Plant Maintenance Operations Manager

  • City Of Olathe
  • Olathe, Kansas
  • Dec 10, 2023
Full Time Administration and Management Building Maintenance

Job Description

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Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

PLANT MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS MANAGER

STARTING PAY RANGE: $90,480 TO 139,990

Olathe, KS

About The City of Olathe

The City of Olathe’s Environmental Services Division wants YOU to join our team of talented and dedicated employees that provide critical water related services to the City of Olathe residents. In 2022, our award-winning water production facility treated 4.8 billion gallons of drinking water for an average daily demand of 13 million gallons per day while our two NACWA Gold award winning wastewater treatment plants treated a combined average of 6.3 million gallons per day. Our team works around the clock to make sure we consistently meet or exceed all federal and state regulations while delivering exceptional services to City of Olathe residents.

What We’re Seeking

The City of Olathe is currently seeking a Plant Maintenance Operations Manager. This key position is responsible for leading the Plant Maintenance team of 14 employees in maintaining the City’s water production facility, wastewater treatment plants, and laboratory. A typical day might include meeting with Plant Maintenance Superintendents to apply predictive maintenance strategies, collaborating with water and wastewater production managers to plan for upcoming projects, and navigating City procurement procedures to open job bids and establish vendor contracts.

Who should apply?

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in a growing community? Do you have a leadership and maintenance background? Are you innovative? Do you care about supporting municipal water and wastewater infrastructure? Do you like variety in your work?

Yes? Read on. We invite qualified applicants to apply for this critical role with the City of Olathe.

For more details, review the full job details and requirements below.

Plan, manage, and lead maintenance activities for water production, wastewater treatment, and laboratory facilities. Apply the City’s Leadership Philosophy to mentor and develop staff. Collaborate with the Senior Asset Manager to analyze and leverage data to apply life cycle asset management and predictive, preventive and reliability centered management strategies. In coordination with other Environmental Service and Facilities Maintenance Managers, manage the maintenance and upkeep of grounds, equipment, instrumentation, controls, utilities, facilities, and safety/security systems.
  • Direct the overall maintenance and repair of the City’s two wastewater treatment facilities, the water production facility, laboratory, wellfield, and water distribution pumping stations. Oversee activities related to PLC programming and online instrumentation and controls including the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.
  • Align Plant Maintenance activities with the City’s 2040Strategic Plan and the Infrastructure Business Plan. Coach, lead, motivate, train, and review the work of assigned staff. Model the City’s Leadership Philosophy to promote a positive and inclusive work culture. Be a leader in the development and implementation of actions that grow and support a culture of safety within Environmental Services.
  • Collaborate with Water Production, Wastewater Treatment, and Laboratory Managers to plan, develop, and execute scheduled and unscheduled work. Support Engineering teams in planning capital improvement projects and advocate for win-win solutions that balance project cost with operational needs and efficiencies. Coordinate with Facilities Maintenance where gains in effectiveness, efficiency, or cost savings can be gained.
  • Utilizing the City’s asset management software (Cartegraph/CGO), evaluate efficiency and effectiveness of equipment and repairs and track equipment conditions and life cycle costs, ensuring equipment downtime is minimized single points of failure are identified and managed.
  • Develop and oversee annual maintenance budgets. Partner with other Environmental Services managers on operational budgets. Adhere to City of Olathe procurement policies and procedures to establish and maintain vendor contacts in support of Plant Maintenance activities.


Experience and Education Guidelines Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is acceptable. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be:

Experience : Ten (10) years of water or wastewater facility maintenance/operations or related industrial plant experience, including at least four years of management or supervisory experience. Experience managing and/or implementing reliability centered maintenance programs and techniques. Experience with preventative and predictive maintenance optimization. Possess technical equipment maintenance and repair knowledge along with the ability to read and explain engineering drawings, repair manuals, machine drawings, P&ID drawings, and electrical schematics.

Education : Bachelor’s degree in related field (i.e., Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Reliability Engineering, or applied science) required.

Licenses and Certificates : Class III ABC Plant Maintenance Certification or Water, Wastewater KDHE Class IV Certification or ability to obtain within 24 months. Valid Driver’s License with favorable driving record . CMP, CRL, or CAMA certification preferred.

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