General Craftworker - Water Plant Operator


Applying to this job will open a new window on the employer's web site to apply there.

Posted Date 8/02/2019

invites applications for the position of:
General Craftworker - Water Plant Operator

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Salary: Hourly
$27.26 - $31.21

OPENING DATE: 07/31/19

CLOSING DATE: 08/14/19 11:59 PM



The City of Kennewick will provide excellent public service and ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community and one another through the empowerment of each employee. We value integrity, inclusiveness, stewardship, and communication. We are accountable to our community for innovative and collaborative efforts that anticipate needs, leverage resources, and deliver solutions. 

We expect our employees to ensure compliance with all applicable safety practices and policies, including those established by OSHA/DOSH regulations and by the City's Accident Prevention Plan.  This includes but is not limited to actively identifying and correcting potential hazards that may affect employee and public safety, including those identified by co-workers.  Leading by example to promote a positive culture of workplace safety through everyday action; emphasizing safe completion of work throughout all aspects of developing and carrying out work plans.

Under general supervision, a General Craftsworker performs a variety of work, including installation, inspection, maintenance and repair of various water and wastewater system components.  Performs water and wastewater sampling, monitoring, reporting or other work as required to assure proper performance and conformance with program guidelines, criteria, and City specifications.  Performs related work as required.  Work hours are varied and include evenings and weekends.

Click on the benefits tab to see what the City of Kennewick has to offer!


A General Craftsworker performs a wide variety of skilled, semi-skilled and general work in one of the Utility and Plant Divisions of the Public Works Department, and may be temporarily assigned to other Departments within the City as required.  Must possess the skills, knowledge and physical capabilities to perform the duties of the position and must comply with City and Department policies, procedures and methods at all times.  Must demonstrate an ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision.  Must plan the details necessary to carry out assignments, to use considerable initiative in identifying and resolving problems; and performs related work and weekend and overtime work as required.

A General Craftsworker is distinguished from a lower-level Maintenance and Construction Craftsworker by acting in a lead capacity, possessing greater technical skills and knowledge and performing more difficult tasks.  A General Craftsworker serves in a lead capacity and is expected to guide the work of Maintenance and Construction Craftsworkers, and may train, supervise and direct the work of part-time or seasonal workers.  May be required to perform any work ordinarily performed by Maintenance and Craftsworkers.

The General Craftsworker I, II and III classifications are distinguished from one another by the level of attained approved certifications requiring continuing education units (CEUs), division assignment, and complexity of assigned duties.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES PER DIVISION (for illustrative purposes only)

Operates and checks equipment, instruments, pumps, valves and meters; performs laboratory analysis of water samples to evaluate such factors as hardness, taste, odor, color, PH factor, turbidity, stability, chlorine residuals and other related material content; performs daily inspections of mechanical and electrical operating conditions and records findings; performs general preventive maintenance of equipment and performs regular housekeeping to maintain the cleanliness and proper appearance of the facility; monitors control systems, including chlorine feed equipment, UV disinfection and proportioning feeder pumps and makes necessary adjustments; observes the condition of raw and treated water and makes adjustments for addition of chemicals and other additives; maintains comprehensive records of water flow rates, feed rates of chemicals and chemical usage and dosages; checks delivery of water from wells and maintains records of same; operates, cleans and repairs membranes and keeps logs of plant or system operations; maintains, repairs and adjusts pumps, membrane filters, chemical feeders, instruments and other waterworks equipment; provides tours of the Water Treatment Plant and explains its function and operation; takes and records accurate readings of various gauges and maintains records of daily activities; monitors telemetry systems for operating problems and performs field inspections of reservoirs and wells, and reviews and corrects any problems; compiles reports required by the Department of Health; collects water quality samples in the field; manages after-hours trouble calls based on appropriate technical abilities and certification level held to handle the situation; and performs related work and weekend and overtime work as required.

EMPLOYMENT Minimum Qualifications


Regardless of level, a General Craftsworker must meet the following minimum qualifications:  must possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. and at least two (2) to five (5) years of experience in general maintenance of a Water Treatment Plant, Wastewater Treatment Plant, municipal water and sewer system of equivalent capacity, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Demonstrated knowledge of the methods, tools, materials and practices involved in the installation, repair, service and construction of water and sewer lines and related equipment; ability to read and interpret maps, plans, blueprints and similar engineering drawings; ability to operate all equipment required of the position; ability to operate heavy equipment as a relief operator as needed; knowledge of safety and traffic control procedures.  Demonstrated ability to work independently, identifying problems and exercise considerable initiative in making needed repairs; ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with the general public and fellow employees; ability to lead and supervise personnel in lower classifications.

Must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted Washington State Driver's License.  Must possess or obtain the following within six (6) months:  flagging, first aid, and any other appropriate certifications as required by law, ordinance or department regulations.

Special Certification/Endorsement Requirements:

State of Washington Water Treatment Plant Operator Level II (GC II classification) with the ability and requirement to achieve a Level III within six (6) months of hire; Level III (GC III classification); or Level IV (GC IV classification) AND a State of Washington Water Distribution Manager Level III within eighteen (18) months of hire.


Physical Activity Requirements

To perform the essential functions of the job, a General Craftsworker must be able to perform the following:

Stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, climbing, crawling, walking, pulling, lifting, fine motor dexterity, grasping, and seeing/observing; ability to walk and stand for long periods of time.  Ability to work outdoors under adverse and varied weather conditions. 

Heavy Work: Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.


Contact: (509) 585-4240


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

Share this job