Operations Careers

System operations, maintenance and construction — that’s what we do every day to stay on top of over 700 miles of water mains and thousands of valves, hydrants and meters.


The icons indicate whether the role requires State of California certification or a college degree. Explore our job descriptions to learn more.

Utility Crews

Excavate, build and repair water mains, service lines and other parts of the distribution system.

Valve Maintenance

Maintain and repair over 16,000 valves throughout the distribution system.

Operations and Maintenance

Maintain district facilities including interior and exterior maintenance, repairs and upgrades.



Manage ordering, shipping and inventory of supplies for system maintenance and construction.

Meter Maintenance

Inspects, diagnoses, calibrates, repairs and rebuilds water meters to maintain accuracy.

System Operations

Control the flow of water throughout our system using valves, pumps and SCADA systems.

Equipment Operation

Operate backhoes, graders, dump trucks, boom trucks and other light-heavy duty equipment.

Equipment Repair

Maintain and repair equipment and vehicles and fabricate specialized tools and equipment.

Field Services Coordination

Coordinate construction and repairs with other utilities, government agencies and contractors.

Construction Coordination

Schedule and deploy resources for timely and cost-effective construction and repairs.

Cathodic Protection

Develop, install and maintain cathodic protection systems to prevent corrosion of water mains and other facilities.


Click on the links below to learn about the certifications we require.

State of California

The state requires the certification of anyone who makes decisions about the operations or maintenance of a water distribution system. There are five levels of certification, D1-D5.

State – Learn More

Nace Institute

Our corrosion specialist and cathodic protection technician positions require NACE certification.

NACE – Learn More


The equipment repair technician position requires a welding certificate within three months of hire.

AWS – Learn More

How do you pass the certification exam? Just 10 minutes from Helix is the Water and Wastewater Technology Program at Cuyamaca College. The evening courses, taught by industry professionals, will prepare you.


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