughly document communication with customers. Project work goals are to produce accurate and timely shop detail drawings, bills of materials and inspection and test plan ready for manufacturing. The successful candidate will be given the scope of work to clarify all deliverable items through engineered design drawings, design sketches, and where practical, photographs of existing conditions. This position may perform reverse engineering using available technology or tools when drawings are not available.

1. Creates and reviews shop drawings and plans for specialized production and maintenance work for equipment repair, rehabilitation, modification, and renovation work projects; schedules and coordinates work between interdisciplinary teams and/or outside entities.

2. Coordinates with customers and managers to resource load and provides delivery schedules and processes based on project requirements and priorities; adjusts manufacturing schedules as necessary.

3. Reviews requests, identifies requirements, and develops manufacturing, work, and safety plans.

4. Develops and maintains project estimates, work histories, cost reports, and project files.

5. Performs material calculations and procures and stages project materials. Coordinates shipment of finished products.

6. Analyzes and interprets project data to control and maintain schedules, costs, and quality. Prepares project status and cost reports. Reviews historical information to assist in planning future projects.

7. Coordinates inspections and prepares and reviews inspection reports to ensure compliance with plans and specifications; identifies and recommends corrective actions to resolve noncompliance issues.

8. Reviews engineering design drawings and specifications and recommends changes for production, cost, schedule, and quality. Performs reverse engineering when drawings are not available.

9. Prepares invoices for reimbursable projects with outside agencies.

10. Develops and administers contracts and agreements; oversees the work of vendors, consultants, and contractors.

11. May perform emergency response duties.

Work Schedule: 4/10, Monday-Thursday (6:00am-4:30pm)


Education and Experience:
High school diploma or certificate of high school equivalency and five years journey level experience in a relevant trade or craft.

Relevant trade or craft is considered machining, fabrication, and industrial coating.

Relevant experience is considered 5 years journey-level experience in a relevant trade and includes (Solidworks) (computer-aided design software work), creating detailed shop drawings to manufacture and repair water related equipment such as large pipes, gates, pump and valve components.

Required Knowledge of: Metallurgy; machining and fabrication techniques; industrial coating; mortar lining; nondestructive evaluation such as liquid penetrant, radiography, magnetic particle, and ultrasonic testing; Metrology; mathematical calculations; material handling; applicable health, safety, and environmental laws and regulations; safe work practices; water system equipment; project management; material procurement; computer-aided design software; and current office technology and equipment.

Required Skills and Abilities to: Use computer-aided design software; plan, organize, inspect, schedule, estimate, evaluate, and visualize production projects; read and interpret engineering drawings and plans; perform mathematical calculations; analyze data and prepare clear and concise reports; use independent judgment and exercise discretion; problem solve; prioritize and multi-task; manage projects; communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; work independently and in a team environment; and operate current office equipment including computers and supporting applications.

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

• Forklift
• Aerial platform
• Overhead crane 

• Valid California Class C Driver License that allows you to drive in the course of your employment (must have at time of application).

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met or may be encountered by an employee to successfully perform the job duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job duties.

Physical Demands: The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items such as paper, books, or small parts; driving an automobile, etc. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.

Work Environment: The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms, libraries, and residences or commercial vehicles, e.g., use of safe work practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, observance of fire regulations and traffic signals, etc. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated.

Job Related Selection Criteria
15% - Job Preparation (education, experience and training relevant to the position)
50% - Technical Skills and Knowledge in machining, fabrication and industrial coating; Solidworks (computer-aided design software), creating detailed shop drawings to manufacture and repair water related equipment such as large pipes, gates, pump and valve components; project estimates.
15% - Planning and Organization
10% - Customer Service
5% - Oral Communication
5% - Written 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
• Rideshare Program


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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.

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