Lead Wastewater Treatment Operator



The Role:

At Tesla, the Wastewater Treatment Lead Operator will be a key member and leader of a small team tasked with maintaining 24/7 uptime and regulatory compliance for a critical utility (the onsite wastewater treatment plant — WWTP). The Tesla WWTP is a chemical/mechanical process for removing suspended solids (grit, sand, metal particles, etc.), oils, and dissolved metals (zinc, cadmium, etc.) from the wastewater as a pretreatment process prior to discharging the finished water to the municipal collection system in compliance with Tesla’s discharge permit A successful WWTP Lead Operator will be given significant responsibility and autonomy in the overall process of collecting, analyzing, treating, and discharging process wastewater (no domestic/sanitary wastewater) and will play an important role in our mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.


  • Minimum of one year of experience in a leadership capacity
  • Direct oversight of Wastewater Treatment Operators Preferred
  • Previous experience operating in the capacity of a Waste Water Treatment Operator
  • Experience working within a manufacturing environment or related industry
  • Mechanical aptitude, familiarity with common hand and power tools
  • Verbal and written communication skills (able to understand and record maintenance procedures, shift pass downs, etc.)
  • Ability to read, write and perform mathematical calculations at a level commonly associated with the completion of high school or equivalent.
  • Frequently/repeatedly required to stand and walk for periods of time;
  • Ability to use hands and exert forces needed to handle various types and sizes of tools, equipment and objects
  • Reach with hands and arms and perform elevated work for long periods of time;
  • Frequently climb ladders and balance
  • Ability to climb into vehicles and equipment
  • Ability to perform repetitive horizontal push/pull of 50 pounds of force positioned at 36 inches,
  • Frequently stoop, bend, kneel, half-kneel, squat, crouch, twist or crawl,
  • Frequently lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Push, pull and/or move more than 100 pounds. 30% climbing stairs.
  • Ability to work in indoor and outdoor environments onsite Approximately 60% outdoors in all weather / all seasons
  • Potential to come in contact with non-hazardous process fluids (wastewater, precipitated wet sludge, dried sludge, lubricant oils and greases).
  • Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE): safety glasses, safety shoes, bump caps, hearing protection, chemical approved face shields, gloves and aprons.
  • Ability to find issues in a work process and receive safety signals using sight, touch, and hearing.
  • Comfortable learning new technology
  • Must have professional working proficiency of the English language, both written and verbal.
  • Computer skills strongly preferred (use of Word, Excel & Outlook programs)
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • All potential employees must be required to successfully pass a comprehensive background check.