Veterans in Water: Mark McClintock, Production Superintendent

Career Stories, Veterans in Water

Mark McClintock, Production Superintendent, Carmichael Water District
Tenure and certifications held: 13 Years at CWD, SWRCB T5, SWRCB D4, Cross-Connection Control Specialist
Branch/years of service: United States Navy, 8 years active duty, 12 years reserve

What is your role?

My position is Production Superintendent: My primary role is to ensure delivery of safe, high quality water to the customers of Carmichael Water District (CWD). I manage a 22 Million Gallon per Day (MGD) water treatment plant, 3 groundwater well sites, and two reservoir/pump stations. I also manage a team of five Water Treatment Operators whose day-to-day activities center around treating and distributing water.

What / who inspired you to work in water?

After leaving military service in 2000 it was my father who suggested the water treatment field. I started my new career working for a small water district located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This is where I got hooked on the science of treating water. As my level of certification increased, so did my level responsibility. I have advanced through the ranks to my current position of Production Superintendent. Working as a water professional is a very rewarding career with a great deal of potential for personal and professional growth.

What fuels your passion for your work?

My energy for work comes from the satisfaction of solving complex problems through teamwork and collaboration. What fuels me is to successfully initiate and implement process improvements, with the end goal of producing the highest quality product possible.

What is the biggest misperception about working in water?

The biggest misperception about working in water is that most people are not aware of how many different career possibilities are available within the industry. For example there is operations, engineering, conservation, computer (IT), maintenance, chemistry, customer service etc. There is a long list of career possibilities within the water field. There are very few limits to career choices. All of these career fields can be very rewarding and generally have great growth potential.

Why should veterans join this field?

Veterans generally leave the service with a pride in workmanship and a tremendous work ethic. This is what the water industry is looking for in potential candidates to fill their ranks. Prior service members also know how to get work done safely and effectively.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your work?

Delivering a high quality product to customers.

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