WASTEWATER OPERATOR
City of Surprise, AZ - Surprise, AZ

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Job Title: WASTEWATER OPERATOR - WATER SERVICES
Class Title: Utilities Technician
Department: Public Works
Reports To: Wastewater Operations Supervisor
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Job Status: Full time; Classified
Salary Grade: B-2-1

SUMMARY
Incumbents operate wastewater treatment plants and collection systems. Duties include collecting water samples and performing routine tests; conducting rounds; logging data; performing minor maintenance; responding to complaints; input of data to order water; monitoring use of water; monitoring wastewater treatment plant processes, and observing and coordinating work of contractors.

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ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.
Monitors, operates, and performs routine minor maintenance to ensure proper operations; including reading meters, gauges, and other monitoring equipment; lubricating equipment, cleaning samplers, ensuring equipment is operating within specified parameters, operating pumps, valves, blowers, boilers, compressors, clarifiers, belt thickeners, centrifuges, emergency diesel, generators, and chemical feeders; and observing plant influent for signs of toxic waste loads
Collects samples, submits for laboratory analysis, and at times performs routine process laboratory tests
Prepares and completes data sheets, logs, flowcharts, and/or reports
Complies and calculates information and data; inputs data into a database; checks, records, and updates records
May work as an on-call Operator on weekends, holidays, and varied schedules
Responds to emergency calls, callouts, inquiries, and complaints
Performs manual labor as necessary
Performs other duties of a similar nature or level SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
None

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QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
Wastewater sampling techniques and procedures
Methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in operating, maintaining, and repairing City water treatment, and/or wastewater treatment systems
Occupational hazards with wastewater
Basic hand and power tools

Safe work practices and procedures Skill in:
Collecting wastewater samples

Utilizing tools and equipment of the trade Ability to:
Learn water and wastewater operation and maintenance processes and practices
Read technical manuals and work instructions and apply them to maintenance and operation activities
Learn how to read and understand various drawings and schematics
Learn the use of SCADA/PLC and software programs including Hansen Information Technologies
Properly use tools
Proficient in forklift and backhoe equipment operation
Perform mathematical calculations
Read meters
Operate wastewater treatment and sewer collection systems and devices
Work with minimum supervision
Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
High School Diploma or G.E.D., and one year of wastewater utilities or laboratory related experience; or, and equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

CERTIFICATION
Must have at the time of hire and be able to maintain a valid Arizona driver license and an Arizona State Grade 1 or higher Wastewater Treatment certification.

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PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Very Heavy Work: Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

May be required to wear respirators and enter confined spaces.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts, chemicals, and outside weather conditions. The employee may be exposed to odors or airborne participles. The employee is occasionally exposed to high places and rick of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.