WWTP Lead Operator

City of Davis | Davis, CA

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Posted Date 2/25/2019
Description

There are two positions available and we are accepting applications from Grade levels II/III/IV/V.  


Candidates must possess, or have the ability to obtain a Grade III Operator's Certificate from the California State Water Resources Control Board within 12 months.

DEFINITION

To inspect, operate, and maintain a wastewater treatment facility; to assist with or be responsible for daily operational controls and monitoring of plant processes; to perform corrective and repair work on plant systems; and to perform general maintenance work at plant facilities.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator I This is the trainee level for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator class series. It is distinguished from the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II level in that it performs the more routine operator tasks and progressively performs the more technically complex tasks. Under direct supervision while learning plant operations.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II This is the entry level of the Wastewater Treatment Operator class series. Positions in this class possess technical knowledge of plant operations, systems, and processes. It is distinguished from the Operator I level by the extent of technical knowledge and responsibility exercised for plant operations. Positions in this class generally are filled from the Operator I level.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Lead Operator This class is distinguished from the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II by certification at a Grade III level. This class is further distinguished by the performance of the full range of plant operations duties in all assigned areas, including leading the work of lower level operators, and acting as shift supervisor as scheduled.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator I

Receives immediate supervision from higher level positions.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator I

Receives general supervision from the Wastewater Treatment Plant Senior Operator.

Exercises supervision over less experienced personnel.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Lead Operator

Receives direction from Wastewater Treatment Plant Senior Operator. Exercises technical and functional supervision on weekends, holidays or as assigned. 

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Essential functions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Instruct assigned personnel in plant operations.

Inspect plant operations daily; operate and check the operation of wastewater equipment, such as: pumps, valves, electric motors, filters, and programmable control systems..

Check and calibrate chemical feeders and analyzers.

Maintain operating logs.

Operate and maintain overland flow and wetlands.

Perform lab tests and interpret results for purposes of plant control; collect samples for tests.

Perform preventive maintenance and repair work on plant equipment.

Maintain air compressors, auxiliary engines, and equipment at lift stations, drainage pump stations, drainage ponds and ditches.

Regulate flows through pond systems and check gate operation.

Oil, grease, and clean equipment.

Act as shift supervisor as assigned.

Maintain good housekeeping throughout plant.

Troubleshoot plant equipment or processes.

Participate in the city's stand-by program as required.

Operate the plant computer systems.

Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other city employees and the public using principles of good customer service.

May be required to work weekends and holidays on a rotational basis.

Perform related duties as assigned.

May act as safety officer.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator I

Knowledge of:

The operation and routine maintenance of mechanical equipment, including
pumps and electric motors.

Basic tools, equipment and methods used in maintaining stationary power equipment, pumping systems, and electrical systems.

Basic wastewater treatment processes and the tests used to check the effectiveness of such processes.

Principles and practices of work safety.

Ability to:

On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job and observe safety rules. Intermittently analyze problem equipment; identify safety hazards; locate equipment; interpret work orders; remember how to operate equipment; explain jobs to other employees.

Intermittently sit, stand, and walk while performing job related activities; bend and twist to adjust equipment; kneel, squat, and climb to review work; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; lift and carry weight of 75 pounds or less.

Read and interpret gauges and recording devices reflecting plant operations.

Perform mechanical repairs, maintenance work, and modification to equipment used in a wastewater treatment plant.

Learn standard laboratory tests.

Understand and follow written and oral instructions.

Perform routine to moderately complex mechanical maintenance.

Work in confined spaces.

Operate a variety of equipment, vehicles, power tools, and hand tools.

Adjust controls and treatment processes at a wastewater treatment plant, while under direct supervision.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Experience and Training

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:

One year experience in maintenance and service of mechanical equipment, preferably types that are associated with wastewater or water system facilities.

Training:

Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.

License or Certificate

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate California driver's license.

Possession of, or ability to obtain a Grade I Operator's Certificate from the California State Water Resources Control Board.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II and Lead Operator

In addition to the qualifications required for Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator I:

Knowledge of:

Principles and methods of wastewater treatment, including basic chemistry, and hydraulics as applied to wastewater treatment.

Mechanics of pumps and motors.

Purposes and uses of tools and equipment used in the overhaul, repair, adjustment, and modification of plant equipment.

Chemical and biological tests used in monitoring wastewater treatment plant processes.

Operation and maintenance requirements of a variety of light and heavy power driven equipment.

Ability to:

Wear a self-contained breathing apparatus.

Pass an annual respirator use physical.

Respond to chlorine and sulfur dioxide leaks.

Enter confined spaces.

Perform technical procedures in plant operation.

Perform chemical tank changes while using appropriate safety equipment.

Inspect plant operations and detect problems.

Perform lab tests in plant monitoring.

Maintain and repair plant facilities and equipment.

Exercise sound judgment in response to operational problems.
Maintain records accurately and neatly.

Perform complex mechanical maintenance; troubleshoot and exercise innovative techniques in response to operations and maintenance problems.

Experience and Training

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:

Operator II: one year experience as an Operator I.
Lead Operator: one year experience as an Operator II.

Training:

Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by courses in wastewater treatment, chemistry or biology.

 

Supplemental Information:License or Certificate

Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid class "C" California driver's license.
Possession of a valid Grade II Operator's Certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board is required for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II level.

Possession of a valid Grade III Operator's Certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board is required for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Lead Operator level.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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