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Overview

Definition:
Under general supervision of the Wastewater Treatment Manager and direct supervision of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Lead Operator, to perform semi-skilled and skilled work in the operation of all equipment in a wastewater treatment plant on an assigned shift; to perform related work as required.

Typical Duties

  • Operate wastewater treatment facilities to control flow and processing of wastewater, sludge and effluent; *
  • Monitor gauges, meters and control panels; *
  • Observe variation in operating conditions, interpreting meter and gauge readings and test results to determine processing requirements; *
  • Operate valves and gates; start and stop pumps, engines and electric motors to control and adjust flow and treatment processes; *
  • Operate and maintain boilers, centrifuges and digesters; *
  • Perform routine facility and grounds maintenance work;
  • Operate Type A, B and C equipment on plant site to move and transport biosolids and perform related work; *
  • Operate computer equipment and software; *
  • Collect samples and perform routine laboratory tests and analyses; *
  • Maintain shift log and record meter and gauge readings; assist in the supervision and training of less experienced operators; *
  • Perform related assignments as necessary.

*= Essential Function


Duties recorded above are representative of the duties of the class and are not intended to cover all the duties performed by incumbent(s) of any particular position.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class; such assignments shall fall under the category of “other duties, as assigned.”

Tools and Equipment Used

Motor vehicle, generators, pumps, gauges, common hand power tools, shovels, wrenches, detection devices, mobile radio, phone, calculator, and a variety of lab equipment.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.  The employee frequently is required to stand.  The employee is occasionally required to walk; talk and hear; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, color perception; and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions.  The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts is and occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions.  The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.  The employee is frequently exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals.  The employee is frequently exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately loud.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of:  Principles and practices necessary in the operation of a wastewater treatment plant including the operation and maintenance of plant machinery; basic policies and procedures for plant operation and maintenance equivalent to those utilized by the City of Chico.

Ability to:  Use tools necessary in making general repairs and adjustments to motors, pumps and other equipment; read meters and gauges correctly and to act quickly and competently; collect samples and perform routine laboratory tests; effectively use related computer software and equipment; perform all plant operations in a safe and efficient manner without direct supervision.

OPERATOR II
Experience:  One year of experience performing duties similar to those assigned to the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator I level.

Education:  Completion of specialized training in the operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant and equipment.

Necessary Special Requirement:  Possession of a Grade II or higher, active Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate issued by the State of California.

Additional Requirement:  Possession of a valid California Driver License.

OPERATOR III
Experience:  Two years of experience performing duties similar to those assigned to the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II.

Education:  Completion of specialized training in the operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant and equipment plus additional college level course work in chemistry, biology or a related science.

Necessary Special Requirement:  Possession of a Grade III or higher active Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate issued by the State of California.

Minimum Education and Experience

Minimum Months of Experience: 12
Education Required: None
Driver's License Required: Yes
Hiring Requirements for this Job:
  • Drug Testing / Screening
  • Background Checks
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: $24.32
    Maximum Hourly Wage: $42.70