Water Operator Senior


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Water Plant
109 3rd Ave S
United States of America



Purpose of Job


Assists the Chief Water Plant Operator with directing the operations and activities of the treatment plant and equipment.


II. Essential Job Duties 


A.  Operate water plant

  • Monitors the operation of plant controls, valves, pumps, chlorine injection systems, flow control systems, flocculators, filters, etc.
  • Directs the performance of operational tests, routine inspections, and preventive maintenance to water plant equipment including cleaning equipment, facilities and tanks, unclogging sprayers and traps, and performing the shut-down and start-up of plant equipment as required.
  • Monitors and documents application of chemicals utilized in processing laboratory tests such as DO, PH and BOD's as performed on samples collected.
  • Prepares requisitions for plant supplies and materials pertaining to pre-treatment; recommends the approval of invoices when received.
  • Assists in the planning, scheduling and direction of the operations and maintenance of the treatment plant.


III. Other Job Duties


Performs other job duties as assigned, including:

  • Maintains cleanliness and general housekeeping of work facility.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities to assist other employees in the department as required.


IV. Primary Job Challenges


Primary challenges of this position include keeping informed of the most current state and federal rules and regulations and assuring that the plant operates under those guidelines.


V.  Equipment Operated


Operates all equipment used at water plant as well as computers and other office equipment such as printers and fax machines





VI. Key Competencies Required


  • Job Content Knowledge

Has thorough knowledge of the policies, procedures, and activities of the City and water treatment practices as they pertain to the performance of duties relating to the position of Water Treatment Operator Senior. Has comprehensive knowledge of the terminology, principles, and methods utilized within the department. Is knowledgeable and proficient with computers. 


  • Language Skills:  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, customers, and the general public.


  • Mathematical Skills:  Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


  • Reasoning Ability:  Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out multi-step instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems by choosing from several known choices with frequent reliance on how problems were dealt with before.


  • Teamwork:  Develops constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.  Encourages others to express their ideas and opinions.  Provides input into identifying and solving problems.  Anticipates need of others for information about job tasks and work environment and provides it to them in a timely manner.  Willingly assists others with job tasks when appropriate. 


VII. Physical Demands and Work Environment


Physical Demands: Performance of the essential duties of this job requires the incumbent to:


  • Frequently stand.
  • Frequently walk.
  • Frequently sit.
  • Occasionally use hands to finger, handle, or feel.
  • Occasionally reach with hands and arms.         
  • Occasionally stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • Occasionally talk or hear.                             
  • Occasionally taste or smell.                          
  • Occasionally lift up to 25 pounds.


Work Environment:  Performance of the essential duties of this job requires:


  • Occasional exposure to wet or humid conditions (non-weather).
  • Frequent Work near moving mechanical parts
  • Frequent exposure to fumes or airborne particles
  • Frequent exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals
  • Frequent exposure to outdoor weather conditions


The work environment is loud (examples: metal can manufacturing department, large earth-moving equipment). 


Minimum Requirements




Education and Experience: The required knowledge, skill, and abilities to satisfactorily perform job duties are normally acquired through attainment of an Associate’s degree (A.A.) or equivalent; plus three to four years of water plant operation experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 


Required Certifications/Licenses:                   

Grade IV Water Treatment Plant Operator’s Certification


Expecting Starting Pay: $20.81/hour - $24.48/hour