Water Treatment Plant Operator C Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Under the supervision of an assigned Certified Operator, performs skilled work in the operation and maintenance of a water treatment plant on an assigned shift.  Work is performed with considerable independence within established guidelines and procedures with the incumbent expected to make routine changes in the operation of the plant.  Assignments are received in either written or oral form, usually in daily or weekly schedules or special assignments.  Work is evaluated by inspection, review of reports, conferences, condition of facilities, adherence of standards, and efficiency of operations.  Performs other work as required.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

A. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Operates a water treatment plant or plants and related facilities; makes operating process changes based upon routine tests, gauges, and meter readings; operates water treatment units such as chlorination, clarifiers, secondary setting basins, filters, and sludge disposal.

Records log sheets, changes charts and recording sheets, inspects motors, bearings, and gear boxes for overheating and proper lubrication; takes temperature of sludge and effluent at various stages; uses meter and gauge readings to determine performance of equipment; performs preventative maintenance and limited repairs.

Operates and inspects water treatment plants, pumping stations, and related facilities; starts and stops pumps; regulates valves and observes flow dials; reads gauges and records information shown.

Diagnoses and contacts maintenance personnel for repairs; may assist in disassembling, repairing, and reassembling pumps and equipment as required; maintains and calibrates meters and testing equipment.

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

Assists in training operator personnel in plant operational and safety procedures.

Conducts visual inspections of working apparatus and grounds; performs housekeeping duties such as sweeping and mopping floors, washing windows, painting, and light building maintenance.

REQUIREMENTS

A. TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

High school diploma or G.E.D.  Two years minimum experience at the full performance level in a water treatment facility.  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 operation and maintenance of water processing equipment.

Knowledge of equipment such as pumps and controls, motors, gears, diesel generators, chlorinators, and other equipment.

Knowledge of State laws regulating potable water production.

Knowledge of basic chemistry and laboratory procedures as applied to water production.

Skill in operating a variety of assigned equipment and tools.

Ability to detect flaws in operations and solve operating problems.

Ability to perform preventative maintenance and minor repairs to equipment, buildings, and the grounds of the water treatment facilities.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with co workers and supervision.

Ability to accurately read and interpret the data on meters, gauges, and flow charts, record information on the proper forms, and record test results.

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 to 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 use a variety of hand and gas power tools and equipment.

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