W/S PLANT OPERATOR
- Type:Full Time
- Salary/Pay Rate:$32,527.27 - $55,296.37
- Posted Date:05/08/2017
THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS
OPEN UNTIL FILLED
POSITION VACANCY NOTICE
POSITION TITLE: W/S PLANT OPERATOR
WATER TREATMENT PLANT
NIGHT OPERATOR 7:00 P.M. – 7:00 A.M.
SALARY: GRADE 23 $32,527.27 - $55,296.37
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
An employee in this class performs responsible technical skilled work in the operation and
maintenance of the water treatment plant equipment. Responsible for monitoring and
treating the city's drinking water and water supply; responsible for inspecting the plant for
efficient operation of equipment, performing laboratory tests, and reading various charts,
graphs, gauges, and meters. Independent judgment is exercised within the scope of standard
operational procedures; however, when abnormal conditions develop, a supervisor is
consulted for advice and instruction. Work is performed in accordance with regulations of
the State Board of Health, Division of Environmental Management, and city policies and
procedures. Work primarily includes hourly rounds of the plant, maintaining records, performing tests, adding any necessary chemicals to the treatment process, troubleshooting
mechanical problems, and performing related plant tasks. Work is performed under the
immediate supervision of the water treatment plant supervisor. Work is evaluated for accuracy in tests performed, accuracy in results documented, and the efficient operation of the
plant. Work is checked by reviewing log book and observation of work in progress.
Operating the water treatment plant. Observing the operation of machinery and apparatus,
checking, adjusting chemical feed rates through use of plant equipment and documenting
gauge readings and calibrations and the conditions and flow through various stages of
treatment during periodic rounds of the plant. Participating in maintenance and repair of
buildings and grounds. Checking filtered water for excess color by performing a color test;
recording results. Testing turbidity in raw, settled, and filtered water; testing chlorine
residuals in filtered water; testing alkalinity levels in raw and filtered water; recording all
results. Calibrating fluoride meter, and testing fluoride residual in raw and filtered water;
recording results. Backwashing and rewashing filters using a backwash pump. Checking
levels of alum, caustic, fluoride, corrosion inhibitor, carbon, coagulant aid, and other chemicals; adding chemicals as needed. Calculating chemical dosage, average readings,
and plant performance; recording in daily log book.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Thorough knowledge of the processes involved in the treatment of water. Thorough knowledge of the functions, operating characteristics and maintenance of the water
treatment plant equipment. Knowledge of state and local laws, ordinances, and regulations related to water treatment. Some knowledge of the occupational hazards of the work and
necessary safety precautions. Ability to make decisions about the water quality and water
supply, in the absence of a supervisor. Ability to perform algebraic calculations and to keep
detailed records. Ability to receive and carry out instructions provided by a supervisor.
Work in this class requires a medium to heavy effort to complete. Employee must be able to
physically perform the basic life support functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, feeling, talking, hearing, and performing repetitive motions. This employee must have the visual acuity to prepare and analyze data and figures, perform extensive reading, conduct visual inspection of
small defects or parts, operate a machine, use measurement devices, and to assemble parts at distances close to the eyes. Working conditions are inside and outside environmental conditions, including extreme heat and extreme cold. Employee is subject to hazards, including a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, exposure to chemicals, noise, and atmospheric conditions. This worker is required to wear a respirator. This worker is frequently in close quarters, crawl space, shafts, man holes, small enclosed rooms, water lines, and other areas which could cause claustrophobia. This worker is required to function in narrow aisles or passage ways.
DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Completion of high school or GED, supplemented with additional vocation training in mechanics, electronics, or chemistry. Some experience in water is desirable.
North Carolina Driver License
Level I Operator - Class C Surface Water Treatment Certificate
Applications can be obtained from the Personnel Department, City Hall, Monday thru
Friday, 8:00 a.m. thru 5:00 p.m. or on the city’s web site
Applications will be reviewed to select the best qualified applicants. Selection will be by
THE CITY OF THOMASVILLE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT
DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, SEX, COLOR, CREED, AGE, DISABILITY, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN.