Water Treatment Plant Operator A Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Under the general direction of the Water Production Assistant Superintendent or Chief Operator, performs work in the skilled operation and maintenance of a water treatment plant on an assigned shift.  Work involves responsibility for the effective and efficient operation of water plant facilities.  Work is performed independently according to provisions of State law and within established policies, procedures, and guidelines.  Incumbent is expected to make necessary changes in the treatment process of the plant.  Assignments are received in either oral or written form.  Work is evaluated by inspection, review of reports, conferences, condition of facilities, adherence of standards, and for the effective and efficient operations of the plant or program activities assigned.  Performs other work as required. 

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES 

A.         ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 

Ensures efficient operation of treatment plants and assures the public's health and safety, giving attention to electric consumption, chemical usage, maintenance requirements, and equipment replacement.

Makes or prepares treatment changes to improve the quality of effluent and/or cost effectiveness of plant operations.

Initiates actions to ensure adequate supplies of chemicals are on hand.

Maintains records needed to comply with State, Federal, and local laws and regulations.  Maintains fixed assets inventory.

Trains operator personnel in plant operational and safety procedures.

Collects and analyzes samples of water; checks and adjusts chemical feeders in accordance with prescribed standards; backwashes filters periodically.

Performs tasks pertinent to controlling operations of the plant such as controlling flow and processing of water and effluent.

Stores, accesses, and manipulates data in a computer.

Performs special tasks and assignments, such as conducting training programs and serving on various City Committees.

Informs water production supervision of all pertinent matters. 

REQUIREMENTS 

A.         TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE 

High school diploma or G.E.D.  Four years minimum experience at the full performance level in a water treatment facility. Must possess a current State of Florida Class "A" Water Treatment Plant Operator's license. Must possess a State of Florida Class “B” commercial driver’s license with air brake endorsement. Applicants who do not currently possess a Class “B” CDL with air brake endorsement must acquire a learner’s permit within 3 months of hire and obtain the license within 6 months of hire. Applicants who possess an out of state driver’s license must obtain a Florida license within 10 days of employment. 

B.         KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES 

Knowledge of the water treatment processes and the operations, repairs, and maintenance of all equipment.

Knowledge of Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, and operating procedures as pertained to the water treatment processes.

Knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, and biology as applied in water treatment processes and testing.

Skill in the operation of all plant equipment.

Ability to read and understand plans of the distribution system and the treatment plant plans and schematics.

Ability to react quickly to serious problems and to resolve them based upon experience and technical knowledge.

Ability to prepare reports and maintain records of plant operations.

Ability to store, access, and manipulate data in a computer.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with other employees and the public.

C.        PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS 

Able to print, draw, see, and read letters, numbers, words, characters, and symbols which are both large and small.

Able to use hands and fingers to perform titrations and other lab tests.  Dexterity is required.

Able to hear normal conversations and communicate clearly, both orally and in writing.

Able to identify and distinguish colors.

Able to smell, identify, and distinguish odors in laboratory water tests.

Able to learn, understand, remember, and complete normal tasks without assistance.

Able to work shift work.

Able to operate car or pickup truck.

Able to work in adverse environmental weather conditions (day or night).

Able to load or unload vehicles with objects weighing up to 50 pounds that may be awkward to hold.

Able to lift, carry, push, or pull items which weigh 50 pounds.

Able to walk, stand, sit for periods longer than 30 minutes and walk continuously for more than five minutes at a time.

Able to climb stairs four stories high.

Able to climb ladders 35 feet high and work on scaffolds.

Able to work around chemicals used in laboratory water tests and water treatment processes.

 

 

THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS AN ALL INCLUSIVE LIST OF ALL THE RESPONSIBILITIES, SKILLS, OR WORKING CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE POSITION.  WHILE IT IS INTENDED TO ACCURATELY REFLECT THE POSITION ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS, MANAGEMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY, ADD, OR REMOVE DUTIES AND ASSIGN OTHER DUTIES AS NECESSARY.  THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A WRITTEN OR IMPLIED CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT.

 

Revision Date:  12-16-16