Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Apprentice

City of Scottsdale | Scottsdale, AZ

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Posted Date 7/15/2020
Description
 


Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Apprentice
WATER RESOURCES

SALARY:

$15.89 - $18.40 Hourly

 

CLASSIFICATION: Classified

 

STATUS: Full-Time Regular

 

FLSA: Non-exempt position, eligible for overtime compensation.

 

OPENING DATE: 07/10/20

 

CLOSING DATE: 08/02/20 11:59 PM

 

INTRODUCTION:

Under direct  oversight from Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II, III, or IV, performs a variety of skilled work in the operation and maintenance of the City's water or wastewater treatment plant equipment and processes.

The Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Apprenticeship classification is intended as a two year training program within the Water Resources Department. Upon satisfactory completion of the two year program, the successful candidate will be fully qualified as a Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II, capable of assuming all duties and responsibilities associated with operation of the treatment works within the Water Resources Division.

Please note:

  • There are two positions available; one in Water Treatment and one in Wastewater Treatment.
  • This position will be required to work various shifts to include nights, weekends, and holidays.


Starting salary is $15.89/hour
Incremental increases based on strict performance goals outlined within the Apprenticeship program:

  • Approximately 6 months from hire date increase to $16.73/hour
  • Approximately 12 months from hire date increase to $17.57/hour
  • Approximately 18 months from hire date increase to $18.40/hour


Those who meet the minimum qualifications for this position may be invited to an Information Session. More information about the sessions will be provided to those who meet the minimum qualifications at a later date.

Successful candidates will receive a post-offer, pre-employment background screening to include: 

  • Pre-employment Drug Screen
  • Pre-employment Physical, to include an Audiogram and Pulmonary Function Test (Wastewater)
  • 39 Month Motor Vehicle Department Record Check
  • Fingerprinting
  • Criminal Background screening for the past 7 years


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The City of Scottsdale reserves the right to change this process at any time.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education and Experience:

  • A High School diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate.
  • Satisfactory completion (C or above) in two or more of the following areas:  science, biology, chemistry, or related field at the high school or college level from an accredited educational institution.
  • Satisfactory completion (C or above) of MAT 102 and ENG 101 or higher at the high school or college level administered by an accredited educational institution.


Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements:

  • Water - Must obtain a Grade I operator certification from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality within the discipline of Water Treatment within 12 months.
  • Wastewater - Must obtain a Grade I operator certification from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality within the discipline of Wastewater Treatment within 12 months.

Must meet the following conditions within  24 months as written within an approved performance plan:

  • Obtain a Grade II in Water Treatment or Wastewater Treatment from ADEQ.
  • Obtain Wastewater or Water Treatment Plant Operation Specialist Certification from California State University Sacramento Office of Water Programs.
  • Complete 40 hour HAZWOPER training.
  • Complete CPR/AED training.
  • Complete all necessary safety training as written in performance plan or assigned.
  • Complete 2,000 hours of on the job contact training hours as specifically detailed in assigned Performance Plan.
  • Must maintain performance level achieving all performance expectations as outlined to remain within the Apprenticeship Program and be eligible for assignment to the position of a Water or Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II.
  • This position requires satisfactory results of a pre-employment drug screen and a pre-employment physical that includes a pulmonary/respiratory exam.


The following information is consistent with the job description for the Water or Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II and will be the basis for the apprenticeship program outline of work tasks and processes that will be learned in the apprentice position.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of:


Water:
Laboratory practices required to properly evaluate treatment processes, such as, DO, pH, jar test, CL2 residual, turbidity, color, hardness, TSS, TDS, Chemical/physical processes used in water such as coagulation, flocculation, settling, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection.

  • Basic operational practices and principles of advanced water treatment processes such as membrane filtration plants.
  • Experience in mechanical and electrical trouble shooting.
  • OSHA guidelines related to large treatment facilities.
  • Microsoft Windows Office products.

Wastewater:

  • Chemical/physical and biological processes used in wastewater treatment processes, such as coagulation, flocculation, settling, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection and activated sludge.
  • Basic operational practices and principles of advanced water treatment processes such as microfiltration and reverse osmosis.
  • Experience in mechanical and electrical trouble shooting.
  • OSHA guidelines related to large wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Microsoft Windows Office products.
  • Laboratory practices required to properly evaluate treatment processes, such as BOD, DO, pH, jar test, CL2 residual, turbidity, COD, color, hardness, TSS, TDS, fecal coliforms and total coliforms.


Ability to:

  • Perform all routine operator functions.
  • Determine processing requirements; sample the influent and effluent at various stages of processing and identify problems and ensure proper and efficient operation of the treatment plant.
  • Enter data or information into a terminal, PC or other keyboard device.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Prioritize schedule and work tasks and complete work within specified time periods and deadlines.
  • Make mathematical calculations and draw logical conclusions.
  • Provide thoughtful and thorough analysis.
  • Listen, communicate and work effectively with a diverse group of people.
  • Handle multiple projects simultaneously and use good judgment in prioritizing work assignments.
  • Proficiently perform computerized word processing, comprehension, summarizing and writing/editing.
  • Attend or conduct various meetings as needed.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors and the general public.
  • Complete required OSHA/safety training as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Maintains and operates plant equipment and processes related to water or wastewater treatment systems on an assigned shift.  Prioritizes activities between the different treatment processes and systems, including the operation of valves, gates, pumps and machinery manually, locally in automatic mode or remote via computerized control strategy.
  • Samples and analyzes influents/effluents, source water/product water, feed water and permeate to detect quality variations, interpret laboratory results, reading sheets, process test, computerized data and information trends to identify variations in flow and water quality and make appropriate changes.
  • Oversees operation of an assigned treatment facility to maintain day to day operation necessary to meet all required Local, State and Federal regulations pertaining to the production of reuse, ground injection or potable water and comply with prescribed operating and safety standards.
  • Uses a variety of standard testing procedures to determine problems and any adjustments needed in the treatment process.
  • Conducts tours of facilities; responds to plant emergencies; and maintains a safe, clean and orderly work environment.
  • Performs and assists maintenance staff and basic facility maintenance of assigned facility as directed.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Works with highly hazardous chemicals such as chlorine, sulfuric acid and sulfur dioxide following strict ADOSH and Water Resources departmental guidelines.
  • Work around or uses potentially hazardous materials requiring the use of specialized equipment.
  • Ability to lift and carry materials weighing up to 50 pounds for distances up to 25'.
  • Perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, odor, depth and visual cues or signals.
  • Exert moderate, though not constant physical effort, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, climbing stairs, lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling.
  • Moderate exposure to dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, temperature and noise extremes, fumes, hazardous materials, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, water hazards, bright/dim light, toxic agents, disease or pathogenic substances.
  • Work rotating shifts, weekends and a call-out schedule.


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: It is the policy of the city to provide employment opportunities to all persons based solely on ability, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

When advised, reasonable accommodations will be made in order for an "otherwise qualified applicant" with a disability to participate in any phase of the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources to request an accommodation.  Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting HR Receptionist at (480) 312-2491. Requests should be made 24 hours in advance or as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. For TTY users, the Arizona Relay Service (1-800-367-8939) may contact HR Receptionist at (480) 312-2491.

This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.


 

FILE APPLICATIONS ONLINE AT:
http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov

OUR OFFICE IS LOCATED AT:
9191 E. San Salvador Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 312-2491
rcastanon@scottsdaleaz.gov

Position #FY1920-00574
WATER/WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR APPRENTICE
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Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Apprentice Supplemental Questionnaire

 

 

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1.

Do you have a High School diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate from an accredited educational institution? NOTE: If you answered yes to this question, you must include this education in the "Education" section of your application.

 

 Yes     No

 

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2.

Have you satisfactorily completed (C or above) MAT 102 and ENG 101 (or higher) at the high school or college level administered by an accredited educational institution. NOTE: If you answered yes to this question, you must include this education in the "Education" section of your application.

 

 Yes     No

 

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3.

Have you satisfactorily completed (C or above) coursework in two or more of the following areas: science, biology, chemistry or related field at the high school or college level administered by an accredited educational institution. NOTE: If you answered yes to this question, you must include this education in the "Education" section of your application.

 

 Yes     No

 

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4.

Are you able to work various shifts to include nights, weekends, and holidays?

 

 Yes     No

 

* Required Question

 

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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