Water Reclamation Operator Trainee Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Under the general supervision of a Water Reclamation Plant Supervisor or Operations Supervisor, performs entry level work in the operation and maintenance of a water reclamation facility.  Work is performed under the guidance of a licensed operator; however, a supervisor provides instructions and direction as well as oral and written procedures to be followed to identify the standards that are to be maintained.  Work is reviewed periodically during the training period to note progress.  The incumbent will perform other tasks as required.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

A.    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Ability and willingness to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with co-workers, supervisors and the public.

Ability to walk or sit for periods up to one (1) hour.

Ability to lift, carry, push and pull items which weigh up to 50 pounds and are considered awkward to grasp or hold on to over uneven terrain, up/down stairs or ladders.

Ability to move back and forth and sideways while in a bending, kneeling or squatting position;  go from a standing or sitting position to a bending, kneeling or squatting position or vice-versa.

Participates in on-the-job training involving practical "hands-on" experience with facility operations under the guidance of a licensed operator; reads and comprehends a variety of technical laboratory, operations and maintenance procedures.

Ability and willingness to work on any shift at either facility for training purposes.

Ability and willingness to work overtime, weekends, holidays and declared emergencies as required.

Ability and willingness to operate sludge handling facilities, including tandem truck/trailer equipment on plant-site.

Ability and willingness to work in undesirable conditions including exposure to dust, dirt, fumes, odors,     noise, wetness, humidity,  hazardous chemicals and materials, heat and cold;  enter and work in confined spaces as necessary when provided adequate safety devices.

Ability to access and operate motor vehicles (i.e., tractor/trailers, pick-up trucks, vans, etc) at night and    during inclement weather conditions.

Ability to effectively communicate in English, both verbally and in writing; correctly identify colors and hues, tints, and shades of colors by sight.  

Monitors telemetry system and responds to situations as necessary based upon independent judgment and initiative.

Starts and stops machinery and pumps, regulates valves, observes gauges and meters; add chemicals according to prescribed standards. Operates, oils and adjusts machinery.  Notifies supervision both verbally and in the operations logs of any unusual occurrence, processes upsets or mechanical failures.

Performs limited maintenance and assists in minor repairs to pumps and other equipment; collects and tests various samples periodically and reports same; maintains simple records.

Ability to perform data entry tasks on a computer.

Performs housekeeping duties such as sweeping and mopping floors, washing windows, painting and light building maintenance; performs grounds maintenance activities.

REQUIREMENTS

A.    TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

High school diploma or GED required with preferred emphasis on mathematics and science, supplemented by one year general work experience related to the operation of electro-mechanical equipment in production type industry.  Must order approved training course required to sit for the State of Florida Class “C” Wastewater Treatment certification exam within three (3) months of hire date. Preference will be given to any applicant that has already started or completed the pre-requisite course stated above, or has sat and passed the State of Florida Class “C” Wastewater Treatment certification exam.  Must provide monthly reports to Water Reclamation Supervision to demonstrate progress of the training course.  Must successfully complete the training course within nine (9) months of hire date.  Must sit for the first scheduled State of Florida Class “C” Wastewater Treatment certification exam after completing the training course.  Must obtain a State of Florida Class "C" Wastewater license within twenty-four (24) months of hire as a condition of continued employment.  State of Florida Driver's License required.  Applicants who possess an out of state driver’s license must obtain the Florida within 10 days of employment. Must successfully pass a mathematics proficiency exam prior to interview.

B.    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Ability to understand written and oral instructions.

Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of mechanical and electrical equipment.

Knowledge of mathematics, chemistry and biology.

Ability to read and understand technical manuals.

Ability to readily learn the operation of tools and equipment.

C.    PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to learn complex tasks and remember how to complete tasks without assistance   once trained.

Use of senses which include sight, smell, hearing and touch as aids in the evaluation and troubleshooting of malfunctioning equipment.

Ability to see and read prints, letters, numbers, words, characters or symbols which are both large and small.

Ability to use small hand tools which require the use of hands, wrists and fingers.  Dexterity and fine motor skills required.


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 OR EMPLOYMENT.                                                                                                        

Revision Date - 6/9/16