- Salary Offer $27.00/hr
- Experience Level Entry Level
- Total Years Experience 0-5
This position is responsible for performing skilled work in the operation and maintenance of a water and wastewater treatment facility on an assigned shift. The plant operator must ensure that the facility is operating in a manner which meets all state and federal regulatory requirements. Work is performed under the general supervision of a Lead Operator or Plant supervisor.
- Responsible for the startup, shutdown, and daily operating checks of a treatment plant.
- Operates, and performs routine duties and care of a wide variety of specialized equipment and apparatus in a plant/treatment facility including pumps, motors, chlorinators, chemical preparation, and feeding; physical, chemical, and biological wastewater treatment processes; control equipment and monitoring equipment.
- Regulates the flow of wastewater and sludge through the treatment processes.
- Monitoring storage tank levels and pump station indicators.
- Inspects plant as scheduled, recording all data and problems in the daily log.
- Performs routine preventative maintenance of plant equipment and grounds which may include painting, cleaning, snow removal and other repairs.
- Loads and unloads chemicals used at the treatment plans.
- Monitors flow, pressures, chemical feeds, levels, and water quality indicators.
- Performs related field and laboratory tests to monitor and control the facilities.
- Maintains plant records such as operating logs, chemical feeds, temperature, levels, and pressures
- Backwashes multimedia filters as needed.
- Records all operating data on daily work sheet from laboratory analysis and flow metering equipment
- Acquires knowledge of metric system to use for calibration.
- Conducts safety inspections and follows safety rules and procedures.
- Communicates effectively with other operators and supervisors
- Answer calls from the call center, as applicable and relays information to supervisors as requested
- Calls out employees in other departments as directed
- Attends and participates in operational and safety training programs as directed by management.
- Interacts with fellow employees and the public in a professional and courteous manner.
- Performs related work and other duties as assigned; assists other departments as needed.
- Drives vehicles and/or trucks in performance of general responsibilities.
- Basic knowledge of the principles and safety practices of wastewater or water distribution, pumping, collection, and treatment, each as they may apply to area of responsibility.
- Basic understanding of the mechanical, chemical, and biological processes and related equipment, as well as an awareness and alertness regarding operational modification necessary in both routine and emergency situations.
- High school diploma or equivalent.
- College course work in biology, chemistry, environmental science, or engineering preferred.
- One to two years of experience in the water/wastewater treatment field preferred.
- Experience in servicing, maintaining, and repairing a wide variety of machinery and equipment preferred.
Certifications & Licenses
- Industry License requirements vary by state. Candidate must possess required licenses or have the ability to obtain within designated timeframe.
- Valid drivers license required with the ability to pass a background check.
- Outdoor work during seasonal heat and cold, and other adverse weather conditions
- May be required to work in building, in pits, on scaffoldings or in confined spaces.
- May be exposed to possible operations hazards including fumes and caustic chemicals, heavy machinery, high pressure, slippery surfaces, water/wastewater hazards and electrical equipment.
- Must be able to perform essential functions and meet the physical requirements for the position including:
o Able to stand, walk, climb stairs, or sit for longer periods of time.
o Able to wear SCBA and perform job functions in a hazardous environment.