Careers in Water Treatment

The R.M. Levy Water Treatment Plant can treat up to 106 million gallons of water per day for Helix, Lakeside, Padre Dam and Otay water districts. Just 17 people operate and maintain the plant using a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system designed and developed in-house.

Employee inspecting equipment at Helix's water treatment plant.
Image shows Helix water treatment plant operator conducting water quality testing in the plant's laboratory.
Helix treatment plant manager Larry Lyford.


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

Plant Operations

Operate and maintain our water treatment plant in compliance with all federal and state regulations.


Perform physical and chemical analyses to ensure our water is safe to drink.


Perform biological and microbiological analyses to ensure our water is safe to drink.

SCADA and Electrical Systems

Develop control and communications systems for monitoring water quality and automating operations.

Mechanical Systems

Maintain and repair the pumps, instruments, motors and other equipment at our water treatment plant.

Cross Connection Control

Coordinate the installation and testing of backflow prevention assemblies and investigate water quality issues.


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 treatment plant. There are five levels of certification, T1-T5, and you need at least a  T2 to work at Helix.

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We require our cross connection control coordinator to have a backflow prevention assembly tester certificate and a cross-connection control program specialist certificate. Two industry organizations offer certification.

CA NV AWWA – Learn More

ABPA – Learn More

Water Quality Association

We require certification for our chemist and biologist positions.

WQA-Learn More

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


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