Plant Operator

Job Overview

  • Salary Offer $27.00/hr
  • Experience Level Entry Level
  • Total Years Experience 0-5


Primary Role

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.


Key Accountabilities

  • 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.

Work Environment

  • 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.

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