Water Plant Operator

Tampa Bay Water | Tampa, FL

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Posted Date 9/21/2022

Under general supervision, Operators perform certified and skilled work in the 24-hour operation of an interlinked, tri-county network of water treatment plant, pipeline and pumping station infrastructure.  


Employees in this class will operate Tampa Bay Water facilities in compliance with Florida Administrative Code (FAC) 62-550, 62-551, 62-555, 62-560, 62-602, 62-699, USDL- 29 CFR / OSHA 1910 Subparts: [D-I, K, N-Q, S & Z], 40 CFR 141 Subpart I, NFPA (NEC), FDA BPA-2002 / Title IV; Sect. 401(a), DHS P-Dir.# 5 (NIMS) ICS, applicable SARA Title III / IV Protocols, FDEP, EPA Regulations and in conformance with other relevant Standards, for the operation of water resources, water treatment plants or pumping stations serving a Public Water Supply System.  


Employees exercise independent judgment in making adjustments to machinery, operating controls, equipment and related control apparatus in accordance with established Procedural Guidelines, Recognized Best Practices and Industry Standards.  


The position requires considerable knowledge of operating principles, process control technologies and treatment practices associated with water plant and pumping machines. Knowledge of environmental health hazards and life-safety disciplines unique to both localized and distributed water treatment methods is required. Must have knowledge of and utilize onsite and remotely controlled pumping plant operating techniques.  


The position(s) require substantial written, oral, computer communication and analytical skills.  Performance is monitored through periodic conferences, reports, training and administrative review process. 


Minimum Qualifications


  • Experience in the operation and maintenance of mechanical or electrical equipment with demonstrated ability to detect faulty operating characteristics in equipment or processes, as well as, interpret digital information from a computerized (SCADA) operating System.


  • High School Diploma, Vocational/Technical School Diploma or GED.


  • A passing score on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Water C level license or above.
  • Valid driver’s license.

 Preferred Licenses and Certifications: 

  • A current Florida Department of Environmental Protection Class C, B, or A Water Treatment Plant Operator License.


Physical Abilities: Tasks involve the ability to exert medium physical effort which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects, and materials of medium weight (30-50 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation. Walking for extended periods of time and travelling up and down stairs.


Sensory Abilities: Some tasks require visual perception and discrimination.


Environmental Requirements: Tasks are regularly performed without exposure to hazardous environmental conditions, equipment and work environments. Some tasks are completed in hazardous indoor work environments that will be posted or designated and employees are required to comply with all applicable safety requirements while working in those designated areas. Some tasks are completed outdoors where employees may be exposed to physical hazards characteristic of an outdoor work environment.  

Salary: $16.73 - $38.75 (Hourly Wage)

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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