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W/S PLANT OPERATOR I

  • Type:Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:$31,907.70 - $54,243.09
  • Posted Date:09/26/2017

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

An employee in this class performs technical and skilled work in the operation and maintenance of the waste water treatment plant equipment.  Performs standard waste water treatment operator duties, including 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 NCDENR, Division of Water Quality, 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 and process problems, and performing related plant tasks.  Work is performed under the immediate supervision of the waste treatment plant superintendent.  Work is evaluated for accuracy in tests performed, accuracy in results documented, and the sufficient operation of the plant.  Work is checked by reviewing log book and observation of work in progress.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Operates the waste treatment plant.  Observes the operations of machinery and apparatus, checks and adjusts chemical feed rates through use of plant equipment and documents gauge readings and calibrations and the conditions and flow through various stages of treatment during periodic rounds of the plant.  Observes the operation of bar screens and grit chambers, aeration basins, clarifiers, and filters to ensure proper operation and guard against equipment breakdown.  Reads various charts and gauges to determine the flow of sewage into the plant and the amount of sewage being treated, and records readings.  Draws sludge from system for testing.  Gathers water samples at predetermined locations, stores and labels samples and performs minor laboratory tests, such as p.h. and BOD to determine if a necessary biological balance is being maintained at the different stages of treatment.  Participates in maintenance and repair of buildings and grounds.  Tests turbidity in water; tests chlorine residuals in filtered water; tests alkalinity levels in raw and filtered water; records all results.  Backwashes and washes filters.  Checks levels of alum, caustic, coagulant aid, and other chemicals; adds chemicals as needed.  Calculates chemical dosage, average readings, and plant performance; records in daily log book.  Reports equipment failures to superintendent.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

Thorough knowledge of the processes involved in the treatment of waste water.  Thorough knowledge of the functions, operating characteristics and maintenance of the waste treatment plant equipment.  Knowledge of state and local laws, ordinances, and regulations related to waste water treatment.   Some knowledge of the occupational hazards of the work and necessary safety precautions.  Ability to make decisions about water quality 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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

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 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, supplemented with additional vocation training in mechanics, electronics, or chemistry.  Extensive experience in waste water treatment is desirable.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:

Valid North Carolina Driver License.                                                                                                                    Valid Biological Water Pollution Control System Operator Certification.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Applications can be obtained from the Personnel Department, City Hall, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. thru 5:00 p.m.

SELECTION PROCESS:

Applications will be reviewed to select the best-qualified applicants.  Selection will be by structured interview.

THE CITY OF THOMASVILLE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF

RACE, GENDER, COLOR, CREED, AGE, DISABILITY, OR NATIONAL

ORIGIN.                                                                                                       

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