Plant Operator I/II

Palmdale Water District | Palmdale, CA

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Posted Date 1/03/2019
Description

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES - Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
 
Operate SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) computer equipment to control and monitor flow of water treatment and processing of chemicals through the treatment plant and water distribution system; operate control systems manually, as needed; monitor gauges and meters and record meter readings; maintain shift log.
 
Observe variations in operating conditions; interpret computer, meter and gauge readings; check, standardize and calibrate instruments, analyzers and chemical feed pumps; start and stop electric driven pumps and motors to control and adjust flow and treatment processes.
 
Collect samples and perform routine laboratory tests and analysis; determine chemical and physical characteristics of raw, settled, filtered, and finished water.
 
Oversee sludge pond operation including monitoring of removal and transfer of sludge.
 
Receive delivery of materials, parts, and supplies; store in accordance with accepted safety standards and requirements.
 
Inspect mechanical equipment for proper working order and prepare/submit work orders for mechanical and/or electrical maintenance attention; perform routine maintenance work as necessary.
 
Participate in preparation of reports to various external regulatory agencies and District divisions and departments.
 
Maintain records and documentation.
 
Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other District employees, and the public using principles of good customer service.
 
Perform related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
 
Plant Operator I
 
            Knowledge of:
 
Operating characteristics of a water treatment plant facility including SCADA automated control system, and use of pumps, gauges, and chemical feeds.
 
Principles, practices, and regulations related to operating a water treatment plant and related facilities.
 
Pertinent local, State, and Federal laws, rules and regulations.
 
Safety practices and procedures related to area of assignment.
 
Computer use in record keeping and reporting methods.
 
Arithmetic computations including calculation of percentages, decimals, and fractions. 
 
Ability to:
 
Perform a variety of skilled duties related to the continuous operation of a water treatment plant.
 
On a continuous basis, know and understand operations, and observe safety rules; intermittently analyze problem processes and equipment; identify and locate equipment; interpret work orders; remember equipment location; and explain jobs to others.
 
Intermittently, sit while studying or preparing reports; bend, squat, climb, kneel and twist when reviewing operation of treatment plant and performing basic maintenance; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; and lift or carry weight up to 50 pounds.
 
Perform routine laboratory tests and analysis; determine chemical and physical characteristics of raw, settled, filtered, and finished water.
 
Use a computer to maintain required records and documentation; respond to customer questions and complaints.
 
Use various hand and power tools to perform basic mechanical maintenance.
 
Operate light mechanical equipment such as skip loaders, backhoes and front end loaders, as needed.
 
Work assigned shift schedules; be available for call back.
 
Work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.
 
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
 
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 provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:
 
Experience:
 
Two years of responsible experience in a water utility performing maintenance and repair of mechanical equipment.
 
Training:
 
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.
 
License and Certificate
 
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver's License.
 
Possession of a Water Treatment Operator Grade 2 Certificate as issued by the State Water Resources Control Board.
 
Possession of a Distribution Operator Grade 2 Certificate as issued by the State Water Resources Control Board is desired.
 
 
Plant Operator II
 
In addition to the qualifications for the Plant Operator I:
 
            Knowledge of:
 
Principles, practices, and regulations related to operating a water treatment plant and related facilities in accordance with the scope of duties allowed by a Water Treatment Plant Operator Grade 3. Principles, practices, and regulations related to operating a water distributions system and related facilities in accordance with the scope of duties allowed by a Water Distribution Operator Grade 3.
 
Ability to:
 
Perform water treatment plant operations/activities as provided within the scope of a Water Treatment Plant Operator Grade 3.
 
Experience and Training
 
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:
 
Experience:
 
Two years of responsible journey experience performing duties similar to a Plant Operator 1 with the Palmdale Water District.
 
Training:
 
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.
 
License and Certificate
 
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver's license.
 
Possession of a Water Treatment Operator Grade 3 Certificate as issued by the State Water Resources Control Board.
 
Possession of a Distribution Operator Grade 3 Certificate as issued by the State Water Resources Control Board is desired.

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Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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