Facilities Manager (Water/Wastewater)

The City of South Milwaukee

Job Description

Under the general supervision and direction of the Water/Wastewater Superintendent, the Facilities Manager has charge of the water and wastewater facility operations. This position supervises the water and wastewater operators.  This position requires sound management and communication skills and the ability to work independently, exercising good judgment and initiative. This position qualifies as emergency personnel as permitted Wis. Stat. Sec. 66.0502.



  • Supervises the water and wastewater facility operators.
  • Supervises and performs the work included in the specifications for the operators.
  • Investigates water and wastewater operation problems and applies corrective measures.
  • Supervises and performs maintenance and repair work. 
  • Monitors the performance of all equipment, gauges, and charts in the water and wastewater functions. 
  • Monitors weather conditions and plans operations accordingly. 
  • Performs regularly scheduled preventive maintenance work on plant and pumping station equipment; maintains comprehensive logs of all maintenance work done on equipment.
  • Responds to water and wastewater facility alarms.
  • Performs and assigns water and wastewater laboratory work.
  • May operate equipment such as forklift, lawnmower, air hammer, backhoe/loader, sewer vac truck, and dump truck.
  • Ensures that all work is performed in a safe manner. 
  • Monitors wastewater hauled waste program.
  • Required to work nights, weekends, overtime, and at odd hours when emergency conditions require it.
  • Maintains inventories of stock required and makes recommendations for improvements.
  • Assists the Water/Wastewater Superintendent in duties and responsibilities as assigned.
  • Maintains prompt, predictable, and regular physical attendance.
  • Performs other related duties consistent with the function of the classification; other duties as assigned.  


Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or GED. 
  • Associates degree in water, wastewater, or related field. 
  • Five years of recent increasingly responsible experience in a municipal water, wastewater, or engineering. 
  • Significant supervisory level experience desirable.
  • Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License required.
  • Must possess or obtain a valid Commercial Driver’s License within three months of beginning position and must be maintained during tenure. 
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification preferred. 
  • Experience in the operation and programming of SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) software desired.
  • Possession of Grade S-1 Wisconsin DNR Certification as a Water Utility Operator within one year of hire.
  • Certifications to be acquired within five (5) years of appointment including: General Wastewater, Biological Solid/Sludge Handling, Processing & Reuse, Biological Treatment, Suspended
  • Growth Processes, Disinfection, Laboratory, Nutrient Removal and Total Phosphorus, and Solids Separation.


  • Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    • Thorough knowledge of water/wastewater operations, methods of treatment, lab work theory and practices, safety procedures, and general knowledge of equipment maintenance. 
    • Ability to provide leadership and foresight in all functions of the water and wastewater treatment processes.
    • Skill in providing excellent managerial skills and the ability to communicate with personnel, citizens, contractors, and vendors.
    • Thorough knowledge of the types of mechanical and electrical equipment found in Water Utility and Wastewater Treatment Facility operations; ability to read, interpret, and implement engineering plans and specifications.
    • Ability to read, interpret, and apply organizational policies, laws, rules, and regulations as required by federal, state, and municipal ordinances.
    • Knowledge of occupational and safety hazards and precautions necessary in the work place.
    • Thoroughness, resourcefulness, and good judgment.
    • Ability to effectively and professionally interact and deal with the public and coworkers; ability to handle stressful situations; discretion is required.
    • Computer skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Office software and related technology.
    • Ability to provide truthful and accurate written and verbal communications.  
    • Ability to read gauges and accurately record data.
    • Working knowledge of laboratory functions.
    • Promptly responds to business communications during non-business hours. 

Additional Information

Motorized vehicles and equipment, including pickup truck, fork lift, saws, pumps, compressors, generators, common hand and power tools, shovels, wrenches, detection devices, personal computer and related software; multi-line telephone; copy machine; fax machine; motorized vehicles and equipment.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions for this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand. The employee is occasionally required to walk; talk or hear; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell.
The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee
encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals.

Special Conditions of Work
Must be able to respond to work in emergencies and in all types of weather conditions at any hour of the day or night. Must be able to work unsupervised for extended periods of time.

Formal application; rating of education and experience; oral interview; reference check; job related tests may be required.  All applicants may be required to submit to medical examination prior to appointment, consistent with the requirements of the position.  Background check of local, state, or federal authorities will be conducted for all applicants.  
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change. 

The City of South Milwaukee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the city will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. 

The City of South Milwaukee does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, political affiliation, or the presence of sensory, mental, or physical disability, or any other non-merit factor.
Minority applicants and Military Veterans are encouraged to apply. 

The residency requirement for all emergency city employees shall be as permitted by Wis. Stat. Sec. 66.0502.
As outlined in the annual Salary Ordinance.
The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.  This is an “at will” position, and no language found in this posting should be interpreted in any way to create an employment contract of any type.  

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  • This position was posted on: 09-28-2021.
  • It will be removed on: 10-28-2021.