Water Treatment Plant Operator Trainee
Bay County, FL - Bay County, FL

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This is technical work assisting with and learning all aspects of the operation and maintenance of the County's water treatment facility. After instruction and orientation, quality and speed of work on routine duties should steadily become comparable to that of a certified operator. The employee typically works shifts in combination with certified Water Plant Operators but may, after an appropriate training period and demonstration of competency, be assigned to work certain shifts alone. The employee is directly supervised by and work is evaluated by the Water Treatment Plant Lead Operator on shift.

Illustrative Tasks:

With instruction and oversight from a certified operator, learns to properly operate and maintain all aspects of the water treatment facility.
Learns the fundamentals of proper water treatment by participating in a wide variety of on-the-job tasks as well as through classes, correspondence courses, and general reading.
Learns to make necessary adjustments to the treatment process to assure compliance with all rules, regulations and the facility's standard operating procedures.
Learns to perform minor repairs and preventative maintenance on plant equipment and structures and assists the maintenance staff as necessary with major or unusual maintenance tasks.
Takes readings and measurements concerning unit processes, collects samples, records measurements and helps maintain accurate records of plant operational and maintenance functions.
Learns to perform basic physical and chemical analysis to monitor treatment efficiency.
Informs the Water Treatment Plant Lead Operator of any observed or suspected problems and proceeds with corrective or preventative action, as instructed.
Learns and demonstrates appropriate safety precautions and procedures for all tasks.
Performs all other work as directed and required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma. Must possess a Class "C" Water Treatment Plant Operators certification issued by the State of Florida (FAC 62-602) within a period of two (2) years, however, satisfactory progress toward obtaining the certification must be demonstrated within one (1) year. Must have at least two (2) years experience in maintenance or operation of mechanical, electrical or construction equipment. May be required to possess a valid Florida Driver's License with driving record acceptable to the County Driving Policy and insurance program, or ability to obtain within time limits established by the State of Florida.
A comparable amount of training and/or experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications except for the required certification.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

Ability to learn and implement proper operation and maintenance procedures for potable water treatment systems in order to meet or exceed permit requirements and standard operating procedures.
Ability to learn and understand the function and mechanics of pumps, valves, compressors, motors and other plant equipment.
Ability to learn to monitor the operation of mechanical and electrical equipment in the treatment process, detect flaws and repair same.
Ability to read meters and charts accurately, to maintain comprehensive records of operation and maintenance tasks, and to perform required physical and chemical analysis accurately.
Ability to read and comprehend technical information related to the job and to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Must have basic mechanical repair tools and procedures knowledge.
Must be able to climb ladders, lift heavy objects, bend, stoop, and use self contained breathing apparatus.
Requires the ability to calculate and/or tabulate data, includes performing subsequent actions in relation to these computational operations.
Requires the ability to provide guidance, assistance, and/or interpretation to others regarding the application of procedures and standards to specific situations.
Requires the ability to operate maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.
Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, and/or advisory data and information.
Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; the ability to calculate decimals and percentages; the ability to utilize principles of fractions; and the ability to interpret graphs.
Requires the ability to apply principles of rational systems; to interpret instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form; and to exercise independent judgment to adopt or modify methods and standards to meet variation in assigned objectives.
Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness, and creativity in situations involving evaluation of information against measurable or verifiable criteria.