Water Treatment Plant Operator (I-II-III)

Chesapeake Public Utilities | Chesapeake, VA

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Posted Date 11/13/2020
Description

Salary: $36,525.00 - $43,073.00 yearly

The City of Chesapeake is seeking a highly skilled self-starter and team player to monitor and maintain water treatment processes. As a Class III Operator, work involves monitoring and maintaining water treatment processes under the direction of senior operators at either of two water treatment plants. This position involves maintaining operational logs and records, monitoring the plant control (SCADA) system and making adjustments, as needed. This position will be responsible for monitoring the distribution and sewer collection systems and making adjustments in accordance with current operational guidelines. Performs routine laboratory tests and interprets results.

As a Class III Licensed Operator progressing to a Class II licensed Operator, this position will be responsible for monitoring the water treatment plant, including operation of chemical and physical process. This position will be responsible for running laboratory tests at either of two water treatment plants and capable of analyzing test results and plant equipment operation; adjust chemical or physical operation as required. Calibrate plant equipment to standards to ensure accurate measurement of water treatment processes.

As a Class II Operator progressing to a Class I Licensed Operator, this position will require you to oversee the junior operators and oversee treatment operations at either of the two water treatment plants. We are seeking an individual with leadership qualities who can provide training on water treatment processes and systems and overall plant operations. Work involves scheduling operators, dispatching service calls for after-hours operations, calibrating plant equipment, monitoring physical and chemical water treatment processes, and managing the wastewater system within the plant. Maintains operational logs and performs routine laboratory tests, analyzes results and makes adjustments, as needed. Performs preventive and corrective maintenance on water treatment equipment and systems. Coordinates activities with other departments and offices to maintain normal operation of the water distribution and sewer collection systems. Capable of maintaining the plant equipment operation and controlling mechanical, electrical, electronic chemical equipment involved in pumping and/or treating water to ensure accurate measurement of water treatment processes. The employee will also be responsible for determining and adjusting chemical feeds as required. Ability to maintain records of chemical usage and daily pumpage for monthly reporting and routine preventive maintenance. The employee will be responsible for interacting with customers by answering questions and providing general information about the Department. In either position, the employee will be required to perform routine office tasks, such as, typing, filing, faxing, phoning, copying, and maintaining logs and records. Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel is required.
Operator will have designation as an operator in responsible charge after requiring a Class II Waterworks License Operator. A Career Progression Program has been established to compensate and award operators for their contribution to the organization as demonstrated by the successful application of the desired knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies for each level of operator certification.

Requirements of a Water Treatment Plant Operator I (Class 3)
WTPO’s will be required to complete the following tasks within the prescribed timelines to comply with the eligibility requirements for the WTPO I job classification: obtain the Virginia Class 3 Waterworks license within (24) months of hire as a WTPO I, complete internal qualifications for WTPO I within (12) months of hire as a WTPO I, hold a valid driver’s license, and meet the driving standards as outlined in the City’s Driving Standards policy, Administrative Regulation 1.20.

Requirements of a Water Treatment Plant Operator II (Class 2)
WTPO’s will be required to complete the following tasks within the prescribed timelines to comply with eligibility requirements for the WTPO II job classification: obtain the Virginia Class 2 Waterworks license within (48) months of hire as WTPO I, complete internal qualifications for WTPO II within (48) months of hire as a WTPO I, complete two years of continuous employment as a WTPO I, maintain a rating of “solid performance: or greater on the last two performance evaluations, possess a satisfactory work history with no discipline or significant performance concerns within the last (12) months, hold a valid driver’s license, and meet the driving standards as outlined in the City’s Driving Standards policy, Administrative Regulation 1.20.

Requirements of a Water Treatment Plant Operator III (Class 1)
WTPO’s will be required to complete the following tasks within the prescribed timelines to comply with eligibility requirements for the WTPO III job classification: obtain the Virginia Class 1 Waterworks license within (24) months from start date as WTPO II, complete internal qualifications for WTPO III, complete two years of continuous employment as a WTPO II, maintain a “solid performance” or greater on last two annual performance evaluations, possess a satisfactory work history with no discipline or significant performance concerns within the last 12 months, hold a valid driver’s license, and meet the driving standards as outlined in the City’s Driving Standards policy, Administrative Regulation 1.20.

Failure to meet program requirements within the designated timeframe may result in separation from employment or demotion to another City position outside of the WTPO job classification series. An employee that is separated from employment due to not meeting the licensure requirements will not be eligible for re-hire for the same position until/unless at the time of application he/she holds the required license.

Apply at:   https://jobs.cityofchesapeake.net/postings/3948  and view the career path for this position.



Requirements

VOCATIONAL/EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Class III – Requires High School diploma or GED and any combination of education and experience equivalent to satisfactory completion of one year of college education.

Class II & I – Requires High School Diploma or GED and formal training, special courses, or self-education equivalent to satisfactory completion of one-year of college education or specialized advanced training in biology, chemistry, or a closely related field.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Class III- Requires Six Months
Class II – Requires One year as a Class III
Class I – Requires Two years as a Class II

SPECIAL CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES: Requires a valid driver’s license and a driving record that is in compliance with City Driving Standards. Special skills or equipment operator or other certification may be required.

NOTE:
If not currently licensed, a Class III WTP Operators License must be obtained within Two (2) years of hire date.
In order to be considered for an Operator II or Operator I level position, you must produce the appropriate license at the interview.
Special Skills or equipment operator or other certification will be required.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Employees may be expected to work hours in excess of their normally scheduled hours in response to short-term department needs and/or City-wide emergencies.

PHYSICAL AND DEXTERITY REQUIREMENTS:
Requires light to medium work that involves walking or standing virtually all of the time, exerting between 20 and 50 pounds of force on a recurring basis, and considerable skill, adeptness and speed in the use of the fingers, hands or limbs in tasks involving close tolerances or limits of accuracy.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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